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Neville Gurry retires...

Monday, 30 September 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Micheal Steenkamp
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From Norman Milne, SAFCEC President

After serving SAFCEC for the past 4 years and 4 months, first as Contractual Affairs Manager, then as acting Executive Director and now as Executive: Contractual Affairs and Support Services  Neville has decided it is time for a quieter life and will be stepping down at the end of this month.

Through Neville SAFCEC has been a voice to be listened to and one whose opinion is valued. He has built up excellent relationships with clients, industry bodies and our members. I have attended a number of meetings with Neville and can vouch that in all his dealings he has only the best interests of SAFCEC and its members at heart.

He may not always have given the advice that we would have liked to hear but invariably he read the situation correctly and gave the correct advice.

He also tried repeatedly and, he assures me, often single-handedly, to wrestle the quadrangular golf trophy away from the regions, where they clearly spend more time nursing their handicaps than doing actual construction.

On behalf of all our members and staff I thank Neville for his contribution to SAFCEC and wish him the very best for the future.

Neville is not disappearing into the sunset just yet. The new Executive: Contractual Affairs and Support Services starts on the 5th of August and there will be a hand over period to introduce him to the members and the contacts that Neville has built up over the years.

More on the new Executive in the next newsletter.

The construction sector and more particularly the civil engineering industry has certainly been in the spotlight over the last 2 weeks with the Competition Tribunal hearings on the 17th and 18th July and then the Tribunal confirming the settlement agreements and fines concluded with the 18 companies who submitted applications.

As an industry body we again reiterate that we do not condone nor have we ever encouraged collusive or anti-competitive behaviour amongst our members.

I had hoped that the process outlined above would bring closure to the matter. However there is still talk of the CIDB conducting their own investigation and blacklisting the offenders, civil proceedings being brought against some companies and even criminal proceedings against certain individuals.

While these actions will run their course I fervently hope that common sense can prevail. The civil engineering industry is a national asset, the livelihood of thousands of people are at stake. The industry is key to the successful delivery of government’s infrastructure programme.

These companies have come forward of their own volition and made full disclosure. In addition they have warranted that such practices no longer exist and will never be repeated. They have put stringent compliance programmes in place to ensure that all employees are aware of what constitutes ant-competitive behaviour and the consequences thereof.

We should give them the benefit of the doubt.

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