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 Keal, Group Skills Facilitator at MBAWC says: “In 2018, we invested over R1,9 million on training costs – a large percentage of which was spent on apprentices who are given the opportunity to earn while they learn by being placed with our member organisations for experience whilst undergoing training funded by us.”

At the organisation’s recent Annual General Meeting, awards were bestowed upon two apprentices who have shown particular promise as future master builders. Ryan Castle from Grassy Park was awarded the Buckland Apprentice of the Year Award, while the Rob Johnson Award for Specialist Apprentice in the Carpentry Trade went to Lylle Steyn from Fairways.

Ryan Castle was awarded the Buckland Apprentice of the Year Award

Castle, who joined the MBAWC’s apprenticeship programme in 2016, has completed all of his theoretical and practical training whilst doing his in-service on-site training with GVK-Siya Zama. His employer has praised his eagerness to learn and sharp focus on any task at hand. He is currently waiting to take his trade test.

On winning the award, he says: “I am very proud of myself. I am a lucky guy and I do win a lot of things, but this particular award is an achievement for me. I am a hard worker and a go-getter so I don’t just do what is asked of me, I go the extra mile.” Looking to the future, he would like to either start his own construction company or work overseas.

Lylle Steyn, recipient of the Rob Johnson Award for Specialist Apprentice in the Carpentry Trade

Steyn, who also joined the programme in 2016, is completing his in-house training at GVK-Siya Zama too. His positivity in the workplace and can-do attitude, together with his steady pace of work and performance on site have been noted by his employer. He too is waiting to take his trade test.

He believes that he was selected because he works hard at everything he does. “I always try to do my best.” Steyn shares that he was drawn to a career in the construction industry because it enables people to expand their horizons, thanks to the vast experience that can be acquired on site. With what he has gained from the MBAWC apprenticeship programme, he plans to open his own business.

Both Castle and Steyn are working under the leadership of Donald Perreira who was the Apprentice of the Year Award recipient in 2016 and is today a supervisor in the industry.

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Master Builders Association WC AGM

President, John Slingsby, extended a warm and hearty welcome to all those attending the 117th 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 that period.

At the event a 50 year continuous membership award as presented to Danie Hattingh of Coverland.

Danie Hattingh receives a 50 year continuous membership award for Coverland

The Occupational Health and Safety awards ceremony followed and the President congratulated all those worthy entrants who took home awards on the night.

Master Builders Association, Western Cape – Executive Committee 2018/ 2019


Mark Brooks – WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd

Adriaan Fourie – GVK Siya Zama (Cape) (Pty) Ltd

Mark Fugard – Concor Western Cape

Henry Fuller – Levenbach Building & Roofing

David Gelb – Gelbuild Contractors CC

Alton Jooste – Group Five Coastal (Pty) Ltd

Jannie Joubert – Status Africa Construction CC

Fadiel Isaacs – Isaacs Construction

Murray Payne – W Voigt (Cape) (Pty) Ltd

Wynand Smit – Isipani Construction (Pty) Ltd

Jonathan Stevens – Haw & Inglis Projects (Pty) Ltd

Gareth Wall – Dekon Projects (Pty) Ltd

Bricklaying & Masonry – Vacant

Ceiling & Partitions

Wouter Viljoen Scheltema & Co.(Pty) Ltd

Glazing, Aluminium & Metalwork

Dawie Jongh Pinnacle Glass & Aluminium(Pty) Ltd

Joinery & Shopfitting – Vacant

Painting & Decorating

Jonathan Mitchell Damp Control Cape CC

Plasterers & Tiling – Vacant


Barry Van’t – Slot Plumslot CC T/A Plumbing For Africa


Danie Hattingh – Coverland


Alan Haefele AG Haefele & Sons CC

Other Trades

Wendy Damon – Damp Control Cape CC

Manufacturers, Merchants & Suppliers

Chandre Abrahams

Ron Petersen

Corobrik (Pty) Ltd

Rbs Katz Breskal (Pty) Ltd


Roekeya Bardien

Howard Boetcher

Damon Abadia Projects (Pty) Ltd

Supplyside CC

Concor Western Cape scores three safety awards at MBAWC

Concor Western Cape scores three safety awards at MBAWC

Concor Western Cape’s 16 Nettleton Road project was placed first in Category F – for projects from R100 million to R150 million – in the MBAWC 2018 Regional Safety Competition

Concor Western Cape has again proved itself a world class contractor by winning three out of the five building categories in the Master Builders Association Western Cape (MBAWC) 2018 Regional Safety Competition.

Mark Fugard, managing director of Concor Western Cape, says that these accolades from the MBAWC is an acknowledgement and recognition of the exemplary health, safety and environmental programme that the company has in place across all its sites.

“Safety is more than a watch word for Concor, with the highest level of commitment from management to our Stop.Think.Act! philosophy. It is about remaining focused on our objective of Zero Harm while delivering quality projects,” he says.

In Category D for project values between R14 million and R40 million, Concor Western Cape was placed first for its Signature Lux project. This project scope involved internal demolition and stripping out of an extremely old heritage status six storey building and converting the building into an 88 key Signature Lux hotel. Fugard says that although challenging at times the project has progressed well and is scheduled to take its first guests in September this year.

For the second year in a row, the company’s 16 Nettleton Road project was placed first in Category F which covers projects from R100 million to R150 million. The project scope is for the construction of a luxury residential house constructed over seven levels on the steeply inclined seaward side of Nettleton Road, Clifton.

The Aurum luxury lifestyle development being constructed by Concor Western Cape came first in Category G – for projects from R250 million to R450 million- in the MBAWC 2018 Regional Safety Competition

This has been a complex project with one of the many challenges being the need to anchor the structure to the shear mountain slope at regular intervals. The project is now entering the very detailed finishing stages. Completion is scheduled for early next year at which stage a new standard of luxury residential construction will have been achieved.

The Aurum luxury lifestyle development in Bantry Bay scored another first for Concor Western Cape, this time in Category G for project values from R250 million to R450 million. This well publicised project includes building on each side of the busy Victoria Road with the sumptuous Presidential Residences cascading down to the water’s edge below the road, and the 15 plush Luxury Residences climbing the hill above the road.

“Safety is a key performance requirement on the project with traffic and pedestrian management and control vital to project performance success, considering the constant heavy flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic passing the site,” Fugard says. During construction use was made of closed-circuit cameras focused on various points on the road between the two buildings to ensure that traffic and pedestrian behaviour was closely monitored and that construction staff managed the traffic flow while accepting the necessary deliveries of concrete, bricks and other materials.

“We believe that securing these awards further underpins Concor Western Cape’s capabilities in terms of delivering complex projects on time, within budget and most importantly safely. We are also extremely proud to have these projects represent Concor in the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) National Safety Competition,” Fugard concludes.


Bursary Applications Open to Future Master Builders

Bursary Applications Open to Future Master Builders

The applications for bursaries from the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape, (MBAWC), for the upcoming 2018 academic year opened on 15th November 2017. Over the past 10 years, the MBAWC has assisted 230 students, (many of whom are today employed by MBAWC members and other companies in the built environment), to further their studies in the “Built Environment” disciplines, through the awarding of bursaries.

Bursaries from MBAWC will cover the annual tuition fees in respect of various Built Environment courses offered by both the Academic Universities as well as the Universities of Technology, from the second year of study onward. The bursaries are valid for one year, but are renewable, subject to continued satisfactory academic progress.

The MBAWC will also sponsor selected bursary recipients’ attendance at each annual Master Builders South Africa Congress, enabling them to meet the captains of the building industry and attend various educational sessions.

Students who have successfully completed their first year of studies in the fields of Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management or Health & Safety Management are eligible to apply. In addition, they must either have been born in the Western Cape, or have completed their Basic Education in the Cape Town Metro or Greater Boland area. Bursaries are also available for the children of those employees working for MBAWC member companies. Those who are awarded bursaries are under no obligation to repay them, should they successfully complete their courses. Recipients are also not required to take up employment only with MBAWC members on completion of their studies.

While MBAWC primarily supports institutions of higher learning in the Western Cape, it has also supported students financially, in order to study at other Universities within the Republic in the past, due to special circumstances.

The construction industry, which is crucial in meeting the country’s infrastructure and housing needs, has the potential to generate a number of much-needed jobs and boost the economy. However, we need skilled entrants to grow the industry and build South Africa.

In the words of Minister Gigaba, ‘We cannot hope to grow and develop, without the skills and intellectual capabilities that our universities and technical training colleges produce”.

Application forms are available from the MBAWC website and office from 15th November 2017 onwards. These must be submitted, together with a letter of motivation stating why the applicant has chosen their particular field of study, by the closing date of 30th November 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 12th December 2017, circumstances permitting.

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