Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal 118th AGM

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal 118th AGM

KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association held its 118th Annual General meeting on 25 June 2019. Mrs Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, Honourable MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works was the keynote speaker at the AGM. Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo of Dambuza Community Development Trust was appointed as President of the Association.

In her address, outgoing President Joyce Dolly Tembe stated that the 2018/2019 financial year was one of the most challenging periods in recent South African business history with destabilising factors including an economic downturn, political instability, uncertainty about land expropriation and low investor confidence, leading to the collapse of several construction industry giants. Ms Tembe reiterated that the strategy of the Association was to be at the forefront of influencing a more positive and sustainable business environment and for this reason, stakeholder engagements had intensified during her tenure.

Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo, President, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal

The incoming President, Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo, expressed his unrelenting commitment to continuing the good work of his predecessor. He confirmed that the Association strategy would be prioritised with particular emphasis on the following:

  • High level intervention towards a sustainable construction industry

  • Growth, development and transformation of the construction industry

  • Skills development, education and training

  • Prioritising health and safety compliance and quality infrastructure

  • Membership growth and promotion of our Members

MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, KZN MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works

Keynote speaker, KZN MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni, announced that she was honoured to address the construction industry and spoke of the critical role the construction sector plays in driving infrastructure development and job creation. She reiterated the call from President Cyril Ramaphosa to prioritise the National Development Plan (NDP) and informed the industry that her mandate is to align the objectives of her department to deliver on this national imperative in the KZN province. The MEC also spoke of the need for radical economic transformation through social cohesion and stated that criminality, violence and intimidation would not be tolerated by the KZN Government. The Association welcomed an invitation from the MEC for further engagement on industry related matters.

Executive Director, Vikashnee Harbhajan, presented on the Association activities over the past year. It was pleasing to note that the Association had performed well despite a constrained economy, once again boasting an unqualified audit.

Vikashnee Harbhajan, Executive Director, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal

In her address, Ms Harbhajan reiterated that the industry had faced severe challenges and that it had become abundantly clear that a greater level of cohesion, consensus and professionalism was urgently required from all industry bodies. The Association had vigorously pursued collaborative strategies and was instrumental in establishing the KZN Good Practice Committee securing participation from key industry stakeholders.

The Executive Director encouraged members to comply with the Member Code of Conduct which is underpinned by ethical business practice. The Association had also finalised a Code of Good Practice which is a guideline for the implementation of the Construction Sector Code and Preferential Procurement Regulations.

The 2018/2019 year ended with 754 members on the membership roll. Health and safety remained a priority with safety checks, star gradings, advice and assistance requested throughout the year.

Referring to the Emerging Contractor Programme, Bursary fund and the Vuka Makhi programme, Mrs Harbhajan highlighted the success of the Association’s transformation initiatives. “These programmes are designed to help transform the industry and assist our members, students and learners in becoming key contributors to the sector. Since the inception of these special projects, about 394 beneficiaries have been impacted,” stated the Executive Director.

The Executive Council for the next term of office is as follows:

2019/2020 Executive Council
Top row left to right: Francois Louw, Thys Blom, Craig Gainsford, Lance Ridl
Front row left to right: Thobekile Ndlovu, Vic Naidoo, Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo (President), Joyce Dolly Tembe, Moegamat Behardien, Patricia Moodley

Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo, Dambuza Community Development Trust – (President)

Joyce Dolly Tembe, Sakhisizwe Development Training – (Immediate Past President)

Vic Naidoo, Sibonele Africa (Pty) Ltd – (Vice-President)

Patricia Moodley, Globacon (Pty) Ltd – (Vice-President)

Lance Ridl, Ridl Construction – (Vice-President)

Moegamat Behardien, MET Development (Pty) Ltd – (Vice-President)

Marcus Gonzalves, FS Gonzalves Construction

Thobekile Ndlovu, Thobethulani Trading CC

Thys Blom, Plankonsult

Craig Gainsford, GVK-Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd

Francois Louw, MET Builders

Building a Sustainable Construction Company

Building a Sustainable Construction Company

Sherwyn Esbend, owner of Sbenz Construction

Over the past two years Sbenz Construction, a member of KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders Association, has matured into a vibrant construction business which specialises in the repair of properties on behalf of insurance companies.

In 2017, Sherwyn Esbend’s office in North Coast Road was an empty space. Today, it has been subdivided into separate offices and a smart reception area and he has just taken delivery of two brand new bakkies.

But it has been a challenging journey and one where his business philosophy of delivering quality results and ensuring top notch service have stood him in good stead.

“I tell people who want to go into business that the more they grow, the bigger the challenges they will face and the larger the potential problems will be. In the school of life, before you go to the next grade, you have to pass the test. So, don’t keep going around the same mountain like the Israelites. Keep your eye on that next level.”

Esbend was born and grew up in Pietermaritzburg into a family of entrepreneurs. Both his grandfather and his father, who passed away when he was just 12, were in the construction industry and he admits that following them seemed the natural thing to do.

After completing his matric, however, he headed to the United States for a year and a half where he helped his sister who ran a laundromat and a construction business.

Back in South Africa, he joined Waltons Stationery and then moved to the Road Traffic Inspectorate. Five years later, when his second son was born, he decided that the dangers and shift work weren’t worth it and moved to eThekwini Municipality where he worked in the signage and advertising department.

On the side, he was doing a few small construction jobs. “I wasn’t satisfied. I knew I wanted to go into business and, specifically, into construction. I’d been trying to do some small jobs but things didn’t always work out. I bumped my head and lost a lot of money but I persevered,” he recalls.

The Sbenz Construction team

Three to four years ago, Esbend remembers being so broke that he couldn’t scrape together enough money to buy a loaf of bread. His wife Karen, who he says has been by his side throughout, dipped into her salary to help pay workers. Without a car, he relied on public transport and hired a bakkie to do jobs.

Having his wife by his side has been one of his biggest assets, though. “If we face a hurdle, we only give ourselves one day to mope. After that, we look for solutions and pick ourselves up,” he says.

He resigned in November 2016, using his pension payout to set up Sbenz Construction. Now that “everything was on the line”, he no longer had the option of failing.

Because he believes that a good business needs to have a professional image, he invested in branding his company and building a professional image to give his business credibility. Quotes and invoices were delivered on smart letterheads. He registered a domain name rather than resort to a Gmail address.

Whilst subcontracting for one particular construction company, Esbend realised that the future of his company lay in the insurance sector. Repairs in response to insurance claims provided a significant and steady volume of work with reliable payments.

But being accepted onto the service provider panels of large insurance companies and financial institutions proved difficult. Companies were looking for a track record and references from others in the sector.

He says the turning point came when he joined the Sekela Development Programme (Sekela), which develops and supports small enterprises through workshops and mentorship.

This, in turn, resulted in Sbenz Construction being accepted on to the SA Home Loans (SAHL) panel of contractors who are called in to effect repairs in response to insurance claims.
“SAHL opened the door for me. Without being included on the SAHL panel, I would not have been able to get on to other panels. They have given us references. Now we are doing work for other major insurance brands and big banks and can grow our business,” he says.

Another game changer was the massive flash flood that hit Durban. As insurance companies scrambled to do the repairs, more contractors were needed and companies waiting in the wings were called in to assist with the excessive backlog of repairs that needed to be done.
“Through that storm, we made it on to one of our biggest clients panels, we had been requesting for some time but had been rejected,” he recalls.

Sbenz Construction completed about 200 jobs and has only just finished all their storm related work. Money earned was ploughed back into the business. This enabled Esbend to move to his much larger current office and employ another 20 people. With more big clients in the pipeline, he expects to grow his staff even more.

His association with SAHL also influenced his decision to study further. Following a Sekela advisory board session with SAHL which covered self-development, he registered with MANCOSA for a Bachelor of Business Administration. He has on-the-ground experience of much of the study material but believes this qualification will give him a far broader overview of business and increase his credibility with clients.

He is also focusing on improving his company’s Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) grading which will open doors to other opportunities in the far broader construction business. “When we joined Sekela, we were on CIDB Grade 1, now we are in the process of applying for Grade 5. This is not something I even dreamed of. I thought if I could get to Grade 3, I would be fine!” he says.

At present, 95 percent of his work is for the insurance industry and this remains his primary focus.

Esbend’s long term plans include pitching for work from the petroleum industry and, in the medium term, he plans to partner with larger construction companies on major contracts as part of their Enterprise Development Programmes.

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

Joyce Dolly Tembe elected for third successive term

Joyce Dolly Tembe elected for third successive term

Joyce Dolly Tembe

On 26 June 2018, KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association held its 117th Annual General Meeting which saw the Association’s first Woman President Joyce Dolly Tembe, being elected for her third successive term.

In her address, the President noted that over the past year, global economic challenges had placed the construction industry under severe strain, resulting in a significant decrease in the number of construction sites which had a ripple effect on unemployment and economic growth.

Ms Tembe stated that notwithstanding these challenges, the Association achieved targets as set out in the medium-term strategy with the next financial year paved for a new and more challenging strategy to take the Association to greater heights.

She stressed that the key priorities of the Association remained growth of the industry, transformation and skills development, quality infrastructure and health and safety compliance. “It is critical that we embrace concepts which are aligned to the national imperatives of our country”, stated Ms Tembe.

The Executive Director of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, Vikashnee Harbhajan stated that although there was an increase in business confidence at the start of the year, we were yet to see a noticeable increase in construction projects in the KZN province.

Whilst membership was recorded at 725 at the close of the financial year, it was concerning to note that the retention of members was affected by reports of financial constraints and business closures.

Health and safety remained a priority service to the members. It was heartening to note that the Association had also successfully engaged Provincial Treasury on outstanding payments to members.

She reiterated that Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal prides itself on transformation initiatives and made reference to the Emerging contractor programme, Bursary fund and Vuka Makhi programme. The results for Vuka Makhi for the past year were outstanding with a 100% pass rate, boasting 34 distinctions from those who completed the National Senior Certificate Examination in 2017. Ms Harbhajan took the opportunity to congratulate the top achiever, Bonakele Mkhize of Sikhethuxolo High School in Hammarsdale, for achieving six distinctions.

In its efforts to accelerate economic transformation, the Association finalised a Good Practice Note comprising guidelines on the implementation of the Preferential Procurement Regulations and Construction Sector Code, with workshops planned across the province.

Vikashnee Harbhajan, Executive Director, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal

It was pleasing to note that the Association once again boasted an unqualified audit report.

The Executive Director took the opportunity to congratulate the President on her third term of office as well as the elected Executive Council Members.

2018/2019 Executive Council: Top row left to right: Sam Ngcongo, Lance Ridl, Thys Blom, Vikashnee Harbhajan, Lesley Chetty, Francois Louw, Roland Mudaly, Marcus Gonzalves Front row left to right: Thobekile Ndlovu, Vic Naidoo, Khanyisile Khoza, Joyce Dolly Tembe, Patricia Moodley, Moegamat Behardien

The Executive Council elected for the next term of office is as follows:
Joyce Dolly Tembe, Sakhisizwe Development Training – President
Vic Naidoo, Sibonele Africa (Pty) Ltd – Vice-President
Sam Ngcongo, Bencon Building and Civils – Vice-President
Francois Louw, MET Builders – Vice-President
Lance Ridl, Ridl Construction – Vice-President
Moegamat Behardien – Immediate Past President
Thys Blom, Plankonsult
Marcus Gonzalves, FS Gonzalves Construction
Roland Mudaly, Aveng Grinaker LTA (Pty) Ltd
Lesley Chetty, Amandla Construction
Patricia Moodley, Globacon (Pty) Ltd
Khanyisile Khoza, Bahlomile Development and Project Solutions
Thobekile Ndlovu, Thobethulani Trading CC

Africa’s Most Influential Women, Continental Winner – Vikashnee HarbhajanAfrica’s Most Influential Women, Continental Winner – Vikashnee Harbhajan

Africa’s Most Influential Women, Continental Winner – Vikashnee Harbhajan

 

Vikashnee Harbhajan, Executive Director of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, winner of the highly prestigious Continental Award in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities sector – 2017.

In August 2017, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, Executive Director, Vikashnee Harbhajan received recognition at the CEO Global South SADC gala awards for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government. Ms. Harbhajan bagged the Country Award for South Africa as well as the SADC South Region Award in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities Sector, qualifying as a finalist for the Africa Continental Award.

As a sequel to this accolade, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal has advised that Ms. Harbhajan has been announced as the Winner of the highly prestigious Continental Award in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities sector.

The mission of the Awards is to identify and recognise Africa’s most influential male and female leaders and just under 4 000 nominations across the various sectors were received from across the continent for the 2017 awards.

The awards are the leading African recognition programme honouring excellence in the private and public sector. The judging panel comprises leading figures from the business and public sector that have excelled in their own right and understand the demands made upon contemporary leaders. Covering 23 economic sectors, the awards have for the past sixteen years independently recognised those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their industry.

Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive, of CEO Global stated the following: “Nominees undergo a rigorous multi-tiered judging process”. “Quality assurance is provided by independent auditors throughout the judging and the highest possible standard is maintained. Those individuals whom have been recognised as winners in their field can be assured that they have truly excelled.”

According to Wepener, the programme dispels the notion that Africa has a paucity of innovative and progressive leadership talent. “There are tremendously inspirational stories at the core of each winner’s professional and personal life story. I am really very privileged to interact with these individuals. They deserve the admiration and respect they are afforded, particularly Lifetime Achievers who have often been absolute pioneers in their field.”

Continental winners will also be afforded the opportunity to join the “Network of Influence”, which will give them access to developmental tools and serves as a platform to bring together small and medium enterprises with corporates and the public sector.

South African Builder congratulates Ms. Harbhajan on her exemplary leadership.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Vuka Makhi learners reap matric success

Vuka Makhi star achiever, Bonakele Mkhize

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Vuka Makhi learners reap matric success

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal is proud to announce a 100% pass rate for learners in the Vuka Makhi Programme who completed the National Senior Certificate Examination in 2017.

As part of this flagship programme which takes learners from education to employment, learners from Umbumbulu and Hammarsdale have travelled to the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal offices in Westville every Saturday for lessons in English, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Orientation and Computers during their grade 11 and 12 years.

It is pleasing to note that 34 distinctions were achieved by the Vuka Makhi learners who completed their examinations. 89% of these learners qualified with a National Senior Certificate with Admission to Bachelor’s Degree.

Congratulations to Bonakele Mkhize of Sikhethuxolo High School in Hammersdale who was the star achiever with six distinctions. Learners are currently finalising their registration at various institutions of Higher Learning in KwaZulu-Natal.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal congratulates all its matriculants on their achievement and wishes them well for the future.

Vikashnee Harbhajan honoured with two prestigious awards

Vikashnee Harbhajan honoured with two prestigious awards

CEO GLOBAL: 2017 AFRICA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT

Vikashnee Harbhajan – Executive Director, Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal, proudly displays her two awards

On 3 August 2017, Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal Executive Director Vikashnee Harbhajan was the recipient of two prestigious awards at the CEO Global South Southern African Development Community (SADC) Gala awards for Africa’s Most Influential Women and Titans in Business and Government.

Ms Harbhajan was honoured with a Country Award for South Africa, along with the momentous SADC South Region Award, making her a finalist in the Africa awards in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities Sector.

The programme aims to honour the unsung heroes and heroines in Africa’s business landscape, with over 4 000 nominees from 57 countries. The journey is a challenging one with several tiers of judging and the final results are then audited.

SADC South Region recognized the outstanding and unwavering leadership role that Vikashnee Harbhajan has played over the years.

Part of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal’s rich and illustrious history is Ms Harbhajan’s proud heritage as the first Black Executive Director of the Association and its first female Executive Director. This legacy also holds true for the history of the Master Builders movement in South Africa. Ms Harbhajan is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa and holds a Master’s degree in Law.

She has set herself apart by holding senior positions in both the public and private sector, including University of Durban–Westville, Technikon Mangosuthu, Legal Aid Board, Harbhajan and Associates, Free State Department of Education as Director: Legal Services and Labour Relations, before taking up a position with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) as the Programme Director.

She then joined Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the national voice of organised business in SA where she served as Executive Director responsible for Social Policy for over four years. 

Vikashnee Harbhajan – Executive Director, Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal (centre) pictured with Moegamat Behardien – Immediate Past President, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal (left) and Joyce Dolly Tembe – President, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal (right)

She has also gained experience on several Boards and Councils, including the National Board for Further Education and Training (NBFET), Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOHS), the South African Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS Board (SABCOHA), Wholesale and Retail SETA Board (WRSETA). Construction Industry Development board (CIDB) National stakeholder forum and the Essential Services Committee (ESC).

Vikashnee currently serves on the Equality Review Committee (ERC), SACPCMP Transformation Committee Chairperson, MBSA Board as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Human Resource Development Council. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and Business Women’s Association (BWA).

In 2016, the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) awarded Vikashnee Harbhajan the ASOCSA Leadership Award for demonstrating consistent, ethical and exemplary leadership in the broader construction industry. 

Ms Harbhajan was honoured and deeply humbled to be the recipient of SADC South Region Award for Africa’s Most Influential Women and expressed her sincere gratitude to the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Executive Council for their leadership and support, the Management and staff and her family for their contribution in achieving this recognition of visionary women leadership.

South African Builder, on behalf of Master Builders South Africa and each of the regional Master Builders Associations, congratulates and salutes Vikki Harbhajan on being honoured with these awards.

KZN MBA elects Joyce Dolly Tembe for second term as President

KZN MBA elects Joyce Dolly Tembe for second term as President

Joyce Dolly Tembe

At its 116th Annual General Meeting held in Durban on 27 June 2017, KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association elected Joyce Dolly Tembe of Sakhisizwe Development Training to a second term as President.

Tembe is the Association’s first female President, bearing testimony to the Association’s unrelenting commitment to expediting transformation as well as training and skills development.

Tembe informed members that the past year had been masked with several challenges in the building industry, the most topical being the issue of violence and intimidation on construction sites. Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal was instrumental in bringing the relevant stakeholders to an engagement platform in an attempt to remedy the situation.

The President stated: “This has undoubtedly resulted in some reprieve for our members and we will continue our efforts in ensuring a conducive business environment.” She also encouraged members to continue to embrace economic transformation as it would lead to a more sustainable construction industry.

The keynote speaker was the CEO of Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC), Thabo Masombuka, who briefed members on the long-awaited Construction Sector Charter Codes. In his address, he announced that the CSCC believes that the implementation of the Construction Sector Code would address inequalities in the industry, unlock the sector’s potential and enhance its growth.

Vikashnee Harbhajan – Executive Director, Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal; Thabo Masombuka – CEO, Construction Sector Charter Council; Joyce Dolly Tembe – President, Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal

Masombuka noted that the Code generally seeks to support all the objectives of transformation and in particular, aims to achieve substantial meaningful and accelerated change in the racial and gender composition of ownership control and management, within the sector. It further aims to promote the effective advancement of employment equity and seeks to address skills development in a manner that accelerates the advancement of Black people, Black women and designated groups with particular emphasis on learnerships, technical and management training.

Executive Director, Vikashnee Harbhajan informed Members that during the period under review the Association delivered on its strategic objectives, obtaining another unqualified audit. Membership closed at 765 at the end of February 2017, with health and safety services being in great demand. Members were applauded for scooping six out of ten awards in the Master Builders South Africa National Health and Safety Competition.

Harbhajan indicated that the Association was committed to transformation of the building industry. This has resulted in a Master Plan on economic transformation which is currently being implemented by the Association. “A Good Practice Note which aims to assist our members with the application of the Preferential Procurement Regulations is in the pipeline and will be released shortly”, stated Harbhajan.

The Executive Director highlighted the success of the Vuka Makhi “Programme, Emerging Contractor Programme and the Bursary Fund.

The Executive Council elected for the next term of office is as follows:

Joyce Dolly Tembe (President)

Mogamat Behardien (Immediate Past President)

Vic Naidoo (Vice President)

Sam Ngcongo, (Vice President)

Francois Louw (Vice President)

Marcus Gonzalves (Vice President)

Ayanda Notshweleka

Thys Blom

Dean Donaldson

Lance Ridl

Phumelele Bam

Chris Cusens

Roland Mudaly

Lesley Chetty

Ray Basson

Patricia Moodley

KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association Executive Council:
Top row left to right: Ray Basson, Francois Louw (VP), Ayanda Notshweleka, Chris Cusens, Dean Donaldson, Lesley Chetty, Lance Ridl, Roland Mudaly, Marcus Gonzalves (VP), Thys Blom
Front row left to right: Mogamat Behardien (Immediate Past President), Vic Naidoo (VP), Joyce Dolly Tembe (President), Patricia Moodley, Sam Ngcongo (VP)