Congress 2018 grapples with issues affecting our construction industry and country

Congress 2018 grapples with issues affecting our construction industry and country

Roy Mnisi, Executive Director of Master Builders South Africa, addresses delegates at Congress 2018

A summary of the 113th Master Builders South Africa Congress held on 10 and 11 September 2018 at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth. A comprehensive report on Congress will be published in the October issue of SA Builder.

Issues impacting the South African construction industry – and the country as a whole – came under the spotlight at this year’s Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress.

Under the theme of Building South Africa Together, building industry leaders, economists, educators and other relevant stakeholders shared knowledge, information and ideas during the challenging debates and thought-provoking discussions that characterise Congress.

Kicking off the event, MBSA Executive Director Roy Mnisi, said: “We are holding this gathering at a time when our industry is facing unprecedented challenges such as declining investment from both private and public sectors, significant drops in share prices of listed construction companies as well as liquidations of established firms and SMMEs due to the tough economic position we find ourselves in. This Congress will not only highlight the state of the industry, but will also sketch out scenarios to ready us for the future.”

Master Builders South Africa Congress 2018 saw Vic Naidoo (L) installed
as Vice President and John Matthews (R) as President for the forthcoming
2018/2019 term

Delivering the Congress’ keynote address on The State of the Construction Industry and Where to from Here, MBSA President, John Matthews, said: “The past 10 years have seen little to no growth in the building industry. This is the fifth consecutive quarter that the construction industry has declined, reducing its value from R110 billion to R108 billion. Added to this is a lack of skilled labour and supervision, collusion and the tangible and non-tangible costs thereof, along with mistrust between contractors and clients with R6.6 billion owed by clients. Construction companies are either in liquidation or business rescue and many others are in distress. Although government has allocated R50 billion to infrastructure, this means nothing because available funds are not being spent and we will continue to see things play out in the way they did with Liviero and Basil Read, either because of a lack of will to execute or failure to pay contractors when invoices are due.”

On the issue of skills development, Paul Dhlamini, Levies and Grants Manager at Services Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), revealed that artisan development has become a national priority. “The country has a shortage of artisans to such an extent that the Minister of Higher Education has signed an agreement with the President to produce 30 000 skilled artisans by the end of 2030. It was deemed necessary to make artisan development non-sector based so that all of the SETAs can contribute money to ensure that we train artisans and reduce employment.”

A key feature of every Congress are the Technical Workshops which enable teams of experts from various facets of the industry to debate the issues surrounding Construction Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), Education, Training & Transformation in the Construction Industry and Regulatory, Contractual and Legal Matters in the Construction Industry. This year, the bulk of the second day was devoted to these.

Some of the resolutions that emerged from these sessions included the hosting of OH&S workshops, forums and training interventions to help reduce fatalities within the industry; curriculum development to meet future needs, particularly those of the fourth industrial revolution; and sending a joint delegation comprised of the implementing agent and local Master Builders Association to the government department that is late on payment to the member.

Matthews brought this year’s event to a close by saying: “It is my hope that we can report on the progress we have made on these and other resolutions at next year’s MBSA Congress which will be taking place in Gauteng.”

Congress 2018 to Tackle Building Industry Issues

Congress 2018 to Tackle Building Industry Issues

Topics such as intimidation on building sites, the impact of the fourth industrial revolution on the construction industry, as well as the development of the sector will all come under the spotlight at the annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress, taking place on the 10th and 11th of September 2018 at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth.

The Congress, now in its 113th year, has become an important platform for addressing issues and opportunities within the South African building and construction industry with input from government, building industry leaders, academia, economists and other relevant stakeholders. Under the overarching theme of Building South Africa Together, speakers from these and other sectors will be exploring matters currently impacting the industry.

Kicking off the Congress will be Councillor Athol Trollip, Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality who will be welcoming an anticipated 350 delegates to his city. This will be followed by the keynote address delivered on Construction Sector Development: 2020 and Beyond.

Afterwards, a lively panel discussion on the subject of Building South Africa Together will be headlined by John Matthews, the President of Master Builders South Africa. The conversation will consider the benefits of foreign direct investment in building the South African economy, the collapse of local construction companies and the impact on the industry, along with the relationship between land ownership and infrastructure development, amongst other matters.

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

The future of the industry and country will be unpacked throughout the course of the Congress, with talks on topics such as South Africa’s economic outlook and its impact on construction, as well as Indlulamithi: South Africa Scenarios 2030.

With MBSA members and their employees increasingly experiencing violent intimidation and harassment at the hands of mafia-style business forums on construction sites around the country, retired Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, will be sharing his insights on How to prevent and deal with intimidation and illegal stoppages on construction sites.

A key feature of every Congress are the technical breakaway sessions which enable teams of experts from various aspects of the industry to debate the issues of Construction Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), Skills Development and Regulatory, Contractual and Legal Matters in the Construction Industry. This year, a fourth breakaway session on Support for Emerging Contractors will be added, covering discussion points such as finding and obtaining work; transformation of the construction sector; and running an efficient building project.

Another regular highlight is the exhibition which coincides with the Congress and showcases the latest innovations in the industry, along with services available to MBSA members.

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

MBSA Executive Director Roy Mnisi says: “I invite all members of the building and construction industry, suppliers and service providers to join us at this year’s Congress to learn about how we can all play a part in building South Africa together.”

To register, or for more information about the Congress, visit www.congress.masterbuilders.org. To keep up-to-date with the latest happenings, follow the Congress’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Master Builders South Africa – Congress 2018 – PE 9-11 September

Master Builders South Africa – Congress 2018 – PE 9-11 September

The Master Builders Annual Congress is a major highlight on the construction industry calendar that is aimed at addressing immediate issues and opportunities within the South African building and construction industry. It is an inclusive event, covering contributions from government, building industry leaders and all relevant stakeholders.

Attendance is by leaders and owners of established and emerging businesses in the industry, senior government officials from sector departments, representatives from local government, financial institutions, suppliers in the construction industry and many more. Approximately 350 delegates are expected to attend this year’s event.

Congress 2018 takes place at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth from 9 to 11 September 2018.

Click here to see the programme and to register

Telephone: +27 11 205 9000

Email: congress@masterbuilders.org.za