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What is Building Information Modelling

Sarah Lorek: Constructible BIM model of a bridge built with BIM models only – no drawings Across the world, BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a crucial and even mandated process to ensure the planning, design, and construction of buildings is highly efficient and collaborative. Read on to discover what BIM is, how BIM is used, […]

Building an architectural legacy with Corobrik

Clay face brick and paving will always play a significant role in the built environment. Here five leading architects describe how Corobrik products have allowed them to realise their aesthetic and technical ambitions on a range of projects, from a retail destination to affordable housing and a high court building.  Legacy Yard, Umhlanga Arch Corobrik […]

Budget 2021: Getting down to ‘WORK’

The adage of being caught between a rock and a hard place is an understatement when compared to the balancing act required of South Africa’s financial plan for the year. The reality is that an under-performing economy and the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic mean less will raised by way of taxes. At the same […]

SA’s construction industry can build its way back to success in 2021

Eben Meyburgh: CEO – GVK-Siya Zama In his State of the Nation Address (SONA 2021), President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the R100 billion Infrastructure Fund is now in full operation. He said that infrastructure projects that have been planned will lead to the revival of the construction industry and the creation of much-needed jobs. With […]

The Basics of Lean Construction Methods

Contributions from: Holly Welles and Kendall Jones – Construct Connect The notion of doing more with less has integrated itself into countless industries. The pressure to achieve greater results with fewer resources is immense, and the construction industry isn’t immune to it. Projects have grown more complex and challenging over time with tighter timelines, regulations […]

Roy Bowles Construction is nominated for international award on Shamwari Game Reserve renovation project

Eastern Cape-based construction firm Roy Bowles Construction, has been selected as one of the top 5 African contractors nominated for an award in the Leisure Development Category of the International Property Awards. The Awards are world-renowned and celebrate high levels of achievement in architecture, development and interior design in projects across the world and the […]

Construction Industry Unites To form a National Umbrella Body

By Construction Alliance South Africa South Africa’s construction industry has now united to form an umbrella body, the Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA) that is made up of 29 of the sectors’ professional, contractor, supplier and other bodies. The alliance was officially launched on 21 January 2021. Industry stalwart, John Matthews who is the chairperson […]

The 2020 Employment Equity Amendment Bill – What you need to know

By Neil Coetzer and Rod Harper (Cowan-Harper-Madikizela Attorneys)  The latest draft of the Employment Equity Amendment Bill was published on 20 July 2020, several years after the initial draft appeared for comment. The latest version, which will be heading to Parliament, includes controversial amendments to the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 (“the EEA”) which […]

Construction Health and Safety Under the Microscope At FEM’s 2020 Health And Safety Awards

This year, the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd (FEM) 2020 Health and Safety awards were held digitally for the first time in the award’s history, in line with Covid-19 precautions. The awards enable FEM to recognise member companies in the construction industry which have maintained high standards of health and safety (H&S) […]

Extracts From “Opportunities and Benefits Through Social Housing” By Rory Gallocher, CEO, Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA)

Income inequality South Africa is becoming increasingly unequal. Income inequality is on an upward trajectory and has decoupled from the average for emerging markets. Unemployment SA’s overall and youth unemployment is significantly higher than the average for emerging markets. Challenges These comprise growing an inclusive economy, eliminating poverty, inclusive growth, qualitative transformation through a change […]

Revolutionary Green Roofing

By utilising 98% waste material, Harvey EcoTile® is a 100% recyclable roof tile that provides superior functional benefits to concrete or clay roof tiles. Roof tile design has seen minimal innovation in centuries. Thick, heavy concrete or clay tiles are simply stacked upon one another and held down by their considerable weight. This in turn […]

TCI Finalises Online Concrete Training Programme For Next Year

The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology (SCT) has finalised its programme of online training courses for 2021. Fourteen courses are planned, including the start of the pinnacle of concrete diploma courses: Advanced Concrete Technology. John Roxburgh, Senior Lecturer at the SCT, says the SCT ran its last lecture-driven course at the end of March […]

Project Managing Construction Projects On Fully Operational Hospital Sites Is No Mean Feat

Major construction and refurbishment projects conducted on fully operational hospital sites lead to a host of challenges given the nature and sensitivity of the location, the complexities and intricacies of which become magnified when it involves a heritage building next to a busy maternity block and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) building. Global professional services company, […]

Building a post-pandemic construction sector 

By Cyril Vuyani Gamede  It is widely accepted that, the best way for the government to stimulate the economy, thus ensuring its quick recovery, is by developing and executing an infrastructure-led economic recovery plan. Job creation in the construction sector will be a vital indicator to measure the success of South Africa’s economic recovery plan. […]

Stagnant Websites Are Weapons Of Self-Destruction

It is time the construction industry realised that proper marketing holds the key to growth and survival – particularly in the current economic climate, says Jan de Beer, professional writer and publicity consultant. De Beer has extensive experience in journalism and has consulted on media matters to dozens of construction and engineering companies and associations […]

Big boost for the production of engineering students

The decision to establish two new engineering degree programmes at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) will greatly contribute to the success of the country’s efforts to prioritise infrastructure development as the driving force for economic recovery.   Mr Cyril Gamede, the Chief Executive Officer of the Construction Industry Development Board, says the two new programmes will […]

Are SMEs ready for SA’s economic rebound?

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting global recession handed a severe blow to South African Small to Medium Businesses (SMEs). According to a Mckinsey SME Financial Pulse survey published in July, 70% of SMEs were already cutting back on expenditure and retrenching staff. By the end of the second quarter, StatsSA reported 2.2 million job […]

Extracts From “Ventilation And Covid-19” By Garth Hunter, Occupational Hygienist MSc, ROH SAIOH, CM Saiosh

The size of the droplet / aerosol is critical The airborne virus is not naked and the size of the carrier drop or aerosol defines transport: how long it stays afloat, how far it can travel, how quickly it falls to surfaces, where it deposits in the respiratory system and how efficiently it is removed […]

Could this be the “secret” to the successful rollout of the President’s infrastructure ERRP?

By Simon Norton, International Zinc Association Africa Desk The rollout of infrastructure, along with energy, is a key part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP). This infrastructure drive has mostly been met with skepticism, thanks to a government track record marred by corruption, bribery and sub-standard work that pays little heed […]

Property Sector Charter Council and Property Point COLLABORATE to speed up transformation in industry

The Property Sector Charter Council (PSCC) has formed a partnership with award winning business accelerator Property Point (PP) to develop and fast track the participation of black entrepreneurs in the Property Sector. This is a critical step in consolidating SMME support, ensuring that a design-centred approach is demand-led and results in tangible impact, while bringing […]

2020 PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative winner announced

On 11 November 2020, students, lecturers, industry professionals and the extended PG Bison family came together across the country for the first-ever digital awards gala ceremony for the 1.618 Education Initiative. After introducing the audience to all the top ten finalists, the big moment finally arrived, and the 2020 winner was announced as Armand Barnard, interior design student […]

ECONOMICAL TILT-UP CONSTRUCTION DESERVES MORE DESIGN CONSIDERATION, SAYS TCI

Tilt-up construction, often overlooked in the design of new concrete structures, can be an economical alternative to traditional building materials and does not negatively affect a structure’s looks and durability, says Gary Theodosiou, engineer and lecturer at The Concrete Institute. Theodosiou says the economic viability of tilt-up/precast construction can be maximised by repetition: repeating identical panels […]

Betterect’s Vamosem semi-mobile crusher plant: ‘steeling the show’ at Steel Awards 2020

Betterect, a South African specialist in the fabrication and erection of large steel structures within the mining, petrochemical and other industries, both locally and internationally, recently won the Industry category of the prestigious annual Steel Awards 2020. Held each year in recognition of excellence within the built environment, the Steel Awards serves as a platform […]

CONCRETE THAT WORKS FINE – WITHOUT ANY SAND

No-fines concrete (NFC) is obtained by eliminating the fine material – sand – from the normal concrete mix. Instead, single-sized coarse aggregates are surrounded and held together by a thin layer of cement paste to add strength. Among the main advantages of NFC is economy in materials, higher thermal insulating values, lower shrinkage, and lower unit weight and density.  It is […]

Construction sector is critical to SA’s post-COVID economic recovery

Traditionally, the development of risk management plans is tailored to address assessed and quantified risks. There is however always the ‘the unknown factor’. Enter the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, we have faced localised pandemics before, but never one on such a globally synchronous scale, thanks to global travel and trade. It propelled the entire world […]

Paragon Interface completes multi-company fit-out at 1 Park Lane

If designing the interior fit-out for an iconic building is not enough of a demanding challenge, imagine the complexities that arise when such a building contains a number of different clients, each with their own requirements, branding and aesthetics. This was the challenge that faced interior architecture company Paragon Interface, part of the Paragon Group, […]

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES LARGEST STUMBLING BLOCK TO ROLLING OUT PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

In June this year, while National Treasury called for public commentary on the Draft Public Procurement Bill, President Ramaphosa held the Inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium (SIDSSA). Out of this, National Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille announced 276 projects aimed to fast track a “robust infrastructure pipeline” purported to set South […]

Fabric Masks: Important information on the do’s and don’ts of which masks to use

General fabric masks with breathing valves and fabric neck buffs Fabric face masks for general public use with valves or vents permit air to be exhaled through an opening in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others – potentially enabling the spread of Covid-19. General public fabric face masks […]

ESTABLISHMENT OF LOCALISATION TARGETS

As you may be aware, the recently announced Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) announced by President Ramaphosa lists various interventions to return the economy to growth. This follows extensive engagement between social partners at NEDLAC. Among the economic interventions outlined in the ERRP is a commitment to greater localisation from social partners, including specific […]

Unpacking the digital transformation of the built environment

RIB CCS’s #FutureNow virtual conference emphasises how engineering and construction companies can embrace and fast-track their digital transformation journey. RIB CCS, the leading supplier of specialised software solutions to the engineering and construction industry, is hosting its first ever #FutureNow virtual conference on 11 November 2020, addressing the challenges and benefits associated with the adaptation, digitisation and transformation […]

University of Fort Hare Student Village

The largest student housing project ever undertaken by a South African public university is currently under construction at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) in the Eastern Cape. The 2 047-bed student village is being developed by student accommodation group STAG African in conjunction with East London-based contractor Dewing Construction. It aims to address a major […]

Asbestos

Pandemics manifest in various ways, impacting all of us and leaving behind pain, suffering and disbelief. Not only is the coronavirus on the rampage, but Britain has in the past year experienced more than 2 000 asbestos-related deaths especially in construction related industries. For many years, asbestos was used in almost every public and commercial […]

How Does Local Government In SA Stack Up To Global Rivals?

The recent Auditor General of South Africa’s (AGSA) report on the performance of local government has revealed that municipalities are in need of strong governance and better reporting, with only 7,3% of municipalities achieving a clean audit. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has recently published a national equivalent of the international standard ISO […]

Realising the Potential of Cape York

Previously owned by the Bank of Mozambique and abandoned, Cape York had been hijacked and fraudulently sold, with several “owners” allowing it to become severely overcrowded and collecting rent illegally. It was infamous as a hub for drug trafficking and prostitution, lacked running water, power and sanitation and had seen two fires that claimed lives. […]

The Perfect Tool For Crane Planning

Whether planning a new factory, plant or warehousing extensions, drawing up architectural plans or designs that accurately reflect crane space requirements will save time, eliminate cost wastage whilst enhancing productivity and safety. Architects, industrial designers and metal building manufacturers can now access vast amounts of crane-related data and the Konecranes electronic crane catalogue by using […]

MBA North and PRAWA partner to bring standards to the roofing industry

The Master Builders Association (MBA) North and the Professional Roof Repair and Waterproofing Association (PRAWA) have agreed to collaborate in order to accelerate the drive to introduce standards for the roofing and waterproofing industry. “The start of the rainy season on the highveld is a good time to drive home the message that it does not […]

Construction industry seeks solutions to ‘disruptive’ local business forums

Business forums – groupings representing local communities who disrupt building sites – are here to stay and the construction sector needs to find ways to include them in construction projects. This was the outcome of a panel discussion comprising contractors, the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) and a body representing business forums held recently at MDA […]

SACPCMP Examinations to Commence in October 2020

The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) confirms that its registration examinations will resume as of 20 October 2020. The examination process was put on hold due to a combination of Covid-19 related event restrictions under the National Lockdown period, as well as the upgrade of the Council’s registration system. […]

Lighting For Residential And Commercial Use

The kind of lighting utilised in domestic, commercial and industrial settings impacts on occupant well-being, efficiency, utilitarianism and aesthetics. Lighting influences human circadian rhythms, emotions, productivity and fitness. Comprehending the different effects the types of lighting have is to key to choosing right type. Worth remembering is the activity to be performed in the room […]

Corobrik Is Here For The Building Industry

Following the announcement by Corobrik of the appointment of Chief Operating Officer, Nick Booth, as the new Chief Executive Officer, Booth spoke with SA Builder. How are you settling into your new position, and what is the future of Corobrik? I am settling into my new position well and wrapping my arms around it; leveraging my […]

SA Builder Report

My tenure as editor at SA Builder began with the resignation of industry stalwart and ex-editor John Thome in early 2020, and coincided with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the various level lockdowns, in which the construction industry ground to a halt, took a dive, and negatively affected the revenue of SA Builder. […]

MBA North announces winners of 2020 safety competition

On 18th September 2020, the Master Builders Association North (MBA North) announced the winners in its prestigious annual safety competition, which recognises best practice in construction site safety. Awards were given in nine categories. The formal Safety Competition Awards Ceremony did not take place this year in order to comply with COVID-19 regulations. “Despite the […]

Technology is disrupting the way we design, build, and operate buildings.

Autodesk and WorldsView are hosting CWx Africa – a virtual event taking place on 22 and 23 September. The Converged Workflow Experience (CWx) comprises four tracks dedicated to the digitization of workflows in each of the Build, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and PEM (Process, Energy & Mining) segments. Executives from technology users, resellers and vendors will showcase, challenge, discuss and share insight into […]

RENEWABLE SECTOR UNPACKS THE ENERGY TRANSITION AND ITS ROLE IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The renewable energy sector and its stakeholders will be gathering on the Windaba 2020 Virtual Marketplace platform, 26 to 27 October 2020, to unpack the role of the industry in the Energy Transition, for the decade ahead.  “The drive towards renewable energy in South Africa remains a high priority for government’s economic recovery plans, making this […]

PrīmX – Future Ready Jointless Flooring In South Africa

Concrete is one of the most frequently used building materials but has remained mostly unchanged. Traditional concrete is cement, stone, and sand, sometimes reinforced with mesh. Strong in compression but weak in tension. Concrete is prone to shrinkage, cracking, and curling, resulting in significant maintenance budgets for warehousing facilities. Welcome to the world’s first FUTURE […]

High-Speed Doors Can Increase Productivity

With companies under pressure to ensure as contactless operation as possible, automated high-speed doors are becoming a viable option. Not only does use of this type of door increase productivity, but it will allow the opening and closing function to be done without the need for personnel to touch the actual door. This is according […]

IWH Trade Association And Professional Body

The Institute for Work at Height (IWH) was initially formed as a trade association in January 2009, being a merger of the Specialised Access Engineering Manufacturers Association (SAEMA) and the Rope Access And Fall Arrest Association (RAFAA), desirous of creating safety awareness and in turn “professionalism in the overall Work At Height Industry”. Soon other […]

PowerOptimal Provides Low Energy Cost Water Heating Solution

Elon PV range makes solar heating available to more South Africans The recently inked exclusive partnership between PowerOptimal, a leader in innovative sustainable energy and demand management solutions, and Electrolux SA, a subsidiary of Swedish global appliance giant Electrolux, is set to meet the ever-increasing demand for cost-effective and sustainable solar photovoltaic (PV) water heating […]

Extracts From “Management Of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) For Covid 19: Experiences In The Construction Industry”

By Gerhard Roets, Construction Health & Safety Manager, Master Builders Association North Identify Covid-19 suspects: access control on construction sites Screening will be conducted on all employees, visitors and contractors requiring entry to the workplace. Before entering the work premises, employees should be alerted that if they are coughing, have a fever or flu-like symptoms, […]

Master Builders Free State

Master Builders and Allied Trades Association (Free State), known as MBA FS, was founded in 1952 and has been an institution for 68 year now. MBA Free State is affiliated with MBSA, which is an organisation which speaks on behalf of its members and specialised affiliate members. MBA Free State is part of a federation […]

Free webinar arms engineers, designers and architects with expert knowledge on continuous galvanized sheeting and its practical applications

Following on from a very successful webinar on the Essentials of Galvanizing in July 2020, the African chapter of the International Zinc Association (IZA) has once again partnered with Creamer Media’s Engineering News to present a follow-up session, aptly titled Continuous Galvanizing, aimed at designers, engineers, architects and industry specifiers. The free 90-minute webinar takes […]

CDE announces global virtual symposium for the wet processing industry

CDE, the industry-leading manufacturer of wet processing equipment, has announced plans to host a virtual trade event for the materials wet processing industry across the globe. Continuing its Engineering Insights education series, the major two-day virtual event will take place on October 14–15. Across the two days, CDE experts, together with a host of guests […]

South Africa moves to Lockdown Level 2

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 15 August 2020 that the whole of South Africa will move to Alert Level 2 as of midnight on 17 August 2020. Nearly all of the restrictions on the resumption of economic activity across most industries can now be removed. The restrictions that are being lifted are as follows:  […]

MBA Bulletin East Cape : 18 August 2020

Perhaps a little time for reflection as we move to Lockdown Level 2. When lockdown started it was March, and summer and I don’t think any of us really knew what to expect. It’s been almost 5 months of new challenges and although some folk are referring to the “new normal”, nothing has been normal […]

HEELS IN CONSTRUCTION

The Construction industry is among the most male-dominated industries world-wide. However, in South Africa, women seem to be well represented in the industry and can get even better. According to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), 48% of South Africa’s construction companies are owned by women. This shows that great amount of efforts is done […]

Women in South African Construction

Construction is still largely regarded as a male domain, and women are not taken seriously as professionals in construction. Society, tradition, organisation culture, and sexist attitudes play a key role when appointing women in leadership positions. Construction should not be male dominated because it is considered ‘rough and tough’, and women should be given a […]

AfriSam: Creating Concrete Possibilities

“AfriSam has been operating for more than 85 years and despite the extremely tough economic environment, the company still has a vision of being around and making a positive contribution to the development of our country’s infrastructure through the products and services it provides, but first, we have to position our business correctly so that […]

The Role Of Wind In Green Recovery

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is pushing for a green economic recovery plan, which should consider renewable energy as one of the main components of the government economic stimulus package post-Covid-19. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a severe strain on the economy of South Africa resulting in disruption of capital flows, increased unemployment […]

Sub-Standard Handrailing A Safety Concern

In this tough economic climate purchasing decisions are, in many cases, based on price alone. This is of major concern, as individuals with little understanding of the technical aspects behind a product such as handrailing can unwittingly compromise the safety of people. Dean Weil, Operations Executive of Mentis Africa, cautions those making this type of […]

Extracts From “Guidance On Routine And Deep Cleaning Of Workplaces When Covid-19 Positive Cases Have Been Identified”, By Dr Charlene Andraos

Frequency of cleaning/disinfection Workplaces to be cleaned daily. The frequency of cleaning will increase if: Workplace operates in shifts (clean between shifts). Equipment is shared (clean between uses). Disinfect when there is likelihood of contamination: Suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19 at the workplace. At workplaces with high volume of workers, customers or visitors that are likely […]

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal held its 119th Annual General meeting on 30 June 2020 via the Microsoft Teams platform, which saw Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo of Dambuza Community Development Trust elected to a second term as President of the Association. In his address, he stated that the Association would vigorously pursue the relevant strategies to build a […]

Why The Construction And Civil Engineering Industry Cannot Afford To Skimp On Galvanising As It Prepares For Covid-19 Recovery

By Simon Norton, International Zinc Association, Africa Desk If South Africa is to have any hope of economic recovery post-Covid-19, no sector of the economy can afford to do things the way they did before. President Cyril Ramaphosa has said as much in several of his addresses to the nation and we are currently going […]

FREE webinar on the essentials of galvanizing

The International Zinc Association, in partnership with Creamer Media’s Engineering News, are hosting a FREE webinar to launch their new book, The Essentials of Galvanizing, focused on arming engineers, designers and architects with expert knowledge on the long-term value of galvanizing. Webinar details as follows: Date: Wednesday, 15 July Time: 15:00 Cost: FREE Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/tJIqceqhrDMoHdXfdrxH_e2_sEmOgiNkTLal/success?user_id=jvZIU37hSYauAkEt-jRxBw&timezone_id=Africa%2FJohannesburg

MBA North welcomes government’s infrastructure strategy but says implementation is critical

The Master Builders Association (MBA) North has broadly welcomed President Ramaphosa’s vision of massive infrastructure spending as the “flywheel” of South Africa’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking at the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium, President Ramaphosa said that 88 investment-ready projects had already been identified by the Presidency’s infrastructure and investment head Dr Kgosientsho Ramakgopa […]

Q&A With Bheki Mdlalose, Group Managing Director, Grinaker-LTA

What was the background for the acquisition of Grinaker-LTA from Aveng by Laula Consortium? Aveng made a strategic decision to exit the South African construction market and focus on mining contracting (Moolmans) and its Australian operations (McConnell Dowell). Construction in South Africa employs mostly black African people and thus it made business sense to hand […]

Gauteng Piling Back In Action After Lockdown

The devastating pandemic lockdown in the construction sector now means that decision-makers will entrust building projects only to companies of repute, says Gauteng Piling founder and MD, Nico Maas. “The industry has learnt to trust Gauteng Piling so demand for our services has already started to increase and the company is now busy on several […]

Notice Regarding Implementation Of Ergonomics Risk Assessment And Medical Surveillance In Terms Of Regulations 6 and 8 Of The Ergonomics Regulations Of 2019, Respectively

Department of Employment and Labour Under section 40 (3) (b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No 85 of 1993, as amended), I, Tibor Szana, appointed as chief inspector in terms of section 27 (1) of the said Act, and by virtue of the powers delegated to me by the Minister of […]

Health & Safety Risks To Consider During Lockdown Level 3, By Gerhard Roets, Construction Health & Safety Manager, MBA North

Hierarchy of Controls Elimination: Physically remove the hazard Substitution: Replace the hazard Engineering Controls: Isolate people from the hazard Administrative Controls: Change the way people work Personal Protective Equipment: Protect the worker with PPE HAZARD: Transport to work RISK Company transport: Lack of social distancing, transport with ill people, unsanitary vehicle and poor ventilation in […]

A Brief Reflection

So it was back to work for most of our Industry from 1 June 2020, but as you are no doubt aware, the MBA has been anything but idle during lockdown. Apart from our usual weekly MBA Bulletins and articles, we have sent out over 40 Covid-19 specific emails which have also been communicated to […]

NOTICE REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF ERGONOMICS RISK ASSESSMENT AND MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE

DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR NOTICE REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF ERGONOMICS RISK ASSESSMENT AND MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE IN TERMS OF REGULATIONS 6 AND 8 OF THE ERGONOMICS REGULATIONS OF 2019, RESPECTIVELY Under section 40(3)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993, as amended), I, Tibor Szana, appointed as chief inspector in terms of […]

The Ridge building at V&A Waterfront, façade installation update

With construction restrictions lifted, the V&A Waterfront’s development team has returned to The Ridge site to install the long-awaited façade. The first cross laminated timber (CLT) and glazing panels arrived and have been installed along Marine Road. These custom-made panels with openable windows, are one of the key sustainability features of The Ridge building. It […]

AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Awards recognise sustainability in all its forms

The promise of a brighter future has driven countless South Africans to urban areas in search of job opportunities and ultimately a better future. As such, this influx in population has emphasised the need for cities to adopt and plan for green practices in highly populated areas to help meet the growing demand for infrastructure […]

Kwikspace supplies 52 classrooms for school safety in Eldorado Park

Kwikspace has delivered 52 standard units to Nancefield Primary School in Eldorado Park, as part of a government project geared towards safer school environments. While the permanent classrooms are under construction, Kwikspace supplied the school with 33 classrooms, 13 ablutions, various staff quarters, a kitchen and a tuckshop. Kwikspace’s prefabricated solutions, accommodating almost 1 850 […]

FEM & NHBRC OFFICES

FEM OFFICES Our offices remain closed while we continue to work from home In line with the guidelines and regulations issued under the lockdown we are continuing to work from home and helping to flatten the curve. Our staff will be able to go through to the offices under extreme circumstances. We will continue to […]

MBA East Cape Bulletin – 2 June 2020

With the move to Lockdown Alert Level 3 our MBA East Cape office hours have also changed. MBA East Cape Office hours: In terms of our MBA Covid-19 Workplace Plan, the MBA Offices will now be manned by core staff from 08:15 to 16:30 daily. A number of staff will continue to work from home or on […]

ACHASM CONTRIBUTION TO ‘COVID-19’ ‘CONSTRUCTION RETURN TO WORK’ DOCUMENTATION

The Association of Construction Health and Safety Management (ACHASM) is proud to have been part of the Construction Rapid Response Task Team (CRRTT) to assist in getting the construction sector back to work. As our President, Cyril Ramaphosa has implied, we need to remain vigilant and ensure we follow the rules to limit the spread […]

COVID-19 Lockdown Level 3 Regulations

As per the announcement of President Ramaphosa on Sunday 24 May 2020, the whole country will move from Level 4 to Level 3 of the lockdown as from Monday 1 June 2020. The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has released Regulations in respect of the Determinations of Alert Levels and Hotspots as well […]

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal: Reactivation of the Construction Sector

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the announcement by the Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa that the country will be moving to Level 3 on 1 June 2020. Most importantly, the reactivation of the construction sector in its entirety under Level 3 will bring much-needed relief to the industry. Since the announcement of lockdown in March 2020, the […]

MBA North gears up to help construction get back to work

Start preparing now for lifting of restrictions, says industry body The Master Builders Association North (MBA North) has launched comprehensive COVID-19 health and safety consulting and training services to help the region’s construction sector to prepare for a return to work as quickly as possible after restrictions are lifted. Reopening construction sites after the lockdown […]

Order your Health & Safety File Today and prepare your workplace for Level 3 Lockdown

The Health & Safety team have developed a Must – Have -COVID-19 compliant Health & Safety File to prepare you to get back to work while adhering to the Department of Employment & Labour’s requirements:   These requirements are a mandatory Workplace Readiness Plan to: ensure you are protecting your workforce and minimising the risk of spreading the infection. Maintain a […]

COVID-19 Lockdown Level 3

In his address to the Nation last night, President Ramaphosa announced some of the details surrounding the country’s move to Level 3 on 1 June 2020 and the good news is that the entire Construction Industry will be allowed to resume operations as at 1 June 2020 under Level 3. We are certain that the […]

COVID-19 Level 3… at last

Construction is back to work from 1 June and its a major relief to our industry. But it’s vital that we all comply with strictest Health & Safety Guidelines and as President Ramaphosa said, and in the words of Madiba, “it’s in your hands!”. It is now in fact in our hands as employers to […]

Turftech’s Multi-Purpose Rhino-Turf Pitch Transforms Hermanus Primary School

Pre-Covid-19, the staff and pupils at Hermanus Primary School in the Western Cape enjoyed the installation of the Turftech multi-purpose Rhino-Turf sports pitch, drastically improving the school’s sporting potential. “It has always been a dream of the school to have its own synthetic turf facility on the school grounds,” explained Niel Botha, the school’s Head […]

Kemach Launches Forklift Range

Kemach has launched their new range of Kemach Forklifts for the South African and sub-Saharan African markets, which will be promoted under their newly formed Kemach Forklifts division. Speaking at their March 2020 presentation, held at their offices in Boksburg, Gauteng, Frans van den Heever, General Manager for Kemach Forklifts, said: “We at Kemach are […]

The PIRB Certificate Of Compliance (CoC) And Audit Process Play An Integral Part In The Construction Sector

While plumbers are responsible for the installation, repair and maintaining of pipes, fixtures and other plumbing works for water distribution and wastewater disposal in various buildings, their role in the construction sector is ultimately very important “because plumbing protects the safety of people.” Plumbing done right According to Herman Strauss from the Plumbing Industry Registration […]

Concrete Institute: Concrete Reservoirs Vital During Drought

The devastating drought in many parts of South Africa has increased awareness about the need for effective water storage, particularly in rural areas. “It is therefore important that more rural local authorities realise that even relatively small concrete water reservoirs, strategically placed, can play a vital role in sustaining struggling rural communities,” says Bryan Perrie, […]

Motheo Construction Group Announces Its New Shareholding Structure

Motheo Construction Group, a leading predominantly black-owned Level 1 B-BBEE construction company, announced its new shareholding structure on 14 April 2020. Post the tragic passing of Dr Thandi Ndlovu, an icon in South Africa’s struggle movement and construction industry, and in line with her vision and heart for Motheo Construction Group, the Motheo family announces […]

Grinaker-LTA Welcomes Infrastructure Build Programme Aimed At Kickstarting The Economy

President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government are to be commended for their balanced response to the COVID-19 global crisis – a challenge some world leaders have inadequately handled. The social relief and economic support package announced by the President last night are signs of responsible and good leadership in the new world order […]

Extracts From “Preparing The Workplace For Coronavirus” by Dr Mpume Ndaba, Occupational Medicine Specialist, NIOH

The Covid-19 virus has a fragile outer membrane:  it is less stable in the environment and can be killed by simple disinfectants. Survival time in the environment depends on pH Inoculum size (required concentration of expected microorganism for a standard test) Dryness Temperature Exposure to disinfectants (common disinfectants such as 70% ethanol and bleach can […]

MBA North Calls For Proactive Engagement Around Lockdown Regulations

The Master Builders Association (MBA) North is calling on government to assist the industry by proactively engaging with the industry to firm up the lockdown regulations as they pertain to the construction industry as timeously as possible. Mohau Mphomela, Executive Director of the MBA North, says that certainty will help the industry plan more effectively, […]

CHS MBA North Forum Meeting Highlights

As the construction industry prepares to get back to work, the Association is preparing our members to comply to the Department of Employment & Labour standards as far as Occupational Health & Safety for Covid-19. Inspector Siphokazi Kope from went through the minimum requirements for the Covid-19 compliant risk assessment, PPE (masks, gloves etc) and […]

Extracts From “Outlook For The Construction Industry Post-Covid-19” by David Metelerkamp, Senior Economist, Industry Insight

Some initial research from Arndt et al 2020 shows construction as one of the worst affected industries in SA regarding the impact of Covid-19 (GDP at factor cost). At the time of this presentation (19 May 2020 – Level 4) there is inhibitory red tape around going back to work for contractors. There is no […]

COVID-19 Brief Update

The Construction Industry Rapid Response Task Team (CC19RRTT) has been consulting with various government departments over the last few days to get re-activate all construction sites under Level 3. The MBA has been consulted and have given further input on behalf of our member companies. The latest consultation was specifically regarding the transporting of workers […]

Health & Safety – Workplace Preparedness

Workplace Preparedness Are you prepared to return to site? Have you got all your safety documentation required by law? Please note that in terms of the Department of Employment and Labour’s (DEL) Directive Health & Safety Directive published on the 28 April 2020 and the Disaster Management Regulations released on the 29 April 2020 Employers […]

Safe Return 2 Work Health Planning Tools for Businesses

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) have put together a number of workplace readiness tools to help businesses that are reopening to put in place the necessary occupational health and safety provisions to enable a safe Return2Work. The following documents has reference: Workplace readiness practice note – provides minimum practice guidelines for all employers to resume operations safely […]

CHS FORUM: NEW DIRECTIVES

Herewith the following updated directives and documents circulated : Risk Adjusted Strategy Regulations – Government Notice Department of Cooperative Governance – Disaster Management Act 2002 – Signed 2020.04.29 Risk Adjusted Strategy Regulations 29 April 2020 (002) Final OHS Covid19 Directive -Government Notice Department of Employment and Labour – COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in […]

COVID-19 OHS Directive

We move from Level 5 to Level 4 Lockdown tomorrow, 1 May 2020, and signed regulations have been trending via social media and the government’s SA Coronavirus web page. Follow the link from the COVID-19 tab on the MBA Website. The MBA has studied these and can confirm that there have been some improvements since the […]

LOCKDOWN DEMANDS THAT CIPC MUST RESCIND ITS DELAY OF BUSINESS RESCUE FILING

The national coronavirus-related lockdown has put many companies into financial distress, but recent notices from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) are delaying the business rescue process and in fact fall to be set aside on review, according to law firm Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc. Many industries including construction, building and civil engineering were […]

Construction Economic Activity Urgent Notice

Construction Industry Update: Commercial Construction will operate at Level 3 currently, however we have submitted a motivation to operate at Level 4   The government has developed a strategy for the country, provinces, districts and metros to be classified on a 5-level risk scale. Level One being low risk to level five being the highest risk […]

COVID-19 Risk Adjusted (Lockdown) Strategy

This has been a rather eventful weekend in the construction industry. Whilst I think we all respect the Government’s leadership in protecting us from the Covid-19 virus we are also extremely aware of the detrimental impact that the lockdown has had on our industry. Following President Ramaphosa’s speech on Thursday evening, Government released a document called […]

CONSTRUCTION SECTOR SHORT TERM PLANS FOR IMMEDIATE REACTIVATION OF CONSTRUCTION WORK & PRE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE WORK DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Prepared by: Construction Covid-19 Rapid Response Task Team (18 APRIL 2020) 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The civil and building construction sectors are essential and critical assets to any well-functioning country’s economy and political mandate to implement public and private infrastructure. The collective built environment industries, consisting developers, built environment professionals, civil and building contractors and their […]

Summit XPS Board – Above Expectations

Well known supplier to the building industry, Swartland, will soon be launching Summit XPS Insulation Board as part of its Summit range of insulation and decorative ceiling products. We speak to Daneel Pretorius, Category Manager for Summit, about the many benefits of its new XPS insulation board. If you are considering using green insulation in […]

New Self-Leveller From Mapei

Mapei South Africa is excited to announce the launch of its new locally manufactured self-levelling compound – ULTRAPLAN ECO 20. As a direct result of requests from the market, the decision was taken to add this innovative new product into our basket as an add on to the existing ULTRAPLAN range which has been available […]

A Guide To Industrial Flooring

The correct flooring choice for industrial sites is mission critical, delivering a secure, sterile, and well-organised operative workfloor. But, selecting the appropriate industrial flooring presents challenges as floor failure may be inevitable within 14 months, with attendant client headaches and capital outlay, as well as legal issues. Ameliorating potential disaster depends on following the correct […]

Call For Level Playing Field After Sobering Budget

As the Finance Minister Tito Mboweni painted a sobering picture of the country’s economic future in his recent Budget Speech, AfriSam has encouraged government to foster industrialisation through a level playing field. “For a number of reasons, South Africa is unfortunately de-industrialising its economy,” AfriSam CEO Rob Wessels said. “As committed corporate citizens, we are […]

Call For The Designation Of Construction Sector As Essential Service

The construction industry has potential to create employment opportunities to cushion the impact of an anticipated increase in unemployment in the immediate aftermath of the current nation-wide lockdown. This is according to a submission made by the Construction COVID-19 Rapid Response Task Team (CCRR19TT) to motivate for a phased reactivation of the construction Sector. The […]

Update to Extension of NEMA and EIA Timeframes, plus Late Payment Survey

On 27 March, the WCPDF informed members that Minister Anton Bredell – Western Cape Provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning – issued his decision to extend all timeframes regarding NEMA and EIA regulations, for actions and processes affected by the 21-day lockdown, by two months effective from 27 March to 26 May 2020. […]

SACPCMP System Upgrade: Validating of Registered Persons

The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) will provide, as part of its system upgrade, an enhanced search functionality including the ability to validate a Registered Persons’ status. This functionality supports the Council’s efforts to continually improve its service offering to stakeholders through the provision of a secure, user-friendly registration […]

SACPCMP System Upgrade Progress Enables Invoicing Processes to Commence

The system upgrade of the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) has progressed to a point where the Council has now been able to commence with its invoicing processes. The upgrade is part of the organisation’s efforts to improve service delivery to its Registered Persons, Applicants and Stakeholders. During the […]

ESKOM ISSUES CURTAILMENT NOTICE TO WIND FARMS CITING COVID-19

Despite government issuing an official notice on 25 March 2020, classifying electricity production, supply and maintenance as essential services, Eskom is proposing to curtail operational wind farms citing reduced demand in relation to COVID-19, claiming Force Majeure. This comes as a surprise to the 22 operational wind farms, who have a combined installed capacity of […]

From East Cape Master Builders Association: Employee Wages, UIF/CO19 TERS Update

On Thursday last week (26 March 2020 at 17:55) we issued a communication entitled “COVID-19 – Lockdown Update – Employees & Wages” In that communication we provided an update on what we had learned up until then. Fresh information on the interpretation and practical implementation of the regulations has been coming in slowly and we […]

Western Cape City & Province Updates in Light of COVID-19 Lockdown

Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide 21-day lockdown period, Minister Anton Bredell (Western Cape Provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning) has, in terms of Section 47C of NEMA, extended all timeframes regarding NEMA and EIA regulations, for actions and processes affected by the 21-day lockdown period, by […]

Payment to Employees during COVID-19 Lock-Down

Easy-aid_guideline_and_uif_f TERS-application-process.pdf Please see the guidelines below to help you make decisions regarding payment and assistance of employees during the COVID-19 Lockdown. Payment to Employees One of the biggest concerns is that of the payment to employees. A lockdown is circumstances outside the control of the Employer and income will not be generated or it […]

COVID-19 National Lockdown

Last Night the President announced that South Africa will nationally lockdown for 21 days due to the rapid rising COVID-19 pandemic, starting from midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight on Thursday, 16 April 2020. President’s Speech 23 March 2020 … This extreme, but necessary measure, will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, […]

East Cape MBA Update

The first case of Covid-19 virus in South Africa was announced on 5 March 2020. The patient was a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on March 1, 2020. Yesterday, 16 days later, we had 240 confirmed […]

Covid-19: What you should know on employment of Foreign Nationals

Authored by: Marisa Jacobs, Managing Director at Xpatweb The announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 16 March 2020 regarding the evolving COVID-19 epidemic and emergency measures, has left many employers uncertain on the status of their expatriate employees and what should be done during the period of ‘lockdown’. Read with subsequent announcements by DIRCO and […]

PPC’s Dikagong Addresses South Africa’s Home Development Knowledge Gap

Over the past 127 years both PPC and South Africans have worked in unison to fulfil our home development ambitions. PPC has evolved its customer engagement efforts to include edutainment that takes place in a fictional city in South Africa called Dikagong. In doing so we strive to empower communities to experience a better quality […]

The 5th Edition of The Franki Guide to Geotechnical Engineering in Africa

Reflecting the rich history of the Franki legend, the Fifth Edition of the widely acknowledged “Blue Book” on geotechnical engineering incorporates elements of its holding company, the Keller Group, and many of Keller’s state-of-the-art ground improvement and grouting technologies.  The book, entitled A Guide to Practical Geotechnical Engineering in Africa was officially launched by Keller’s […]

SONA: Construction Industry Needs Less Talk, More Action

Construction industry cannot live on plans alone At this year’s State of the Nation address (SONA), President Ramaphosa once again emphasised the need to shift state expenditure from debt servicing to infrastructure and other forms of productive activity likely to create growth and jobs. He also announced that the funding available for infrastructure had ballooned […]

Construction Sector Body Bates Breath As Minister Blade Nzimande Launches Investigation Into Financial Misconduct At Construction Sector Education and Training Authority (CETA)

The country’s body of construction contractors, Master Builders South Africa (MBSA), has called for an urgent meeting with the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology. The meeting is meant to provide clarity on the standing of thousands of learners who are in training programmes supported by the CETA. The CETA was placed under administration […]

Garden Cities Cape Town, Centenary 1919-2019

Garden Cities Cape Town, Centenary 1919-2019 Garden Cities was established, and built its first suburb, Pinelands, in the early 20th century under vastly different circumstances from the present and now continues to lead the way in the provision of housing in post-millennial South Africa. The non-profit group has established 17 suburbs in and around Cape […]

144 Oxford Poised For Completion In November

144 Oxford Poised For Completion In November BACKGROUND: CONCEPT AND DESIGN South African Builder speaks to the Senior Project Architectural Technologist of Paragon Architects, Taz-Wynne Superman, lead architect on the project. Conceived by Growthpoint Properties in 2015, this prestigious and iconic R1.2 billion 36 700 m² premium-grade 144 Oxford Road office development in Rosebank, Johannesburg, […]

SEASON OF CONTRASTS

SEASON OF CONTRASTS It’s a time of year when exactly what we should be focusing on is not immediately apparent. We’re still stuck with the same preoccupations that we carried over from 2018 – none of them in any way inspiring. This year has brought little by way of solutions. But now we have begun […]

SAISC Steel Awards 2019 Showcases Its Innovative Mettle In Steel Construction

SAISC Steel Awards 2019 Showcases Its Innovative Mettle In Steel Construction 10 October 2019: Northgate Dome (Johannesburg) / Venue D’Aria, Durbanville (Cape Town) / Mount Edgecombe Country Club (KZN) Adversity often brings opportunities with it. South Africa’s steel industry has been going through a period of severe challenges, affecting the entire supply chain and seeing […]

Franki Defies Challenges To Meet Landmark Project’s Tight Programme

Franki Defies Challenges To Meet Landmark Project’s Tight Programme An optimised design to match a taxing contract programme was instrumental in Franki Africa’s ability to hand over the challenging foundations and lateral support work for the landmark 144 Oxford project on time. Franki Africa was recently contracted to provide geotechnical services for the ground-breaking 144 […]

Shock As South Africa’s Professional Body For Engineered Timber Construction Prepares For Dormancy

Shock As South Africa’s Professional Body For Engineered Timber Construction Prepares For Dormancy The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body for the engineered timber construction industry, established more than 45 years ago to help formalise and advance the timber roof construction industry and protect its consumers, has announced its Resolution […]

TOUGH TALK

TOUGH TALK It’s no surprise I’m sure, that tough talk ruled the hours we spent discussing our industry at Emperor’s Palace on September 9. But it was so much more than talk. This Congress, probably more so than any other in the history of Master Builders South Africa, was charged with the urgency of our […]

Winners of Master Builders National Safety Competition 2019

Winners of Master Builders National Safety Competition 2019 All the winners of the 2019 Master Builders South Africa National Safety Competition The winners of the Master Builders SA National Safety Competition 2019 were announced after Congress at a special banquet at Emperor’s Palace hosted by the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company. The well-being of member companies’ […]

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 […]

Construction Sector Mourns The loss Of Dr. Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu

Construction Sector Mourns The loss Of Dr. Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu The owner of Motheo Construction – the largest female-owned construction company in South Africa – Dr. Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu tragically passed away in August following a car accident. Establishing Motheo Construction Ndlovu obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of Zambia […]

Hard-Hitting Master Builders South Africa Congress 2019 Sets The Scene for Re-construction Of The Construction Sector

Hard-Hitting Master Builders South Africa Congress 2019 Sets The Scene for Re-construction Of The Construction Sector Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, 9 September 2019 In what is arguably the most robust construction-related events in recent history, the Master Builders South Africa Congress pulled no punches in presenting the dire state of the construction industry and trying to […]

Erratum

Erratum In the August issue of South African Builder it was erroneously stated on page 4 that Stefanutti Stocks had gone into business rescue. This is in fact not the case. South African Builder apologises to the management and staff of Stefanutti Stocks for this error and regrets any inconvenience caused. This retraction and correction […]

Concrete Offers Myriad Advantages

Concrete Offers Myriad Advantages Due to its durability, versatility, aesthetic appeal, cost-effectiveness and availability, concrete is changing the face of South Africa’s landscape with cutting-edge architects and engineers increasingly making concrete their material of choice. Here, Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute, (TCI) deals with the benefits of the world’s oldest and most popular […]

Positive Momentum In Global Construction Sector Gives Glimmer Of Hope To SA Construction

Positive Momentum In Global Construction Sector Gives Glimmer Of Hope To SA Construction Despite the headwinds facing the world economy, the global construction sector entered 2019 with significant momentum, having seen growth of five percent in 2018. And, according to the latest annual International Construction Market Survey (ICMS) by independent professional services company, Turner & […]

94 High-Quality, Diverse And Innovative Entries For SAISC 2019 Steel Awards

94 High-Quality, Diverse And Innovative Entries For SAISC 2019 Steel Awards Since it was first celebrated 38 years ago, the SAISC Steel Awards has grown to become the steel construction industry’s premier event. Succeeding years have seen this event growing to this year’s record entry of 94 entries. In the lead up to the awards, […]

Turner Appointed As SARMA’s New Manager

SARMA Appoints New Manager Hanlie Turner has been appointed Manager at the Southern Africa Readymix Association (SARMA). Following the departure of Johan van Wyk who was the face of SARMA for many years, Turner has taken over the reins at the SARMA office. She brings years of experience in the cement and concrete industry, including […]

Construction industry urged to recommit to Code of Good Practice to solve current challenges

Construction industry urged to recommit to Code of Good Practice to solve current challenges A group of construction industry stakeholders has urged the industry to return to basics in order to overcome its current challenges successfully. The call was made at a stakeholder meeting initiated by Master Builders Association North, as mandated by a recent […]

Women in construction: More progress needed 

Women in construction: More progress needed By: Boitumelo Thipe, Marketing and Business Development Manager, Master Builders Association North Entrepreneurial women are making their mark in construction, but more needs to be done. Doing so will have benefits.  Construction remains a male-dominated industry but there are signs that women are starting to become better represented in this […]

“Workshop: Understanding Roof Inspections” – In Cape Town And Johannesburg In October

“Workshop: Understanding Roof Inspections” – In Cape Town And Johannesburg In October The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA)has informed SA Builder that, in an effort to boost skills development in South Africa’s roofing industry, the ITC will be hosting CPD-accredited workshops on Understanding Roof Inspections in both Johannesburg and Cape Town from 22 […]

RFP For Woodstock/Salt River Inclusionary Housing Project Cancelled

RFP For Woodstock/Salt River Inclusionary Housing Project Cancelled South African Builder has confirmed that the City of Cape Town has unilaterally cancelled the Request for Proposals (RFP) process for the highly anticipated Woodstock/Salt River inclusionary housing project. In a discussion with Deon van Zyl, chairperson of the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF) it was […]

WearCheck Announces Acquisition Of Reliability Testing Company AFS

WearCheck Announces Acquisition Of Reliability Testing Company AFS WearCheck’s new NDT capability further enhances its offering to the construction sector. Durban-based condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, has acquired Anglo Field Services (AFS), which adds three new established divisions to the company’s comprehensive reliability solutions portfolio, including non-destructive testing (NDT), technical compliance (TC) and rope condition assessment […]

Western Cape Construction And Built Environment Industry In The Spotlight This September

Western Cape Construction And Built Environment Industry In The Spotlight This September Next month Cape Town will showcase at the 7th Cape Construction Expo why it is a global investment and tourism destination with great potential for further economic development through which to increase employment, income and overcome the major socio-economic challenges facing our city, […]

TRENCH BOX SYSTEMS

TRENCH BOX SYSTEMS OVERVIEW The RMD Kwikform Trench Box Systems have been developed to provide a revolutionary panel design, offering a market leading strength to weight ratio when compared with any like for like system. The lightweight Backhoe Trench Box has been designed specifically to cater for small to medium sized excavators which have limited […]

Master Builders Congress 2019 Poised To Address The Destruction Of The Construction Sector

Master Builders Congress 2019 Poised To Address The Destruction Of The Construction Sector President Cyril Ramaphosa has slammed the conduct of the so-called construction mafia and called for consequences in situations where individuals “disrupt work projects demanding a 30% stake”. Moneyweb has reported that the so-called construction mafia has been disrupting construction projects countrywide, demanding […]

CAMERA OBSCURA

CAMERA OBSCURA This time last year, as we once again gathered to examine and discuss the state of our industry, I wrote that we lived in interesting times – not an original pronouncement, but certainly accurate for the time. And it holds true to this day 12 months later. However, we can’t say that there […]

BREAKING NEWS – Progress Made Into Finalising Payment Of Service Providers

BREAKING NEWS Just days after the above announcement the Department of Public Works issued the following statement: Progress Made Into Finalising Payment Of Service Providers Almost 70% of service providers have been paid, following an investigation launched by Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Ms Patricia de Lille, into the non-payment of invoices within the […]

South African Cement Producers Apply For Protection Against Imports

South African Cement Producers Apply For Protection Against Imports The Concrete Institute (TCI) has on behalf of the South African cement producers applied to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa to investigate the surge of imports of low-priced cement. TCI has lodged the application on behalf of AfriSam, Dangote Cement SA, Lafarge […]

Women in South African Construction – Recognising Women’s Day, 9 August 2019

Women in South African Construction – Recognising Women’s Day, 9 August 2019 By Shakira Agherdien and Professor John Smallwood, Department of Construction Management, Nelson Mandela University Construction is still largely regarded as a male domain, and women are not taken seriously as professionals in construction. Society, tradition, organisation culture, and sexist attitudes play a key […]

Construction Of Innovative Showroom On Track

Construction Of Innovative Showroom On Track Barloworld Equipment’s Showroom for CAT Earthmoving Equipment – A First For SA Paragon Architects South Africa (PASA) was tasked to design an aesthetically-appealing corporate head office and showroom for Barloworld Equipment, the Southern African dealer for Caterpillar earthmoving equipment, that fits in with the industrial environment of Isando in […]

Innovative Architecture Celebrated at SAIA KZN Inauguration and Awards Ceremony

Innovative Architecture Celebrated at SAIA KZN Inauguration and Awards Ceremony In Durban in August the South African Institute for Architects – KwaZulu-Natal Region (SAIA KZN) announced its 2019 Awards for Architecture – and also inducted its 2019/2020 president at a Corobrik-sponsored ceremony. Taking the reins of the SAIA KZN will be renowned South African architect, […]

SMME Contractors Step Up As Big Construction Companies Collapse

SMME Contractors Step Up As Big Construction Companies Collapse By Janine Espin, Managing Director at Economic Development Solutions The ground has shifted significantly under big construction players as market dynamics change and small and medium-sized (SMME) contractors step up to contribute more to the sector. These SMMEs represent the future of the industry. As sector […]

Master Builders South Africa Welcome Minister De Lille’s Investigation Into Late & Non-Payment Of Contractors

Master Builders South Africa Welcome Minister De Lille’s Investigation Into Late & Non-Payment Of Contractors Contractors in the building industry have welcomed the newly-appointed Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia De Lille’s launch of an investigation into the failure by the department to pay them within the stipulated maximum period of 30 days. Welcoming […]

Special Training For Concrete Work In Winter

Special Training For Concrete Work In Winter Icy weather’s effects on concrete is covered in detail in The Concrete Institute’s SCT30 “Concrete Technology” training – an intensive five-day course that deals with, among many other subjects, the special techniques required for cold weather concreting. John Roxburgh, senior lecturer at TCI’s School of Concrete Technology, says […]

OHS Seminar in Midrand on 21 August 2019 

OHS Seminar in Midrand on 21 August 2019 Master Builders Association North (MBA North) in collaboration with The Institute for Work at Height (IWH), The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE) are hosting a special OHS Seminar in Midrand on 21 August 2019 to address these burning issues. To register for the Seminar, kindly contact Ms. Mbuya Ramabulana mbuya@mbanorth.co.za / […]

Innovation In Cement Production Crucial To Environmental Sustainability

Innovation In Cement Production Crucial To Environmental Sustainability In this exclusive article SA Builder delves into sustainability in cement production: AfriSam’s Dudfield cement plant near Lichtenburg in the North-West province has its roots dating back to 1949 and remains a vital pillar in South Africa’s construction sector. Vishal Aniruth, general manager at AfriSam Dudfield, notes […]

Make The Right Choice On Site

Make The Right Choice On Site By Gareth Griffiths In this advisory article, a well-known steel roofing material supplier points out that both what happens on site needs to be monitored to ensure the right grade of steel as specified is actually used. “There is an old South African saying ‘goedkoop is duurkoop’. As a […]

Rural Flavour Infuses MBA North Regional Safety Awards 2019

Rural Flavour Infuses MBA North Regional Safety Awards 2019 The broad geographic footprint of Master Builders Association North (MBA North), which incorporates not only Gauteng, but Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and North-West provinces, has for the first time attracted interesting and innovative entries for the Association’s Regional Safety Awards from outlying country areas and towns such as […]

DREAMS AND REALITY

DREAMS AND REALITY What could be better than a cheque handed over, on time, at the end of a completed contract? Possibly the prospect of work for the next few decades on a mega-billion rand project that would most definitely take its place in the history books – one way or another. Both seemed to […]

Construction Industry’s September Congress To Produce A Joint Action-Plan To Rescue And Revive The Sector – MBSA

Construction Industry’s September Congress To Produce A Joint Action-Plan To Rescue And Revive The Sector – MBSA The construction industry will be convening at Emperors Palace in September to develop a joint action-plan on dealing with the challenges the sector has been facing. This follows the collapse of several large contractors in recent months, that […]

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal 118th AGM

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal 118th AGM KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association held its 118th Annual General meeting on 25 June 2019. Mrs Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, Honourable MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works was the keynote speaker at the AGM. Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo of Dambuza Community Development Trust was appointed as President of the […]

Understanding Cavity Wall Insulation Will Help Builders Address Energy Performance Worries Of Property Owners

Understanding Cavity Wall Insulation Will Help Builders Address Energy Performance Worries Of Property Owners It’s widely acknowledged that South Africa is facing an energy crisis. In an effort to make buildings more sustainable, the 2011 SANS-10400 regulation will be updated with Part XA, which focuses on energy use in properties. Here we speak to Suria […]

MAZIYA AT WORK ON SA’S NEWEST PATHOLOGY LAB

MAZIYA AT WORK ON SA’S NEWEST PATHOLOGY LAB Johannesburg will soon boast one of the most modern forensic pathology laboratories in the southern hemisphere, with work proceeding apace alongside the Helen Joseph public hospital near Auckland Park. Construction is being undertaken by black-owned contractor Maziya General Services, partnering with construction materials leader AfriSam for its […]

Slight Gain In Building Confidence, But Deeper Decline In Civils – FNB/BER

Slight Gain In Building Confidence, But Deeper Decline In Civils – FNB/BER The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index registered a gain of 4 points to 29 in 2Q2019, whilst the Civil Confidence Index remained close to an all-time low with a further – and deeper – decline in construction activity. Although the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index […]

Paving The Way For Large-Format Tiling

Paving The Way For Large-Format Tiling The first large format tiling seminar on African soil has been a resounding success with the organiser, Mapei, receiving positive recognition for its innovation from the country’s leading building and design professionals. The popularity of large format tiling has boomed in markets such as Europe and the United States […]

Pratley Launches Pratliperl® At The African Construction Expo 2019

Pratley Launches Pratliperl® At The African Construction Expo 2019 Pratley showcased its lightweight, thermally insulating and fireproof aggregate, known as Pratliperl, at the recently held African Construction Expo 2019. The product is ideal for a range of applications, including thermally insulating plasters, screeds, pizza oven liners, bricks, boards and much more. It is best described […]

AST Sand Mines announces a “maiden” quartzite resource to supply roadstone and silica sand to the infrastructure and construction sectors in East Pretoria and the Moloto corridor

AST Sand Mines announces a “maiden” quartzite resource, strategically located to supply roadstone and silica sand to the infrastructure and construction sectors in East Pretoria and the Moloto corridor in KwaMhlanga Van Dykspruit quarry, owned by AST and located on the Gauteng and Mpumelanga provincial border, declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource recently as management initiated their […]

HIGH ANXIETY

HIGH ANXIETY As an indicator of how statistics can create either joy or despair and be wrong either way, take the first three months of 2019 when, the record shows, South Africa’s economy shrank by 3.2% – the largest drop since the notorious 2008 market crash. But as a reliable gauge of whether our country’s […]

Franki pulls out all stops to unravel brewing challenges at Mozambican project

Franki pulls out all stops to unravel brewing challenges at Mozambican project An ambitious project timeline for the construction of Cervejas de Mozambique’s new brewery, compounded by a late start to the project due to external constraints, saw geotechnical specialist Franki pull out all the stops to ensure partial handovers of the foundations and lateral […]

2019 – Another Tough Year

2019 – Another Tough Year By Greg Steele, Executive Director of East Cape MBA Master Builders South Africa President John Matthews, referred to the “Hard Times” in his opening comment in the April edition of SA Builder. In addition, our National Executive Director of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA), Roy Mnisi, has called on Government […]

Hope for SA economy: Thinking ahead to Fourth Industrial Automation technologies

Hope for SA economy: Thinking ahead to Fourth Industrial Automation technologies After years of slow grow, South Africa may be over the worst, and could start seeing growth by 2021/22. This is according to leading economist Mike Schüssler, who was addressing a VIP breakfast briefing in Johannesburg recently, ahead of Africa Automation Fair and the […]

GBCSA, ASAQS and UP launch the 2019 edition of Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs & Trends

GBCSA, ASAQS and UP launch the 2019 edition of Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs & Trends The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), and the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology recently launched the 2019 edition of […]

Build It Pinetown Makes Repeat FAW Purchases

Build It Pinetown Makes Repeat FAW Purchases Build It Pinetown, one of 350 retail stores in the SPAR Group Ltd South Africa stable, supplies and delivers construction materials to its clients. In addition the company mixes paint, cuts glass and boards and reads business plans. These deliveries are currently being performed by two FAW trucks, […]

Integrated Construction Business Software Is A Must-Have

Integrated Construction Business Software Is A Must-Have By Kenny Ingram, Global Industry Director, Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure at IFS The engineering, construction and infrastructure industry is facing huge disruptive changes. We are at a stress point and need wholesale change. While global construction productivity has improved about a quarter of the rate of manufacturing productivity […]

ITC-SA Roof Estimator/Designer Courses open for registration

ITC-SA Roof Estimator/Designer Courses open for registration The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s engineered timber construction industry body, offers estimators and designers in the nail-plated timber roof truss industry access to fundamental training through its Level 1 and 2 Estimator/Designer Courses. Registration for these courses is now open. Engineering software for […]

It’s been a waiting game, these past few months, and the opera ain’t over yet. Most of the waiting has been for results that would largely be out of our control, both as individuals and as industries that rely on positive conditions in our economic environment so we can do our best work. First we […]

Celebrating 40 Years Of Commitment Quality and technical excellence has been on the forefront for Terraforce since 1979. The well-known Cape Town based pre-cast concrete manufacturer, specialising in modular hollow-core concrete blocks, has maintained a strong foothold in the South African concrete retaining wall market. 2019 marks the companies 40th anniversary of being engaged in the […]

Environmentally Eco Friendly Readymixes Are Gaining Traction

Environmentally Eco Friendly Readymixes Are Gaining Traction AfriSam, as part of its efforts to conserve the environment, perfected the art of producing composite cements using additives as partial replacement for cement. While Portland cement served industry for well over a century it has been superseded by composite cements. Using sustainably sourced materials coupled with more […]

Nelson Mandela University’s Riaan Huiskens wins Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award

Nelson Mandela University’s Riaan Huiskens wins Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award The architects of the future will be the pathfinders who use the sophisticated technologies of the future to tackle the challenges of today whilst addressing both the learnings and the mistakes of the past, CEO of Corobrik, Mr Dirk Meyer, told key […]

Corobrik celebrates progress at new R801 million brick factory at Driefontein

Corobrik celebrates progress at new R801 million brick factory at Driefontein 30 April 2019 Corobrik, South Africa’s leading brick maker, is making steady progress in the construction of its R801-million new Driefontein factory and expects to see the first bricks exit kiln one of two kilns in March next year. Speaking at an event held […]

HARD TIMES

HARD TIMES It seems things couldn’t get a lot worse than the Executive Director of an industry’s representative body having to remind Government that its bad payment record has contributed to a huge financial problem, and plead for an intervention to prevent “further destruction of the industry”. It’s true though, and we have all been […]

Master Builders Association North – celebrates 115 years of service to the construction industry

Master Builders Association North – celebrates 115 years of service to the construction industry             The Pretoria Master Builders Association was founded in 1903 and the Johannesburg Master Builders Association was founded in 1894 and was formally constituted in 1904. These organisations merged in January 1996 to form the Gauteng […]

How to handle hot weather concreting

How to handle hot weather concreting Summer’s high temperatures can cause problems with concrete placement and finishing so it is important to take precautions to minimise the potential adverse effects when placing concrete in hot weather conditions. Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute, offers some guidelines on minimising the effect of hot weather concrete: […]

Laboratory audits available for quarries

Laboratory audits available for quarries Increasing requirements for certified quality aggregates has led the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (ASPASA) to introduce its own guidelines and auditing systems to ensure testing of aggregates and crushed granular materials is done in adherence to South African National Standards (SANS) 3001 AG and GR series […]

Culverts: an integral component for water, road and mining infrastructure projects

Culverts: an integral component for water, road and mining infrastructure projects The main function of culverts is to manage the flow of water from one side to the other of an ‘obstruction’. This can be a road, railway track, trail or other structure constructed in either the natural or designed flow path of the water. […]

Accolades pour in for Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN record Lost Time Injury (LTI) free hours achievement

Accolades pour in for Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN record Lost Time Injury (LTI) free hours achievement In March Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN released its unprecedented record of having worked 3 031 818 hours without a lost time injury. January 2019 marked the 58th month of being lost time injury free, over some 23 projects, a […]

MBA North outlines opportunities for building contractors in Mpumalanga

MBA North outlines opportunities for building contractors in Mpumalanga In the face of tough economic conditions, the Master Builders’ Association (MBA) North, NHBRC and CETA are helping contractors in Mpumalanga make the most of available opportunities. MBA North, the construction sector industry association for Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, partnered with the Construction Education […]

NDP action long overdue

NDP action long overdue A lack of progress on National Development Plan implementation is killing off SA’s construction sector and hampering economic growth, says Master Builders’ Association North. The news that Group Five has filed for bankruptcy protection has come as yet another blow for South Africa’s construction sector, following shortly after a disappointing 2019 […]

Safcec calls on government to halt ‘construction mafia’ 

Safcec calls on government to halt ‘construction mafia’  By Roy Cokayne, IOL Business Report Safcec has sent an SOS to government and demanded urgent intervention to halt the so-called “construction mafia”. The SA Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors of South Africa (Safcec) has sent a SOS to government and demanded urgent intervention at the highest […]

Construction mafia derailing projects causes engineers to flee

Construction mafia derailing projects causes engineers to flee Widespread concern has spread like wildfire across the built environment due to the construction mafia and gang-related activities on project sites. Yunus Bayat from the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) says that a major intervention is needed to protect infrastructure projects, investor confidence, and the […]

UNITY AND FREEDOM

UNITY AND FREEDOM When one considers the age of the various Master Builder South Africa (MBSA) member associations in South Africa (the oldest being Master Builders Association – Western Cape which clocked up 128 this year) we can be justifiably proud of an institution that has survived major economic and political fluctuations and remained the […]

Master Builders calls for urgent government intervention to save the Construction industry

Master Builders calls for urgent government intervention to save the Construction industry Master Builders South Africa is calling for urgent government intervention to prevent further destruction of the construction industry in the country. The call follows Group Five’s filing for bankruptcy protection last week, the fifth major construction company to do so in less than […]

Remaining Resilient During Turbulent Times

Remaining Resilient During Turbulent Times Master Builders Association North (MBA North) re-elected its current office bearers for a second term at its Annual General Meeting held in Midrand in February: Musa Shangase – President; Wayne Albertyn – Vice President; Sello Mokawane – Second Vice President and Mandla Danisa – Treasurer. Jason Wilmot was retained as […]

Building confidence slightly more positive

Building confidence slightly more positive Marginal growth in the building sector is anticipated to continue as this is not driven by the public sector, but by the private sector. Yet infrastructure spending seems to be stabilising, but the construction sector remains in dire straits as the demise of the big contractor continues. This is the […]

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution At the Master Builders South Africa Congress held in Port Elizabeth in September 2018, delegates devoted considerable time and energy discussing the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and our preparedness (or otherwise) as custodians of the South African Construction Sector to train and stay abreast of this immense […]

Ideal – and essential: Introduction to Concrete

Ideal – and essential: Introduction to Concrete The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology will this year again present a basic – but “absolutely essential” – training course in concrete technology for diverse operational levels in the construction sector. John Roxburgh, senior lecturer at the School of Concrete Technology in Midrand, says the aptly-named two-day […]

Construction Foundations fail…so do Claims!

Construction Foundations fail…so do Claims! By Stefan Müller Structural failures such as Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy or the mining dam in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, or even more recently the walkway collapse at the Driehoek High School in Vanderbijlpark here in South Africa result in intensive and extensive investigations with different opinions […]

ELB’s new PE branch records impressive machine sales

ELB’s new PE branch records impressive machine sales Equipment sales have sky-rocketed in the Port Elizabeth region where multi-franchise supplier, ELB Equipment recently opened a modern branch and fully equipped workshop in order to meet growing customer demand for its products. With a wide range of the world most recognised earthmoving, mining and construction equipment […]

Building a Sustainable Construction Company

Building a Sustainable Construction Company Over the past two years Sbenz Construction, a member of KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders Association, has matured into a vibrant construction business which specialises in the repair of properties on behalf of insurance companies. In 2017, Sherwyn Esbend’s office in North Coast Road was an empty space. Today, it has been […]

Is there light end the end of the tunnel for SA’s construction sector?

14 March 2019 Is there light end the end of the tunnel for SA’s construction sector? On Monday this week we saw the collapse of industry giant Group Five as it was put into business rescue with its stock being suspended after it filed for bankruptcy protection. There has been a significant decline of South […]

Applications for the FEMEF/MAD Leadership Foundation programme open in April

Applications for the FEMEF/MAD Leadership Foundation programme open in April Now in its third year, the highly successful collaboration between Make a Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD Leadership Foundation) and the construction industry’s Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) continues as FEM announces that applications for the FEM Education Foundation (FEMEF)/MAD Leadership Foundation programme open in […]

Steven Motha: a success story of note

Steven Motha: a success story of note By Tasveera Singh, Marketing and Membership Assistant, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Rising from humble beginnings, Steven Siyabonga Motha was born and raised in Madadeni, a township in Newcastle. After attending Phendukani High School and matriculating in 2004, Steven went on to complete his certificate in Construction Management and then […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SILVER LINING?

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SILVER LINING? The term ‘life can turn on a tickey’ was never more appropriate, as South Africans, in a matter of a week, saw what they believed was a bit of a silver lining in the dark economic clouds, become a load-shedding nightmare that once again threatens to plunge us into […]

CBE Transformation Indaba ignites possibilities

CBE Transformation Indaba ignites possibilities The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) hosted its second annual Transformation Indaba in Pretoria in February. The Indaba, under the theme Igniting the Possibilities, served as a “past-present-future” mirror with the aim of gauging the status of transformation and provided a platform for collaboration and sharing of knowledge among […]

Global compact earthmoving brand performing well in the local market

Global compact earthmoving brand performing well in the local market Following ELB Equipment’s re-launch of the robust Gehl range of construction and earthmoving equipment late last year ELB’s business development manager, Danie Gerber, confirms that this brand’s renowned performance in the materials handling business in SA has led to its quick adoption in the construction […]

Construction Sector Wheelchair Challenge

Construction Sector Wheelchair Challenge South African Builder magazine supports this important initiative by Little Eden. We challenge all MBSA and MBA directors, members, affiliate members and stakeholders in the construction sector to a) encourage their CEOs to participate in this campaign, and b) to demonstrate their pro-active efforts in incorporating wheelchair-friendly design into all of […]

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal: Vision 2019

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal: Vision 2019 By Vikashnee Harbhajan, Executive Director, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Since the global recession in 2009, September 2018 saw South Africa slip into a technical recession as the GDP decreased in the second quarter of 2018. This resulted in two consecutive quarters of negative growth, with the construction sector experiencing some of […]

BUILDING STRONG CHILDREN

BUILDING STRONG CHILDREN If you’re looking for predictions about where South Africa is going in 2019, you’re spoilt for choice. Mainstream and social media, as well as informal opinion platforms are full of experts happy to offload their views – many of them negative. It’s a doomsday theorist’s delight, and it can be very destructive. […]

CIDB mulls end-to-end driving of Contractor Development Programme

CIDB mulls end-to-end driving of Contractor Development Programme In December South African Builder spoke to Mr German Mphahlele, Acting Programme Manager: Provincial Offices and Contractor Development (PCD) of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) about the current role of the CIDB in the support and development of Emerging Contractors – and the Board’s vision for […]

MBA Boland celebrates its 70th anniversary

MBA Boland celebrates its 70th anniversary November 2018 saw Master Builders Association (MBA) – Boland celebrate its 70th anniversary in its home town of Paarl in the Western Cape. Association members, office bearers, Presidents past and present, industry stakeholders and sponsors were in attendance at this splendid Gala Dinner which coincided with the MBA Boland […]

SONA pings construction sector

SONA pings construction sector   In what is without doubt the most decisive and sweeping State of the Nation (SONA) address since 1994, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a wide range of burning issues crucial to the reparation of South Africa. Across all sectors, from local and foreign investment, State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), to education, National […]

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Annual Awards 2018

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Annual Awards 2018 Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal held its Annual Awards event at the Durban International Conference Centre (ICC) on Friday, 26 October 2018. The Annual Awards recognises and celebrates Excellence in Construction and Health and Safety within the KwaZulu- Natal Construction industry. The Association prioritises the promotion and development of the industry […]

ACCOUNTABILITY

ACCOUNTABILITY It’s little wonder that South Africans are inclined to duck below the parapet as daily new disclosures of this corruption or that deception fly around the media doing untold harm to our country’s reputation. Seemingly without there being any real punishment for the perpetrators. But suddenly, somewhere in this endless inventory of misery we […]

Amanzi Abantu scoops Platinum at FEM Health & Safety Awards

Amanzi Abantu scoops Platinum at FEM Health & Safety Awards A primary event on the annual construction sector calendar is the prestigious Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (RF) (Pty) Limited (FEM) Health and Safety awards dinner. Here the company gives recognition to its policy-holding companies – employees in the building and construction industry – who […]

THE BIGGER PICTURE

THE BIGGER PICTURE As MBSA members attending our Congress last month in Port Elizabeth will recall, an item of particular interest was raised by Paul Dhlamini, Levies and Grants Manager at the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) who told delegates that artisan development had become a national priority. He said that government recognition […]

Emerging contractors set to benefit from SANRAL-Wirtgen MoU

Emerging contractors set to benefit from SANRAL-Wirtgen MoU The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) and Wirtgen Group South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will give small enterprises better access to the road construction machinery they need to execute major SANRAL-owned projects. The agreement will afford small to medium construction contractors […]

The Jewel’s façade brings sparkle to Sandton

The Jewel’s façade brings sparkle to Sandton Boogertman + Partners Architects designed this unique envelope for The Jewel situated in the heart of Sandton. This innovative façade design is amongst the most spectacular architecture currently gracing the South African skyline. Developed by Eris, the tower called The Jewel at the new upmarket multi-use development, The […]

AFRISAM SUPPLIES NEW BLACK-OWNED, MARKET-SHAKING MALVILOX TILE PLANT

AFRISAM SUPPLIES NEW BLACK-OWNED, MARKET-SHAKING MALVILOX TILE PLANT Technology, transformation and a niche opportunity have been brought together in the recent launch of black-owned roofing solutions company Malvilox, which looks set to become a success story in the Department of Trade and Industry’s Black Industrialist Programme. Having set up its factory in Chamdor, Krugersdorp in […]

Students: Prepare now for the 2021 Advanced Concrete Technology course

Students: Prepare now for the 2021 Advanced Concrete Technology course South African cement and concrete industry professionals should be preparing now to be accepted as 2021 students for the SCT50 Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) course, a certificate globally accepted as the pinnacle in concrete technology. This is the advice of John Roxburgh, lecturer at The […]

MBAWC awards future Master Builders

MBAWC awards future Master Builders The construction industry is a major employer in any growing economy. Within the South African context, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) has established a proud tradition of producing skilled and semi-skilled people who have worked on major projects all over Southern Africa through training initiatives. Tony […]

Master Builders Association WC AGM

At Master Builders Association Western Cape 117th AGM held at Belmont Square Conference Centre in Cape Town current President, John Slingsby, extended a warm and hearty welcome to all those in attendance. He delivered his report on the performance of the company in the last fiscal year and the achievements made by the association during […]

Construction Industry Under Siege

Construction Industry Under Siege Our construction industry remains in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This is not only due to the disastrous legacy of the Zuma era and government’s ongoing indecisiveness in creating economic confidence, but also to the steady expansion of “the construction mafia” – which has now infiltrated Gauteng and other […]

Divercity invests R2 billion in Joburg inner-city developments

Divercity invests R2 billion in Joburg inner-city developments ABSA Towers Main and Jewel City to be redeveloped and linked to Maboneng Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2bn in Johannesburg as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner-city precincts. This investment, the largest in the Johannesburg CBD for some years, is focused on […]

Universities collaborate to launch important OHS research body

Universities collaborate to launch important OHS research body In a joint statement issued in October, the Nelson Mandela University, Mangosuthu University of Technology and the Central University of Technology announced the launch of the Association of Researchers in Construction Safety, Health, and Well-Being (ARCOSH). Prof John Smallwood, Professor of Construction Management at the Nelson Mandela […]

Saint-Gobain’s YouthBuild Academy drives artisanal skills development

Saint-Gobain’s YouthBuild Academy drives artisanal skills development and aims to help reduce unemployment with South African youth Through its YouthBuild Academy, Saint-Gobain South Africa is addressing two key crises faced in South Africa: the rising numbers of unemployed youth as well as a decrease in the number of trained artisans within the construction industry. According […]

Tertiary institutions urged to embrace timber construction in engineering

Tertiary institutions urged to embrace timber construction in engineering The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-accredited professional body for the engineered timber construction industry, has noted a decline in familiarity with timber as a building material among graduates of local tertiary level engineering programmes, which has serious implications for the timber industry. As […]

Master Builders National Safety Competition 2018

Winners of Master Builders National Safety Competition 2018 The winners of the Master Builders SA National Safety Competition 2018 were announced at a special Awards Dinner, hosted by the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company, at Congress 2018 in Port Elizabeth. Master Builders South Africa has for many decades been proudly at the forefront of promoting […]

MBSA Executive Director’s Report – 2018

Executive Director’s Report – 2018 2017/18 remained a difficult year domestically despite some momentum gained when President Ramaphosa took over as the ruling party’s President in December last 2017 and when he took occupation of the Union Building early in 2018. As a sector relying on government’s ability to spend, business and consumers as well […]

Group Five lays off more staff

Group Five lays off more staff Reuters: Group Five is cutting more jobs as it seeks to trim loss-making divisions, highlighting an industry-wide slump that has left many companies fighting for survival. South African construction companies have been hit hard in recent years as stagnant economic growth has hobbled public infrastructure spending, prompting some of […]

Healthcare group launches new product range

Healthcare group launches new product range In October the Universal Healthcare Group launched a range of new products and enhancements to existing products via a well subscribed webinar seminar. The range comprises CompCare Wellness, BCIMA Medical Aid and Makoti Medical Scheme. Universal Healthcare has, in just over a decade, developed to the point that it […]

Congress 2018 grapples with issues affecting our construction industry and country

Congress 2018 grapples with issues affecting our construction industry and country 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 […]

MBSA National Safety Competition winners announced

MBSA National Safety Competition winners announced At the Federated Employers’ Mutual (FEM) Gala Dinner held at Congress 2018 anticipation was high as announcement of the winners of the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) National Safety Competition 2018 began. The awards were co-presented by the Managing Director of FEM – Ndivhuwo Manyonga and MBSA President – […]

CONTEMPLATING THE CLOUDY CRYSTAL BALL

CONTEMPLATING THE CLOUDY CRYSTAL BALL My natural optimism may not have been immediately evident as we started our blockbuster 113th Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress in Port Elizabeth, but it’s my belief that there is a distinct difference between gloomy pessimism, and a good hard airing of the facts, however unpalatable, with the object […]


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