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 academia, the public and private sectors, as well as to mobilise resources towards the BE Skills pipeline focus on unlocking the Built Environment Skills Pipeline through adequate resource mobilisation, skills development and collaborative interventions to drive transformation and lead the South African built environment into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Ms Priscilla Mdlalose, chief executive officer of the Council for the Built Environment addresses the two day Transformation Indaba at the CSIR ICC

The event was attended by over 210 delegates and included high level representatives from the Department of Public Works, including the Minister, Mr Thulas Nxesi. Also represented were investors, project developers, manufacturers, government, private sector organisations and companies, developmental organisations, state owned entities, national utilities, private sector, non-profit organisations, the public at large, labour organisations and international development partners.

Amongst those in attendance were: the six Councils for the Built Environment Professions, namely Architecture, Engineering, landscape Architects, Construction and Project Management, Quantity Surveyors and Property Valuers and some of their Voluntary Associations; both Construction and Property Sector Charters; other councils and industry bodies such as Master Builders South Africa, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) the Black Business Council (BBC) for the Built Environment and the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). CBE Council members were represented by the Chairperson and Deputy, Absolom Molobe and Mme Maphefo Mogodi.

The following Resolutions were passed for the forthcoming year:
– Collaboratively drive the Transformation Agenda of the Built Environment sector of South Africa;
– CBE to monitor and evaluate sector-wide Transformation Initiatives/ Interventions;
– All sector role players to contribute resources (financial or human) for joint/collaborative transformation initiatives/interventions driven by a communal/mutually shared funding mechanism; and
– Sector wide reporting on what each stakeholder is contributing.

Master Builders South Africa tackles the shortage of skills in construction

Master Builders South Africa tackles the shortage of skills in construction

Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) hosted an industry-wide Construction Sector Skills Development Colloquium on 08 March 2018, at the offices of the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.

The event was convened to outline a clear education-to-employment roadmap for careers in the built environment as well as to identify role players, challenges and solutions in that roadmap. It was attended by key industry stakeholders involved in various skills initiatives to address the shortage of skills in the industry including representatives of labour, employers, educators and regulators.

Speaking on the need for such a broader discussion of the issue of construction skills development in the opening speech, the Chairperson of the MBSA Education and Training Committee Ms Vikashnee Harbhajan, made reference to the 4th Industrial Revolution and how it is projected to re-shape careers in the next few years. She emphasised the need to consolidate industry skills initiatives and ensure that they are aligned to changes in construction and related technologies.

Represented at the event were the Construction Industry Development Board, Construction Education Training Authority, Master Builders Associations of the North, KZN, Free State, Boland and Eastern Cape, South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, the National Business Initiative, the German Development Cooperation as well as representatives of colleges, universities and construction companies that are involved in skills development in the built environment.

Key outcomes included the need for better co-ordinated career guidance programmes aimed at learners in basic education in order to have construction related careers as first-choice pursuits, promoting a culture of workplace integrated learning and providing more support to employers who take on learners, heightening industry collaboration with municipalities to facilitate artisan training as well as developing a structured mentorship approach for SMME development.

The event also saw the launch of a unique partnership between MBSA and PPC Cement, where PPC undertook to contributing towards a skills fund established by MBSA to create skills capacity within the federation. PPC Cement made a pledge to ensure that a portion of the revenue generated from bulk cement purchases directly from PPC, will be channelled towards MBSA skills development programmes for the benefit of the industry at large and in particular, employers in the building industry. The Programme will run until December 2018.

MBSA members were encouraged to support this unique initiative through cement purchases from PPC.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Vuka Makhi learners reap matric success

Vuka Makhi star achiever, Bonakele Mkhize

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Vuka Makhi learners reap matric success

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal is proud to announce a 100% pass rate for learners in the Vuka Makhi Programme who completed the National Senior Certificate Examination in 2017.

As part of this flagship programme which takes learners from education to employment, learners from Umbumbulu and Hammarsdale have travelled to the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal offices in Westville every Saturday for lessons in English, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Orientation and Computers during their grade 11 and 12 years.

It is pleasing to note that 34 distinctions were achieved by the Vuka Makhi learners who completed their examinations. 89% of these learners qualified with a National Senior Certificate with Admission to Bachelor’s Degree.

Congratulations to Bonakele Mkhize of Sikhethuxolo High School in Hammersdale who was the star achiever with six distinctions. Learners are currently finalising their registration at various institutions of Higher Learning in KwaZulu-Natal.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal congratulates all its matriculants on their achievement and wishes them well for the future.

Building entrepreneurs through the Construction Input Incubation Programme

Building entrepreneurs through the Construction Input Incubation Programme

Ngwako Ramohlale, CEO at NAF Image: Sandton Chronicle

Ngwako Ramohlale, CEO at NAF
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Nunnovation Africa Foundation (NAF) has established a unique programme to develop and support entrepreneurs in the construction input manufacturing sector. The ‘Construction Input Incubation Programme’ is targeted at the Merafong and Rand West communities in Gauteng’s West Rand. Now in the final stages of the recruitment process, this exciting initiative is set to change the lives of entrepreneurs and their communities in the region.
Ngwako Ramohlale, CEO at NAF says, “Changing the face of economic development in the country is very important to us. All our programmes are designed to inform, educate and inspire people from our communities while increasing their earning potential to improve their lives. The construction industry will benefit greatly from this transformation initiative and we pride ourselves in being the change agents to influence this much-needed change.”
The recruitment process started in November 2016 and is now in the final stage of selecting the 30 beneficiaries who will be incubated for the next 18 months. The Incubation Programme was officially be launched at the Incubation facility based in Westonaria in April 2017.
Nunnovation has several empowerment programmes aimed at equipping historically disadvantaged individuals from various communities with industry specific skills across industries. The Construction Input Incubation Programme is geared to develop small businesses in manufacturing steel, rainwater, paint, cement and carpentry products.
Funded by various organisations including Sibanye Gold (Pty) Ltd., and the Department of Small Business Development, the vision for the programme is to elevate entrepreneurs beyond mere survivalist modes of operation to sustainable black owned manufacturing enterprises. This project is aimed at boosting the local economy of Westonaria and surrounding areas. The main objective is to develop specialised manufacturing technology driven products that will give them a competitive advantage in the market.
Due to the envisaged high impact results of this programme and the emerging businesses, there is the unique advantage of collaborating with each business to explore further potential and opportunities as a programme partner. As a potential partner of the programme, corporate organisations can gain substantial benefits from their association with this programme and contribute to the drive for inclusive economic growth in the country.
“Programmes of this nature and magnitude need major financial resources to back them for the goal to be successfully realised. Creating black industrialist is our goal. The industry is teeming with opportunity and we’re are excited about partnering with both public and private sector companies on key aspects for this programme,” says Zandile Mabena, Partnership and Sponsorship Manager at NAF.
Should your business have an interest in joining this ground-breaking programme, contact Zandile at: zandile@nunnovation.com
Nunnovation Africa Foundation is a registered and reputable Non-Profit Company that operates across the African continent to capacitate disadvantaged communities with access to innovative technology and resources that would lead to socio-economic transformation within their communities.



Giving back to the construction industry: Excellence in Mentorship

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Denzel Maduray

When Denzel Maduray advises learners about choosing a career path in project and construction management, he does not mince his words.

“Plans are important but planning is everything. This was from Eisenhower. My advice is if you are not passionate about communication, integrating teams and engaging stakeholders then stay out of project and construction management. PCM takes dedication, time and effort and it is sometimes a thankless job without instant gratification,” says this successful construction manager who is currently employed at Aurecon.
Maduray exudes passion for the Construction Management profession and has taken the bold and selfless step to becoming a professional construction mentor. With such wisdom, Denzel is bound to empower candidates and emerging construction managers and there is no doubt that he does this with gusto.
“I would like to be known as the ‘practical project manager’ that gave back to the profession. I believe in the law of aggregation, the more people I share my knowledge and experience with, ultimately will result in a win for the profession. As a country we have the propensity to overcome challenges through dialogue and team work which are the key ingredients of good project management. I would like to be remembered as someone that has played a small part in this work,” says Maduray.
His path too has by no means been an easy one.
“Given the maturity of the project management profession, there were very few opportunities for structured mentorship from real project management professionals. I chose to register as a candidate and then submit a professional registration application after two years. During this time, planning my experiential training was key to obtaining my professional credentials. The support from the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) was also beneficial in submitting the proper documentation for evaluation.
This was a great experience and it was excellent to be rewarded for undertaking project management in a professional capacity. The Project Management profession is under-rated in the South African context and the establishment of the SACPCMP has given project managers a platform to acquire a credential and to step out of the shadows from the engineering profession which has dominated the South African built environment,” he says.

The success of this individual is reflected in his ability and willingness to network and to share knowledge and lessons learnt. In the Construction Management profession, this is virtually obligatory.
“I started working on site as a site agent and gradually worked my way up to leading both construction and consulting projects. My special passion is leading and directing multi-disciplinary project teams and seeing the integrated effort paying off with a successful product/service/result. Most notably was the Gauteng Department of Education, 16 Schools project and I was the PMO manager as well as the regional project manager for the East Rand,” says an enthusiastic Maduray.
Where did the dream start? What were the driving forces? Maduray remembers fondly his teacher of English at Westcliff Secondary School in Chatsworth, Mr. K Pillay. In 1993, South Africa was poised on a new order and insecurities defined his matric year. However, Mr. Pillay diffused these fears by “opening up” their minds and reminding them about struggle stalwarts such as Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and Pravin Gordhan. This gave the young man and his friends tools to deal with this potentially threatening situation.
Then there was his father who had a solid work ethic. Having worked for the Durban Metro for 41 years, his dad hardly absented himself from work and Maduray inherited this from his dad thankfully. “My dad is my inspiration and the pride he had after I graduated from school with honours gave me the will to give my career the very best efforts.
My role models and mentors are people I work with every day. I draw inspiration from their experience, attitude, aptitude and work ethic,” reflects Maduray.

Maduray describes himself as a family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and mentee, Ramona, and their children Colby and Robyn.

Famous Director Steven Speilberg said, “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”
It is clear that Denzel Maduray epitomises the works of this great man when he assimilates mentoring as part of his work and duty to “give back” to the profession and to society as a whole.