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.
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.
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.”