Friday, July 26, 2013

Paula Leah - Wins Zululand Business Award

Paula Leah (right) with collegue Brenda Ncube

Congratulations to Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Zululand Area Manager Paula Leah on winning the Zululand Business Woman of the Year Award in the Category of Corporate.

Leading up to the event, in an interview with the Zululand Observer Paula cited the following as the secret to her success:

"There is no manual to achieving success but I have learnt a few things along the way. Having a positive attitude to life and work, being focused passionate and loving what you do does have an impact on the decisions you make. Plan far enough ahead and set achievable goals.

Working together with your staff as a team to reach the company's strategic objectives, and sharing the same vision is key, along with having the support of family and friends."

From all your Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal colleagues:

Well Done Paula !!!!!!

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


Monday, July 15, 2013

The rocket hotel that never took off

Image by Taedong Travel  

The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea was designed to resemble a giant rocket which some believe was intended to serve as a symbol of the countries military ambitions. The world's most bizarre hotel has 105 stories and 3,000 rooms but to date, has never had a guest stay in it.

Construction on the concrete hulk began in 1987 but stalled in 1992 when North Korea entered a period of economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union. The massive structure which looms over the skyline in Pyongyang is impossible to miss and is essentially a giant empty shell.
The halt in construction, rumours of problems and the uncertainty of its future, led media sources to dub it "The Worst Building in the World", "Hotel of Doom" and "Phantom Hotel".

While mocked-up images of the completed hotel had appeared on North Korean stamps during the initial construction period, the North Korean government chose to disregard the building's existence, during the construction hiatus.

Even though it dominates the Pyongyang skyline making it impossible to ignore, the government at the time manipulated it out of official photographs and excluded it from printed maps.

Today it still looms over the city of  Pyongyang amidst rumours that there are plans afoot to resurrect the project.

Sources: Wikipedia &

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Talisman Hire - Important Roll at Mr Price Pro

From 1-7 July 2013, Association Member Talisman Hire Ballito, made their way to the beach at dawn to put up gazebo`s, wind breakers and surf competition gear for the Mr Price Pro 2013, surfing competition.This year the event was won by Australian Julian Wilson with Jordy Smith of Cape Town, taking a narrow second.

Talisman sponsored the sled that was used by Dolphin Coast Water Patrol and provided Gazebo`s as well as wind breakers to them, which helped ensure a safe and successful occasion.

The seven day event included a festival of live bands and entertainment for surfing enthusiasts from around the world. Talisman expressed gratitude to Mr Price for allowing them the opportunity to play a role. "It was a wonderful experience to engage with the general public who got to know our staff and how committed we are to sport development and safety", said Talisman Business Development Manager Jane Foster.

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

When Do-it Yourself Gets Totally Out of Hand

If you fully understand how a pesky do-it yourself home improvement job can get totally out of hand and turn your home into the biggest ugliest and tallest wooden monstrosity in all of Russia, your name is probably Nikolai Sutyagin.

Nikolai Sutyagin a resident of Arkhangelsk Russia, was once the proud owner of the world's largest single-family wooden home. What started out as a two storey wooden house, ended up as a 144-foot (43.9-meter) homemade skyscraper, the likes of which had never been seen before. Our intrepid Russian spent 15 years adding layer after layer to the top of his house and eventually, it towered over the neighbourhood and could be seen from far and wide.

While local building code in Arkhangelsk stipulates that no wooden structure can be higher than two floors, Nikolai wasn't to be deterred as he had a cunning plan to thwart authorities. He a built a roof over the second floor and claimed that everything above it was for decorative purposes.  Needless to say, the Russian authorities did not entertain it and in 2008, the city of Arkhangelsk declared the house a fire hazard and had it demolished.

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


Monday, July 1, 2013

Health Tip - From

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal runs a mobile clinic which allows us to conduct medicals onsite. The following health tip is brought to you by   

How much coffee should I drink?

Don’t we all like a nice cup of coffee to start the day with?  How much caffeine should be just enough for our health?  There is no conclusive evidence to show that caffeine intake is significantly harmful to our health, but there is still some negative effects associated with it.  Here are some health facts on the positive and the negative of caffeine intake.

  • Caffeine is a central nervous stimulant and can have some positive effects on the human body.
  • An improvement in sporting performance
  • Increased alertness
  • Reduction in fatigue
  • Potentially lifting a person’s mood
  • Coffee and tea also contain some antioxidants which have positive effects on heart health

Increased amounts of caffeine lead to dependency due to increased tolerance and hence the need for greater amounts to gain the same stimulatory benefits.
Heavy users who have to go without can experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and fatigue.
Too much caffeine can produce:
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Upset stomach
  • Increased urine production causing dehydration
  • Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
  • Also associated with elevated blood pressure in sensitive persons
How much is just the “right” amount of caffeine for a day?
The recommendation for safe drinking levels is 500mg per day, less for those with heart conditions, elevated blood pressure, and pregnant women. The average cup of instant coffee contains between 80 and 100mg/cup. The stronger the coffee the more caffeine it contains. Tea usually has less caffeine than this, except if it is very strongly brewed

Miekie Viljoen 
Occupational Nurse | Mobile Clinic