The Association's programme of assisting and educating members on Occupational Health & Safety in the Construction Industry is one of the main member service initiatives undertaken by the Association for the benefit of members. The Association has been involved in the provision of Occupational Health & Safety assistance since 1964.
Historically it was recognised that contractors did often not have access to the very specialist knowledge required to ensure the ongoing health and safety of workers. In today's modern world, thankfully safety is a far more widely known concept and much more commonly practiced.
Nonetheless, many small up and coming contractors starting off their fledgling businesses, will not necessarily be aware of general health and safety requirements and best practice in this regard. By providing free services to these members, the Association not only ensure that these enterprises starting out have the assistance that will aid them in their survival, but a contribution is also being made to all the employees and workers involved in projects undertaken by these enterprises.
The Vuka Makhi Programme has grown from strength to strength. It was established with the view of grooming deserving learners from previously disadvantaged communities and taking them from education to employment.
Each year a group of 20 new learners from different communities within KwaZulu-Natal are enrolled in the programme. To date there are 80 participants in the programme, of which 40 are pursuing studies in institutions of higher learning while the remaining 40 are in Grade 11 and Grade 12.
Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal is committed to the development of emerging contractors by providing a platform wherein they can learn and achieve their business goals. The Association will continue to facilitate development of emerging contractors in the construction industry through training and business enhancement interventions.
The 25 participants from KZN completed training and were allocated to mentors for six months. During this time both mentors and mentees discussed business goals and put together a structured programme in place to achieve those goals.
When the journey with the mentors has been concluded, participants enter the last phase of the programme which is adopt-a-company. This phase entails participants being linked to larger companies with projects underway where they will gain practical exposure to onsite operations and gain relevant experience. This assists participants exiting the programme as they are more likely to conform to the industry standards and best practice.
Sonqoba Motha’s Building Construction won the Excellence in Construction Award in the Emerging Contractor category at the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Annual Awards 2017.
The Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Bursary Fund’s primary aim is to enable young people who have chosen a career in construction. The object is to address the current and future skills shortage and promote the construction industry.
Seventeen beneficiaries were supported this year comprising ten females and seven males. In addition, six Foreman were also supported in the National Certificate in Supervision of Construction Processes. Two beneficiaries previously supported by the Association have since completed their studies.
The Master Builders Association of KwaZulu-Natal has been the primary driver and source of Funding to an HIV/AIDS awareness training and prevention project for the past 4 years. Focusing on the construction industry in the province, the Association has adopted a two pronged approach in its contribution to the solution.
We have an Awareness Training module which focuses predominantly on the significant numbers of workers in the industry. This module concentrates on the causes of HIV / AIDS as well as addressing the myths surrounding the disease, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and avoidance measures.
Simultaneously, we provide a Management Training Module which concentrates on Supervisors, Foremen and various levels of management. This module puts emphasis on the fair treatment of sufferers of HIV/AIDS. It highlights legislative requirements e.g. Employment Equity Act, Occupational Health & Safety Act as well as the Labour Relations Act. The issues of compassion and the impact on productivity, training and absenteeism are explored.
To-date, we have trained 150 management personnel at different levels. This type of training also includes General Secretaries of key Trade Unions in the construction industry in KZN Province. We have also trained 3600 employees on the Awareness programme. The HIV/AIDS training is not confined to our member enterprises but expands to any Manager or Employee in the building industry.
Some employees have volunteered for testing. Follow up sessions are held with groups in order to get feedback regarding on-the-job implementation. Constructive feedback is received and where necessary, minor adjustments are made to the programme.
The National Construction Week of the Department of Public Works focuses on the importance of the construction industry as a national asset and its critical link to skills development, infrastructure creation and service delivery. Following the success of the 2008 exhibition in Gauteng, the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), the SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), the SA Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) and FET Colleges are repeating the initiative of this unique exhibition. The 2009 Youth in Construction week will compliment the National Construction Week of the Department of Public Works and will be hosted in Gauteng, Cape Town and Kwa-Zulu in 2009.
The Youth in Construction initiative is the result of collaboration between Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), the SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), the SA Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal and FET Colleges in support of the National Construction Week, brought to us by the Department of Public Works.
The 2010 event took place over the period of the 3rd and 4th of August in an open warehouse at the Department of Public Works in Durban and saw over 3500 school learners, pass through its doors.
Like all organisations, the Master Builders Association of KwaZulu-Natal is a corporate citizen that lives in a state of interdependence with other citizens and members of society. As such the activities and attitudes of the Association affect the lives of other members of the society which it shares with them. In turn, the activities and attitudes of these members of society affect the Association.
The Association supports the principal of equality, recognising that all are ultimately united, even in their diversity. Due to a range of factors, many of which are historical, society as it is today has not yet reached a state of equality. It is an unfortunate fact of life that not all have equal access to resources and this lack often creates hardship.
The Association believes that it has not only a moral responsibility to contribute towards the betterment of those who face such hardship, but that a well structured and considered contribution can actually build a better society, with better systems, which can in turn positively affect the lives of many people in the future.
The Association therefore seeks to empower the people to which it contributes, ultimately enabling those people to, in turn, contribute positively to the society. Education and the imparting of constructive knowledge is therefore seen as an integral and essential element of the corporate social responsibility initiatives in which the Association participates. In this way we hope to positively affect many more lives than just those of the people we can touch.