Friday, October 30, 2009

Meetings & General Motors


General Motors used to be the biggest company in the world and an icon of industrial America. It recently filed for bankruptcy and is now 65% owned by the American Government.

To run such a gigantic entity, meetings are essential but it was found that no decisions were being made at these meetings. To untangle this bureaucracy, a concept called GoFast was introduced. If an impasse was reached over a decision, all interested parties were “locked” into a room until a decision was made.

Thousands of GoFast workshops were held to spread the concept coupled with feedback sessions. It became a nightmare with over 7000 GoFast meetings being held to discuss how to hold fewer meeting. Managers’ performance evaluations were downgraded because they were not holding enough GoFast meetings.

The moral? – meetings are essential to any organization but they must be kept to a minimum, be short and decisive otherwise your organization might end up like General Motors.

Greg Beykirch
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

An Arch With A View


Over the last two and half years, I have in my capacity as Safety Advisor, had the privilege of visiting our Moses Mabhiba FIFA 2010 World Cup soccer stadium at various stages throughout its construction.

On 22 October 2009 while embarking upon our final site visit, during the walk about we were very pleasantly surprised when the Structural Engineer involved with the arch and the cable car, extended us an invite we couldn’t refuse.

He had arranged for Neels and I to be among the first to experience a trip to the top of the arch in Durban’s famed cable car, an activity that with much anticipation, will soon be open to the public. The view from above the stadium is awesome; it overlooks the home of Shark’s rugby the ABSA Stadium, as well as Durban Country Club and all along the Durban Beach front.

The 360 degree view, as far as the eye can see, is nothing short of spectacular. I can only imagine what it must be like at night and look forward to finding out someday. For now, I feel privileged to have already experienced it; it was one of those unforeseen special occasions, that stay with you for a long time to come.

Neil Enslin
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Web Albums, The Quick Fix


As per yesterdays stadium sequence (see below) you may have noticed that our blog regularly features Picasa Web Albums. Having been told by several people that the albums do not load, I made a concerted effort to get to the bottom of this. After all, there’s little point to having them if many of those it’s intended for, are unable to view it.

Firefox is my browser of choice and having never personally encountered this, I soon realized that those who do, are all Internet Explorer users. Downloading and installing Firefox is definitely one way of getting around it. To me, the fact that so many still use Internet Explorer serves as evidence that people are indeed creatures of habit, who don’t like change. Firefox is a free download and is widely regarded as a far more superior browser.

However …..

If you insist on Internet Explorer and are experiencing this problem, the solution really is quite simple; you need to download a later version of Adobe Flash Player. It is also free download and is very easy to install. Once the process is complete, the web albums will load as intended.

Hope that was of assistance to some!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

View From The Top Of The Arch



Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium is now very near completion, so much so that the safety personnel will be departing the site this coming Friday. Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal safety advisers Neil Enslin and Neels Nortjé, were invited to its final inspection (22 October 2009) and were fortunate enough to participate in what will no doubt soon become, Durban’s most sought after recreational activity.

Neels Nortjé had this to say:

“Our job does have its perks as we were one of the first members of the public to have been taken up to the top of the arch on the cable car. The operator is still busy commissioning the car and only authorized persons are currently permitted to go on it.”

As per the above photo sequence, the two of them were able to capture this amazing experience on camera. From an Association viewpoint, we are proud to be one of the first (if not the very first) to publish photographs taken form the top of Durban’s Iconic Arch.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Buildings Breaking Boundries: Taipei 101


Taipei 101 also known as the Taipei Financial Center is located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture and Samsung Engineering & Construction. Taipei 101 was the world's first skyscraper to break the half-kilometer high mark and until recently, it was the world’s tallest building having since been surpassed by the Burj Dubai.

As its name suggests, Taipei 101 comprises of a 101 floors above street level. There is an additional 5 below the surface and with the aid of technology; the structure also serves as giant billboard displaying symbolism of Asian tradition. Its postmodern style allows for a modern feel to traditional features and encompasses both Asian and international style elements.

The tower was built to withstand both typhoons and earthquakes and is an icon of modern Taiwan. Fireworks displays launched from Taipei 101 features prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts and the structure with its multi-level shopping mall, is often seen in travel literature and international media.

The design accomplished both strength and flexibility through effective use of high-performance steel construction. Thirty-six columns including eight "mega-columns" packed with 10,000-psi concrete support the structure.

At eight floor intervals, outrigger trusses connect the columns in the building's core to those on the exterior. It is a combination of these features with the solidity of its foundation that makes Taipei 101, one of the most stable buildings ever constructed.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

The Hamilton's, Builders Extraordinaire


In 1920 Alexander Hamilton, started a company which traded as A Hamilton Builders. Between the years 1921 and 1930, the company’s reputation spread and they built many of the gracious homes which still stand in the Berea area.

In 1934 Bill Hamilton joined his uncle Alex and the company of Alexander Hamilton (PTY) LTD was formed. Operations were extended to include the construction of factories, hotels, apartment blocks and public buildings, many of which have become landmarks in the City of Durban.

After the war years a renewed surge of business was enjoyed and at the end of 1945, the company fully engaged in contracts involving every type of construction.

Alexander Hamilton was a prominent member of Association, while W.F Hamilton (Bill) went on to serve as Association President from 1957 – 1959.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

To Sell or To Auction?


Something I came across I thought might be of interest, it appears as though the auctioneers, have somewhat benefited from the recession. According to an online article from cyberprop.com; the auctioning off of residential homes have significantly increased since the start of the recession, and South Africa’s Auction Groups, are pushing hard to further increase their share.

The article extensively quotes Mike Greeff, CEO of Greeff Properties, who informs us that a favourite marketing tactic among the auctioneers, is to convey the idea that if you choose to purchase a property through them, you need not pay commission or deposit (provided you work through a company that will guarantee your deposit - and obviously a fee would then apply). He warns that the plain truth is that auctioneers do charge commission and that often it’s the seller who covers the marketing costs. “Commission is usually in the region of 10% - far higher than the fees charged by estate agencies.”

Greeff further warns that homes sold by auction, do in most cases go for 15 to 25% less than their true market value.

“Even in these tough times while the prices obtainable are up to 15% down on the peaks of late 2007, we are seeing that the prices achieved by the auctioneers are way below that which a reputable estate agency would manage to achieve within ten to twelve weeks of being awarded the mandate.”

Greeff also warns that those attending auctions do so in search of a bargain and that all too often they do get it, which isn’t in the best interest of the seller.

“The auctioneers target market, essentially covers those who are financially stressed and desperately in need of a quick sale – and in concluding a sale they are usually doing the seller a huge favour, but for the realised price.”

“It has to be recognised, however (and there are a number of examples of this) that there is no better way to obtain a fair market related price than by using a recognised estate agency. “The time, care and personal attention that a real estate agent gives every buyer, is a sure way to achieve a true and representative price for a residential property.”

“An auction is a quick-fix alternative which, while often essential, should only be used as a last resort. If a home does not sell on auction, the free market price seldom gets above the final bid price, which unfortunately becomes known to all, post auction,” says Greeff.

In the battle of the Auctioneers vs Estate Agents, it’s reasonable to assume that Greef may be somewhat bias towards the industry he represents, he does however raise some very valid points which if you are considering selling, it may be wise to take cognisance of.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Focus on Staff: Shahieda Adams


Shahieda Adams: Customer Care Assistant Midlands

Shahieda was born in Port Elizabeth, schooled in Pietermaritzburg and began her working career with Industrial Council for the Building Industry ( PANABI ). After several years with them, she was employed by Building Industry Training Scheme, before joining Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg office in March 2000.

Shahieda is our Midlands Customer Care Assistant, assisting Gareth with administrative duties, client liaison and the day to day running of our Midlands office.

Fact File:

Marital status:
Married for 24 years, has 3 sons and a granddaughter who is the apple of her eye.
Pets:
Not a pet person
Favorite Movie Genre:
loves horror movies.
Favorite Author:
Is a huge Stephen King fan.
Favorite Music:
Enjoys RMB
If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Nostradamus.
Assuming Money isn’t an object, what car would you purchase?
A high end Mercedes Benz.
Favorite sport:
Is a huge cricket fan, says she doesn’t support cricket, she lives cricket.
Something work Colleagues don’t know.
Tells us she reads Tarot Cards, just for fun she says.
Favorite Pastime:
Relaxing at home with the family.

For KwaZulu-Natal Midlands members or prospective members needing assistance, Shahieda is your first port of call.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

46th Annual Health and Safety Awards



The 46th annual Health and Safety Awards function was held at the Durban Country Club on Friday evening 16 October 2009. More than two hundred delegates attended the function and witnessed how the MBA paid tribute to its members, who excelled in the 2009 OHS competition.

Taking into account the fact that the sites were scrupulously audited on more than 20 different elements, standards were again, in 2009, extremely high. These included administrative and legal requirements, training, public safety, PPE, housekeeping, scaffolding, electrical safeguarding, plant and machinery, excavations, transport and material handling to name but a few.

The recipients were praised for their adherence to health and safety and our members did again, in 2009, come through with flying colors. For detailed information covering this event, look out for an upcoming news article soon to feature on masterbuilders.co.za

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Monday, October 19, 2009

A Beacon Of Strength


Although nearly 200 years old, Bell Rock Lighthouse in addition to its historical significance, is recognised for the masonry work on which the lighthouse rests. It is still considered a benchmark for excellence in construction and set an exceptionally high standard, for future generations to aspire to.

The lighthouse was built in the early 19th century and is situated on Bell Rock 18 km off the coast of Scotland, it stands 35 meters high and is visible from 55 km inland.

It operated in tandem with the Bell Rock Signal Tower, a shore station at the mouth of Arbroath harbour built in 1813. Today this building houses the Signal Tower Museum, a visitor information centre detailing the rich history the lighthouse enjoys.

The lamps and reflectors were in 1843 replaced with the original equipment being used in the lighthouse at Cape Bonavista Newfoundland, where they are currently on exhibit. The beacon’s internal mechanism have in recent times been automated.

The challenges overcome in the building of the lighthouse along with its resilience against harsh North Sea conditions, have led to its status as a wonder of the industrial world. To this day the masonry aspect has never been replaced or modified.

Michelle Govender
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Friday, October 16, 2009

High Praise For Award Winning Member


While doing some work on the 2009 Excellence in Construction Awards web pages since uploaded to masterbuilders.co.za, I came across a testimonial from the owners of 162 Point Road for Smith & Winfield, praising the work that had been carried out for them.

They state that 162 Point Road is a heritage listed building and that as owners they are proud to be part of Durban’s heritage, retaining its historical uniqueness was a non negotiable criteria.

They noted how important it was to use like-minded contractors in order to ensure that the desired result was achieved:

"There were extensive consultations with renowned heritage architect Eerhard Huizinga and AMAFA during the course of the project. Historical evidence was collected to ensure the correct decisions were taken that were respectful of the buildings past, understanding of it’s more recent past and then also to make the building usable in the current situation.

Besides the design issues, it was important for us to use like minded contractors to ensure we achieved the desired end result. We were fortunate that the two main contractors being Smith & Winfield and Mr. Red van Zyl of Woodrow Joinery were highly skilled in this type of work. Their enthusiasm for the project is reflected in the outcome.

Some of the contract difficulties were:
  • The intricate plaster work on the façade needed restoration as well as re-instatement in certain areas.
  • The façade was in a very bad state of repair generally due to a number of reasons and some later additions.
  • The condition of the building in general was derelict and uninhabitable.
As the owners and the client, we are very pleased with the outcome of the project. The relationship we had with the contractor during the whole project was excellent as the project was run professionally, within the required time period and within our budget.

We would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their dedication and enthusiasm. A historical building in Durban has been saved and as it is currently almost completely occupied, it still has a relevant part to play in Durban, a century after construction."

High Praise Indeed!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Annual Shutdown 2009


Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal did some time ago already; post a notice as a news article on masterbuilders.co.za, informing of the dates for the 2009 annual shutdown. As we move closer to holiday season, we find that we are again taking numerous phone calls requesting this information.

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.
Information courtesy of Bruce Lyle; Membership Services Manager.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Save Water, Do Your Bit !


The following is a copy of an e-mail, forwarded to us by the Durban Chamber of Commerce. In the interest of the public; we share this information with you.

"Dear Members

After liaison with eThekweni Municipality and in light of the imminent shut-down we would like to urge members to take note of some key water saving measures.

PLEASE DO NOT

1. Wash cars using hose pipes

2. Water Gardens

3. Fill swimming pools

4. Wash hands under running water

5. Wash dishes without putting a stopper in the sink.


WE URGE YOU TO PLEASE


1. Shower in place of bathing
2. Repair any water leak immediately

3. Flush toilets if necessary .... Remember one flush may use up to 15L of water.

4. Close Tap when brushing teeth, washing hair or shaving.

5. Report any burst pipes on 080 131 3013


The Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry would like to urge that Members inform all staff of this situation.
"

There you have it, lets all do our bit.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Zululand Golf Challenge



Friday 9 October 2009 saw another successful Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Zululand Annual Golf Challenge, take place at the Empangeni Country Club. Although rain did threaten, it held off until after play, essentially allowing for excellent playing conditions.

A field of 19 teams took to the course with Met Builders taking top honors; Dingeke Construction came in second with Dicks Construction holding out for third.

We take the opportunity to acknowledge the following marketing partners who helped make the challenge possible.

Gold Marketing Partner:
Formscaff

Silver Marketing Partners:
Zululand Refrigeration
Wiehahn
Coastal Homes
Bay Brick
Bay Ceilings

Prize Sponsor:
1st Prize: Master Builders
2nd Prize: Corobrik

The event also served as an occasion with which to bid the Associations long serving Zululand Regional Manager Manie Malan, a fond farewell. We wish him a long and enjoyable retirement.

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

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Buildings Breaking Boundries, CN Tower


Ontario, Canada, is home to the CN Tower, a communications and observation structure which looms over the city of Toronto. In 1975 while still under construction it exceeded the height of the Ostankino Tower, becoming at the time, the tallest free-standing structure in the world.

Canadian National, the railway company that built it, saw a need for large TV and radio communication platform to serve the Toronto area. They also wanted it as monument to the strength of Canadian industry, CN in particular.

However, in 1995 prior to the company’s privatization, the decision was taken to divest non-core freight railway assets, which resulted in the tower being transferred to the Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown conglomerate, responsible for real estate development.

At the time local residents expressed a desire to retain the name CN Tower and the abbreviation is now said to expand to Canada's National Tower, rather than the original Canadian National Tower.

At 553.33 meters, after holding the record for 31 years, in 2007 it was surpassed in height by the still-under-construction Burj Dubai. It does however remain the tallest free-standing structure in the Americas and is the signature icon of Toronto's skyline.

In 1995, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared the CN tower to be one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. It also belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

In Times Gone By, Trade Unions 1903


The election of William Ralph Poynton in 1903 as President of the Association, proved to be a significant event for the building industry in South Africa. The vision and determination of this man were to have far-reaching effects.

After completing his education at Durban High School, he joined his father Thomas Poynton, in the family business of Builders Merchants and Contractors. William, himself was a member of many clubs and institutions and became exceedingly active in civic affairs. He was vehemently anti-Trade Union and frequently stated that he would not allow anybody to tell him what hours his men should work and what wages he should pay.

On this particular issue, he was at times somewhat of an embarrassment to the Association. There is a record of a meeting with representatives of the Trade Unions at which James Reid, as a result of remarks Poynton had made at a previous gathering, had to use all his tact, to restore the good relations which had been seriously disrupted.

His strong anti-trade union stance did not hinder him from serving as a member of the Town Council on nine occasions, and occupying the position of Deputy Mayor in 1901. He also played an integral part in establishing National Federation of Building Trade Employers (NFBTE) and also served as its first President.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Focus on Staff: Sally Watson


Sally Watson - Pension Fund Bookkeeper

After having grown up on a farm in Ladysmith, Sally spent several years in the employ of Ernst & Young, before embarking upon four years of travel. Upon her return to South Africa, she joined Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal where she performs administrative duties, pertaining to Pension Fund accounts.

What she enjoys most about the Association is the camaraderie and friendship those in her department share. This became very evident as most of the facts listed below, were volunteered by colleagues, Hazel, Eileen and Jan (aka Player 23)

The Sally Fact File:

Family
Has, 3 brothers, one is in Kloof, another an engineer working oversees, while the other still runs the family farm in Ladismith
Pets:
Lives in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets, always had a fondness for dogs though.
Entertainment:
Enjoys Cinema Nouveau
Favourite Music:
Jazz
Something work colleagues don’t know:
A close colleague informs us that Sally is an accomplished solo singer.
Assuming Money isn’t an object, what car would you purchase?
The consensus is that she would choose a motorbike, and that one of her ambitions is to tour-bike across the country.
Favorite sport:
prefers adventure activity to sport per say, enjoys paddle skiing, spent a week at sea yachting of the coast of Ireland, has also sailed in the Caribbean, climbed Kilimanjaro, and keeps fit by walking.

Ernest Roper
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Members to the Association


Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal is pleased to announce and welcome, the following new members to the Association:

Full Members
  • LBC Lenco Construction (Pty) Ltd: Builders & Contractors
  • CFG Construction: Builders & Contractors
  • Thiyani Construction CC t/a Thiyani Projects CC: Builders & Contractors
  • Inqanizivele Construction CC t/a B.C. Contractors: Builders & Contractors
  • Isankwaive Trading Enterprise CC : Roof Hydrablasting & Painting
  • Conpack CC t/a Conpack Building and Civils: Builders & Contractors
  • Khulu Projects: Electrical Installations
  • Town and Country Construction CC: Builders & Contractors
  • Wilcote- North Coast t/a H&B Cowan: Alterations & maintenance+Paint suppliers
  • JL Thusi Building CC: General Builders and Contractors
  • Esteem Property Renovators & Developers CC: Builders and Contractors
  • UKZN Plant Hire CC t/a Unique Communication: Builders and Contractors
Associate Member
  • Bhekwell Construction and Scaffolding t/Bhekwell Group: Training
  • uMhlatuze Architects: Architecture
  • Zululand Pest Control CC: Pest Control
  • Duo Max Resolutions (Pty) Ltd t/a DMax: Consultants
Shelly Kupfermann
Administration Manager

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

South Coast Year End Function

Margate Pier, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast

Today's Blog post serves as an invitation from Hans Stols, to our members on the South Coast.

Dear Members

You are hereby cordially invited to attend our South Coast year end function which will be held at Cbali restaurant St Michaels, on 20 November 2009.

Ray and I after looking at several options, decided upon the above mentioned venue as it offers a wonderful setting for a festive occasion.

The menu is a seafood buffet, which at a cost of R180, 00 per person, is excellent value for money. An entertainer has also been arranged for the evening, so it will definitely be well worth it.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal have already paid a 50% deposit to secure the venue and catering. Please note, to avoid disappointment, you are required to RSVP and make payment, as seats are limited to 120 people.

Hans Stols
South Coast Regional Manager

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Buildings Breaking Boundries, Africa

Carlton Centre, Johannesburg

The 223m tall, 50 storey Carlton Centre in downtown Johannesburg, is the tallest building on the African Continent. When Anglo American Properties began construction 1967, excavations to accommodate huge pilons that would support the structure, took two years to complete.

The Centre was designed by the American based architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and although occupation began in 1971, it wasn’t until 1974 that most of the construction was finally completed, at a cost of over R88 million.

Owing to rapidly changing demographics associated with urban decay, property values in the Johannesburg CBD, slumped dramatically in the 1990’s. This enabled public transport parastatal Transnet, to purchase the building for just R32 million.

In June 2007, Transnet group chief executive Maria Ramos revealed that as part of Transnet's restructuring program, which includes the disposal of non-core assets, they intend putting it back on the market. However, with its replacement cost having been estimated at R1.5 billion, along with the area experiencing urban revival, Transnet are expected to make a tidy profit.

Matter of Fact:

As you will see from the list below supplied by Wikipedia, South Africa is home to the first 6 of the top 10, tallest Buildings on the African Continent.
  1. Carlton Centre: Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Ponte City Apartments: Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. Marble Towers: Johannesburg, South Africa
  4. Metlife Centre: Cape Town, South Africa
  5. South African Reserve Bank Building: Pretoria, South Africa
  6. 88 on Field: Durban, South Africa
  7. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building: Cairo, Egypt
  8. El Gezira Tower Movenpick Hotel: Cairo, Egypt
  9. Grand Hyatt Cairo: Cairo, Egypt
  10. Nile City South Tower: Cairo, Egypt
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Friday, October 2, 2009

In Times Gone By, Sub-Contractors 1908

W.R. Poynton 1908

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal has on many occasions throughout its 108 year history, had to adapt to changing times. Two World Wars, the emergence of trade unions, changing political landscapes and major advances in technology, have all profoundly influenced the course of our history.

When perusing through old Association documents, we encounter some amazing historical events that were recorded for prosperity. Our blog category “in times Gone by” is intended to share some of those historically significant moments with you.

Rights for Sub-Contractors 1908-1910

In 1908 under leadership of W.R. Poynton the Durban Association (as it was known then) set out to secure equitable conditions of contract. After adopting conditions used by the British Institute of Architects as a model, negotiations extended over a period of almost two years during which each clause was discussed separately until accepted.

Copies of the agreed conditions were circulated to the other centres throughout the country together with the Sub-Contractors Agreement, which was also drawn up and concluded by the Durban Association. This necessary document placed Sub-Contractors under the same conditions as Main Contractors and also secured progress payments for them.

The need at the time for binding conditions of contract was evident from an advertisement which appeared in the "Natal Mercury":

"To Builders and Others.

The two storey premises situated opposite the Langham Hotel, Point Road, has been built by me. The job is stopped because I have not yet been paid for the work done. Notice will be given in the "Mercury" when the matter is settled.
M.J. Kerns, Contractor."

Affixed to the premises in question was the following:

"Notice:

Any person found forcing an entrance on these premises, or found on the premises, will be dealt with as a burglar.
M.J. Kerns, Contractor"

The above image is of W.R. Poynton, behind the wheel of his luxury Sedan :)

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Free Exposure, Online & Print Media

Suncoast Hotel and Towers
Award winning project: WHBO/TBP joint Venture


Those of you who spend time on masterbuilders.co.za, have probably at some point browsed through the sites fully comprehensive Excellence in Construction Awards menu. A lot of work went into the design of this module, as well as the authoring of coverage for our 2008 winners, which feature very prominently.

In the aftermath of the 2009 event, with big press releases and e-newsletters out of the way, we now focus our attention on getting the 2009 pages uploaded.

This year round, we are adding a photo gallery of professional images taken at the ceremony so that those who attended, are able to place orders for photographs online. Once again, lots of work is required here so please bear with us; we hope to have it up in the next week or so.

Entering and winning, or receiving highly commended recognition, is definitely a way in which contractors can get more out of our website. In doing so, you will receive permanent exposure on masterbuilders.co.za in a menu which is essentially the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, hall of fame.

In addition…..

With a double page spread in “The Mercury” and full page coverage in “Property” magazine, there is a lot of exposure in print media, for winners and sponsors of the event alike.

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