Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Annual Awards 2018

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Annual Awards 2018

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal held its Annual Awards event at the Durban International Conference Centre (ICC) on Friday, 26 October 2018.

Overall winner: Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN

The Annual Awards recognises and celebrates Excellence in Construction and Health and Safety within the KwaZulu- Natal Construction industry. The Association prioritises the promotion and development of the industry and seeks to inculcate a culture of excellence in the Province.

Executive Director, Mrs Vikashnee Harbhajan stated: “The Excellence in Construction Competition is intended to put the spotlight on quality workmanship, and professional standards displayed by Members of the Association. Our Members are committed to achieving and maintaining high performance standards, and this is proudly showcased by the Association. The Association champions Excellence in Construction and Health and Safety, in its quest to promote quality infrastructure development.”

There were 39 entries from 22 companies in the Excellence in Construction competition. The entries were not as widespread in comparison to prior years, with majority situated around Durban and Pietermaritzburg and as far as Newcastle in the interior.

The Health and Safety competition is open to all Association Members and FEM policy holders. There are 10 different categories in this competition. Tribute is paid to those who excelled in Health and Safety and contributed to the prevention of onsite fatalities and injuries. Notwithstanding the industry slowdown, we were pleased to have received 22 entries and it shows that member companies do not waiver on their commitment to Health and Safety during tough economic times.

The Competition criterion for the 55th Annual Health and Safety competition, remained stringent. Sites entered were audited on more than 20 different elements consisting of over 1 000 sub-sections.

WBHO Construction Pty) Ltd, Kwazulu-Natal Division with Joyce Dolly Tembe, Association President

Judges in both competitions are uncompromising and mandated to observe entrants that clearly demonstrate an unrelenting commitment to quality, excellence and responsible business.

President of the Association, Mrs Joyce Dolly Tembe opened the event by welcoming those in attendance. She honoured all competition entrants by stating that “Excellence deserves to be celebrated and acknowledged. We, at Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal endorse this concept and we are here tonight celebrating your achievements as individuals, as companies and as an industry.”

She reiterated that lobbying and advocacy were key ingredients of an effective Employer Organisation and the Association continued to engage at relevant platforms, thereby influencing pro-business legislation and policy positions. The Association’s key priorities were growth of the industry, transformation and skills development, quality infrastructure and health and safety compliance. Members were encouraged to embrace economic transformation as it would lead to a more sustainable construction industry.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal promotes health and safety continuously and believes that no employee should lose their lives for a job. The Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Occupational Health and Safety Fund designed to further assist dependants of victims who have lost their lives in construction-related incidents within the Association membership was launched at the event. The initiative raised R 137 000.

East Coast Radio aired their evening show ‘East Coast Party People with J Sbu’ live from the event which included interviews with competition entrants and the Association’s Executive Director.

The Association also used the opportunity to launch its new Vision and Mission Statement along with its Core Values.

The Association Congratulates the recipients of awards in all categories. Special awards were also presented which recognise outstanding and positive contribution to the construction industry in KwaZulu-Natal.

Summary of winners

Award of Merit – Howard Schwegmann from Stefanutti Stocks

Award for Woman in Construction – Thandi F Ngcobo from Zamadunga Business Enterprise CC.

Supplier of the Year – Safintra South Africa (PTY) LTD

Safety Person of the Year – Kelvin Moodley from WBHO Construction, KwaZulu-Natal Division.

Supreme Award for Excellence in Health and Safety – AVENG GRINAKER-LTA for Henwood Road Plant Yard.

Supreme Award for Excellence in Construction – WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd , KwaZulu-Natal Division for ABSA Regional Office KwaZulu-Natal.

Overall Winner – Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN

Well done KZN! The Association salutes you!

 

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, Annual Awards 2018

All the winners

Health & Safety – Allied Trades

Highly Commended

RMD Kwikform SA (Pty) Ltd

Allied Trade Yard

Health & Safety – Contracts R100-R250M

Highly Commended

Group Five Coastal (Pty) Ltd

Southern Waste Water Treatment Works

Manufacturers

Highly Commended

Much Asphalt

Coedmore Branch

Winner

Steeldale (Pty) Ltd

Steeldale Pinetown

Excellence- Single Residential Buildings (under R3m)

Highly Commended

Shospec (Pty)Ltd

House Wolhuter

Winner

Deck, Steel & Concrete Cc

House Daniel

Excellence -Single Residential Buildings(R3m to 8m) Highly Commended

HGN Projects (Pty) Ltd

Lakeview

Winner

Rods Construction

New Dwelling for RP Family Trust

Excellence – Subcontractors and/or Service Providers

Winner

Otto Kruger Electrical (Pty) Ltd

Greendale Super Spar

Excellence – Single Residential Buildings (above R8m)

Winner

Crest Developers

House Nortje

Excellence -Small Works

Winner

Idube Civils (Pty) Ltd

Winterton Soya Mill

Excellence – Commercial Buildings (under R50m)

Winner

Sonqoba Motha’s Building Construction CC

Pre-Eminence Studio

Excellence – Residential Alterations, Additions & Renovations

Winner

New Look Projects

Excellence – Health Facilities

Winner

Belo & Kies Construction (Pty) Ltd

Mediclinic Newcastle – Kintsugi Centre

Excellence – Community Buildings

Winner

Dlabane Construction (Pty) Ltd

Technology Hub at Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone

Economic Housing

Winner

Allied Cable Trenching (Pty) Ltd

Beacon Park

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South Coast Granite

Excellence – Subcontractors and/or Service Providers

Highly Commended

South Coast Granite CC

Ninamich House

Highly Commended

South Coast Granite CC

Villa 13914 San Lameer

D Barnard Contracting T / a D Construction

Excellence- Single Residential Buildings (under R3m)

Highly Commended

D Construction

House Barnard – St Johns Village

Excellence – Single Residential Buildings (above 8m)

Highly Commended

D Construction

House Deeplaul

ENZA Construction

Health & Safety – Contracts R40-R100M

Highly Commended

Enza Construction (Pty) Ltd

Malvern Heights

Health & Safety – Contracts R250- 400M

Highly Commended

Enza Construction (Pty) Ltd

KwaDukuza Mall

PATCON Building and Civils

Health & Safety – Contracts under R15M

Highly Commended

Patcon Building & Civil Engineering Contractors (Pty) Ltd

New Warehouse Facility Westville

Winner

Patcon Building & Civil Engineering Contractors (Pty) Ltd

Vopak Growth 4

CHA CONSTRUCTION

Excellence -Single Residential Buildings (R3m to R8m)

Highly Commended

CHA Construction CC

Villa 14408 for Dr. D. Kirsten

Excellence – Single Residential Buildings(above R8m)

Winner

CHA Construction CC

Villa 13914 San Lameer

Waco Africa t / a Form – Scaff

Health & Safety – Allied Trades

Highly Commended

Waco Africa t/a Form-Scaff

Form-Scaff Ballito

Highly Commended

Waco Africa t/a Form-Scaff

Form-Scaff Margate Yard

Winner

Waco Africa t/a Form-Scaff

Form-Scaff Durban South Premises

INYONI HOMES

Excellence – Residential Alterations, Additions & Renovations

Highly Commended

Inyoni Homes CC

Caisa Villa

Excellence -Single Residential Buildings (R3m to 8m)

Highly Commended

Inyoni Homes CC

39 On Lagoon

Excellence – Apartment/Townhouse Buildings (under R15m)

Winner

Inyoni Homes CC

Renishaw Hills – Maisonette 42-45

AVENG GRINAKER

Health & Safety – Contracts R100-R250M

Highly Commended

AVENG Grinaker-LTA

Coral Point Apartments

Health & Safety – Contracts over R750M

Winner

AVENG Grinaker LTA / Enza Construction JV

Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital

Health & Safety – Plant yard

Winner

AVENG Grinaker-LTA

Henwood Road Plant Yard

GVK Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd

Health & Safety – Contracts R40-R100M

Highly Commended

GVK Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd BMW Supertech Pinetown

Highly Commended

GVK Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd Hillcrest, Phase 3

Highly Commended

GVK Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd Prince Edward Government Garage

Winner

GVK Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd Scottburgh Private Hospital

WBHO

Health & Safety – Contracts R15-R40M

Highly commended

WBHO Construction Pty) Ltd, Kwazulu-Natal Division

Pioneer Foods: New Conditioning and Flour Bins

Health & Safety – Contracts R100-R250M

Highly Commended

WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd, Kwazulu-Natal Division

CCI New Building

Excellence – Commercial Buildings (above R50m)

Winner

WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd, Kwazulu-Natal Division

ABSA Regional Office Kwazulu-Natal

Health & Safety – Contracts R400 – R750M

Winner

WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd, Kwazulu-Natal / Sibonele Africa (Pty) Ltd JV

Oceans Umhlanga

Stefanutti Stocks

Health & Safety – Contracts R250- 400M

Highly Commended

Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN

Hirt & Carter, Triumph & Uniprint Print Park

Health & Safety – Contracts R400 – R750M

Highly Commended

Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN

Park Square

Excellence – Commercial/Industrial Alterations, Additions & Renovations (above R20m)

Winner

Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN

Tsam – Quantum Extensions

Excellence – Industrial/Civil (above R50m)

Winner

Stefanutti Stocks Building Kzn / Ladysmith Construction JV

Southern Cross

Health & Safety – Contracts R100-R250M

Winner

Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN

Durban Christian Centre

Concor Western Cape scores three safety awards at MBAWC

Concor Western Cape scores three safety awards at MBAWC

Concor Western Cape’s 16 Nettleton Road project was placed first in Category F – for projects from R100 million to R150 million – in the MBAWC 2018 Regional Safety Competition

Concor Western Cape has again proved itself a world class contractor by winning three out of the five building categories in the Master Builders Association Western Cape (MBAWC) 2018 Regional Safety Competition.

Mark Fugard, managing director of Concor Western Cape, says that these accolades from the MBAWC is an acknowledgement and recognition of the exemplary health, safety and environmental programme that the company has in place across all its sites.

“Safety is more than a watch word for Concor, with the highest level of commitment from management to our Stop.Think.Act! philosophy. It is about remaining focused on our objective of Zero Harm while delivering quality projects,” he says.

In Category D for project values between R14 million and R40 million, Concor Western Cape was placed first for its Signature Lux project. This project scope involved internal demolition and stripping out of an extremely old heritage status six storey building and converting the building into an 88 key Signature Lux hotel. Fugard says that although challenging at times the project has progressed well and is scheduled to take its first guests in September this year.

For the second year in a row, the company’s 16 Nettleton Road project was placed first in Category F which covers projects from R100 million to R150 million. The project scope is for the construction of a luxury residential house constructed over seven levels on the steeply inclined seaward side of Nettleton Road, Clifton.

The Aurum luxury lifestyle development being constructed by Concor Western Cape came first in Category G – for projects from R250 million to R450 million- in the MBAWC 2018 Regional Safety Competition

This has been a complex project with one of the many challenges being the need to anchor the structure to the shear mountain slope at regular intervals. The project is now entering the very detailed finishing stages. Completion is scheduled for early next year at which stage a new standard of luxury residential construction will have been achieved.

The Aurum luxury lifestyle development in Bantry Bay scored another first for Concor Western Cape, this time in Category G for project values from R250 million to R450 million. This well publicised project includes building on each side of the busy Victoria Road with the sumptuous Presidential Residences cascading down to the water’s edge below the road, and the 15 plush Luxury Residences climbing the hill above the road.

“Safety is a key performance requirement on the project with traffic and pedestrian management and control vital to project performance success, considering the constant heavy flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic passing the site,” Fugard says. During construction use was made of closed-circuit cameras focused on various points on the road between the two buildings to ensure that traffic and pedestrian behaviour was closely monitored and that construction staff managed the traffic flow while accepting the necessary deliveries of concrete, bricks and other materials.

“We believe that securing these awards further underpins Concor Western Cape’s capabilities in terms of delivering complex projects on time, within budget and most importantly safely. We are also extremely proud to have these projects represent Concor in the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) National Safety Competition,” Fugard concludes.

 

ACHASM announces 2018 Summit date

ACHASM announces 2018 Summit date

The Association of Construction Health & Safety Management (ACHASM) has announced details of its annual two day Summit to be held at Belmont Square Conference Centre, Belmont Road, Rosebank, Cape Town on 1 and 2 October 2018.

The summit theme “The Role of Procurement and Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Construction Health and Safety (CHS)” will focus on issues and processes related to appointing and managing stakeholders in terms of health and safety (H&S).

“This focus will include the interface between clients, construction project managers, construction H&S agents, designers, quantity surveyors, contractors (construction managers), subcontractors (construction managers), and suppliers, including construction H&S managers and officers, and other stakeholders,” says Prof John Smallwood Head of the Department of Construction Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

The theme was identified due to the role of procurement and SCM in H&S, the issues that arise, and mention of the supply chain relative to ‘accidents’, and collapses in the media.

OBJECTIVES
The broad objectives of the summit are to:
• Educate and inform all stakeholders with respect to the role of procurement and SCM in construction H&S;
• Promote the practice of construction H&S risk management;
• Promote accountability, ethics, professionalism, and leadership, in managing procurement and the supply chain relative to construction H&S, and
• Provide a platform for exchanging ideas and networking with like-minded professionals.

Presenting organisations
Representatives of, among other, ACHASM, Artis Mavin, cd&a, Eppen-Burger & Associates, Essential SHEQ, Federated Employers Mutual (FEMA), Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC), Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), MBA Western Cape, Nelson Mandela University, Peri, and the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) will present at the summit.

Stakeholders who should attend
The programme is designed for a multi-stakeholder audience comprising:
▪ Client organisations (public and private);
▪ Architects;
▪ Engineers (civil, electrical, mechanical, process, and structural);
▪ Construction and Construction Project Managers;
▪ Construction H&S Agents, Managers, and Officers;
▪ Property developers;
▪ Quantity surveyors;
▪ Contractors (general and co-contractors);
▪ Consultants (H&S and Construction Management);
▪ Union representatives;
▪ Government (Construction Industry Development Board, Department of Labour, Department of Public Works);
▪ Insurers (Compensation Commissioner, and FEMA);
▪ Media

CPD VALIDATION
This two-day summit has been validated by the SACPCMP, who will award 10 CPD points (Validation No. SACPCMP/CPD/13/004RV).

For further information contact Professor John Smallwood at:
E-mail: john.smallwood@mandela.ac.za | Mobile: 083 659 2492

For registration and financial information contact Jackie Fort at:
E-mail: info@achasm.co.za | Mobile: 076 263 0549

Seminar seeks to slash the number of accidents on Western Cape building sites – Cape Town 20 June

Seminar seeks to slash the number of accidents on Western Cape building sites

Photo Bongani Mbatha -African News Agency (ANA)

Only a quarter of the way through 2018 and already there have been 412 accidents on Western Cape construction sites, with six fatalities and 58 people left permanently disabled. This is according to figures from the Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), which provides workmen’s’ compensation insurance to employers in the construction industry.

Deon Bester, Occupational Health and Safety Manager at the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape

Deon Bester, Occupational Health and Safety Manager at the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC), says: “These figures are unacceptably high. We should be striving for zero fatalities and zero harm. Based on my experience, education can go a long way towards eliminating accidents and achieving this target.”

To this end, the MBAWC will be hosting a seminar on 20th June 2018 for mid-level management from Western Cape construction companies, where industry experts will deliver talks on a variety of health and safety related topics such as:

  • COIDA (Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act): The facts;

  • Ethics in health and safety;

  • Scaffolding: What you thought you knew but don’t;

  • Occupational Risk Exposure Profiles: Why they need to be done properly;

  • The science of human behaviour in respect to health and safety; and

  • Unpacking Section 37 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

I encourage all those who are committed to curbing accidents on site to attend so that they can stay abreast of what is going on in the industry, learning from thought leaders and networking with others,” concludes Bester.

The seminar will take place at Belmont Square Cape Town on 20 June and is open to both MBAWC members as well as non-members. Guests will be required to pay an attendance fee, with discounts available to members and FEM policy holders.

Construction Regulations: Driven Machinery and Pressure Equipment

Construction Regulations: Driven Machinery and Pressure Equipment

Master Builders Association North recently hosted a seminar on the Guidance Notes to the Construction Regulations, Driven Machinery Regulations and Pressure Equipment Regulations at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand. The workshop was well attended by over 100 delegates.

Keynote speaker Adv. Hendrik Terblanche, Managing Director of Legricon Legal Risk and Compliance Consultants

The keynote speaker was Adv. Hendrik Terblanche, Managing Director of Legricon Legal Risk and Compliance Consultants, with supplementary presentations delivered by Mr Phumi Maphaha: Director Construction, Explosives and MHI – Department of Labour’s, and Mr Jacob Malatse: Director Electrical and Mechanical.

The workshop was well attended by over 100 delegates

Terblanche explained the difficulty with applying generic legislation to specific circumstances by quoting a 1907 court case where Chief Justice Innes said: “No matter how carefully words are chosen, there is a difficulty in selecting language which while on the face of it expressing generally the idea of the framer of the measure, will not, when applied under certain circumstances, go beyond it, and, when applied under other circumstances, fall short of it.” This is an apt description of applying the definition of construction work in the Construction Regulations to various activities, which literally would fall within the definition of construction work, but probably was not the intention of the legislature to regulate with the Construction Regulations.

Sometimes a statutory requirement need to be applied to a situation not mentioned in the legislation, and sometimes it needs to be excluded for a situation that clearly falls within the wording of the provision. In another case it was stated that “The intention of the legislature can alone be gathered from what it has actually said, and not from what it may have intended to say, but has not said.” If a too literal interpretation could lead to absurd results, it should not be followed.

Painting is a typical example of an activity that is unclear as to whether the Construction Regulations apply to it or not. According to the definition, if painting is renovation, it should be considered as construction work, but if paining is maintenance, it would not be regarded as construction work. Terblanche mentioned a few other examples that are not clear, while the Guidance Notes do not give any further clarity in this regard.

Phumi Maphaha: Director Construction, Explosives and MHI – Department of Labour

Maphaha later confirmed that the purpose of the Guidance Notes was to explain the application of the Regulations in a little more detail, but the legal implications as stipulated by the State Law Advisors to the Department of Labour limited the content that they could include in the Guidance Notes.

Terblanche dealt with the Guidance Notes, but added additional information and concerns he often observes on how employers implement and comply with the Construction Regulations. Grey areas regarding the requirements for applying for a construction work permit were also highlighted, including the simple question as to whether the “contract value” above which it is a requirement to obtain a permit should be VAT inclusive or not. A delegate pointed out that the amounts for permit requirements are linked with the CIDB grading levels, but the current exemption from the Department of Labour is R40 million or CIDB grading level 7, while the CIDB grading level 6 is R40 million, and grading level 7 is R13 million. Terblanche argued that the CIDB levels are probably not the correct criteria to apply, as the CIDB grades contractors and not contracts. A contractor registered in grade 6 for example may therefore tender for a portion up to a value of R13 million of a larger contract, the total value of which could for example be R50 million.

Terblanche further pointed out that there are legal responsibility, and therefore liability, differences between the wording of the Regulations and the Guidance Notes, regarding the competency of client-nominated contractors that the principal contractor must appoint. Principal contractors should be cautious to just rely on the Guidance Notes in such instances.

Uncertainties in the regulations regarding legal appointments were also discussed, and elicited quite a few questions and comments from the floor. Terblanche welcomed the Guidance Notes explanations of the different role-players in respect of temporary works, namely the designer, inspector and approver. Compliance risks regarding scaffolding were also discussed.

In his presentation, Maphaha urged industry role-players, namely employers in the construction industry, to get more involved in the development of legislation to avoid some of the concerns highlighted by Terblanche. He further argued that the principle of reasonably practicable as contained in the Occupational Health and Safety Act should always be kept in mind when interpreting and applying the Construction Regulations. He also hinted at some further construction permit exemptions and additional information on the Regulations that the Department may issue in the near future.

Gerhard Roets – MBA North Construction Health & Safety Manager pictured with Adv. Hendrik Terblanche

The Guidance Notes to the Driven Machinery Regulations and Pressure Equipment Regulations were then discussed, but Terblanche indicated that there were not any contentious issues in them. Time was spent discussing the legal requirements relating to lifting machinery and using cages to lift persons. Malatse, from the Department of Labour then expanded on the discussion and shared some of his insights into these regulations and its compliance challenges.

Mr. Mohau Mphomela, Executive Director – MBA North, closed the proceedings by thanking the participants, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors, which included SAIOSH, FEM, BCIMA, NIOH and E&R Signs.

MBA Free State celebrates 65 years

MBA Free State celebrates 65 years

By Nico de Bruyn, Construction Health and Safety Manager, Master Builders Association – Free State

The Master Builders and Allied Trades Association – Free State (MBA FS) celebrates its 65th anniversary year. The MBA FS was founded in 1952 and is an Employers’ Organization in terms of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).

Our objective is to ensure our members maintain a high reputation in building and construction standards and, through the Health and Safety Competition, to ensure a high standard of Health and Safety construction sites with the help and continued support of the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM).

We would like to welcome Charlene Harrison to our team. Charlene will run the office administration and communication and we wish her a rewarding and successful career at MBA FS.

Farewell Ms. Pugh

The MBA FS extends heartfelt thanks to thank Mrs. Thelma Pugh for her support towards the Master Builders Association Free State in her years of service at FEM. We are grateful for the strong relationship we had with Mrs Thelma Pugh through FEM and other MBA’s. MBA FS wishes her well on her retirement.

The MBA FS would also like to welcome the new Managing Director at FEM, Mrs. Ndivhuwo Manyonga and wish her well in her new position at FEM.

2017 Regional Safety Competition Free State

Hani Park Primary School, Welkom

Health and Safety remains a high big priority among our members and the MBA FS thanks its members for their commitment and participation in the Regional Safety Competition.

MBA FS participants in the 2017 Regional Safety Competition:

  • Cherangani Trade and Invest 50 (Pty) Ltd t/a 3 Brick

  • Steeledale (Pty) Ltd

  • PERI Formwork & Scaffolding Engineering

  • Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd t/a Formscaff

  • Mofomo Construction CC

  • Pro-Care Contracting (Pty) Ltd

  • Karpah Construction CC

  • Goldfields Development (Pty) Ltd

  • Goldfields Development (Pty) Ltd / Lesole Agency Joint Venture

Of these the following three entries who performed extremely well went into the National Safety Competition:

Category: R25m to R75m

  • Karpah Construction CC – Hani Park Primary School – Thabong, Welkom

Category: Manufacturing

  • Steeledale (Pty) Ltd – Bloemfontein

Category: Allied Trades

  • Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd t/a Formscaff – Bloemfontein

SIDEBAR

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Hani Park Primary School, Welkom

Main Contractor: Karpah Construction

Client: Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, Free State

User client: Department of Education, Free State

Project manager: Johan Helm Architects, Welkom

Project description: construction of new local community primary school (turn key)

Site hand-over date: 15 April 2016

Expected completion date: 30 November 2017

Project value: R40 million

The new Hani Park Primary School consists of four classroom blocks totalling 27 classrooms, as well as additional structures for two computer laboratories, administration building, hall and gate house.

The majority of the labour force and sub-contractors (labour only) on this project has been sourced from the local community in collaboration with the ward councillor as well as the community liaison officer (CLO).

This project was met with a number of challenges at the outset, situations such as raw effluent flowing onto the project site, unplanned and unexpectedly high rainfall season are two instances of this. The unforeseen rainfall pattern on this project caused a delay of some 21 working days while clean up and dry up operations took place.

The expected population in terms of learners for the Hani Park Primary School is expected to be in the vicinity of 1 080.

Master Builders’ National Safety Competition – 2017 gets underway

Master Builders’ National Safety Competition – 2017 gets underway

Promoting occupational health and safety in the South African building and construction industry.

As the winners of the Master Builders Regional Safety Competitions are progressively announced and go through to the National competition, the excitement builds as the logistical planning and judging of these entries for the master Builders national Safety Competition gets underway.

Let there be no doubt that this is indeed an enormous task, conducted by recognised professionals in the field of Construction Health and Safety.

Readers will be pleased to learn that this year’s Competition will be overseen and coordinated by Pierre Fourie, the recently retired MBSA operations director.

In keeping with the customary high standard of the national competition and in the interest of transparency, Master Builders South Africa have appointed ASHREQ Environmental and Occupational Hygiene Consultants (Pty) Ltd as the independent auditors. ASHREQ is an associated member of the MBA North. Selection of the judges and their subsequent appointment takes place in June, with judging scheduled to take place across the various construction sites around the country over a five-week period during July and August.

All companies competing in the national competition will be invited to the attend the annual awards ceremony at the Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) gala dinner event which will coincide with Master Builders’ 112th Annual Master Builders Congress in Cape Town in September. Company representatives of the category winners will be awarded with certificates and the much sought after safety shields for display in the head office board rooms for the next 12 months.

Master Builders South Africa is very proud to be associated with FEM who will again be funding the cost of judging the national competition.

From the humblest of beginnings in 1963, which saw the first Building Safety Competition in South Africa, the annual Master Builders’ National Safety Competition is now a well-established and highly recognised event on the building industry calendar, with some 45 construction companies competing in ten categories, which range from builders’ yards to building projects in excess of R500 million in value.

The safety competition is open to all Master Builder Association (MBA) members and Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) policy holders. Entrants to the national competition will have competed in the regional MBA safety competitions and their sites will have achieved a score of 90% or more or have been awarded a five star-grading based on the MBSA Audit System.

On-site training to offset building industry accidents

MBA WC LogoOn-site training to offset building industry accidents

The Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), which provides cover to employers in the construction industry, has revealed that during 2016 there were 889 accidents on construction sites in the Western Cape. Eight of these were fatal and 79 resulted in permanent disabilities.

“28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work”

Safe Day Logo

Deon Bester, Occupational Health and Safety Manager at the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBA WC), says: “In comparison to 2015, there has been a 10% increase in the number of accidents. Furthermore, our injury rate has grown by 20% and the number of fatalities has risen by 700%. These figures are unacceptably high. We should be striving for zero fatalities and zero harm. Based on my experience, providing proper training can go a long way towards eliminating accidents and achieving this target.”
To facilitate this, the MBA WC is offering on-site Occupational Health and Safety training to its members’ employees as well as to their subcontractors through its newly acquired training vehicle. This service is also extended to FEM policy holders who are not members of the Association.

“Employee behaviour is a large contributor to accidents. Through the training vehicle, we provide short, high impact sessions that will change their mind-sets regarding their actions or in-actions. As these will take place at our members’ various sites around the Western Cape, production interruptions will be minimal,” shares Bester.

He continues: “We want employees in the industry to understand that employers do care for their health and safety and are trying to put measures in place to reduce accidents and injuries.”

The 30-minute slots will cover issues such as scaffold precautions, working safely at heights, the correct use, storage and maintenance of personal protective equipment as well as Hazchem safety. This may however be adjusted in accordance with the needs of the member.

The vehicle will spend between five and six hours on a site, with a timetable allowing for at least eight sessions, each of which will accommodate up to 12 people. There will be repeat visits to sites and some employees will receive numerous training sessions. “We would like to train at least 120 people per week,” adds Bester.

Equipped with a large screen TV and a gazebo to shelter workers whilst they undergo training, the vehicle is currently available two days a week and must be booked at least a fortnight in advance. A nominal fee of R 900, 00 (excluding VAT) will be charged per training day.

“Through the training vehicle, employees will receive the right information to equip them with the knowledge they need to perform tasks safely and without risk to their health and that of others,” concludes Bester.

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FEM’s legendary MD retires

Thelma Pugh, Managing Director of The Federated Employer's Mutual Assurance Company (FEM)

Mrs. Thelma Pugh Outgoing MD of FEM

fem logo downloadFEM’s legendary MD retires

2017 sees a change in leadership at The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (RF) (PTY) Ltd. Thelma Pugh, a legend in the construction industry and stalwart driver of innovations in Construction Health and Safety, will leave office on 31March 2017, after 48 years with the company and 15 years as Managing Director, making way for her replacement, Ndivhuwo Manyonga.

Since joining FEMA in 1969, Thelma Pugh has spent the better part of 48 years promoting health and safety in the construction industry. From her humble beginnings as a Retention Fund Clerk, she worked her way up the organisation, which saw her become the CFO and later moved into her current position as MD, after the retirement of the late Cliff Saville. Thelma’s personal motto is that “Nobody, in our industry, should be dying for a job”. She worked very closely with health and safety organisations, across the country in their effort to make the construction industry a safer place to work in. She has been nominated for The South African Health and Safety Wall of Fame award, which takes cognisance of her efforts. Thelma leaves office on 31st March 2017 and we wish her well in her retirement.

fem Ndivhuwo Manyonga

Mrs. Ndivhuwo Manyonga Incoming MD – FEM

FEM welcomes Ndivhuwo Manyonga, who will take up the post of Managing Director from 01st April 2017. She previously headed up the employee benefits and human capital consulting division within Aon Hewitt South Africa. Before joining Aon, she was the managing director of an employee benefits consulting business. Ndivhuwo has experience as an independent actuarial consultant to the financial services industry. She has also worked as a consulting actuary and a pricing and product development expert within one of the multinational insurers in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Business Science Degree (Actuarial Science) and a Post Graduate Diploma (Actuarial Science) from the University of Cape-Town. She is an actuary, a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, a committee member of Actuaries without Frontiers and a non-executive member of the Actuarial Women’s Committee. We wish her well in her new position.