Friday, January 25, 2013

Corruption with Integrity


When I first heard this story, it left me not knowing whether to laugh or to cry. It is to do with bribery and corruption and while it certainly points to a very sad state of affairs, I am assuming that many of our readers will chuckle at the irony of it.

A friend of mine owns a retail outlet and one of his staff had asked if she could have a morning off to complete her driver’s licence test. Having previously seen her attempts at parking outside his shop while under the supervision of a driving instructor, he had his doubts that she would pass while she on the other hand, was super confident.

When she arrived back after having failed teary eyed and struggling to come terms with how it was at all possible, my friend Lance in an attempt to console her said to her "not to worry, you will pass next time" to which she replied “No I won’t! I can’t even pass even when I bribe the cop!” This of course peaked Lance’s curiosity and when he got the full story, he suddenly understood where her confidence had stemmed from.

On her way to the traffic department she stopped by the autobank and drew R800, 00 for bribe money. When she got there, once they were in the car she secretly handed the cash to the officer under the dashboard who happily accepted it.  

Where it all went wrong was that her driving was so poor, particularly parallel parking which took place in full view of other people, bribe or no bribe, he simply couldn’t pass her.  However before exiting the vehicle, the corrupt officer surreptitiously handed her back the cash. It turns out that his sense of integrity wouldn’t allow him to keep it, as he was unable to deliver on the service he had promised.  GO FIGURE!

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Advertise with Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal


On our masterbuilders.co.za website you can place an advertorial promoting your company which will have a link that will stay on our home page for no less than seven days. If you have a more specific market you would like to target, you can place a global banner or a forum ad, on either our general forum or safety forum; collectively they have over 2000 members.

Our bi-weekly email newsletter has over 3000 subscribers and if you are keen to get some very affordable advertising to a large group of people, this is definitely the way to go. To advertise in the email newsletter will cost between R700 and R2000. A back link to your website will be included, which is a nice way of driving traffic to it.

In the conference centre at our Westville offices there are 3 large monitors where you can place a digital advert. A 30 second static advert on three screens displayed in an area where up to 150 or more conference delegates pass, offers huge bang for your buck.

If you are interested in advertising with Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, you are welcome to contact me on 031 266 7070 to discuss the various options.

Regards
Tanya Leeuw 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Welcome Back!

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With annual shutdown well and truly behind us, it seems that most of our Members are back in operation after a well deserved rest. We trust that everybody had a great festive season and is looking forward to a prosperous year ahead.

We too anticipate a big year ahead with lots of exciting new initiatives on the agenda that include the opening of a Newcastle office, as well as the launching of our Emerging Contractor Program.

In addition to providing the usual bouquet of services that comprise of Health & Safety, Contractual Legal, Employee Benefits, Training and Building Services, the Association understands the need for networking and has several events planned that will take place throughout the year.

As always, we endeavour to keep you informed on all that is happening so look out for your e-newsletter, and keep an eye on masterbuilders.co.za.

The team at Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal welcomes you back and we look forward to being of service to you throughout 2013.

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager 

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