MASTER BUILDERS KWAZULU-NATAL 112TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
On 11 June 2013 the KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association held its 112th Annual General Meeting at the Master Builders Centre in Westville. Mogamat Behardien of NMC (Pty) Ltd was elected President of the Association and stated that he felt extremely privileged to accept the responsibility of serving such a time-honoured institution.
In his State of the Industry speech, outgoing president Mr Vic Naidoo of C&R Contractors made reference to the economic outlook for the Construction sector and noted that according to the FNB/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index Survey, confidence in the building sector has risen from 26 index points during the third quarter of 2012 to 32 in the fourth quarter.
Mr Naidoo stated that the rise in the confidence index appears to be driven more by suppliers than other sectors of the construction industry and that the current level of building confidence suggested that close to seven out of 10 respondents in different sectors of the building industry, rated prevailing business conditions as unsatisfactory. Lack of private sector work and, to an extent, the scarcity of government work as well as lack of tenders and often long delays in tender adjudication, were among the reasons cited for it.
Mr Naidoo proudly announced that Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal experienced growth in the last year in the total number of member organisations that have a percentage of black ownership.
Keynote speaker on the night Mr Ravigasen Ranganathan Pillay, Honourable MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works KwaZulu-Natal, addressed the membership a few short hours after he had delivered his budget speech at the KZN legislature. The Honourable MEC made it known that KwaZulu-Natal Province has in the past five years delivered 115 000 houses and that as Human Settlements, they've spent their full budget and have delivered 25,940 housing units in the 2012-2013 financial year.
The Honourable MEC also made it known that they've turned the corner on quality and noted that in respect of houses delivered in the past 18 months, beyond routine snag lists, they have not had any significant complaints about shoddy workmanship or general quality issues. "The price of sustainable quality will be constant vigilance. I trust that the MBA will continue to walk this road with us", stated the MEC.
MEC Pillay further spoke of the need to develop a better understanding of the social and political economy of informal settlements, the imperatives of sustainable AGM 2013livelihoods and the necessity of social compacts to drive delivery, he also spoke of the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) aimed at addressing the gap market.
Executive Director, Vikashnee Harbhajan tabled the Association's 2013 Annual Review brochure, astounding Members with the array of activities that the Master Builders Association was engaged in. These include the opening of a new area office in Northern Natal, the introduction of a new Corporate Member category, an Emerging Contractor Development Programme, a mobile clinic service as well as the launch of the Association's Training Academy. Ms Harbhajan also assured Members that the Association would continue to serve in their best interests and thanked them for placing their bona fides in the Association.
The Executive Council for the next term of office is as follows:
- Mogamat Behardien, NMC
- Malcolm Mbanjwa, Kwambanjwa Carpentry and Construction (VP)
- Francois Louw , Met Builders (VP)
- Joyce Dolly Tembe, Sakhisizwe Development Training (VP)
- Chris Cusens, WBHO (VP)
- Kevin Dicks, Dicks Construction
- Mpume Mhlongo, Microvulintuthuko Business Enterprise
- Mike Bekker, MCB Projects
- Ash Maharaj, Aveng - Grinaker
- Rob Bremner, Liviero
- Brian Chetty, RMD Kwikform
- Clive Dwarika, 2c Projects
- Colin Cozens, Met Builders
- Chris Nott , Notts Projects, T / A Unicon
- Andrew Stewart, Life Member
- Ryan Benians, Bencon Projects
- Jonathan Pearce, Peacon Civils
- Vic Naidoo , C & R Contractors
- The Association proudly boasts the election of our first Female Vice - President, Joyce Dolly Tembe and we look forward to her leadership in the year ahead.
Incoming President Mr Mogamat Behardien paid homage to his predecessor Mr Vic Naidoo by stating that he had led the Association for two years with boundless energy and a passion for transformation. Mr Behardien expressed his commitment to continuing the good work by pushing forward with the Associations transformation agenda. He also vowed to improve relations with other institutions and Provincial Government aligned to transforming the Industry.