Monday, August 31, 2009

Buildings Breaking Boundries: Burj Dubai


Wikipedia informs us that due to varying opinions as to what differentiates a building from a tower, determining the worlds tallest building is not without its challenges. What is however straightforward is determining the world’s tallest man-made structure which although incomplete; is at present Burj Dubai. Upon completion it will officially hold the title of "Tallest Building in the World"

Construction began on the 21st of September 2004 and it will by the end of the year, be ready for occupancy. Chicago-based architecture and engineering firm SOM is in charge of the project. The primary builders are Samsung Engineering & Construction and Besix along with Arabtec. Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction manager and the projects architect is Adrian Smith.

The budget for the development is US$ 4.1 Billion, and Mohamed Ali Alabbar (CEO of Emaar Properties), speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, made it known that the price of office space at Burj Dubai, had reached US$43,000 per m2. Its current Height is 800m and can be seen from 95km away.

Compiled by Michelle Govender
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Focus on a Member: Lloyds Living


“A house is not a home until you have added your personal signature,” this is the mantra you will find on the Lloyds Living brochure. In 2004, after 20 years of having worked for Nedbank, Natasha Lloyd took the bold decision to flee the corporate comfort zone, and start a business that would allow her to pursue her passion for Design.

Rejuvenation as an alternative to selling, is something Natasha strongly advocates. “A lot of my clients love the location of their home and are happy with 80% of it, my job is to fix the 20% and maximise the existing space,” she tells us with enthusiasm.

In addition to having completed a management development programme, Business Management and Project Management courses, Natasha has on a personal level, been renovating, decorating and altering, all her life.

“Friends and family have let me loose on their projects and while I was still working, I bought sad old houses nobody wanted, gave them a face-lift and sold them as a much improved version of what they once were. I was able to create a new career from doing what I’ve always loved, the job satisfaction is unbelievable”

“Through Lloyds Living, my commitment is to provide the residential market with personal, prompt and effective service, ultimately creating a harmonious atmosphere that is a true expression of individual style.”

The following facets are included in the Lloyds Living Portfolio:

Residential
Commercial
Office Space Planning

Lloyds Living provides a complete professional service, which includes feasibility studies, development planning, project management and turnkey solutions. They specialize in residential and commercial design, including retail, retail refurbishments, office related developments and Hotel and Leisure market. For more information visit www.lloydsliving.co.za

Ernest Roper
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Would You Pass a Surprise Inspection ?


I would like to draw attention to an article that appeared in the Daily News on the 19th of August 2009, a copy of it was also uploaded to our Occupational Health and Safety Forum by Neil Enslin. (Click here to view)

The headline reads “Glaring Disregard for Safety on Sites” and the article centres on the Department of Labour’s assessment that construction companies throughout South Africa, are demonstrating a blatant disregard for occupational health and safety standards.

The industry being one of the most dangerous sectors to work in, Government has issued a stern warning that inspections are on the increase, and that non-compliance of legislative requirements, could result in harsh penalties.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal has a first-rate OHS Department, the Association's Health and Safety manager Neels Nortjé, serves on the Minister of Labour's Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety.

If you’re concerned as to whether you would pass a surprise inspection, why not contact the experts. Our OHS department offers a specialized consulting service at competitive rates; with discounts applicable to Association Members. To find out more, you can contact either Elishya, Neil or Neels on 031 266 7070, they are waiting for your call.

Ernest Roper
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Focus on Staff: Bonga Dube


Bonga Dube - Customer Care Facilitator

Bonga recently moved over from the NHBRC Inspectorate and came on-board as the Association’s Customer Care Facilitator. His role in the organization is to call on existing members as well as to recruit new ones; he is essentially the interface between members and the Association. Bonga speaks fluent English, Zulu, Afrikaans and Xhosa making him the ideal candidate.

When asked what it is he likes about working for Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal he response was “Everything, I feel at home here.” When asked what he would change, he jokingly made reference to his tiny workspace, while acknowledging he knows it’s only a temporary measure.

Fact File:

Marital status:
Single
Family: Mother, farther, 4 brothers and two sisters.
Pets:
Would like to have a pet, however lives on his own and wouldn’t have enough time for it.
Favourite Movie:
Can’t remember when last he went to the cinema.
Favourite Music:
Plays classical, Listens to RMB.
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
Nelson Mandela
Assuming Money isn’t an object, what car would you purchase?
A Range Rover would be nice he says, again with a big smile.
The most terrifying experience of your life…
Meeting Tanya Leeuw, (he says roaring with laughter this time, Tanya sitting to our left is also amused)
Something work colleagues don’t know:
Plays the violin; he and his brother perform at weddings.
Favorite sport:
Likes cricket used to play. Also enjoys rugby, is a big Sharks supporter.
Favorite Pastime:
Practicing the violin and performing with his brother.

Interested in joining the Association, Bonga is the person to call on 031 266 7070.

Ernest Roper
Commercial & Online Dept

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

South Coast Construction Golf Day


Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal sponsored a hole at the South Coast Construction Golf Day, which took place at the Margate Country Club on Friday the 21st of August 2009. It was a bit surprising that we weren’t allowed to place our banners around the green as we have done at other events; nonetheless we made the most of the space we were allocated and would have to say it was good value for money, and well worth the exercise.

We were given the Tee-off at the 14th hole and instead of having our branding all the way down the fairway; we had to concentrate on one small area that proved to be very effective. The Tee-off platform is on a raised embankment which we barraged with our banners so it could be seen from a long way off.

The event boasted a massive field and golf was played in an excellent spirit. There was no shortage of liquid refreshments and while some played sublime golf, most didn’t take it to seriously; a fun day was had by all.

From a Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal perspective, it was undoubtedly good for business as there were a lot of enquiries regarding the role of the Association and lots of business cards were exchanged. To anyone who views the construction industry as their target market, it’s well worth considering for next year.

Ernest Roper
Commercial & Online Dept


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Monday, August 24, 2009

Thoughts For The Week


Pets belonging to Association Staff

Man's Best Friends !!!!

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
- M. Facklam

Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
- Mark Twain

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.
- Sigmund Freud

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.
- Hippolyte Taine

Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued into the next yard.
- Dave Barry

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
- Winston Churchill

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
- Samuel Butler

You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry

After scolding one's cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word.
And has filed it for reference.
- Charlotte Gray

If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either.
- Unknown

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
- Woodrow Wilson

Compiled by Michelle Govender
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Serious About Safety !!!!


How NOT to do it :)

Serious About Safety !!!!

Join our online Health & Safety forum where you will not only find useful safety information, but will also be able to participate in discussions related to the following Construction Health and Safety topics:

Administrative & Legal Requirements,
Education, Training & Promotion,
Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness,
Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing,
Housekeeping,
Scaffolding, Form Work & Support Work,
Ladders,
Fall Protection,
Electrical Safeguarding,
Emergency / Fire Prevention & Protection,
Demolition,
Excavation,
Tools,
Cranes,
Material Hoist,
Transport & Material Handling,
Site Plant & Machinery,
Plant & Storage Yards / Site Workshops Specifics,
Workplace, Environment, Health & Hygiene.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Origins of Concrete



ROMAN CONCRETE

It may surprise some to learn that concrete was first invented by the ancient Romans and that it was in common use by about 50 BC.

Roman concrete, like any concrete, consisted of mortar and an aggregate. The mortar (a hydraulic cement) was a mixture of limestone and a special kind of volcanic dust called Pozzolona which contained a high element of alumina and silica. The Pozzolona created an exceptionally strong bond with the aggregate. The aggregates varied and were a mixture of rubble from the remains of demolished buildings and pieces of rock.

The discovery of concrete meant that instead of cutting and shaping large blocks of stone to enable structural stability, Romans could now simply “pour” concrete onto a formwork resulting in the hardened concrete taking the shape of the container. The “pouring” process is not as we know it today but rather a process of applying layers of the mixture to achieve the final shape.

The Pantheon

Roman concrete was remarkably strong and could span long distances when formed into arches, vaults and domes. The Pantheon is an example of Roman construction excellence where the upper dome consisted of alternate layers of light tufa (a soft volcanic stone) and pumice with a density of 1350 kg/m3 and foundations of travertine as an aggregate with a density of 2200 kg/m3. The tufa was used to face the concrete. The Pantheon's dome is the largest unreinforced dome in the world.

As Roman concrete was easy to work, cheap to make and enabled shortened construction time its invention resulted in an expansion of Roman cities and provinces. As the concrete was fireproof it was safer than wooden arches and supports.

Roman concrete could set under water which led to improved bridge and harbour design.

Roman concrete had however one defect – it was unsightly as it showed an ugly surface once the formwork was removed. The Romans however overcame this problem by covering concrete surfaces with other materials such as marble or brickwork.

Bruce Lyle
Membership Services Manager

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Super Spy Gets Job Done



Super spy Tanya Leeuw, aka 008, has been caught on camera carrying out a covert op. At no point, when parking his van in front of the building, did Derek Garton of A.C.T. Painting & Renovating, suspect he was setting himself up to be her next target.

His Crime !!!

His vehicle was spotted displaying the old Association “Member” sticker which prompted Tanya to jump into action. Wearing a full proof disguise (Gary’s sunglasses) the agent with the License to Stick, moved stealthily towards the offending vehicle before vigorously pouncing.

Having blown her cover, the debriefing process included having to admit to Derek that she had without his permission, made the necessary changes to his vehicle's decals. A somewhat pleasantly surprised and good-natured Derek, thanked Tanya for having made the effort and enjoyed a good laugh with us. :)

Ernest Roper
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Newsletters and Niche Markets


We recently sent out the 10th edition of our bi-monthly electronic newsletter and are pleased to report that its readership is rapidly growing. Because we use sophisticated list management software, successful deliveries are high, and we are able to monitor how many have been opened.

The earlier editions only went out to our 600 or so members. As a result of industry stakeholders and other interested parties having subscribed to it online, the database is now very close to having doubled.

The Newsletter itself features useful information on current Associations news, as well as articles of interest. Articles are written by subject matter specialists and cover a broad range of relevant topics including, Health and Safety, Contractual and Legal, Training, Financial Services, Industry information and Economic News.

Are you missing out !!!! Visit masterbuilders.co.za and find the SUBSCRIBE option down the left hand side column.

Our newsletter also presents an excellent Advertising opportunity to those who view the KwaZulu-Natal building industry, as their primary target market.

There are three Banner Advertising options available and as you would expect, it includes a link to your website. Pricing is as follows:

180 x 150 (Rectangle) - R497 per insertion
180 x 289 (Special Rectangle) - R750 per insertion
160 x 600 (Skyscraper) - R1997 per insertion

For further information, you are welcome to contact me on 031 266 7070.

Ernest Roper
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Thoughts for the Week: Computers


Computers !!!!!

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
Emo Philips

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
Edsger Dijkstra

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.
Louis Gerstner

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
Andy Rooney

Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.
Nicholas Negroponte

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
Doug Larson

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Isaac Asimov

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
Stephen Hawking

I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
Bill Gates

Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
Steve Wozniak

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
Isaac Asimov

People think computers will keep them from making mistakes. They're wrong. With computers you make mistakes faster.
Adam Osborne

Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.
Ray Kurzweil

The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.
Douglas Engelbart

The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.
Ted Nelson

Compiled by Michelle Govender
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Influenza A (H1N1), What You Need to Know !

This is a message from The Department of Health:

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM CATCHING
INFLUENZA A (H1N1)?

The main route of transmission of the new influenza A (H1N1) virus seems to be similar to seasonal influenza, via droplets that are expelled by speaking, sneezing or coughing. You can prevent getting infected by avoiding close contact with people who show influenza-like symptoms (trying to maintain a distance of about 1 meter if possible) and taking the following measures:

avoid touching your mouth and nose; clean hands thoroughly with soap and water, or cleanse them with an alcohol-based hand rub on a regular basis (especially if touching the mouth and nose, or surfaces that are potentially contaminated); avoid close contact with people who might be ill; reduce the time spent in crowded settings if possible; improve airflow in your living space by opening windows; Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE INFLUENZA A (H1N1)?

You will not be able to tell the difference between seasonal flu and influenza A (H1N1) without medical help. Typical symptoms to watch for are similar to seasonal viruses and include fever, cough, headache, body aches, sore throat and runny nose. Only your doctor (or nurse) and local health facility can confirm a case of influenza A (H1N1).

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE THE ILLNESS?

If you feel unwell, have high fever, cough or sore throat: stay at home and keep away from work, school or crowds; rest and take plenty of fluids; cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and, if using tissues, make sure you dispose of them carefully. Clean your hands immediately after with soap and water or cleanse them with an alcohol-based hand rub;
if you do not have a tissue close by when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth as much as
possible with the crook of your elbow; use a mask to help you contain the spread of droplets when you are around others, but be sure to do so correctly; inform family and friends about your illness and try to avoid contact with other people; If possible, contact a health professional before
traveling to a health facility to discuss whether a medical examination is necessary.

SHOULD I TAKE AN ANTIVIRAL NOW JUST IN CASE
I CATCH THE NEW VIRUS?

No. You should only take an antiviral, such as oseltamivir or zanamivir, if your health care provider advises you to do so. Individuals should not buy medicines to prevent or fight this new influenza without a prescription, and they should exercise caution in buying antiviral over the Internet.

WHAT ABOUT BREASTFEEDING? SHOULD I STOP
IF I AM ILL?

No, not unless your health care provider advises it. Studies on other influenza infections show that breastfeeding is most likely protective for babies - it passes on helpful maternal immunities and lowers the risk of respiratory disease. Breastfeeding provides the best overall nutrition
for babies and increases their defense factors to fight illness.

WHEN SHOULD SOMEONE SEEK MEDICAL CARE?

A person should seek medical care if they experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or if a fever continues more than three days. For parents with a young child who is ill, seek medical care if a child has fast or labored breathing, continuing fever or convulsions
(seizures). Supportive care at home - resting, drinking plenty of fluids
and using a pain reliever for aches - is adequate for recovery in most cases. (A non-aspirin pain reliever should be used by children and young adults because of the risk of Reye's syndrome.)

SHOULD I GO TO WORK IF I HAVE THE FLU BUT AM
FEELING OK?

No. Whether you have influenza A (H1N1) or a seasonal influenza, you should stay home and away from work through the duration of your symptoms. This is a precaution that can protect your work colleagues and others.

CAN I TRAVEL?

If you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of influenza, you should not travel. If you have any doubts about your health, you should check with your health care provider. Protect yourself!
Clean your hands regularly. Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly.
Use alcohol-based hand-rub if you don't have immediate access to soap and water.

Ernest Roper
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Gamalakhe Community Project, Update



On 12 August 2009, 15 pre-selected members of the Association, attended a breakfast at the Margate Country Club, the purpose of which was to request their participation, in the Gamalakhe Community project.

South Coast Regional Chairman Ray Basson; had invited George Enslin to address the meeting to provide project details, as well as background information. Without hesitation, members came forward and pledged everything needed for completion, it was overwhelming, and absolutely fantastic to witness.

Participant and Pledge details:

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal
R20000.00
Ugu Municipality
R10000.00
Anthony & Basson
Project Management and Labour
Cee-Hoo
Site Management
Blue Gold
3m3 Concrete for foundation
NPC
Concrete for foundation, floorslab & 5m3 river sand
Aries Building Suppliers
60 pockets cement
Vongo Bricks ‘n Block
bricks & all lintols
Kulucrete
1000 Blocks 6”
Port Shepstone Quarries
10m3 Building and plaster sand
Build It (Port Shepstone)
Usb green / brickforce / dpc / rooftiles & window frames.
Builders Trade Depot
Door frames & Maranti doors & locks
KG Glass
Glazing (6xNC2)
Hi Teck Roofing
All roof timber
Belcom
Roof sheeting / tiles
FS Gonzalves
Painting of all structures new and old
Sonny Bushaya Construction
Electrical work

Site work had already begun on 11 August 2009, for follow up articles and progress reports ….. WATCH THIS SPACE..... It’s initiatives like this, that make one proud to be associated with Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal.

Hans Stols
South Coast Regional Manager

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Focus on Staff: Muzi Shabalala

Father Christmas Muzi

Before joining the Association, Muzi completed a two year learnership with Metro Cash and Carry and worked as a bartender for Sun International. He now works with the ladies in the Conference Department, ensuring that all client requirements are met.

The Association:

What do you like about working for the Association?
That’s a big question, I would have to say growth opportunities, there are many different departments and with that lots of scope for advancement. Compared to the hotel industry, the working environment is far more enjoyable.
What would you change?
The conference department is running smoothly, I think we are getting it right. There’s always room for improvement though.

Muzi Fact File:

Family:
Family of six, has one brother and two sisters.
Marital Status:
Unmarried, has a girlfriend named Nosipho and a daughter Aynda.
Do you have pets?
Had a dog growing up, none at present.
All-time Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption, with Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
Favourite Music:
Mostly Classical Music, used to enjoy listening to Radio 2000 before they changed their programming.
Favourite Author:
Chinua Achebe, author of “The Arrow of God” and “The Politician.”
If you could get to meet anyone, who would it be?
Sade Adu (Ern says he wouldn't mind meeting her either)
Favourite sport:
Enjoys sport when there's time, likes Rugby, Soccer, Cricket, doesn’t mind which, as long as SA is playing well.
If stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Would think about it long and hard, then choose carefully.
Something work colleagues don’t know?
Is a fanatical newspaper reader, reads the papers from corner to corner.
What is the most Outrageous activity you have ever taken part in?
Once ran a marathon (the time was 3h:12min).

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

First Aid Training, Midlands


Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Regional Office is currently hosting level 1 first aid courses.

So far two, two day courses have taken place (29/30 July and 05/06 August) with a third scheduled for later in the week (14/15 August). There attendance record shows 12 learners per course thus far, with 14 scheduled for the next session, making it fully booked.

While cost involved is R550 per head, the Association does subsidize 50% of it for members. The training facilitator is Global Learning Services and as it is primarily an entry level course, it covers the following basics:
  • How to dress a wound
  • Stop bleeding
  • CPR
  • Clean Wounds
  • Cuts
  • Treat Burns
  • Assess the degree of injury
  • When an injured party can be moved or why not to move them
  • When hospitalization is required
Thus far the pass rate has been exceptionally good, well done to all who took part and good luck to those who will be attending the next session.

Shahieda Adams
Customer Care Facilitator
Midlands Region

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Master Builders pledges R20,000



Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal recently pledged R20,000 to a construction project aimed at uplifting a particular family in the Gamalakhe township west of Port Shepstone. The Sports and Recreational Minister, Makhenkesi Stofile and the MEC for Health from the KZN Provincial Legislature, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo attended the sod turning ceremony. Present also were the Mayor of Ugu municipality, Councillor Sithembiso Cele, and Deputy Mayor, Cynthia Mqwebe.

For a the full article visit the News & Information section of our website.

Gary Amstutz
Commercial & Online Manager

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Getting the best from your Website: Free Exposure


Regarding our daily blog post categories, you may have noticed that we indeed work to a very flexible guideline. As there are topics such as “Focus on a Member” that do require outside assistance and also bearing in mind that participation is on voluntary bases, it is impossible to stick to a rigid schedule. Another good reason for it is that blog posts typically shouldn’t be predictable, and when they are, it is considered by some to be poor on-line etiquette.

This does present an excellent opportunity for members to gain additional exposure, as we really would like to share your fascinating industry stories and accomplishments. It’s important to note that the purpose of it is not to upload infomercial type commentary on your organization, but rather to highlight what makes it unique. To view a good sample, follow this link: “Focus on a Member”

Flexible Schedule:
  • Monday: Thoughts for the week, courtesy of Michelle Govender.
  • Tuesday: Upcoming events, as well as feedback on past events.
  • Wednesday: Focus on Staff.
  • Thursday: Tips on how to get the most from your website.
  • Friday: will alternate between “Focus on a Member” and “In Times Gone By” where we will revisit memorable moments and individuals, from our 108 year old history.
Members wanting to contribute, please contact me at the Association on 031 226 7070, we look forward to hearing from you.

Regards
Ernest Roper
Commercial & Online Department

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ernest Roper


Ernest worked for PostNet Southern Africa (PTY) LTD for 12 years and held the post of Regional General Manager in three provinces. He has had his own IT Hardware supply and support business, and was the managing partner in an online outdoor activity web portal venture. He joined Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal earlier in the year to the Commercial and Online Department.

The Association:

What do you like about working for the Association?
I come from a franchising background so for me it’s a whole different dynamic; it’s a new challenge which I’m thoroughly enjoying.
What would you change?
Its very exciting times for us, we are in the process of implementing so many positive changes, I can’t think of any that isn’t already on the agenda.

Fact File:

Family:
Considers Jane (girlfriend) and her two kids his family, has a mother and two sisters who live in Cape Town
Do you have pets?
A Persian named Fifi, she rules the house.
All-time Favorite Movie:
Pulp Fiction
Favourite Music:
I enjoy Rock and Alternative.
Such As?
Led Zepplin, The Smiths and The Red Hot Chili Peppers all come to mind.
Favourite Author:
Ian Rankin
If you could get to meet anyone, who would it be?
Luke Watson, (he says with laughter) just to annoy my Sharks supporting colleagues.
Favourite sport:
Rugby and soccer (supports Western Province and Liverpool) enjoys playing tennis.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
If the palm tree on the island is a one of those disguised cell phone reception towers, I would take my laptop, 3G modem and Blackberry.
Something work colleagues don’t know?
I have a collection of MAD magazines dating back to the 80’s.
What is the most Outrageous activity you have ever taken part in?
Bungy jumping down the Garden Route, more recently jumping off the Orlando cooling towers in Soweto.

Gary Amstutz
Commercial and Online Manager

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Film Shoot, Latest Pics



Working with a production crew does have some excellent perks, such as being surrounded by “the Beautiful People” and traveling to exotic locations. Kwamashu, Pinetown, Gateway and Pietermaritzburg, are just some of the many breath-taking destinations, the SafeBuild DVD has been shot at.

Bearing in mind that I have no construction experience, (came onboard to assist in implementing the Associations on-line strategy) time spent on site with this project, has afforded me a far greater level of understanding as to what our members have to contend with on a daily basis.

I got to see first hand just how dangerous a place building sites intrinsically are, and why every precaution has to be taken, to minimize risk to safety. I have no doubt that the SafeBuild product will ultimately save lives.

Now…..

If only I could get them to stock my motor home with the right brand of mineral water……. :)

Ernest Roper
Commercial and Online Dept

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Thoughts For The Week: Children



Children !!!!!!

Anne Frank: Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

Annie Sullivan: Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.

Bill Cosby: Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.

Bill Vaughn: A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.

Bureau of Social Hygiene study, 1928: It is very difficult and expensive to undo after you are married the things that your mother and father did to you while you were putting your first six birthdays behind you.

Chinese proverb: One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

Clarence Darrow: The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.

Colette: It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.

Dorothy Parker: The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant -- and let the air out of the tires.

Eda LeShan: Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up there pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others -- and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet.

Elizabeth Stone: Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.

Florida Scott-Maxwell: No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

Franklin P. Jones: You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.

Compiled by Michelle Govender
Association Minute Secretary

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