Friday, October 3, 2008

News from the regions - Zululand

Building Activity

With 2008 entering its third quarter, Members are still very busy with larger projects, and to mention but a few in progress.
  • uThungulu District Municipality Offices – due for completion in October 2009
  • Richards Bay Golf Estate – Phase one nearing completion and phase 2, also R40 million to start soon
  • The new Standard Bank Building in Richards Bay to be completed in October 2008.
  • New Mortuary for Eshowe and New Psychiatric ward for Ngwelezane Hospital, both for completion during October 2008.
  • Hotel Richards / Bay Shore Inn with a total revamp and additions
  • Umfolozi College of Education – Empangeni and Mandeni
  • New SPAR –“ 5 Ways Mall” to start September 2008
  • “Boardwalk” Shopping centre, Extensions to and revamp of old section nearing completion
  • New “KFC” in Empangeni just completed.
Other projects to start in the very near future:
  • New 2010 Soccer Stadium in Veld en Vlei – R / Bay Latest project cost now R115.57 Million.
  • Empangeni Casino to move to new site in Richards Bay – Small Craft area. Estimated cost R 1.6 Billion.
  • Retirement Village – Richards Bay – R 24 Million.
  • Ukhulu Park Office development – Empangeni. R20 Million.
The John Ross Highway is still crawling onwards between Empangeni and Richards Bay, with bridges to cross rivers, railway lines and an extremely big flood plain. This project will continue for a few more years.


Due to the extreme skills shortage in the building industry, MBA decided to assist “Bhekwell Training School” to obtain urgently needed tools, safety equipment and material required for the purpose of training learners in Brick laying, Carpentry, Roofing, Plumbing, Steel work. Reading plans, and the Setting out of a site.

The list continue and we ask all the members to assist with employment and the placing of learners during and after the training period. Come on Members, we need your help to build up and maintain a higher level of skill in the Construction Industry.

MBA - KZN Zululand Division – NEW Offices

We are very excited about moving our offices to our own New Premises within a few months.

MBA purchased the residence and surgery of Dr.Faaikie du Toit in Rex Henderson Rd. in Empangeni ( Opposite Central SPAR / next to Amble Inn Conference Centre ).

At present the plans are being prepared by Architects for the transformation and revamp of the building to accommodate our New Offices. We will also have ample office space to house Architects and Quantity Surveyors on the upper floor.

All goes as planned, we should be moving into the offices in about five months time. We can't wait !!

Manie Malan - Zululand Divisional Manager
Cell: 082 9322 131 - E-mail:


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