Mashaba Appeals To Private Construction Sector To Partner With The City Of Johannesburg To Rebuild The City

Mashaba Appeals To Private Construction Sector To Partner With The City Of Johannesburg To Rebuild The City

Caption: Executive Mayor the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba
Image: constructionshows.com

In his keynote address at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2019 held in Midrand in June– Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Executive Mayor the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba, called on the private construction sector to partner with the City of Johannesburg in ambitious R20 billion project to rebuild and rejuvenate the inner city.

Focusing on the central Johannesburg areas of Yeoville, Berea, Vrededorp, Fairview, Salisbury, Marshalltown, Wolhuter, Turffontein and City and Suburban, work on the above developments will begin in six to eight months.

All in all, the properties awarded as part of 24 tenders hold an investment value of approximately R20 Billion”

Johannesburg has certainly seen better days,” said Mashaba, “but, as the government of the day, we are determined to return this historic city back to its glory days of free enterprise as well as personal and collective success.

Unfortunately, this all-important expo takes place against a backdrop of massive jobs losses, particularly in the construction sector.”

Last month, Stats SA released jobs figures which showed that, in the first quarter of 2019, South Africa experienced an increase in the rate of unemployment arising out of a loss of 237 000 jobs.

The construction sector, for years one of the beacons of hope for our economy, was the biggest contributor, with 142 000 jobs lost in that short period.

Immediate as well as long-term and sustainable solutions are sought, which is why this expo could not have come at a more opportune moment.

How do we get South Africa working again?”

Presently almost 10 million people are without work.

It is absolutely unacceptable that, in a country like ours, with such a massive infrastructure backlog, we can afford to lose 142 000 jobs in the construction sector and do nothing meaningful about it.

Without critical infrastructure like roads, bridges, railway lines, water pipeline networks and electricity reticulation infrastructure, how do we hope to modernize South Africa’s economy and rescue the construction sector?

Above all, we have a massive demand for thousands of low-cost houses, rental units and student accommodation that could get your sector back on its feet.

Certainly, in the City of Jo’burg, we have room for the construction sector to play a meaningful role in this regard. When we took office almost 3 years ago, we discovered a shocking infrastructure backlog exceeding R170 billion.

A staggering housing backlog of over 300 000 units has led to a legacy of land desperation, backyard dwellings, and shack farming.

Far more housing is needed for those belonging to the missing middle and those in need of student accommodation.

Electricity outages produced from a R60 billion backlog in our electricity network produced over 170 000 power outages each year.

We had to contend with water stoppages resulting from a water network backlog of R18 billion which sprung over 45 000 leaks, losing 107 billion litres of this precious resource, each year.

That is why the City of Jo’burg has embarked on an ambitious Inner City Rejuvenation Programme, which seeks to turn Johannesburg into a construction site.

And this is why we recently awarded tenders for 24 developments, spanning 81 properties and pieces of land. Throughout their lifespan, these 24 developments are expected to create 11 000 direct jobs.

It must be noted that the developments will deliver mixed typologies consisting of one bedrooms and two bedroom units.

The tenders in question are intended to result in mixed use development with emphasis on affordable residential units, student accommodation and retail spaces for small businesses.

The City of Johannesburg is yet to come across a development of this size.

There is simply nothing comparable to it, especially if one takes into consideration similar projects that have been attempted in partnership with the private sector.

This is also shaping up to become the biggest volume of property that has been awarded for development, at one go, in the history of the City.  

This project also lends itself to becoming the biggest mixed use development with a special focus on affordable residential units and student accommodation.

But this project is also important for one other reason; it will play a massive role in our efforts to bolster Johannesburg’s economy.

In September 2017, the City Council approved the Inner City Plan, which is a long-term development program that seeks to address spatial, social, and economic inclusion in our City – a project that will see more and more residents living, working, and enjoying life in the city.

In order to realize a minimum 5% economic growth within the City by 2021, we are ensuring that the Inner City boasts an enabling environment for small businesses to flourish and create permanent jobs.

In return, we intend to attract investment of between R16 Billion and R20 Billion annually into rebuilding our Inner City and converting it into a construction site.

But we know that without the private sector and external investment, we cannot succeed.

We operate off the clear understanding that our relationship with business requires government to pave the way for the private sector to unleash its potential and its balance sheet in our City, where profits can be made and jobs created.

We are eagerly awaiting the submission of tenders for a second batch of a further 70 properties that Council recently approved for offer to the private sector.

More will follow as we have already identified about 500 properties throughout the Inner City, and beyond, which have either been abandoned or hijacked. Thousands more jobs will be created during and after construction and tons of building material will be required to do the work.

We therefore call on the construction sector to partner with the City of Jo’burg to get this sector up and running again, and employing more people. And while we intend using the Inner City Rejuvenation Programme to bolster the economy of the City of Johannesburg, we also intend to make it inclusive.

As the City of Johannesburg, we are determined to build an inclusive economy and as such, genuinely Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) will be our only yardstick in determining how we achieve this goal, particularly in relation to this project.

Therefore, we will give preference to companies with the best triple-BEE credentials.

This is an ambitious and historic project that we are undertaking and, as such, we want companies that will succeed based on know-how, and not know-who.

While on the subject of transformation, we also need to radically transform our skills base as a country.

Particular attention needs to be paid to our shrinking base of artisans. That is why we have taken it upon ourselves to train 100 young people as artisans, as a pilot project.

We may be a long way off but we intend to do everything in our power, including using as many of our projects as possible, to take as many people as possible off the City’s unemployment line, especially the youth who account for 40% of the City’s unemployed.

For this, we need a strong partnership with the private sector.

A multi-disciplinary fast-track committee is making inroads into producing an environment which is easier to do business in Johannesburg.

Times for approving building plans, rezoning applications, applying for service connections and the like are beginning to drop to record lows.

It is all about changing red-tape into red-carpet for our business community.

And part of making all of this a reality is to put in place City employees who are capable of discharging their duties efficiently and effectively.

I wish to say that the ongoing success of our Inner City Rejuvenation Programme continues to be a source of great pride for myself, officials of the City of Johannesburg and our government.

Although the project is still very much in its infancy, the overwhelming interest shown by investors and property players, indicates that we are onto something transformational.

Slowly but surely, we are restoring confidence in the Inner City as well as other important nodes and building it where none existed before.

Slowly but surely, we are fulfilling our promise of turning Johannesburg into a construction site that will create thousands of much-needed jobs.

As always, I invite you to partner with us, not only to extract value from these initiatives, but to put value back into the City.

What is most exciting about our Inner City Rejuvenation Programme is the ripple effect it will have on the construction sector, which has seen some of the biggest and reputable companies going under and losing jobs.

I often wonder how many jobs this sector could create if every major city around the country used Johannesburg’s blueprint for getting South Africans working again.

We may never know the answer to this question but I can assure you that, as far as the City of Jo’burg is concerned, we will do all that we can, through this project, to provide an economic stimulus to the construction sector.

Construction expo a resounding success

Construction expo a resounding success

Roy Mnisi and Mohau Mphomela – Executive Directors of Master Builders South Africa and of Master Builders Association North respectively, represented the building and construction sector in a panel discussion on infrastructure

The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2018 staged at Gallagher Estate in Midrand in May was a resounding success.

The quality of exhibits and level of expertise on each was of the highest standard, as was the calibre of visitor attending the expo and its many workshops and panel discussions.

Geoffrey Green, Marketing Manager of Mapei told South African Builder that: “The number of strong and positive enquiries we’ve received on the first morning alone have far exceed that of the entire 2017 expo.”

Another well known product supplier to the constructions sector, A Shak, told us that increasing their floor space at this year’s Expo was more than justified by the level of enquiries received.

Roy Mnisi and Mohau Mphomela – Executive Directors of Master Builders South Africa and of Master Builders Association North respectively, represented the building and construction sector in a panel discussion on infrastructure, during which they pledged to engage closely with the NHBRC and the Gauteng MEC on Infrastructure to provide support and direction in the provision of qualified contractors from its membership base.

A detailed report on the Expo will be published in the June issue of South African Builder.

Transformation initiatives revitalize South Africa’s construction industry

Transformation initiatives revitalize South Africa’s construction industry

What are acceptable tools of measurement and how do you analyze transformation in South Africa’s construction industry? With transformation now at the helm of many development partnerships, South Africa’s construction industry calls for expanded governance in the sector to promote an enabling environment for the empowerment of historically underprivileged groups. Community engagement and building capacity for small to medium sized contractors, women contractors, black contractors and other underprivileged groups has been identified as key to driving transformation and ultimately building the national economy.

Transformation and small, medium and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) development plays a critical role in building, advancing and innovating the industry. Development in South Africa cannot happen without it; growth cannot happen without it; socio-economic paradigm shifts cannot happen without it; and poverty cannot be reduced without it.

In recognition of current industry trends and of transformation in particular, the 6th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is joining forces with the National African Federation for the Building Industry (NAFBI) to co-locate their respective 2018 annual platforms which will be hosted from 16 to 17 May 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The co-located events open on 16 May 2018 with a joint keynote session dedicated to transformation and empowerment and its role in unlocking the future potential of the construction industry both locally and across the continent.

The keynote discussion focuses on how government and community stakeholders can collaborate to empower SMMEs and other underprivileged groups. “An all-star line-up of cardinal leaders defining catalytic projects will discuss the role of both public and private sector in infrastructure development, spatial transformation, economic empowerment, alternative building materials for sustainability and more,” says Aubrey Tshalata, National President, National African Federation for the Building Industry of the joint keynote session.

Founded in 1979, the National African Federation for the Building Industry (NAFBI) is the oldest and largest Building and Construction Industry Federation in South Africa. For the first time in 2018, the annual NAFBI conference aligns with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo to deliver a comprehensive platform providing access to an indoor/outdoor exhibition hosting more than 200 exhibitors, an interactive training and education programme including Africa’s only Contractors Corner and Digital Knowledge Lounge and unprecedented networking opportunities with over 9000 built environment professionals who will be in attendance over the two days of the event. In line with transformation and empowerment defining the cornerstone of South Africa’s construction industry narrative this year, the event will also launch the African Construction Awards Gala Dinner, powered by NAFBI​, and taking place on the evening of 16 May 2018. This premier awards evening recognizes key players in the construction sector, and includes awards categories such as:
– BBBEE with a focus on excellence in enterprise development and transformation
– Safety
– Women in Construction
– Projects and contracts
– Excellence in construction media and communications

The convergence of these events provides the industry with an opportunity to discuss and define the tools of measurement and analysis for transformation as well as a yardstick against which to measure the pace of transformation for the construction industry at annual intervals. Africa still needs an annual investment of approximately R 93 billion to bridge its infrastructure gap, 33% of which is required for infrastructure maintenance alone. The rising demand for infrastructure and service delivery can be directly translated into growth opportunities that, once coupled with transformation initiatives, provide unlimited possibility for an infrastructural and economic awakening across South Africa and the continent.

Sponsored by AMF, Ashak Construction, Liebherr, Carmix, Knauf, PMSA, Bosch, Mapei, Total and supported by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development and over 80 association and media partners featuring more than 200 exhibitors across the indoor/outdoor exhibition, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo caters to the entire built environment value chain from concrete technologist to small contractor to consulting engineer.

Date: 16 – 17 May 2018
Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre
Time: 16 May 09:00 – 18:00 | 17 May 2018 09:00 – 16:00

Free Tickets Available for Africa’s Mega Construction and Infrastructure Show

African-Construction-and-Totally-Concrete-ExpoFree Tickets Available for Africa’s Mega Construction and Infrastructure Show

The Gauteng construction, cement and concrete industries are abuzz with excitement as over 71,000 free tickets to the fifth annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo – taking place on 23 and 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre – have been made available. These can be claimed from 92 participating building material retail stores across Johannesburg and Pretoria as well as at select traffic intersections.

Ticket holders will have access to an array of opportunities to network, expand their industry expertise, earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, try out the latest technologies and stand the chance of winning prizes with a combined value of R100,000.

A variety of interactive workshops will be held on the Expo floor at no cost. These CPD-accredited sessions will allow participants to develop skills and gain insight into the business and project aspects of the construction industry. Architects will receive 0.2 credits for Category One (development activities) and an additional 0.2 for Category Three (individual activities) per day of attendance. Quantity surveyors will obtain five CPD hours in Category One for taking part in the training on 23 May. The assessment and validation of CPD points for registered professional engineers is currently underway by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering.

Learning opportunities extend to the six zones spanning the interactive indoor and outdoor exhibition where more than 200 leading construction industry suppliers will be on hand to educate visitors about the latest advances in concrete, construction, digital construction, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) services, surfaces and finishes as well as tools and equipment. The zones have been introduced at this year’s Expo to bring inextricably linked, priority industry segments together under one roof and give professionals working across varied sectors the opportunity to network and share knowledge.

Attendees can pop in at events co-located with the Expo including workshops held by the South African Institute of Building Design and Southern Africa Readymix Association, GreenCape industry body meeting and Digital Construction Expo (DCE2017). However, some of these may require registration and payment.

Those who do venture into DCE2017 can join free software workshops where they can get a better understanding of how the software solutions and BIM tools available to them can assist in unlocking future industry development and earning potential. They can also enter the Drone Zone – designed to get professionals out of the office and introduced to this simulated flying experience that also has innovative applications for the industry.

Over the course of the two-day Expo, visitors can participate in competitions and give-aways for the chance to win prizes ranging from Builders Warehouse vouchers, smartphones and tablets to four-ball golf games, safety boots and association subscriptions.

“Judging by the level of excitement in Gauteng at the moment, this year’s African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is not only going to be a huge success, but will also be the perfect platform to secure business for the rest of 2017,” says African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo Marketing Director, Dianne Bussel.

Tickets to the must-attend show for the built environment are available from Talisman Hire, DIY Depot, Hiremax, Cashbuild, MICA, Build It, Builders Warehouse, Jack’s Paint, Easybuild and SA Timber and Brick Warehouse. Keep an eye out for Expo ambassadors handing them out in Gauteng’s streets too.

 

For more information or to register, visit http://totallyconcrete.co.za