Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pieter Rautenbach, Association Stalwart

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

In 1962 Pieter joined National Occupational Safety Association as a Junior Occupational Health & Safety Advisor. In 1964 he was transferred to Durban by NOSA, where he was seconded to the then Durban Master Builders Association for the launch of the first National Tidiness Safety Week. He was responsible for coaching both National Winners in the inaugural National Competition.

In 1965 NOSA transferred him to Bloemfontein where during the next two years in the Free State, he coached two further National Safety Building Industry winners. In 1968 he joined the former Union Steel Corporation where he established an Occupational Health & Safety Programme and also made a major contribution to the Star Grading system which is currently widely implemented.

In 1971 he made an important career change and joined the Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa as General Secretary and soon thereafter its first Executive Director. After the retirement of Archie Smith who had been Executive Director of the Former Durban Master Builders Association for 30 years, he was headhunted to return to Durban.

In 1975 Pieter became Executive Director of the Durban Master Builders Association, which subsequently in 1980 became the Natal Master Builders Association and in 1994 the KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders Association.

In 2007 he retired as Executive Director and took on the role and responsibility of Projects Facilitator. In 2009 the Association was re-branded as Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, while Pieter celebrated his 33rd year of involvement.

Ernest Roper


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