Friday, February 20, 2009

Kwazulu Natal Master Builders Association - South Coast Divisional Meeting

The South Coast Division of the Kwazulu Natal Master Builders Association, held its first general meeting for this year on the 19 February at the Port Shepstone Country Club, where 130 people attended. It is very encouraging to see, not only our membership growing, but also the enthusiastic attendance at our meetings.

The meeting was addressed by the following speakers:
  1. Neels Nortje, our Safety Manager who presented the details of the free service offered to members as well as the rates for the new specialized paid consultancy service available to both members and non- members.
  2. Jim Craighead from Heightsafety who presented and demonstrated working at heights with protective harnesses. He warned about the dangers of using inferior products that had found their way onto the market. Formscaff erected scaffolding at no cost for the demonstration.
  3. Victor Smith, our new Training Manager introduced Tracy-Ann Thomas from M-Powerment who addressed the meeting about the various skills related government levies and grants and how to go about making the most of them.
  4. Clive Hill explained the workings of the Holiday Pay Stamp Scheme and the Provident Fund. He also spoke about the other financial services to be offered including Performance Guarantees that will be available to members shortly.
  5. Mike Vernon from FEM also addressed the meeting and gave some very interesting statistics on injuries taking place.
  6. Bruce Lyle reminded members to be cautious about entering into contracts especially where payment was not guaranteed. He warned them not to waive their builder's liens unless strictly necessary. Bruce will provide free legal consultations to members on his visits to the South Coast. Bookings should be made through Hans.
  7. Holger Rust, the founder of the Terraforce made a most interesting photo presentation of the product range and its various applications.
Finally a lucky draw for two rugby tickets to the Sharks vs Lions match was won by Jaun Dicks. Thanks to Ray Basson for sponsoring this prize.

A big thank you goes to Port Shepstone Pre-cast who sponsored the evening. They are manufacturers of the Teraforce range of products which are used throughout the world. An extract from their website is set out below – please take a moment to read it.

Port Shepstone Pre-cast was bought as a going concern in December 1991 by Johnny and Carol Raath. Their son Darren joined from the outset and has been managing the administrative and internal sales departments. Johnny and Carol's son-in-law Guy joined a year later to assist and advise customers in the field.

The original business was established to produce and erect pre-cast concrete walling. In 1992 the business was restructured to become a manufacturing supplier rather than a service provider, and new products were added to the range.

In 1992 the first lintels were produced and a year later the company developed their now well-known pre-stressed "rib and block" suspended flooring system. “Since then new products have been developed regularly including stair and step systems, pre-stressed fencing posts and palisades, kerbing and water channels and other concrete products. At the end of 2002 Port Shepstone Pre-cast developed a new range of paving and allied products.

"What we wanted to do" says Johnny, "was to create something different and of a very high quality. We believe we have achieved our objective".

Hans Stols
South Coast Divisional Manager
Kwazulu Natal Master Builders Association


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