MBA NC Elects Andrews as President

MBA NC Elects Andrews as President

At it’s 75th Annual General Meeting held in Kimberley the Master Builders Association – Northern Cape (MBA NC) elected Graham Andrews as its President for the 2019/2020 period. Keith van Rensburg was elected as Senior Vice President and Eddie du Toit as Junior Vice President.

During his presentation the outgoing President Keith van Rensburg emphasised the fact that during the past year there had been a significant downturn in the Industry with no notable contracts currently in the pipeline, except for the Sol Plaatje University ongoing projects. Most of these projects has been done by sub-contractors from beyond the borders of the Northern Cape.

The newly elected Executive Committee members are as follows: From left: Martin Jooste, Dudley Dally, President Graham Andrews, Snr. Vice President Keith van Rensburg and Jnr. Vice President Eddie du Toit. Absent were Yolande Botha and Kobus Duvenhage.

The implementation of the minimum wages had no great effect on the Building Industry in the region, as most contractors were paying their employees above the stipulated rate before implementation.

The MBA NC is holding head above water even though membership is declining. He thanked all members for upholding the Association and expressed hope that the future becomes brighter for all parties involved in the Industry.

Following the meeting the winners of the regional Health & Safety Competition were announced:

1st Place: Kobus Duvenhage Bouers in the R20-50 million category for the New Factory for Solar Salt Processors Upington.

Left: FJ Henzen (Kobus Duvenghage Bouers) Right: outgoing President Keith van Rensburg.

Left: Eddie du Toit (Tswela Construction) Right: outgoing President Keith van Rensburg.

Kobus Duvenhage – Plant & Yard Inkuba Ready Mix Upington.

The New Factory for Solar Salt Processors Upington

Embattled Northern Cape construction sector still under siege

Embattled Northern Cape construction sector still under siege

Master Builders Association Northern Cape (MBA Northern Cape) held its Annual General meeting in Kimberley in July 2017, at which the new Executive Committee for 2017/2018 was announced – as were the winners of the Regional Health and Safety competition.

MBA Northern Cape Executive Committee: Keith van Rensburg – Senior Vice President; Graham Andrews – President; Dudley Dally; Martin Jooste; Eddie du Toit -Junior Vice President; and Benno Jacobs. Not present: Kobus Duvenhage.

During his presentation the president, Graham Andrews, stated that although it seems as if the building industry in Kimberley is booming the local builders and suppliers are going through a lean period as most of the construction is being done by contractors and sub-contractors from other regions. Construction has also slowed down to a snail’s pace in surrounding areas.

Sol Plaatje University Photo: M&D Construction

The good news however is that new projects at the Sol Plaatje University have been taken over from Wits and will be handled by a local team who have committed to make sure that local contractors and merchants will be used where possible.

The winners of the MBA Northern Cape Health and Safety competition are as follows:

Category Winner

Plant & Yard RMD. KwikForm

Projects R10 – R20 Million Kobus Duvenhage Construction for Quinn Flats, Kimberley

Projects R50 – R120 Million Kobus Duvenhage Construction for the Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Kimberley

Current construction projects in progress in the region include:

Lenmed Hospital; Sol Plaatje University; Drug Rehabilitation Centre; and the Mental Hospital.