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 / 011 805 6611. 

Amanzi Abantu scoops Platinum at FEM Health & Safety Awards

Amanzi Abantu scoops Platinum at FEM Health & Safety Awards

Amanzi Abantu (Pty) Ltd is presented with the Special Award – Platinum – by Chairman of FEM, Nico Maas

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 have achieved consistently outstanding Health and Safety records.

The event was attended by achieving companies, a host of specialists in the Health and Safety field, captains of the construction industry, economists and members of the FEM Board.

CEO Ndivhuwo Manyonga welcomes achieving companies and all present to the FEM Health and Safety Awards dinner

FEM’s IT Director Gys McIntosh, explained the awards criteria, saying that FEM recognises policyholders that achieve excellence in health and safety. To receive these awards, policyholders must meet or exceed very stringent criteria as set out by the Company. In addition to their normal merit rebate payment, policyholders also receive an additional rebate.

Special awards in Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum are also made to those companies with exceptionally low claims over a 10 year period.

Guest Speaker on the evening, Political Analyst Aubrey Matshiqi, provided the audience with insight to the country’s current political landscape

This year the Platinum Award in this category was awarded to Amanzi Abantu (Pty) Ltd. for their outstanding safety record for the period.

Winner in the High Risk High Employer category was Murray & Roberts Power & Energy – a Division of Murray & Roberts Limited.

The following are the winners in each category:

The Special Award Winners with exceptionally low claims over a 10 year period are:

Platinum: Amanzi Abantu (Pty) Ltd

Gold: Shula Construction CC

Silver: Robert Skinner Construction CC

Bronze: Cladcon CC

The normal Inland Award Winners are:

High Risk Small Employer: Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd – SGB Cape Division (Vaal)

High Risk Medium Employer: Construction Maintenance Services (Pty) Ltd

High Risk Large Employer: Murray & Roberts Power & Energy

            • a Division of Murray & Roberts Limited

Medium Risk Small Employer: Group Five Energy (Pty) Ltd

Medium Risk Medium Employer: Amanzi Abantu (Pty) Ltd

Medium Risk Large Employer: Advance Bulk Earthworks (Pty) Ltd T/A Advance Projects

Low Risk Small Employer: Dreycor Plumbing (Pty) Ltd

Low Risk Medium Employer: Brencon Hire CC T/A Brencon Plumbing

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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 University, South Africa, told South African Builder that, over a period of time it had become apparent that there were several researchers conducting construction safety, health and well-being (SHW) related research on the African continent. This due to, among other aspects, the publication of papers and personal approaches to collaborate.

A common challenge on the African continent is the lack of construction specific health and safety (H&S) legislation, regulations and statistics,” said Prof Smallwood. “Furthermore, there is a lack of collaboration in terms of construction SHW research.”

The ARCOSH initiated research collaboration will contribute to the development of appropriate legislation, regulations and standards, promotion of appropriate construction SHW scholarship and practices, together with appropriate accident, injury, and occupational disease (OD) statistics in Africa.

The four founding members of ARCOSH:

Dr Claire Deacon, Principal, Claire Deacon and Associates / Research Associate, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Prof Theo Haupt, Research Professor: Engineering, Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa

Prof Fidelis Emuze, Professor of Built Environment and Head of Department, Central University of Technology, South Africa

Prof John Smallwood, Professor of Construction Management, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Establishment and evolution

Prof Smallwood explains: “The first phase will entail the attraction of members, and the recording of their primary contact details and research interests. And the second phase will include the staging of the inaugural ARCOSH conference in Cape Town on 3-4 June 2019.

ARCOSH will also be extending an invitation to members to participate in a British Academy funded research project designed to investigate the state of CH&S legislative and regulatory frameworks in the SADC region.”


ARCOSH membership applications are invited from people conducting construction SHW research on the African continent. Applications should be addressed to Prof John Smallwood: john.smallwood@mandela.ac.za


E-mail, a Facebook page, and a LinkedIn page will constitute the initial form of communication with members and the public, followed by the establishment of a web site and the use of other social media. In addition, an electronic newsletter will be produced quarterly.

Initially, documents can be accessed via: http://construction.mandela.ac.za/ARCOSH

ARCOSH Vision Statement

To be the preferred association for researchers conducting research relative to construction safety, health, and well-being (SHW) on the African continent.

ARCOSH Mission Statement

To promote research and development relative to construction SHW, and contribute to the achievement of optimum construction SHW on projects by:

Promoting research and development to improve construction legislation, systems, processes, procedures, and practices;

Forming partnerships with research organisations, built environment statutory councils, professional associations, registration boards, tertiary education institutions, and other built environment stakeholders, and

Promoting collaboration and coordination of construction SHW research between countries.


Identify construction SHW issues, and “research gaps” that require attention in terms of research and development;

Promote and facilitate construction SHW research and development;

Compile construction SHW guidelines, and practice notes;

Compile a construction SHW body of knowledge, and

Promote and contribute to the development and promulgation of construction specific legislation and regulations in African countries.


The following values form the basis for the Association’s approach to its activities:



Ethical reasoning;







Transformation, and


Conference Alert: Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference – 11-13 June 2017

cib logoConference Alert

Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference under the theme “Towards better Safety, Health, Wellbeing, and Life in Construction” – Cape Town, South Africa, 11-13 June 2017

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A Joint International Council for Building (CIB) W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference is being held in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, from the 11 to 13 of June 2017. The theme and title of the conference, which is being co-hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), is ’Towards better Safety, Health, Wellbeing, and Life in Construction’.

The review committee for this scientific conference has accepted 58 papers from
authors representing many countries worldwide. The presentation of these will be
preceded by keynote addresses on Day 1 and Day 2 – Peri, Mangosuthu University
of Technology, Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), and Federated
Employers Mutual Assurance (FEM). A ‘notable’ speaker will address the Welcome
Function on Sunday evening, and so too the Gala Conference Dinner on Monday

Two workshops (separate fees) will be presented on Sunday 11 June.
‘Construction Ergonomics’ in the morning, and ‘Designing for Construction Health
and Safety’ in the afternoon. The latter will be presented by a leading American
‘Designing for Construction Health and Safety’ academic, author, and consultant. CIB
W99 and TG59 meetings will also be scheduled.
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the South African Council for the
Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP), and the South
African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) will recognise the
conference and preceding workshops in terms of continuing professional
development (CPD) points.

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