Sanjeev Nirghin, Divisional Managing Director, WBHO KwaZulu-Natal Division
Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal annual awards event held on 1 October 2021 recognised excellence in construction and health and safety, coupled with the celebration of the Association’s 120 year anniversary.
The picturesque Collisheen Estate in Umhlali proved to be the ideal open-air venue for hosting a glamorous event suitable for COVID-19 protocols. Matching the splendour of the event, popular South African comedian and actor Dr Riaad Moosa was the MC and entertainer.
In his welcoming address President of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo applauded all entrants for their superior quality of work and commitment to health and safety, stating that their role in executing high calibre projects drives the sustainability of the construction industry.
The President further stated that considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed, it had been a challenging time for the industry, further compounded by the recent unrest in KZN and Gauteng. It was reiterated that the Association remained steadfast in its commitment to keep the Association and industry afloat during these tough economic times.
Mr Ngcongo also took the opportunity to commend the Association for its role in convening Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA). “This marked a significant shift for the South African construction industry, with some 36 organisations working in collaboration on joint industry solutions.”
Vikashnee Harbhajan, Executive Director of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal presented the recipients of awards and indicated that the Association celebrated entrants for demonstrating their unrelenting passion for Excellence in Construction and Health and Safety. Members received awards for the Health and Safety regional and national competitions and the Excellence in construction competition. Notwithstanding the challenging circumstances, a high standard of quality was maintained by member companies and Members do not waiver on their commitment to Health and Safety during tough economic times.
Former Executive Director Pieter Rautenbach was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution and commitment to Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal for 32 years.
Special awards were presented recognising outstanding and positive contribution to the construction industry in KwaZulu-Natal. The Association congratulates the following recipients of special awards:
Award of Merit – Kevin Dicks of Dicks Construction CC
Award for Woman in Construction - Nokuthula Madondo of Khonzi Trading & Projects CC
Supplier of the Year- Hilti South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Safety Person of the Year- Benny Boyce of GVK-Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd
Supreme Award for Health and Safety- Form-Scaff Durban South
Supreme Award for Excellence in Construction - Stefanutti Stocks / Axsys / Simunye Joint Venture
Overall Winner- WBHO Construction KZN
The Overall Winner award celebrates a Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal member company, for demonstrating overall excellence in both the Association’s Excellence in Construction and Health and Safety competitions. Congratulations to WBHO Construction KZN for this outstanding accomplishment.
The Association extends sincere appreciation to its marketing partners for the event - Stefanutti Stocks (Pty) Ltd, Patcon Building & Civil Engineering Contractors (Pty) Ltd and Hilti South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
The Association salutes all its members!
Left to right: John Dorning, Contracts Director, Stefanutti Stocks Coastal | Luke Pillay, Branch Manager, Form-Scaff Durban South |
Pieter Rautenbach (Recipient - Lifetime Achievement Award)