Thursday, April 30, 2009

Amended Annual Shutdown, December 2009


Members are already enquiring from the Association what procedures are recommended for the Annual Holiday period in December/January.

The Association is not in a position to be prescriptive regarding this period, but provides the following information for the benefit of Members.

The minimum entitlement of employees is as follows:
  1. Every employee is entitled, under the provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, to at least 21 consecutive days (i.e. 15 working days) leave of absence on full pay in respect of each period of 12 consecutive months employment.
  2. In addition this leave must be extended by an extra working day on full pay for each Public Holiday which falls on what otherwise would have been a normal working day during the leave period.
  3. This year there are three Public Holidays which occur in December and January which fall on normal working days, namely; Wednesday 16 December 2009, Friday 25 December 2009, Friday 1 January 2010. The total leave entitlement is therefore 15 working days.
  4. This would enable enterprises to have their last working day on Tuesday, 15 December 2009 and recommence work on Monday 11 January 2010.
Bruce Lyle
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Ah! Think twice - it might not be another day in paradise!


"Let the buyer beware!"
or "Caveat emptor!" is a phrase one often hears, but just as often buyers don't implement this sound advice, and simply sign whatever they are asked to sign without taking legal advice from an impartial person.

The lack of approved building plans for residential property, or a structure on that property, recently enjoyed the attention of our Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

The court, in the case of Odendaal v Ferraris ([2008] ZASCA 85) held that the absence of a building plan is a latent defect for which the seller may be held liable, depending on the circumstances. If the seller was unaware of the lack of plans and if there was a voetstoots clause in the contract, such a clause will protect the seller.

However, a voetstoots clause won't protect the seller if he/she was aware of the lack of plans, and purposefully failed to disclose this fact in order to mislead the buyer. This is fraud, and in these circumstances the buyer would have a claim against the seller for damages.

Practically it is difficult for a buyer to obtain evidence that a seller was aware of the lack of plans and deliberately embarked on fraudulent non-disclosure. Most buyers do not have insight into the workings of sellers' minds, and sellers seldom generate a handy paper record of their mental intentions and make such evidence available to buyers.

The court also confirmed that a seller is liable for the misrepresentations of an estate agent employed by the seller, even if the seller is unaware of such misrepresentations. One may now expect new clauses to appear in Deeds of Sale stating that the buyer acknowledges that the agent has made no representations whatsoever. If so, the buyer cannot rely on either the seller or the agent to protect him against the lack of building plans or against other latent defects in the property. The buyer needs to do his own homework and recognise that the agent is working for the seller and not for him as buyer. The agent cannot have both parties' interests at heart.

While this court case does establish that the lack of building plans constitutes a latent defect, it does not come to the practical assistance of buyers where there is a voetstoots clause in the contract. The moral of the story is simply this: A buyer who is invited to sign a purchase contract which contains a voetstoots clause should think twice, otherwise, as the old song goes, it might not be another day in paradise for him.

Clive Hill
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Tender Bulletin No 15/2009


The attention of members is directed to the following list of services for which Public Tenders have been invited. The information contained in this Bulletin has been collated from various sources and no assurance is given or implied that the Association approves of the tendering or contractual conditions of any tender and no responsibility will be accepted by the Association in this regard.
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TENDER RESULTS
Nil
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS SOUTHERN REGION – CLOSING DATE : 27.05.2009
TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION

ZNTM00280 W
Harding: St Andrew Hospital; Upgrades and additions to new CSSD building. CIDB 6GB or if in a joint venture 2 x 5GB or 1 x 5GB and 2 x 4GB. Site meeting on 13.05.09 at 11h00 on site. Contact Mr J Thwaites Tel: 033-3555500.

ZNTM00423 W
Ixopo: Ixopo Clinic; Alterations and additions. CIDB 6GB or if in a joint venture 2 x 5GB or 1 x 5GB and 2 x 4GB. Site meeting on 14.05.09 at 11h00 at the clinic site (on the R612 near R56). Contact Mr H Ramadhin Tel: 033-8971356.

ZNTM00410 W
Taylors Halt: Kwa Mpande Clinic; New clinic building, residential buildings, visitors toilet, gate house and a double car port. CIDB 6GB or if in a joint venture 2 x 5GB or 1 x 5GB and 2 x 4GB. Site meeting on 12.05.09 at 11h00 at P399 and Edendale road. Contact Mr H Ramadhin Tel: 033-8971356.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, SOUTHERN REGIONAL OFFICE, 10 PRINCE ALFRED STREET EXTENSION, PIETERMARITZBURG.
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UMNDONI MUNICIPALITY – CLOSING DATE : 26.05.2009

Humerdale G:S:B plus solid waste disposal site operation of Humerdale landfill. CIDB 6CE or higher. Site meeting on 06.05.09 at 13h00 on site at the Humerdale Landfill (2km west of Kelso off the R102 immediately north of Umzinto River bridge between Park Rynie and Pennington).

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE UMDONI MUNICIPALITY UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNDABLE
DEPOSIT OF R400. CONTACT MR GA COHEN 0828040207.
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NORTH COAST REGION – CLOSING DATE : 29.05.2009 TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION

ZNT 7623 W
New clinic, guardhouse, toilets and renovations to houses at Gwaleweni Clinic, Jozini. Site meeting on 11.05.09 at 10h00 on site. CIDB 7GB or higher. Contact Mr J Webb Tel: 035-5731612.

ZNTU 00872 W
Repairs and renovations at kwaMpofu Primary School, Eshowe. Site meeting on 05.05.09 at 11h00 on site. CIDB 6GB or higher. Contact Mr Chris van Wyk Tel: 035-8700833.

ZNT 7267 W
Repairs and renovations at Altona Clinic, Nongoma. Site meeting on 14.05.09 at 11h00 on site. CIDB 4GB or higher. Contact Mr A Nel Tel: 0826816464.

ZNTU 00870 W
Construct new clinic at Ndlozana Clinic, Ulundi. Site meeting on 05.05.09 at 12h00 on site. CIDB 6GB or higher. Contact Mr D Moffett Tel: 035-8703092.

ZNTU 00702 W
Clinic maintenance & upgrading programme 2006/2007 phase 1 at kwaShoba Clinic, Pongola. Site meeting on 13.05.09 at 09h00 on site. CIDB 5GB or higher. Contact Mr Baba Tel: 0829037099.

ZNTU 00856 W
Clinic maintenance & upgrading programme 2006/2007 phase 1 at Umbonambi Clinic, Hlabisa. Site meeting on 07.05.09 at 12h00 on site. CIDB 5GB or higher. Contact Mr Nigel Vos Tel: 035-4502095.

ZNTU 00593 W
Construction of 3 classrooms, 1 media centre, 1 computer room, kitchen, 2 offices, 4 storerooms, strong room and ablutions at Manaba Primary School, Mkhuze. Site meeting on 06.05.09 at 10h00 on site. CIDB 5GB or higher. Contact Mr Chris van Wyk Tel: 035-8700833.

ZNTU 00604 W
Construction of 3 classrooms, 2 laboratories, 1 media centre, kitchen, 4 offices, 3 storerooms, 1 strong room and ablution at Our Lady of Ingwavuma Primary School, Mkhuze. Site meeting 07.05.09 at 12h00 on site. CIDB 6GB or higher. Contact Mr Chris van Wyk Tel: 035-8700833.

ZNTU 000141 W
Upgrade and additions at Gobeni Combined School, Louwsburg District, Vryheid. CIDB 6GB or higher. Site meeting on 07.05.09 at 11h00 on site. Closing date 25.05.09.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE KZN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING (1ST FLOOR), ZONE 1 PRINCE MANGOSUTHU STREET, ULUNDI. CONTACT MS MCHUNU TEL: 035-8743374.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Time waits for nobody. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery,
but today is a gift – that’s why its called a present.

…………ANON
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

SACLAP Calling For Nominations.


South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP) is calling for nominations.

In terms of section 3.1 of the Landscape Architectural Profession Act No 45 of 2000, the council consists of members appointed by the minister taking into account, among other things the principles of transparency and representivity, The Government Gazette outlines the criteria, as follows:

a. Six registered persons, excluding candidates of whom at least four must actively practice in the landscape architectural profession
i Who must be nominated by the voluntary associations and any registered person; and
ii. Who must represent the categories of registered persons contemplated in Section 18, in the prescribed manner
b. Two professionals in the service of the State nominated by any sphere of government, of whom at least one must be nominated by the department; and

c. Two members of the pubic nominated through an open process of public participation.


In terms of the Section 4.(1) When any nominations in terms of section 3(1)(a) or (b) becomes necessary, the council must invite registered persons, voluntary associations and the State, respectively, in the prescribed manner, to nominate within a period of at least 60 days from the date of the invitation, persons who qualify for nomination in terms of the section 3(1 )(a) or (b), respectively.


When any nomination in terms of 3(1)(c) becomes necessary, the council must invite the public, by notice in the Gazette and in any newspaper the council considers necessary, but in at least a leading newspaper in each province, to nominate persons for appointment to the council within a period of at least 60 days from the date of the notice.


Government Gazette further informs us that the following should be noted:
  • The nominations should be made on the nomination forms available from the Secretariat (email: secretariat@saclap.org.za / Tel: 011 789 1384) or on the Council's website (www.saclap.org.za).
  • All nominations are to be supported by completed acceptance forms and 1 page curricula vitae of Nominees.
  • Successful Nominees will be apPOinted in their own right and not as representatives of any particular organization/so
  • All Nominees must be South African citizens and ordinarily resident in the Republic.
  • Nominations must be submitted to the Secretary (secretariat@saclap.org.za I 011 789 1385) no later than 1 June 2009. No late nominations will be considered.
Pieter Rautenbach
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Best Practice and Ethical Business - Be Careful


A recent Board meeting of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) considered the state of the economy, and how this was affecting building activity and business practices. One unfortunate result of tighter times, is an increase in reports of unethical dealings in the construction industry.

The relative scarcity of work is seeing various contractors, built environment professionals and clients resorting to unscrupulous practices when it comes to tenders and tendering practices. Creamer Media's Engineering News reports that the Competition Commission is regularly receiving requests for leniency for bid-rigging cases. The article suggest that bid rigging and cover pricing is rife, and warns that the Commission will be tackling anti -competitive behaviour head-on.

Pressure on cash flow is also causing unhappiness. Clients are not paying their contractors timeously and some contractors are treating their sub-contractors in the same way. This practice will not stand you in good stead and many perpetrators have suddenly found that nobody worthwhile wants to perform work for them.

Occupational Health and Safety is also sometimes an early victim to poor cash flow. If an incident occurs and someone is hurt, the court will not consider cash flow as an acceptable excuse for not obeying the rules.

There is no doubt that economic pressure forces us to find ways to work smarter and leaner to stay afloat. Some measures, such as the ones listed above, are just not worth it.

Brandon Abdinor
Executive Director

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Tender Bulletin 14/2009

The attention of members is directed to the following list of services for which Public Tenders have been invited. The information contained in this Bulletin has been collated from various sources and no assurance is given or implied that the Association approves of the tendering or contractual conditions of any tender and no responsibility will be accepted by the Association in this regard.
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TENDER RESULTS

TENDER NO: ZNTM00395W – PMB, Southern Regional Office; Alteration sand additions.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Goldn Acre/KMC ConstructionJV

TENDER NO: ZNTM00353W – Songonzima Clinic; Clinic upgrade 2006/2007 Phase 1: Maintenance & minor new works.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Jeamba’s Enterprise

TENDER NO: ZNTM00394W – G.J. Crookes; New staff residences
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: JJ S Construction

TENDER NO: ZNTM00390W – Sandanezwe Clinic; Alterations and additions.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Cebtrelink Construction and Golden Acre Construction Joint Venture.

TENDER NO: ZNTM00380W – Port Shepstone; SAPA Mortuary, upgrade existing mortuary.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: NRB/Edge to Edge 1275 Joint Venture.

TENDER NO: ZNT 7630W – Ensingweni Clinic; Complete repairs and renovations to buildings.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Bright, Thuthu’s, Dlamqede

TENDER NO: ZNTU 00068W – Siyelulama H School; Repairs and renovations.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Qiniseka Construction
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS MIDLANDS REGION – CLOSING DATE : 07.05.2009

TENDER NO : ZNT L01121 W

Dundee: Department of Social Development; Construction of existing building into District Office. CIDB 6GB, if joint venture 2 x 5GB or 5GB + 2 x 4GB. Site meeting on 30.04.09 at 10h00 on site.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABEL FROM 40 SHEPSTONE ROAD, LADYSMITH. CONTACT PERSON MS T MAVUNDLA TEL: 036-6382800.
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NORTH COAST REGION – CLOSING DATE : 25.05.2009

TENDER NO : ZNTU 00141 W

Upgrade and additions at Gobeni Combined School, Louwsburg District, Vryheid. CIDB 6GB or higher. Site meeting on 07.05.09 at 11h00 on site.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, NORTH COAST REGION, LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING (1ST FLOOR), ZONE 1, PRINCE MANGOSUTHU STREET, ULUNDI. CONTACT PERSON MR MS MCHUNU TEL: 035-8743374.
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ETHEKWINI REGION – CLOSING DATE : 02.06.2009

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION

ZNTD 01107 W
Darnall Secondary School, Electrical repairs and additions. CIDB 2EE. Site meeting on 07.05.09 at 10h00 on site.

ZNTD 01110 W
Tugela Secondary School, Electrical repairs. CIDB 2EE. Site meeting on 06.05.09 at 10h00 on site.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE KZN DEPARTMENT OF WORKS, 455A JAN SMUTHS HIGHWAY, MAYVILLE. CONTACT PERSON MR F LUTHULI TEL : 031-2032277.
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UMVOTI MUNICIPALITY – CLOSING DATE : 15.05.2009

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION


T2009/04/05
Development of a road network evaluation and pavement management system for uMvoti Municipality.

T2009/04/06
Rehabilitation of Access Road to Lake Merthley – 2.3km. CIDB 3CE or higher.

T2009/04/07
Rehabilitation of Mashayanyoni Road to Hlwimbitha Bridge. CIDB 4CE or higher.

T2009/04/01
Supply and installation of Concrete Palisade fencing at dump site ±400m.

T2009/04/02
Supply and installation of Concrete Palisade fencing at cemetery ±100m.

T2009/04/03
Supply an derection of steel wire fencing at Lake Merthley ±150m

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE OFFICES OF UMVOTI MUNICIPALITY, 41 BELL/KING DINUZULU STREET, GREYTOWN UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF R200. CONTACT PERSON NKOSI MALINGA TEL: 033-4139100.
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – CLOSING DATE : 15.05.2009

TENDER NO : ZNT 373/A/P68-2/3012

Construction of ancillary works on Main Road P68-2, from km7.5 to km18.4. CIDB 3CE PE. Site meeting on 30.04.09 at 12h00 at km16.5 on P68-2 (Adjacent to the Assisi Clinic).

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT, ACQUISITION SECTION, B BLOCK, 172 BURGER STREET, PIETERMARITZBURG. CONTACT PERSON MR N GABRIEL TEL: 031-7651907.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
…………ANON
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Brandon Abdinor
Executive Director

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

G 20 Support for Tax Haven List


With the impact of the credit crunch, and recent G20 discussions in London, there has been significant debate about how to crack down on tax havens and prevent tax evasion.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has called for greater openness and transparency, asking financial centres around the world to adhere to an internationally agreed standard on the exchange of information for tax purposes.

As a result, and following the summit, the OECD released an updated list of jurisdictions that

Comply with the international standard on the exchange of tax information or
Have committed to do so or
Have yet to commit

The threat of 'black listing' these jurisdictions makes them less attractive to investors as they will not benefit from tax treaties and other financial incentives.

The OECD’s internationally agreed standard requires the exchange of information on all tax matters for the administration and enforcement of domestic tax law. Their aim is to achieve a rapid and effective implementation of an international standard but this will however take some time to implement as legislative changes and the negotiation of specific bilateral agreements are required. They also intend to speed up the negotiations of tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs)

For those who use jurisdictions that meet or exceed all of the relevant international financial standards there will be no further consequences. Client confidentiality, regulation and compliance remain intact and ‘fishing expeditions’ and blanket requests for data from a particular country are not permitted. Even under a TIEA, one country cannot simply demand information from another and there is no automatic exchange of information. Instead however strict criteria must be met, including reasons for believing that information is relevant to tax administration, enforcement or evasion, and a statement that the requesting country has pursued all means available in their own territory to obtain the information.

Whilst the G20 has pushed the issue of information exchange into the limelight, here is still much discussion on whether those jurisdictions that have not yet complied with the standard stipulated by OECD should be black listed or deemed as ‘tax havens’.

Concern has been expressed that the list of jurisdictions under scrutiny fails to separate those offshore centres operating with widely accepted international standards and tax agreements, from other ‘rogue’ jurisdictions.

It has also been pointed out that the OECD list is not a black list. It is simply a progress or status report of those jurisdictions that have taken steps to adopt the agreed international tax standard. It is ironic that many of the jurisdictions not on the ‘white list’ have a number of tax treaties and information exchange agreements in place.

For more information go to www.oecd.org

Bruce Lyle
Membership Services Manager

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Building Economic Trends 1st Quarter 2009


The reduction in fuel prices and interest rates came somewhat late in the quarter to have any material effect on the broad slowdown in building activity during the First Quarter of 2009.

The business confidence index ("BCI") of residential contractors slipped 8 index points to 26. Trading conditions were tough, but a marginal improvement is expected in the 2nd quarter due to lowering of interest rates and fuel prices. Only 3 provinces recorded an increase in building plans passed, viz. Limpopo, the Western Cape and KZN.

The BCI of non-residential contractors also dropped 8 points to 51 in the 1st quarter of 2009. Tendering competition increased while employment decreased. No further deterioration is expected.

The BCI of contractors in the civil construction industry remained stable at 60 in the 1st quarter.

The building cost index increased by 14% during year 2008. The 2009 increase is expected to be much lower, which is good for the hard pressed consumer.

81% of building contractors and 100% sub-contractors in KZN rated insufficient demand for building work as a constraint.

KZN bucked the generally negative trend in the country by recording positive percentage changes in the following categories of building plans passed in 2008 v 2007: Office and banking space 99% up; Shopping space 35% up; and Industrial space 32% up.

Nevertheless, the total rand value of building plans passed by the larger municipalities during January and February this year decreased by -42% compared with Jan/Feb at -39% , followed by non-residential buildings at -33%. However, it must be remembered that Jan and Feb are traditionally less busy months, and that a better picture is to compare the whole of 2007 with the whole of 2008 (as is described in the paragraph immediately above this one).

While there is no doubt that trading conditions are extremely tough, and that several building firms will cease to trade as a result, the return of cautious optimism in the world economy as evidenced by a 10% average increase in world stockmarkets during March bodes well for the future of our industry in SA.

Clive Hill
Financial Services Manager

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Civil Construction Confidence Remains Flat In 1Q20


By Cees Bruggemans, Chief Economist FNB, 15 April 2009

"The FNB Civil Construction Confidence Index, compiled by the BER, remained stable at an index value of 60 in 1Q2009. This compares to a value of 76 in the corresponding quarter a year ago. The index recorded a peak of 91 in 2Q2006. The BER business survey in the civil construction industry was conducted between February 2 and March 2, 2009.

Although the index has shown notable erosion over the past two years, business confidence in the civil construction industry remains well above the prevailing level in the building industry.
The latter industry is driven primarily by private sector demand and is comparatively more interest rate sensitive. Civil construction activity continues to benefit from the increased expenditure on infrastructure by general government and public corporations.


The growth in construction activity in 1Q2009 turned out below expectations, but more or less in line with workloads experienced in the previous quarter. In view of the foregoing, it was not surprising that the intensity of competition for new work experienced by participants in the survey remained unchanged. Nevertheless, the growth in profitability of respondents turned out below expectations, but only marginally weaker compared to the situation in 4Q2008. Employment levels showed little change during 1Q2009.


As far as the economic outlook for the sector was concerned, respondents to the survey expected business conditions to show an improvement in 2Q2009. Although the prospects in general remain positive, companies have expressed concern about the possibility that demand could soften over the medium term as the current adverse global developments impact on the domestic economy, inter alia, via the lower availability and higher cost of finance.


Visit the joint FNB/RMB Economics website at www.fnb.co.za/economics and consider using the free e-mail service to keep you up to date with the latest economic developments and in-depth analysis of economic events."


Greg Beykirch
Financial Manager

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Tender Bulletin 14/2009


The attention of members is directed to the following list of services for which Public Tenders have been invited. The information contained in this Bulletin has been collated from various sources and no assurance is given or implied that the Association approves of the tendering or contractual conditions of any tender and no responsibility will be accepted by the Association in this regard.
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TENDER RESULTS

TENDER NO: ZNTM00353W – Songonzima Clinic; Clinic upgrade Phase 1.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Jemba’s Enterprise

TENDER NO: ZNTM00394W – G.J Crookes; New staff residence.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: JJS Construction

TENDER NO: ZNTM00390W – Sandanezwe Clinic; Alterations and additions.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Centrelink Construction and golden Acre Construction Joint Venture

TENDER NO: ZNTM00380W – SAPS Mortuary; Upgrade existing mortuary.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: NRB/Edge to Edge 1275 Joint Venture
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EMMAUS HOSPITAL – CLOSING DATE : 20.05.2009

TENDER NO : ZNQ 143/09

Renovate old workshop into admin/matrons complex at Emmaus Hospital. Must be CIDB registered. Site meeting on 06.05.09 at 10h00 at the Emmaus Hospital Workshop.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE BY TELEPHONIC REQUEST TEL: 036-4881570/4881156. CONTACT PERSON L VILJEON TEL: 036-4888125.
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NORTHDALE PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL – CLOSING DATE : 08.05.2009

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION

ZNQ ND 1/2009-2010
Convert existing ward into male psychiatric ward. Site meeting on 24.04.09 at 11h00 on site.

ZNQ ND 2/2009-2010
Erect new weldmesh fencing around Ward H. Site meeting on 24.04.09 at 11h00 on site.

ZNQ ND 3/2009-2010
Supply and install new natural anodised aluminium security doors with electronic system in male ward.
Site meeting on 24.04.09 at 11h00 on site.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM NORTHDALE PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL, STORES DEPARTMENT, 1389 CHOTA MOTALA ROAD, PIETERMARITZBURG. CONTACT PERSON MRS LC NAIDOO TEL: 033-3879052.
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT UMNYANGO WEZOKUTHUTHA – CLOSING DATE : 12.05.2009

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION


ZNT 373T/3/3/21/3015/2009
Construction of OL 1175 Hlathikhulu road in the Umshwathi area.

ZNT 373T/3/3/21/3016/2009
Construction of OL 1204 Nazo road in the Umshwathi area.

ZNT 373T/3/3/21/3017/2009
Construction of OL 1208 Ntintisa road in the Umshwathi area.

ZNT 373T/3/3/21/3042/2009
Construction of D1013 in the Umshwathi area.

CIDB 3CE. SITE MEETING ON 30.04.09 AT 10H00 AT THE COST CENTRE MANAGERS OFFICE, WOODLANDS ROAD, MOUNTAIN RISE, PIETERMARITZBURG. DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AS ABOVE UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNABLE DEPOSIT OF R100. CONTACT PERSON MS N MZIMKULU TEL: 033-3872320.

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION

ZNT 373T/2/3/24/3164/2009
Construction of D2308 Khanthikhathi road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 28.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 3 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/24/3166/2009
Construction of A1792 Bhidla road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 28.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 3 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/25/3172/2009
Construction of A3718 Mtolo road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 29.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 3 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/25/3175/2009
Construction of L1623 Masheleni road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 29.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 2 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/25/3176/2009
Construction of L754 Jatini road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 29.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 2 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/25/3177/2009
Construction of Mzwabantu road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 30.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 3 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/25/3178/2009
Construction of Mconjwana road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 29.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 3 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/25/3179/2009
Construction of Ol2072 Khokho road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 30.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 3 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/25/3180/2009
Construction of L1485 Tetelegu road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 29.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 3 months.

ZNT 373T/2/3/25/3181/2009
Construction of L776 Ezakhiweni road, Vulendlela. Site meeting on 30.04.09 at 10h00. CIDB 2CE. Contract duration 3 months.

SITE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE COST CENTRE MANAGERS OFFICE, WOODLANDS ROAD, MOUNTAIN RISE, PIETERMARITZBURG. DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AS ABOVE UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNABLE DEPOSIT OF R50. CONTACT PERSON MR SIHLE MIYA TEL: 033-3303314.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck!

…………ANON
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Brandon Abdinor
Executive Director

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Regional Health & Safety Competition 2009


Entries are invited from Members and/or FEM Policy holders who wish to compete in the 2009 Regional Health and Safety Competition. The competition is divided into different sections as follows:
  • Contracts, grouped by overall value
  • Plant and Storage Yards
  • Manufacturers
  • Allied Trades
  • Best OHS innovation by a Designer (Nominated by participating Principal Contractor)
  • Client with best commitment to OHS (Nominated by participating Principal Contractor)
Eligibility
  1. Sites must be at a reasonable stage of construction, a minimum of 50% of the applicable audit items must be present.
  2. A self audit, using the MBSA National OHS Audit System, must be conducted prior to the site being entered; sites scoring less than on the self audit 75% may not be entered.
  3. Only one site per category may be entered.
  4. The calculated Disabling Frequency Rate (DIFR) must be available at the start of the judging.
Winning entries scoring in excess of 80% will automatically be entered in the National Safety Competition.

Members may also take the opportunity of having their entries star graded on the National OHS system free of charge.

Sites scoring 91% or more receive 5 stars | (DIFR 1) or less
Sites scoring 75% to 90.9% receive 4 stars | (DIFR 2) or less
Sites scoring 61% to 74.9% receive 3 stars | (DIFR 3) or less
Sites scoring 51% to 60.9% receive 2 stars | (DIFR 4) or less
Sites scoring 40% to 50.9% receive 1 star | (DIFR 5) or less

Entry is free and members wishing to enter are requested to complete and return the attached entry form to the Association, BEFORE 08 MAY 2009.

To Download Entry Form, CLICK HERE

Neels Nortjé
Health and Safety Manager

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Premises, Zululand

The Master Builders Association is pleased to announce that we are in the process of relocating our Zululand Division from the Old Bronze Street premises in Kuleka, to 89 Rex - Henderson Road Empangeni, just off Old Main Road.

The new location is centrally positioned, easily accessible, will have improved facilities and convenient parking out front. Our Divisional Manager Manie Malan informs us that they are currently busy with the finishing touches and expect to be operational by Tuesday the 28th of April 2009.

Ernest Roper
Commercial Division

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fringe Benefits Cellphones And Laptops


Until 28 February 2009, cellphones and laptops purchased by an employer for the use of an employee was subject to fringe benefit tax on the private use thereof.

Effective 1 March 2009 no fringe benefit tax will be payable:
  • if the asset consists of a telephone or computer equipment which the employee uses mainly for purposes of the employer's business

  • on any communication service provided to an employee if the service is used mainly for the purposes of the employer's business.
Greg Beykirch
Financial Manager

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tender Bulletin 13/2009


The attention of members is directed to the following list of services for which Public Tenders have been invited. The information contained in this Bulletin has been collated from various sources and no assurance is given or implied that the Association approves of the tendering or contractual conditions of any tender and no responsibility will be accepted by the Association in this regard.
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TENDER RESULTS

TENDER NO: ZNTD 00830 W – Highway House; Contract two main entrances.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: City Plumbers & Builders

TENDER NO: ZNTD 00113 W – Joel Primary School; Upgrade and additions.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Sithume Projects

TENDER NO: ZNTD 00129 W – Mahiube Secondary School; Upgrade and additions.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Edge to Edge 1275 cc

TENDER NO: ZNTL 01033 W – Newcastle Provincial Hospital; New stores.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Natal Richards Bay Hire CC JV Edge to Edge 1275 CC

TENDER NO: ZNTL 001126 W – Newcastle; Forensic Mortuary, Upgrade existing mortuary
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Euro Blitz 1074 CC
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UMSHWATHI MUNICIPALITY – CLOSING DATE : 08.05.2009

TENDER NO : 2008/09/29

Supply, installation and commissioning of overhead medium voltage, low voltage networks and house connections in Gquauma and Swayimane. CIDB 5 or higher. Site meeting on 17.04.09 at 10h00 at the offices of the umshwathi Municipality, Main Road, New Hanover.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF R200. CONTACT PERSON MR THABO KOMANE TEL: 033-3424658.
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UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY – CLOSING DATE : 21.04.2009

TENDER NO : UGU-02-905-2009

Rehabilitation of 2 agricultural dam sites located at Ntilini and Mvozane (Dweshula Area) in Ward 1 Umzumbe Local Municipality falling under P68 Corridor Development. Site meeting on 15.04.09 at 10h00 at the IED Boardroom, 27 Blazey Street.

ALL TENDER REQUIRIES AND REQUESTS FOR CONCEPT DOCUMENTS ARE TO BE DIRECTED TO MR MANDLA MKHUNGO TEL: 039-6885896.
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – CLOSING DATE : 08.05.2009

TENDER NO : ZNT 373T/CDUR/620/S/04/2009

Regravelling of D535 in the Durban Metro District. Site meeting on 16.04.09 at 11h00 at the Cost Centre Metro, Sailkot Crescent, Merebank. CIDB 3CE.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT, 4 AUBREY ROAD, PINETOWN UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF R100. CONTACT PERSON MR I ASMAL TEL: 031-3034918.
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – CLOSING DATE : 06.05.2009

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION

ZNT373T/P242/BR/002
Regravelling of Road D2397. Nquthu/Dundee area. CIDB 3CE.

ZNT373T/P242/BR/003
Regravelling of Road L190. Nquthu/Dundee area. CIDB 3CE.

ZNT373T/P242/BR/007
Regravelling of Road D1292. Nquthu/Dundee area. CIDB 3CE.

ZNT373T/P242/BR/008
Regravelling of Road L1987. Nquthu/Dundee area. CIDB 3CE.

SITE MEETING ON 21.04.09 AT 10H00 AT THE RTI OFFICES IN NQUTHU. DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT, DUNDEE COST CENTRE, 73 KARELLANDMAN STREET, DUNDEE, UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF R100. CONTACT PERSON MR Z KHAN 034-2998600.

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION

ZNT373T/3/3/21/3014/2009
Construction of A2824 Nhlangakazi Road. CIDB 3CE.

ZNT373T/3/3/21/3043/2009
Regravelling of D668. CIDB 3CE.

ZNT373T/3/3/21/3044/2009 R
egravelling of P381. CIDB 3CE.

SITE MEETING ON 15.04.09 AT 10H00 AT THE COST CENTRE MANAGERS OFFICE LOCATED AT WOODLANDS ROAD, MOUNTAIN RISE, PIETERMARITZBURG UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF R100. CONTACT PERSON MS N MZIMKULU TEL : 033-3872320.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2009 WHEN

You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.
You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.
You have a list of 5 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses.
You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

…………ANON
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BRANDON ABDINOR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Excellence in Construction Awards


Entries are starting to roll in and it looks like we will have another exciting programme this year. We are encouraging members who have not entered before to come forward and showcase their work.

There are additional categories for smaller projects and we make sure that like competes with like. Remember, the adjudicators look at how the construction has been executed, and not at the value, architecture and scale of the project.

If your entry is to receive some form of recognition (category winner or highly commended) you will be notified in advance. The exact nature of the recognition to be bestowed will remain a secret until the Gala event. This change in policy will enable you to plan appropriately for the Gala event on the 19th of September.

Submit your entries - there is nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Brandon Abdinor
Executive Director

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“3 Bags Full, Sir”


The general decline in the economy has not left SARS unscathed. Faced with lower receipts it has scouted around for a way to relieve the pressure. One of those ways, which is also designed to increase the level of compliance generally, is to focus on administrative penalties.

Previously these were of the order of R200 for things like failing to render a return timeously, forgetting to lodge a provisional tax form even if no tax was due, failing to declare tax free income, or failing to register a trust as a taxpayer when it had no income.

Now SARS has introduced, with effect from the last day of 2008 a new section 75B. This provides for penalties for non-compliance with a procedural administrative action or with a duty imposed or requested in terms of the Income Tax Act.

There is now a sliding scale. So if one has made an assessed loss the previous year, or one has nil income, or if one’s income is below R250k (k=1000, as in kilo), the penalty is a modest R250. Up to R1m income the penalty is R1000. Above that it rises to a maximum of R16k for incomes above R50m (this is clearly relevant to large companies). However, such penalty is for each offence and for each month the offence remains unrectified, up to a maximum of 35 months, or if involves failure to change an address, 47 months. That’s 47 times R250.

Non compliances committed before 1 Jan 2009 are deemed to be committed on April Fools Day 2009. Now who’s the Fool?

Clive Hill
Financial Services Manager


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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Urgent Notice - Submission of Workplace Skills Plan


SUBMISSION OF WORKPLACE SKILLS PLAN AND ANNUAL TRAINING REPORT FOR YEAR 10 (1 April 2009 – 31 March 2010) TO CETA:

The Master Builders Association of KwaZulu-Natal, held skills development road shows in the various regions earlier in the year.

Our Training Department has identified that many members were not actively participating in the submission of their workplace skills plan to CETA in order to claim back their mandatory grants and to access discretionary funding for free training.

The Association has appointed Tracy-Ann Thomas, an External Skills Development Facilitator, to assist companies with this task for this current year (Year 10).

Please cut and paste the appointment letter (Download I) onto your letterhead, complete the details required, sign by a senior official, and return the signed letter to Tracy-Ann by e-mail: mpowerment@telkomsa.net or fax number : 031 - 762-2309.

Companies are urged to then submit the required documentation as listed on the checklist (Download II) to Tracy-Ann Thomas by e-mail or fax number, as soon as possible in order for the Association to assist members with the submission of the documentation.

Members must note that the submission of this document to CETA is also imperative for points to be allocated under the skills development section of the BBBEE scorecard. Failure to submit will result in clients receiving nil points under this section of the scorecard.

For more information, Tracy-Ann can be contacted on her cell: 084-555-1195, or office: 031 – 763-2633.

Click on each of the links below to download each document.

Download I - Appointment Letter

Download II - Required Documentation Checklist

Download III - Employee information

Victor Smith
Training Manager

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Department of Labour Presentation


Edward Khambula, a business unit manager from the Department of Labour, gave a presentation yesterday at the Occupational Health and Safety Forum hosted by the Master Builders Association.

The presentation was entitled, "OHS Inspection Services - the way forward in KwaZulu-Natal". For those of you that were unable to attend, Mr Khambula has kindly agreed that we share his powerpoint presentation on our Blog.

The Master Builders Association would once again like to thank Mr Khambula for his time and contribution to the OHS Forum yesterday

If you have any comments or questions on the presentation, head on over to our forum to discuss the issues.

Gary Amstutz
Commercial and Online Manager

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Quality Eyecare at an Affordable Price


The following information which could prove useful to our members and their employees, was forwarded to us by St. John Ambulance:

"St. John Ambulance is a welfare organisation that has been involved in community projects for many years now.

In Kwazulu Natal the eye care service started some 21 years ago. Presently we have a fully equipped eye clinic at the St John building in 129 K.E. Masinga Road. Our organisation positions itself to play an important role in primary health care therefore our rooms are equipped with the latest technological equipment. Basic examination includes glaucoma testing and checks for any eye diseases.

Our service is aimed primarily at pensioners, domestic workers, and the unemployed however the clinic is open to anyone not on a medical aid scheme. A qualified Optometrist is on duty daily (Monday to Friday) from 08h00 to 16h00. We also provide driver’s license certificates and free visual screenings.

Vision is one of our most precious senses and should be taken care of. A friendly staff and professional attitude makes a visit to the St. John Eye Clinic a pleasure."

Gary Amstutz
Commercial Manager

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Tender Bulletin No 12/2009


The attention of members is directed to the following list of services for which Public Tenders have been invited. The information contained in this Bulletin has been collated from various sources and no assurance is given or implied that the Association approves of the tendering or contractual conditions of any tender and no responsibility will be accepted by the Association in this regard.
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TENDER RESULTS
TENDER NO: ZNT 7293 W – Provincial Government buildings at Ulundi; External maintenance and rehabilitation of landscape works and external pest control.
SUCCESSFUL TENDERER: Llimo Services and Consulting

TENDER NO: ZNTU 00716 W – Enzondwane Primary School; Construction of twenty (20) toilets.
SUCCESSFUL TENDER: Sothobe Projects
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT UMNTANGO WEZOKUTHUTHA – CLOSING DATE : 30.04.2009

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION

ZNT 373T/3/3/26/3086/2009
Construction of D1021 Link road (L1314 Ext) in the Mpumalanga RRTF area. CIDB 3CE.

ZNT 373T/3/3/26/3090/2009
Construction of Mophela Road Ext LR End D72 in the Mpumalanga RRTF area. CIDB 3CE.

ZNT 373T/3/3/27/3117/2009
Regravelling of D61 in the Mpumalanga RRTF area. CIDB 3CE.

ZNT 373T/3/3/27/3122/2009
Regravelling of D59 in the Mpumalanga RRTF area. CIDB 3CE.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT COST CENTRE MANAGER’S OFFICE, WOODLANDS ROAD, MOUNTAIN RISE, PIETERMARITZBURG UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF R100. CONTACT PERSON MS N MZIMKULU TEL: 033-3872320.
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ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY STRATEGIC PROJECTS UNIT AND 2010 PROGRAMME CLOSING DATE : 17.04.2009

The Strategic Projects Unit of the eThekwini Municipality invites contractors who are registered with a CIDB 3SH or higher to submit expression of interest in respect of the coastal rehabilitation works and landscaping of public areas in the upgrading of Durban’s Central Beachfront.

DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THIS EXPRESSION OF INTEREST CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE DURBAN WEBSITE AT http://www.durban.gov.za/durban/government/pn OR ALTERNATIVELY HARD COPIES MAY BE COLLECTED FROM THE STRATEGIC PROJECTS UNIT, 70 MASABALALA YENGWA AVENUE (NMR).
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UMGUNGUNDLOVU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY – CLOSING DATE : 24.04.2009

TENDER NO & DESCRIPTION


04/2009
Provide a design and construction supervision service for the upgrade of the Mpofana Sports Facility in the Mpofana Local Municipality. Site meeting on 07.04.09 at 10h00 at the proposed Mpofana Sports Facility to be upgraded. Documents cost R300. Contact Mr S Mjwara and T Hlongwane tel : 033-8976700.

03/2009
Provide a design and construction supervision service for the upgrade of the Impendle Sports Facility in the Impendle Local Municipality. Site meeting on 09.04.09 at 10h00 at the proposed Impendle Sports Facility to be upgraded. Documents cost R300. Contact Mr S Mjwara and T Hlongwane tel : 033-8976700.

02/2009
Renovate and upgrade buildings and site for new water offices situated within the uMngeni Municipality. Site meeting on 06.04.09 at 09h00 at 17 Campbell Road, Howick. Documents cost R100. Contact K Phillips Tel : 033-8976785.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE UMGUNGUNDLOVU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY, 242 LANGALIBALELE STREET, PIETERMARITZBURG.
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EDUMBE MUNICIPALITY – CLOSING DATE : 17.04.2009
TENDER NO : NM 1/2009

Rehabilitation of Kerk and Kruger Street in Paulpietersburg in Ward3. CIDB 4CE or higher. Site meeting on 06.04.09 at 10h00 at the eDumbe Municipal offices in Paulpieterberg.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM 10 HOOG STREET, PAULPIETERSBURG UPON PAYMENT OF A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF R250. CONTACT PERSON MR BW DUBE 034-9951192.
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NORTH COAST REGION – CLOSING DATE : 24.04.2009

TENDER NO : ZNTU 00855 W
Acquisition of park homes (Office Park), Mkhuze. CIDB 5GB or higher. Site meeting on 06.04.09 at 10h30. Bidders to meet outside Wimpy at Mkhuze.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE KZN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, NORTH COAST REGION, LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING (1ST FLOOR), ZONE 1, PRINCE MANGOSUTHU STREET, ULUNDI. CONTACT PERSON MS M.S MCHUNU TEL: 035-8743374.
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS SOUTHERN REGIONAL OFFICE – CLOSING DATE : 28.04.2009 TENDER NO : ZNT 00407 W
Phateni Clinic, Richmond, New Clinic Phase 10/11. CIDB 6GB or if in a joint venture 2x5 GB or 1x5 GB and 2x4 GB. Site meeting on 08.04.09 at 10h30 at the R56 (Richmond-Ixopo Road) at the D59 turnoff.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT, 10 PRINCE ALFRED STREET EXTENSION, PIETERMARITZBURG. CONTACT PERSON ME E ANTONY TEL : 033-8971333.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Accountants – He thought the new office girl was as beautiful as an Income Tax Refund!

…………ANON
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Brandon Abdinor
Executive Director

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Domestic Workers - Minimum Wages


Effective 1 December 2008, the monthly minimum rates to pay domestic workers is:

1. Work more than 27 hours per week
  • Major urban areas R1 340.95
  • Other areas R1 097.40
2. Work 27 hours or less than 27 hours a week
  • Major urban areas R 949.97
  • Other areas R 778.00
The minimum wage from 1 December 2009 must be the previous year's wage increased by CPIX + 2%.

Greg Beykirch
Financial Manager

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Strategising for a Better Industry


At the end of March, the Association's Executive Council members headed for the hills to put their heads down and plan a brighter future for members and the industry.

Council members put in a lot of hard work throughout the year. With the expansion of the Association's activities, their oversight role is a vital one. It is sometimes necessary to set aside specific time to consider issues strategically, without being caught up in day-to-day details.

And so, in the fresh Drakensberg air, Council members were able to spend an extremely productive weekend applying their minds to such important aspects as best practice, training, marketing (Members and the Association) and levelling the playing fields between contractors and other roleplayers. Time was also dedicated to reviewing and tweaking the various membership services and commerical activities.

The fruits of the deliberations are already being implemented and will be rolled out to members over the coming weeks and months. Watch this space!

Brandon Abdinor
Executive Director

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