Friday, July 31, 2009

Protecting The Brand


The true value of a brand; lies in the attributes one associates with it. Our Logo is the symbol by which we are identified and for those who encounter it, it represents a certain expectation.

The Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal brand symbolizes a unique promise of excellence in construction and because improper logo depiction causes brand erosion, guilty parties will be taken to task. It is for this reason we are in the process of documenting our logo usage protocol, and will have it uploaded to masterbuilders.co.za, within the next week or so.

On the subject of brand identity…..

Policing ones brand is not unique to us; it has in fact been the focus of several recent newspaper articles, pertaining to Nelson Mandela. It’s reported that marketing experts have warned; the “priceless” Madiba brand, could be open to abuse. It is for this reason that all four major charities linked to him, have signed a code of conduct agreeing not to commercialize his name or image.

Makes one think, doesn’t it :)

Ernest Roper
Commercial & Online Division

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Getting the most from your Website - Sharing is Caring


On most of the pages of the new website you will see a 'share this page' icon on the top right or bottom right of your screen.

By clicking on this button, you are able to share the information on a page directly to a number of social networking sites - including Facebook and Twitter.

If Facebook and Twitter are Greek to you, simply select the email option. A pop out window will open and prompt you to include the recipient(s) email address, your email address and a note (optional). Simply click Send, as you would in your normal email programme and the message will be with the receiver in no time.

Whether you want to share an interesting news article, the results of a 'Find a Builder' search or information on a particular member service, this is the quickest way to do it.

Gary Amstutz
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Focus on Staff: Michelle Govender

Michelle being congratulated,
after winning an internal competition
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Michelle Govender

After a youth spent on the beaches of Amanzimtoti, Michelle began work life in the employ of Invesguard Financial Brokers before succumbing to the lure of theatre life. As Executive Secretary to the Council at The Playhouse Company, she fondly recalls having to deal with some weird and wonderful people, who she says, have a very different way of thinking. Thereafter, she spent four years with Coastal Farmers Co-Operative Limited and joined Master Builders Kwazulu-Natal in 2008, as Association Minute Secretary.

Michelle married husband Sheldon in 2002, lives in Glenmore and is the mother of two boys. She has also just completed her third and final year of studying for a Professional Secretarial Diploma, and is awaiting her results.

Michelle Fact File:

Studies: Professional Secretarial Diploma.
All-time Favorite Movie: Titanic
Favourite Music: Celine Deon
Something work colleagues don’t know: Does Stained Glass Painting.
Aspirations: Would also like to pursue a career in the construction Health & Safety field.
Sport: Was a very capable netball player, went to provincial trials where a serious injury brought it to an end, she now enjoys swimming.
Most Outrageous Thing: Abseiling at Shongweni


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

SafeBuild DVD Update



Those of you who follow our Health and Safety forum, will already be aware that Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal is in the process of developing a 20 topic ‘Safety in Construction’ DVD set. The series is based on the tried and trusted MBSA National Occupational Health and Safety Audit System.

The script writing was completed by a panel of accomplished Health and Safety experts, who are also providing valuable input on location during the film shoot.

Neels Nortjé, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Health & Safety manager and member of the Minister of Labour's Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety, had this to say:

”We believe that the end product will be phenomenal. The main attraction will be the fact that it will be based on South African Construction working conditions and standards.”

For regular updates pertaining to this project as well as other hot Health and Safety related topics, join our online community, we welcome your input.

Ernest Roper
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Thoughts For The Week: Football


Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban FIFA 2010 World Cup venue.

Football !!!!!

Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.
Bill Shankly / English soccer manager.

Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.
Queen Elizabeth II / To Premier League Chairman David Richards, November 2006.

Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. I'd tell her I was going to school but I'd be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.
Ronaldo / Brazilian soccer player.

To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink.
J. B. Priestley

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.
Jean Paul Sartre / French philosopher.

I fell in love with football as I would later fall in love with women: suddenly, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain it would bring.
Nick Hornby

I loathed the game, and since I could see no pleasure or usefulness in it, it was very difficult for me to show courage at it. Football, it seemed to me, is not really played for the pleasure of kicking a ball about, but is a species of fighting.
George Orwell / English writer.

The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It's the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.
George Graham / Scottish soccer player and manager.

Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
Bobby Charlton /English soccer player and 1966 World Cup winner.

In Latin America the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team.
Luis Suarez / Spanish soccer player.

At a football club, there's a holy trinity the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don't come into it. They are only there to sign the checks.
Bill Shankly / English soccer manager.

When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.
Jose Mourinho / former Chelsea manager.

Compiled by Michelle Govender
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Midlands Golf Challenge



Another successful Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Golf Challenge, took place yesterday at Victoria Country Club in Pietermaritzburg. On a chilly July Thursday morning, a full field took to the course where defending champions Phezulu Projects, were unable to repeat last years triumph. 2009 saw the turn of BSI Steel, to walk away with first prize honours.

Falling just three points short, DTB Contracting for the third consecutive year took second place, pity runner up names do not go on the trophy. Particular mention has to be made of Craig Cook who with the shot of the day, risked financial ruin by getting a hole-in-one.

A special thanks to the following companies who by purchasing advertising rights to a hole, helped make the challenge possible.

DTB Contracting
SHOSPEC
Swartland
Bo's Small Plant Hire
Spanafrica Steel Structures
BEN BOOYSEN (PTY) LTD

The end of another great Midlands Golf Day brought with it tremendous enthusiasm to take part next in next years event. Well done to everybody for making the day the success that it was.


Gareth Roberts
Midlands Regional Manager

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Getting the most from your Website - Member Services


If you are thinking about becoming a member of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, or are already a member and need more information about the benefits of membership, this page should be your first port of call.

To get to the Member Services page, click on the Member Services link on the top navigation bar. This will take you to a page which summarizes the broad range of products and services available to members.

To find out more about a particular service, click on the 'Find out More' link, which will take you to a set of pages explaining more about that service.

If you don't find what you are looking for on a particular service page, contact the relevant department head by either filling in an enquiry form or by contacting them directly by telephone.

Gary Amstutz
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Focus on Staff: Elishya Abbu


Elishya Abbu - OHS Co-ordindator

After high school, Elishya relocated to Johannesburg and worked for Carlton Hair International. Upon returning to Durban she joined the associations OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Department.

Her role at the Association up to now has been solely to perform the OHS departments administrative duties, however having recently completed SAMTRAC (entry level Safety Management Training Course) that is about to change. She looks forward to going out to site inspections, and actively pursuing a career in Health and safety.

Fact File:

Family: Mom Dad and son Tyler.
Studies: SAMTRAC
All-time Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing
Favourite Music: RMB, loves the Black Eyed Peas
Something work colleagues don’t know: Has a tattoo (Ernest is shocked)
Aspirations: To be as well respected in safety circles as her mentor Neels Nortjie, and to one day own her own business.
Favorite sport: Doesn't do sport, has issues stemming back to a high school Volleyball incident.
Most Outrageous Thing: Entered a competition called sisters of spin and had to DJ to a club full of people for an hour. Is convinced that the competition was rigged, as the best girl did not win, she says with a smile.
Most Outlandish: came back after flat lining three times on an operating table (Ern’s floored, and glad to still have her with us)
Favorite Pastime: Cooking, wining and dining, and living life to its fullest.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Master Builders visit to Kokstadt



On 16 July 2009 Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal held a membership recruitment meeting at the Kokstadt Golf Club. The icy cold weather did not affect turnout, with over 50 local businesses in attendance the event was a resounding success.

The two main objectives were:
  1. To create brand awareness, by introducing the Association to the many Businesses and Contractors in the region.
  2. As a recruitment drive, to bring onboard new members from the Kokstad/Matatiele area.
Association Department heads Neels, Gary and Bruce, all gave first-rate presentations, while the manner in which South Coast Chairman Ray Basson chaired the meeting, contributed largely towards the evening’s success.

A follow up event in the form of a golf day is on the cards for early next year and in the meantime, I will be making appointments and scheduling visits with those who showed interested in becoming member.

The Kokstadt Golf Club provided excellent catering as well as great atmosphere and we take the opportunity to thank them for their hospitality, we also thank everybody who attended.

Hans Stols
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Monday, July 20, 2009

Thoughts For The Week: Golf


Golf !!!!!!

Eighteen holes of match or medal play will teach you more about your foe than will 18 years of dealing with him across a desk. ~Grantland Rice

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. ~John Updike

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf. ~Robert Lynd

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad. ~A.A. Milne

Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious. ~P.G. Wodehouse, A Mixed Threesome, 1922

Fifty years ago, 100 white men chasing one black man across a field was called the Ku Klux Klan. Today it's called the PGA Tour. ~Author uncertain, attributed to Alex Hay

I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game: it's called an eraser. ~Arnold Palmer

I'm about five inches from being an outstanding golfer. That's the distance my left ear is from my right. ~Ben Crenshaw

Golf is like a love affair. If you don't take it seriously, it's no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart. ~Arthur Daley

Golf is a fascinating game. It has taken me nearly forty years to discover that I can't play it. ~Ted Ray, Golf - My Slice of Life, 1972

If there is any larceny in a man, golf will bring it out. ~Paul Gallico

Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic. ~Author Unknown

If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. ~Horace G. Hutchinson

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death. ~Sam Snead

Compiled by Michelle Govender
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Friday, July 17, 2009

In Times Gone By: Star Rating Origins


In a recent news article, we highlighted that in addition to building sites, companies can also be safety star graded, and took the opportunity to congratulate three of our members for having achieved excellence in doing so. Read More.....

The Introduction of the NOSA (National Occupational Safety Association) Rating System came about because the Sugar Millers Association, which held an annual safety competition, was displeased by a directive issued by the NOSA board in 1966. The directive prevented competition marks from being divulged or published (coded individual marks).

The Millers Association management was adamant that they needed to know how well, or otherwise, each mill had fared. Wyn Burgers, Natal Regional Safety Organizer at the time, needed to somehow satisfy them while remaining within the parameters of the new NOSA Directive. The solution he came up with was the NOSA Star Rating system, which was approved by then GM of NOSA, Godfrey Terry, in December 1967.

The system was introduced and explained at a NOSA Natal Region Group meeting held in Durban in February 1968, and was received with enthusiasm by both the Sugar Milling Industry as well as the rest of Natal NOSA Membership. In order to avoid a clash with the star rating system used by the Hotel Industry, Initially alphabetical grading symbols were used.

It was only three years later, in 1971, that other regions followed Natal’s lead and accepted the NOSA system. A young Safety Officer by the name of Pieter Rautenbach, who at the time was employed by the Union Steel Corporation SA LTD, motivated that stars be utilized. The suggestion was accepted by all other regions and the NOSA Five Star System went national.

Today the system is used in several countries and has made it possible for enterprises to compete with confidence in the international arena.

Ernest Roper
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Getting the best from your Website – Search Facility


One of the challenges that we had when developing the new Masterbuilders.co.za website, was to present a vast amount of information in a manageable and user-friendly layout. We believe that we have done a fairly good job here, but are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve the usability and ease of navigation.

A recent website enhancement, which may be your first port of call if you are a new visitor to the site, is the search facility. It is located on the top right of the screen, underneath the contact telephone number. We have chosen to power the search facility with the Google Custom search engine, as it delivers superior search results. The search facility, scans through pages on the following sites: Main Website, Blog, OHS Forum and General Forum. It will also soon call up results from archived email newsletters.

As with any search, to get the most relevant set of search results, try and be as specific as possible with your search. Don’t be afraid to use long key phrases e.g. “2005 Blue Ford Mondeo with MP3 player and aircon”

If you have any comments, suggestions or general input about our website please feel free to contact us at any time.

Gary Amstutz
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Focus on Staff: Chervon van Zyl

Chervon on her wedding day

Chervon Van Zyl: Administration Assistant

Chervon came on board earlier in the year as assistant to the Association’s Administration Manager, Shelly Kupfermann. Her role is assisting Shelly with general administration duties, HR matters, as well as various unique projects, functions and events. One of her many responsibilities, is to inspire and maintain sound business relationships with the Association's members.

Whether or not she’s married, is a bone of contention. Although her and husband Garry clearly recall being star attractions at a wedding ceremony 7 months ago, Home Affairs isn’t quite on the same page. Chervon has total faith in Home Affairs sorting this out quickly and expediently; unwavering optimism is just one of the many vibrant qualities, she brings to the Association.

Chervon Fact File:

Studies: Currently studying Business Administration and computing, specializing in HR.
Favorite Musician or Band: Assault (Supporting Local Music)
All-time Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman
Something work colleagues don’t know: Is an accomplished dancer, modern and ballroom. (Danced for the MEC of arts and culture)
Aspirations: Would like to Study further, travel and have children.
Favorite sport: Swimming
Most Outrageous activity: Nothing too outrageous yet, Skydiving is definitely on the agenda though.
Favorite Pastime: Reading and dancing

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

About our New Forum !


Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal has just launched a General Forum which we believe is one of our most exciting offerings yet.

In a nutshell, the Forum is a space which allows participants to have conversations in a structured and user friendly environment.

Through communication we become a community, and as a community we can pool resources, share knowledge and find common ground - even in our diversity. This in turn empowers us when facing challenges and facililtates best practice, taking our industry to new levels of efficiency and professionalism.

The objective is to create a vibrant, topical and industry-focused source of information and guidance, as well as an opportunity for colleagues and fellow role-players to exchange ideas.

So: - participate, debate, comment and, of course enjoy! You will be serving not only yourself, but also the broader industry in which you work.

Click here to introduce yourself :)

Brandon Abdinor
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Thoughts For The Week

Association founding member: W.R. Poynton,
Esq., behind the wheel of the car.

History!!!!!!

History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.
Pearl Buck

History is philosophy teaching by examples.
Thucydides

People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.
James Baldwin

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.
African Proverb

Professor Johnston often said that if you didn't know history, you didn't know anything. You were a leaf that didn't know it was part of a tree.
Michael Crichton

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn't think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the Indians won it was a massacre.
Dick Gregory

A history in which every particular incident may be true may on the whole be false.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.
Winston Churchill

History is a mighty dramos, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.
Thomas Carlyle

History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided.
Konrad Adenauer

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
John W. Gardner

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Friday, July 10, 2009

In Times Gone By: Amazing Incident 1964

1964 NOSA Awards, left to Right: Pieter Rautenbach, D.Hillary
of Alexander Hamilton (PTY) LTD, A.K Midgley


An amazing incident took place in 1964 which involved a building in Durban now known as Bay Towers. Pieter Rautenbach recalls, “Alexander Hamilton (PTY) LTD had recently won the regional finals in the first ever NOSA Safety Award and subsequently took the national award as well.

A week after the trophy had been presented; I was called to the site because an accident had occurred. A labourer pushing a wheelbarrow went over the side, falling eleven floors down to the street.

The amazing thing was, he suffered relatively minor injuries (he fractured his tibia) and when his co-workers rushed to his aid, they found him stalwartly clutching onto his wheelbarrow.

Pieter relates that the building concerned was originally called ‘Febana’. “There were quite a few red faces when it was learned that Feba translated from Zulu as: ‘to be promiscuous’ and the name was hastily changed to the less original but more acceptable Bay Towers”

Ernest Roper
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Website Tips


Dear Members

Regarding masterbuilders.co.za the information in the Find-a-Builder module is based on the data that the Association had on file. This data was largely taken from information contained in your initial application form. Unfortunately, the layout of these forms differed greatly over the years, making it difficult to capture and transfer as much information as we would have liked.

We will therefore be personally visiting each member in the coming months to get, amongst other things, the following information:
  • Work Area details – down to town/suburb level
  • Work Category / Sub-Category details – this is more challenging as we need to be sure that the member is sufficiently competent in the areas he/she would like to be listed in. We are busy working on a system to address this.
  • Template information – once a member of the public (or fellow member) has found you in the Find-a-Builder module, he/she clicks through to a page on our website about your company. This page will include all company and contact information. It will also have your logo (if applicable), photos of recent completed projects, testimonials from satisfied clients, a short company portfolio, a link to your website (if applicable) and a list of current and completed projects. The interested party can then fill in an enquiry form, which will get emailed to you. You will also then get an sms notifying you that that there has been an email enquiry.
The structure and design of the website and Find-a-Builder module can already accommodate all of this. However, as this is an enormous project from a data capture point of view, we have a structured roll out plan, to ensure that we capture all relevant information this time around.

Please see the website and bi-monthly newsletter for an updates on this.

Gary Amstutz
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Focus on Staff: Kim Durward

Kim (on the right) with Family

Kim Durward - NHBRC Assistant

Kim had worked for both Tiger Brands and MTN before joining Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal in 2007. Her role at the Association is that of assistant to the Outsource Inspectorate, where she is responsible for all administrate duties.

Kim is a proud mother of four, grandmother of one and believes that the secret to looking young is staying out of the sun, not smoking, and keeping well hydrated.

The Kim Fact File:

Studies: Studied Criminology, anthropology, Ethnology and also completed a secretarial course.
Favorite Musician or Band: Likes Celine Deon and all other music that isn’t Metal.
Favorite Movie: at the moment “The Hangover”
Something work colleagues don’t know: Cried while watching the animated movie, “Brother Bear”.
Aspirations: Would like to travel overseas with the family.
Favorite sport: Says she is a talent scout, watches rugby and soccer to view the talent.
Pets: Has a cat named Sox.
Most Outrageous thing ever done: Involved a tattoo artist…will not say more !!!!!!
Favorite Pastime: Enjoys socializing with friends over a braai.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

NEWS from our Midlands Division



The Midlands region of the Association has seen the beginning of some big changes that will impact positively on the members. The first being the approval of funding for the training room which is now operational and the setting aside of funding for the promotion of training through subsidised training in this region.

Our first training course is to be a First Aid course facilitated by a local training provider from the 29 – 30 July 2009. The opening of the training room has created the opportunity for hiring out of the facilities for conferences and we are proud to state that even in the short period that this room has been available we have invoiced over R2000 worth of services. Though this is a small amount with the proper advertising over time this could become a helpful addition to other small incomes.

The Midlands Golf Challenge is set for the 23 July 2009 at the Victoria Country Club and we are planning for the biggest and best yet.

Our first membership lunch was held on Thursday 2 July 2009 and though facilities limited us to a small group, some interesting discussions were held and this promises to be successful with future lunches like this being held. With with new services coming on line members are showing more interest in the association and it is hoped that this will impact positively on various function attendance.

Signage bearing the new logo has given the Midlands office a new look and added with the conference facility we hope this to be a hive of activity very soon.

Safety Consulting in the region has becoming busier with various types of promotion and word of mouth from member to member and this is becoming a helpful tool for recruitment in this, with members qualifying for a massive discount and thus encouraging them to join the association.

Hope to see you soon!

Gareth Roberts
Midlands Divisional Manager

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Thoughts For The Week


Perseverance !!!!!!!

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Henry Ward Beecher

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.
Author Unknown

When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
Author Unknown

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.
Author Unknown

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
Josh Billings

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.
Author Unknown

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Japanese Proverb

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Newt Gingrich

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker, © Flavia.com

He conquers who endures.
Persius

You can't go through life quitting everything. If you're going to achieve anything, you've got to stick with something.
From the television show Family Matters

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Albert Einstein

Compiled by Michelle Govender
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Focus on a Member: JT Ross & Son

J.T Ross & Son's Original Offices on First Avenue

In 1882, the Ross family, including James Taylor Ross (aged five), embarked on the long journey from Partick in Scotland to South Africa. The family settled in Durban where seventeen years later, James Taylor started a small business as a journeyman joiner.

He was assisted by his father a patternmaker by trade. Initially James Taylor worked from his home in Windermere Rd (on the present site of Billy the Bum), but by 1902 the business had prospered to the degree where a move to premises at 58 First Avenue, Greyville became necessary. The move signaled the formal establishment of the company JT Ross (Pty) Ltd.

In 1920, James Taylor was joined by his son John Douglas and the company subsequently traded as JT Ross & Son (Pty) Ltd. In the years that followed father and son built up a sound business based on integrity, reliability and top quality workmanship.

When James Taylor retired in the mid 1930’s, John Douglas took over the reins and continued to build on and enhance the reputation that had already been established. John Douglas was in turn joined by his son John Garth in 1955 and the following 15 years was a period of innovation and expansion.

When John Garth assumed control of the business in 1970 he diversified and during the next seventeen years continued to further expand operations. Since 1987 the company has been under the direction of John Garth’s son Douglas Garth, thus continuing the proud tradition built up over four generations.

Pieter Rautenbach
Projects Facilitator

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Website Tips


2009 has been a busy and exciting year for us so far, one that has seen the launch of our new corporate identity as well as our new website masterbuilders.co.za. Although the website did go live on 21 May 2009, there are still many innovations to come, aimed at providing a higher level of service to both our members and the public.

With regard to our online escapades, as indicated previously, Thursday’s Blog is to provide Tips on how to get the most from your website, as well as to give feedback. Today I would like to draw attention to our bi-monthly E-newsletter which has in a manner of speaking, just been given a facelift.

The template we use (as seen in Eddition 7) was recently skinned to embed our new corporate identity. “Skinned” is the term programmers commonly use to describe changing visual aesthetics; it now prominently bares the new Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal corporate look and feel.

For those who don't know, our E-newsletter encompasses industry related news items, as well as general feedback from the Association. While members automatically receive it via our database, this service is also available to the public, as a free subscription.

If you do wish to subscribe, visit masterbuilders.co.za and join our mailing list by filling in your e-mail address, and clicking on the sign up button.

Ernest Roper
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Visit to Moses Mabhida Stadium



On 26 June 2009, 34 members from Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal South Coast Region, visited the Moses Mabhida Stadium construction site. The bulk of the group had traveled from Margate, in a mini bus the Association had rented.

Upon our arrival, we were welcomed by the Group 5 Safety Officer Annand Moodley who’s first order of business was to lead us through the safety induction process. We were then issued with protective clothing before being given an excellent guided tour of Durban’s FIFA 2010 World Cup Venue.

We were told that the completion date forecasted for the stadium is end of August 2009. Those of us who were fortunate enough to be on the first tour (10 months prior), were amazed at the enormous amount of progress made since. The excellent workmanship, as well as innovative architecture, was much admired by all who took part.

Our thanks and appreciation to Lara and the team at Group 5. We would like to take the opportunity to wish them THE BEST OF SUCCESS, in the weeks remaining to the completion of this iconic project.

Hans Stols
South Coast Regional Manager

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