Friday, May 20, 2011

From Ordinary Members to Full Members

I have met a number of prospective members over the last two weeks and have had to explain to them that when they first sign up, they are categorised as ordinary members before making the transition to full member, of the Association. The question that naturally follows is; what’s the difference between the two?

Ordinary members enjoy the same privileges that full members do with two exceptions, usage of our logo, and being listed on

The next natural question is; what do I need to do to progress from an ordinary member, to a full member? As part of a greater initiative we call the Best Practice Model, you have to pass our safety compliance test.

The model arose out of two compelling needs that have been identified:
  1. It is recognized that we are operating in an increasingly regulated market, with safety being one of the areas of focus by the authorities. Our industry had, and was maintaining, a bad reputation for safety and we also realized that our membership was non-compliant to an unacceptable degree (and this was at the level of supposedly the best, most professional end of the market). We (the Master Builders Movement) were being looked at by authorities and other stakeholders to take a leading role ensuring safe construction among builders. We concluded that we would be failing our members by turning a blind eye to this ignorance of the law.
  2. We decided that the Association needed to be doing more to promote its members. With that, comes a responsibility to ensure that we are promoting contractors who adhere to the law and norms of best practice. Failure to do so would ultimately be disastrous for the brand and the collective reputation of members.” Brandon Abdinor | Executive Director Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal.
For more information with regard to the safety check process, contact our OHS department on 031 266 7070, we are here to help.

Ernest Roper
Regional Manager Durban


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