South Coast Breakfast Meeting
On 16 June 2012, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal South Coast Region held a regional breakfast at which motivational speaker André du Toit addressed our members. André had travelled all the way up from Cape Town and we take the opportunity to thank Van Dykes Attorneys, for having sponsored his air travel. We also thank Mark Bolton of Nu Form, who hosted André for his stay in Shelly Beach.
The idea for the event stemmed from the fact that Ray Basson, Mark Bolton, John Haupt, Allen Rutter, Mike Bekker, Christie Lombaard, George Enslin and I meet weekly for breakfast at the Mugg and Bean in Margate. When we initially began these weekly meetings, the decision was taken to match the amount of the bill, and to allocate the funds raised towards helping people in need.
One particular morning, somebody jokingly implied that in these tough times with having to pay the MBA, NHBRC, SARS, FEM, CIDB and just about every other letter in the alphabet, it's the members who are the ones in need. This prompted those at the table to reflect on how abundantly blessed they are and how easy it is to get caught up in the day to day running of their businesses.
It was decided there and then that a breakfast would be arranged for all members in the region, to convey a message of hope that we are still living with abundance and to remind ourselves to embrace life.
The breakfast was held at Port Shepstone Country Club with a 150 people in attendance. The Country Club is well-known for its fine breakfasts and a good time was had by all. Five lucky draws were held and winners walked away with some impressive prizes donated by members and sponsors:
- A week long holiday for 6 donated by Club Leisure in Durban
- A power toolset donated by Builders Express South Coast Mall
- A computer sound system donated by Vidicom Shelly Beach
- A ladies cycle jersey donated by Mark Bolton
- A Hamper donated by Oddities
- Beauty treatment donated by Body Essen's
- A Flower Bouquet donated by Umtendy Properties and Rude Paris
André du Toit spoke about the Global Economy and how it's impacting on South Africa. The GOOD NEWS according to André is that South Africa is extremely well placed and is among the best countries in the world, to be doing business in at the moment. He made it known that leading up to the 2010 World Cup; South Africa spent some 60 Billion Rand in new infrastructure and upgrading existing infrastructure. He also spoke of the announcement made by President Jacob Zuma that over 500 Billion Rand will be spent on new infrastructure projects. "500 Billion Rand is 'n groot nommer", and it is exceedingly encouraging for the industry going forward.
Everybody who attended the meeting left somewhat upbeat and in a positive frame of mind. The general consensus among members who attended is that it ought to become a regular feature on the Association's calendar.
Hans Stols | South Coast Regional Manager