Friday, August 31, 2012

The Past Is Key to Understanding the Present

 Victoria Cafe 1901

“With the historian it is an article of faith that knowledge of the past is a key to understanding the present.” Kenneth Stampp

For our upcoming 2012 Durban/Midlands Golf Day we decided to create some hype around the spectacular Dulux Trophy and requested that Pieter Rautenbach provide some editorial that would highlight its illustrious history.  The article that ensued, stirred up a lot of interest and many have since commented, on its fascinating history.

As an Association, we have been around a long time and the world has, since our humble beginnings at the Victoria Cafe in 1901, progressed exponentially.  When recording our history on masterbuilders.co.za, we broke it down into the following eight sections:

Part 1: Birth of the Association 1901
Part 2: The Early Years
Part 3: Surviving Difficult Times
Part 4: Progress and Innovation
Part 5: Period of Consolidation
Part 6: The Impacts of War
Part 7: Post War - Renewed Optimism
Part 8: A New Era, a New Home

If you have any interest at all in history and have never visited these pages, you are indeed missing out. Of the 4000 plus masterbuilders.co.za web pages I have worked on, these are ones that I have found most captivating.

Ernest Roper
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Employement Equity Road show



PUBLICISING OF THE REVISED CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE ON HIV/AIDS AND THE WORLD OF WORK AND EE REPORTING FOR 2012 BRIDGING THE EQUITY GAP

Employers or Heads of companies, Assigned Senior Manager, Consultative forum members, HR Practitioners, Trade Unions, employees, Bee Rating Agencies,
Community Constituencies are invited to attend the road shows.

See document for dates when the road show will be in KZN.

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Neil Enslin | Health & Safety Specialist

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Monday, August 27, 2012

New Members of The Association

Image by Airserv

We are pleased to welcome and announce the following new members who joined the Association in Aug 2012:-

Ordinary Members

Blomeyers Heating & Cooling CC
T K Gutters, Plumbers & Plant Hiring CC
Exquisite Des Irons
Newbern Construction CC
Major Machines Pty Ltd
Tile Africa Margate 
E.G.L Consulting t/a Pest Control South Coast
JND Safety Management Pty Ltd
Melvat CC t/a Coastal Hire Pietermaritzburg

Shelly Kupferman
Administration Management

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Worse Than The Ordinary Ignoramus


According to a US website called ‘Elite ProNet News, Construction News & Opportunities for Contractors’ (www.elitepronet.com), these are supposedly authentic comments, taken from actual construction company employee performance appraisals. See anybody you know among them? 
  1. “I would not allow this employee to breed.”
  2. “Works well when under constant supervision and when cornered like a rat in a trap.”
  3. “When she opens her mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet.”
  4. “He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle.”
  5. “This young lady has delusions of adequacy.”
  6. “He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.”
  7. “This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.”
  8. “This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better.”
  9. “Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together.”
  10. “A gross ignoramus — 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.”
  11. “He doesn’t have ulcers, but he’s a carrier.”
  12. “I would like to go hunting with him sometime.”
  13. “He’s been working with glue too much.”
  14. “He would argue with a signpost.”
  15. “When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell.”
  16. “If he were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.”
  17. “If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.”
  18. “One neuron short of a synapse.
  19. “Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled.”
  20. “Takes him 2 hours to watch ’60-Minutes’
Ernest Roper
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Something That is Very Impressive



In the invitation that went out to this year`s Durban/Midlands Golf Day we referred to the trophy on offer, as the "spectacular" Dulux Cup.  I must say as trophies go, it is certainly the best looking trophy I have ever seen and have always wondered, how long it had been in the possession of the Association and what sort of history it has attached to it. 

Pieter Rautenbach has been kind enough to write some editorial on it for us and as one would have suspected, it does boast an illustrious history, dating back to 1931. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Pieter’s article and highly recommend that you look out for it, it will soon appear on masterbuilders.co.za and will also be finding its way to our next e-newsletter.

The word ‘spectacular’ .....

According to Yahoo Answers, the definition of spectacular is something that is very impressive or is a large-scale display, the Dulux Trophy most certainly qualifies.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager
 
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Why Not Just Build a Road Through it?



Hanshin Expressway Goes Through a Building

It's not easy building a new highway in Japan, since it's one of the most crowded places in the world.
For instance, often you'll find that the place where you want to build your roadway happens to be obstructed by a skyscraper.

There's no place else to put it and the owners of the building certainly don't feel like tearing it down.

What do you do?

Source: Email forwarded to the Association

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager

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Friday, August 17, 2012

SafeBuild - An Essential Resource to Have


For our 3rd and final instalment in our series of posts relating to the SafeBuild DVD product, we look at why it is an essential resource to have, for those operating within the construction sector.

The SafeBuild DVD will help you:
  • Comply with Health & Safety legislation and regulations
  • Avoid a fine and/or jail sentence
  • Decrease the huge direct and indirect costs associated with an accident
  • Increase productivity and efficiency on site
  • Save your the lives of your most important assets - your employees
To find out more or to purchase the SafeBuild product, visit www.safeBuild.co.za.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SafeBuild DVD Topics

 SafeBuild Shoot

On Monday we made it known that the SafeBuild DVD product is a step by step visual guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. We mentioned that the menu settings include five languages and that all aspects of construction safety are covered throughout its 20 chapters. In case you are wondering what those chapters are made up of, they include the following titles:
  • Health & Safety Administration
  • Education, Training & Promotion
  • Public Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
  • Personal Protective Equipment & Clothing
  • Workplace, Environment, Health & Hygiene
  • Housekeeping
  • Scaffolding
  • Form Work & Support Work
  • Ladders
  • Fall Protection
  • Electrical Safe Guarding
  • Fire Prevention & Precautions
  • Demolition Work
  • Excavations
  • Tools
  • Lifting Machinery & Lifting Tackle
  • Hoists
  • Conveyors
  • Site Plant and Machinery
  • Plant and Storage Yard
To find out more or to purchase the SafeBuild product, visit www.SafeBuild.co.za.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Safety in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho


SafeBuild Shoot

A project I was involved in, when I first joined the Association was the production of the SafeBuild DVD series.  We were of the belief that there was a great need for a visual guide to construction safety and at the time, the only products available were American based and hellishly expensive. It was also found that they weren’t practical as they did not relate well to South African construction methodology and conditions.

We went ahead and produced the SafeBuild DVD series which in essence is a step by step visual guide to Occupational Health and Safety Act. The product is endorsed by the Department of Labour and many of our members now use it for toolbox talks. There are 20 chapters in total and by utilising the menu options provided, it can easily be set to play whichever section is relevant at the time.

If you really want people to interpret the message properly; the best way to do so is to communicate it to them in their home language. The SafeBuild DVD series enables you to do that with five different language options in the set up menu, English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho.

For more information visit http://www.safebuild.co.za

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Don’t reinvent the wheel, fix the old one!


Those of you who follow our forum posts would possibly have seen the Business Report article we recently uploaded titled ‘R50bn bill follows poor housing workmanship’. The gist of it is, it will take R50bn to repair substandard low cost housing and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, believes this is forcing government's hand towards implementing a state-owned construction company.

Sexwale, speaking at a construction sector breakfast last Thursday, made it known that while a decision had not yet been taken on establishing such a company, he is calling for a debate on the issue.

A big part of that debate has to be why it is that tenders are being awarded to individuals or organisations that aren't delivering a quality product.

It has been well publicised in the media that certain well connected individuals who own businesses like Laundromats, have been awarded massive tenders for low cost housing developments. We also know that the forensic report on fraud and corruption within the eThekwini municipality found that 10 councillors have had interests in organisations that conducted business with eThekwini Municipality.

The current policy of putting state construction work out to tender is extremely fair to all, it does however require that the state be extremely proficient, at appointing capable contractors. The focus should be on rooting out corruption and making sure that tenders are awarded fairly to organisations with a proven track record and the capacity to deliver. Don’t reinvent the wheel, fix the old one!

Ernest Roper
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Durban/Midlands Golf Day Invite


Dear Members and Readers,

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal cordially invites you to join us for a day of golf. This year our Midlands and Durban Regions are to host a joint golf day, to compete for the spectacular "Dulux Cup" trophy which was donated to the Association by Dulux, several decades ago.
 
Venue: Kloof Country Club

Date: Friday 21 September 2012

Format: American Scramble (shotgun start)

Entry Fee: R1000 per four ball (includes, golf, drinks, dinner and prizes)

Sponsorship: R750, per hole which includes Tee and Green.

Contact: Sane Mlaba on 031 266 7070

Download Entry Form

Carts available for hire directly from Kloof Country Club. Tel 031 764 1492

Please note that the field is limited, bookings will be taken on a first come first serve bases.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager

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Monday, August 6, 2012

There Is One Born Every Day.


Some years ago, a 66-year-old resident of Margraten in the Netherlands had been experiencing theft of goods stored in his garden shed. He decided one day that enough was enough and that some sort of action needed to be taken.

In his wisdom, he decided that the best way to protect his shed against burglars was to construct a booby trap. The brilliant plan he came up with consisted of a mounted shotgun aimed at the shed door, with a trip rope thread through the trigger mechanism.

Proud of his ingenuity, he felt the need to demonstrate his ingenious contraption to his two mates and while walking around the shed explaining it, he made contact with the rope and duly shot himself in the abdomen and lower arm.

Fortunately for our protagonist, an emergency operation prevented him from meeting his maker somewhat prematurely. Police searched his home, and confiscated firearms and ammo, along with 15 full-grown marijuana plants that perhaps helped him formulate this painful lesson in safety, but what lesson do you suppose he learn't from this.

A. Don’t do drugs.
B. Don’t play with guns.
C. Don’t do drugs and play with guns at the same time.
D. Don’t share your brilliant ideas with your friends.

Let’s face it, without idiots the world would be a dull place. Fortunately for us, there is one born every day.

Source: http://darwinawards.com

Ernest Roper
Durban Region Manager

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Is the truth being curtailed?


The full forensic report on fraud and corruption within the eThekwini municipality, was supposed to be released to the public last Tuesday. This hasn’t as yet happened and while allegations of a cover-up are being bandied around, Mayor James Nxumalo assures us that the city is still committed to releasing it, once legal proceedings are concluded.

Nxumalo made it known that the report contains information provided by whistleblowers and that the anti-corruption task team is also investigating.  If they were to release the document, investigations stemming from it, could be compromised.

What we do know from media reports is that 10 councillors were found to have had interests in organisations that conducted business with eThekwini Municipality. We also know that the probe was instituted after Auditor General Terence Nombembe stated in his 2009/10 report that R532m had been irregularly spent, by the municipality.

DA caucus leader Tex Collins is of the view that the truth is being curtailed in an attempt to protect individuals, named in the report.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Building Services Manager on Hand


Contractors face not only numerous challenges relating to their operational and financial requirements but must also work within a complicated contractual, technical and legal environment.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal policy is to facilitate the resolution of disputes by negotiation rather than through expensive and often unnecessary legal process. To this end, Members enjoy the benefit of being able to call upon our Building Services Manager, Ross Stembridge, who is always on hand and willing, to provide them with expertise.

Ross has been operating within the construction industry since 1986 and has a B.Com from the University of Natal as well as a National Higher Diploma in Building Survey.

For more incite as to how Ross can be of service to you, visit our ‘Building Services’ pages, on masterbuilders.co.za.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager

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