Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, 111th Annual General Meeting
On 12 June 2012 the KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association held its 111th Annual General Meeting at the Master Builders Centre in Westville. Vic Naidoo, of C&R Contractors KwaZulu cc, was elected to a second term as president of the Association and stated that he felt honoured to be granted the opportunity to continue serving such an auspicious institution.
In his state of the Industry Speech Mr Naidoo expressed concern with regard to the non-subsidy residential sector. It was noted, that the cost of building a home remained approximately 30% more expensive than buying an existing one. Consumers remain cash-strapped and the property market was relatively flat.
Mr Naidoo acknowledged that there have been some encouraging signs that indicate dialogue may be improving with regard to corruption and procurement bottlenecks. The consensus is that on the whole, the relationship between the building industry and its biggest single client, the state, is still far from where it should be. "We still need to see far more open engagement on all of the issues that detrimentally impact both sides," said Mr Naidoo.
The keynote speaker on the night was City Manager of eThekwini Municipality Sibusiso Sithole who gave an in-depth analysis of how the City intends investing in infrastructure and how all of its inhabitants are to benefit from it. He spoke of the plans for the expansion of Durban Harbour and how improving its capacity would bring with it new industry.
Mr Sithole recognized that the housing backlog is an area that requires urgent attention. He expressed concerns that the existing low cost housing model is no longer practical and that they need to look at spending more per unit, in order to produce sturdier structures.
The City Manager accentuated his commitment towards rooting out corruption and gave an undertaking to ensure that in future, tenders will be awarded to capable contractors, who were committed to advancing skills development. He was firmly of the view that economic freedom is achieved when people have the skills and ability to generate income. "To define the objective, we need to develop dynamic capabilities", said Sithole.
The Association Executive Director Vikashnee Harbhajan expressed that the commitment towards forward planning, anti-corruption and improving tender / procurement processes was welcomed by the building industry. The Association accepted the offer of engaging in strategic partnerships with a view to contributing towards the positioning of the city.
The Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Executive Council for the next term of office is as follows:
- Vic Naidoo of C&R Contractors
- Mogamat Behardien of NMC (Pty) Ltd
- Rob Bremner of G Liviero & Son Building Pty Ltd
- Chris Cusens of WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd
- Colin Cozens
- Ryan Benians of Bencon Projects CC
- Mike Becker of MCB Projects
- Ray Basson of Anthony & Basson Development (Pty) Ltd
- Moses Bam of Zenzulwazi Plumbing & Construction
- Joyce Dolly Tembe of Sakhisizwe Development Training
- Kevin Dicks of Dicks Construction CC
- Francois Louw of MET Builders
- Malcolm Mbanjwa of Kwambanjwa Carpentry & Construction
- Ash Maharaj of AVENG Grinaker-LTA
- Nompumelelo Mhlongo of Microvulintuthuko Business Enterprise
- Howard Schwegmann of Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN Pty Ltd
- Chris Nott and Notts Projects t/a Unicon
- Andrew Stewart
Ms Vikashnee Harbhajan, took the opportunity to thank the outgoing Executive Committee and staff for fulfilling the Association's mandate during the 2011/12 financial year.
Ernest Roper | Regional Manager Durban