MBSA bids final farewell to Past President Bennie Botha

Bennie Botha

MBSA bids final farewell to Past President Bennie Botha

It is with deep regret that Master Builders South Africa bids farewell to Past President of the (then) Building Industries Federation of South Africa (BIFSA), Bennie Botha, who passed away last month.

Bennie served as President of BIFSA during 2003/2004 and will be well remembered for his contributions to the BIFSA Centenary celebrations in March 2004, as well as the preparations leading up to the name change to Master Builders South Africa later in the same year.

To quote Bennie at the time:
“I have absolute confidence that our industry will continue to grow throughout the 21st century and will continue to be a major factor in the development of our country’s economic welfare.  The men and women who actively participate in this industry today have the same uncompromising steel-willed spirit and belief in their ability to succeed at all costs and in the fact of adversity.”

Benjamin Adam Botha was born in Pretoria in 1944. Having been in the construction industry since 1963, Bennie founded B A Botha, Builder & Contractor in 1967, specialising in house building and alterations. After successfully negotiating work in Plettenberg Bay, he moved there in 1968.

Bennie was an active member of the East Cape Master Builders Association and served as President of the Association in 2000 and 2001. He was elected to the BIFSA executive in 1988.

He also served on various MBA and Bargaining Council committees.

Bennie leaves his wife, Patsy, two daughters and grandchildren.

Bennie’s sharp mind and great sense of humour will be sadly missed.

A tribute to Niek Zwart

Niek Zwart

A tribute to Niek Zwart

Master Builders South Africa and South African Builder pay tribute to Niek Zwart, Master Builders’ General Secretary from 1989 to 1999, then known as BIFSA, who passed away at the age of 81 in Graaff-Reinet on 29 October 2017.

Niek devoted some 31 years to the building industry in South Africa, having worked at BIFSA as the Assistant Secretary and as Registrar of the South African Institute of Building from 1969 to 1974, and as the Secretary and later as Deputy Director of the Master Builders Association (Witwatersrand and Transvaal South) from 1978 to 1999. He also, after his retirement from BIFSA in 1999, served as a consultant at the Gauteng Master Builders Association’s Education and Training department, until 2003.

Niek will be remembered for his life-long energetic and friendly disposition. Niek was a tremendous asset to the organisation and the building industry.