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



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.

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