News & Press https://www.safcec.org.za/news/default.asp Sat, 20 Jul 2019 00:04:36 GMT Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:44:31 GMT Copyright © 2019 SAFCEC SAFCEC State of the Industry Report Q1 2019 Now Available https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=443655 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=443655 The SAFCEC State of the Industry Report Quarter 1 2019 is now available for download.

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Team SAFCEC welcomes Kobus van Wyngaardt https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=440600 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=440600 Kobus’ journey in the field of health and safety began in 2006 when he was appointed as a safety officer at a mining project undertaken by Aveng Grinaker-LTA Earthworks Engineering in Middelburg, followed by various other projects around the country such as the Eskom Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, as well as the designated SHE Manager for contracts under Sanral’s Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. Kobus was appointed as the divisional SHE Manager for Aveng Grinaker-LTA Rand Roads where he oversaw all SHE related aspects prior to moving to the Mechanical & Electrical division as the SHE Manager on Projects including the Glencore Mine project and Eskom Kusile Power Station project, a position that included assisting with the development and implementation of risk reduction programs together with the development and implementation of Mechanical & Electrical SHE Management systems.

Kobus’ need to gain a better understanding of the role that SHERQ implementation and management plays in the construction sector has seen him actively seek out roles in civils, roadworks, manufacturing and building. He holds a master’s degree in Management of Technology and Innovation within Business Management, and whilst obtaining this qualification, simultaneously developed a risk reduction program for construction projects that improves aspects such as safety performance. An achievement that speaks to his personal mantra of “Through creativity and innovation, the problems of today become the opportunities of tomorrow”.

Team SAFCEC welcome Kobus into the SAFCEC Advisory Services fold. We are certain that in his role as SAFCEC’s National Advisor: SHERQ, his aspiration to ensure that the industry reduces all aspects of risk will be achieved through the provision of quality advisory service to members so that they may improve, apply and understand SHERQ management and risk reduction.

Kobus is based at the SAFCEC National Office in Bedfordview, Johannesburg and can be contacted telephonically on +2711 409 0900, or via email at kobus@safcec.org.za

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Tue, 5 Mar 2019 09:26:17 GMT
SAFCEC Annual Photo Competition Now Open! https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=412401 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=412401 div.gallery { border: 1px solid #ccc; } div.gallery:hover { border: 1px solid #777; } div.gallery img { width: 100%; height: auto; } div.desc { padding: 15px; font-size:x-small; text-align: center; } * { box-sizing: border-box; } .responsive { padding: 0 6px; float: left; width: 24.99999%; } @media only screen and (max-width: 700px){ .responsive { width: 49.99999%; margin: 6px 0; } } @media only screen and (max-width: 500px){ .responsive { width: 100%; } } .clearfix:after { content: ""; display: table; clear: both; } .auto-style1 { text-align: center; } .auto-style2 { text-align: center; font-size: small; }

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Wed, 8 Aug 2018 11:39:21 GMT
Call for Comment: Amendments to Construction Industry Development Regulations https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=374595 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=374595 SAFCEC News
The Minister of Public Works, in Government Gazette 41236 dated 10 November, invites comments on amendments to the Construction Industry Development Board, Act, 2000 (Act No. 38 of 2000).



These amendments to the Construction Regulations would make it possible for the Minister to give effect to the following cidb standards at a date of his choosing:
  1. Standard for Contractor Performance Reports (Grades 2 to 9)
  2. Standard for Developing Skills through Infrastructure Contracts
  3.  Standard for Indirect Targeting for Enterprise Development

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SAFCEC members wishing to comment on the proposed implementation (at the dates determined by the Minister) of these standards (not the standards themselves) should submit these on or before Friday, 01 December 2017 to Frikkie Oosthuizen, Executive: Contractual Affairs & Support Services via email to frikkie@safcec.org.za.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:18:44 GMT
SAFCEC CEO wins Continental Titans Building Nations Award https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=374093 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=374093 SAFCEC CEO, Webster Mfebe, receives the Continental Titans: Building Nations award in the category Building and Construction South Africa Webster Mfebe

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Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans: Building Nations, recognition for African leaders took place at Premier Hotel O.R.Tambo, Johannesburg

The awards are the leading African recognition programme honouring excellence in the private and public sector. The programme covers 23 economic sectors and has for the past seventeen years independently recognised those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their industry.

“Nominees undergo a rigorous multi-tiered judging process,” says Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive, of CEO Global. “Quality assurance is provided by our audit partner throughout the judging process and the highest possible standard is maintained. Those individuals whom have been recognised as winners in their field can be assured that they have truly excelled.”

According to Annelize, CEO Global’s recognition programmes dispels the notion that Africa has a paucity of innovative and progressive leadership talent. “There are tremendously inspirational stories at the core of each winner’s professional and personal life story. I am really very privileged to interact with these individuals. They deserve the admiration and respect they are afforded, particularly Lifetime Achievers who have often been absolute pioneers in their field.”

She also has words of encouragement for finalists: “To be recognised as a continental finalist is an achievement in its own right. You are without a doubt on the right path and we hope the recognition you have enjoyed spurs you on to greater things.”

CEO Global would like to thank its partners: UNISA graduate School of Business Leadership and Premier Hotel O.R.Tambo, without which this would not have been possible.

About Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans: Building Nations Awards

The mission of the awards is to identify and recognise Africa’s most influential male and female leaders. The nomination process for the Awards is an open process with no professional body affiliation required. Nominations are obtained from the business community and individuals during a nomination window which opens on 1 September and closes 31 December each year. During the course of 2016, just under 4000 nominations across the various sectors were received from across the continent for the 2017 awards.

The judging panel comprises leading figures from the business and public sector that have excelled in their own right and understand the demands made upon contemporary leaders.

The judging process consists of three tiers and is comprised of 24 representatives from across Africa. None of the judging panels are remunerated for their work and CEO Global extends its sincere thanks to Yvonne Finch (chairperson of the panel) and all the judges for the work they have done and the time they have sacrificed to make the programmes a success.

Broadly speaking the judges look for candidates who have made an impact on the profitability/sustainability of their organisation or that of their employer; played a leading role in the development of their sector; willingly developed those around them and invested of themselves in the upliftment of communities.

About CEO Global

CEO Global is a media company that has during the last 17 years focused on the identification of Africa’s leading talent and sharing their success stories. The company’s products include, CEO magazines, Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government, Titans: Building Nations, FLUID (Future Leaders under Individual Development) and Mentor Me 24/7. For organisations who wish to know more about these products please contact us 012 667 6623 or info@ceomag.co.za

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:48 GMT
SAFCEC CEO Address Annual National Conference 2017 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=370590 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=370590 Speech by the CEO of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors(SAFCEC), Webster Mfebe, on the occasion of its 78th National Conference, on 16 October 2017, Misty Hills Hotel and Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.



Programme Director, Victor Kgomoeswana
; Hon. Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe; Outgoing SAFCEC President, Thembinkosi Nzimande; SAFCEC Council Members; our conference sponsor, the CETA; SANRAL CEO, Sikhumbuzo Macozoma; guest speakers; captains of industry; SAFCEC members; distinguished guests; members of the media; ladies and gentlemen.

Congratulations to our SAFCEC Vice President for being crowned the Black Management Forum 2017 Manager of the year last week.


Ready to Deliver: Role of Voluntary Associations in the development of the construction industry


Let me now share with you some thoughts about the
  role of Voluntary Associations in the development of the construction industry, within the context of our conference theme: ready to deliver.

Historically, formal common interest associations appear to have become prolific during the
neolithic period (of, relating to, or characteristic of the last phase of the Stone Age), but to have subsequently diminished  in pre-industrial nations. The advent of the industrial revolution precipitated a new proliferation of a multiplicity of voluntary associations. Within this context, the modus operandi took a new dimension with a strong focus on uniting members on the basis of rational-legal sanctions. Modern voluntary associations (VAs) may contribute to social stability and cohesion as adaptive mechanisms for traditional institutions. They may socialize and support individuals caught up in the disorder of social change. They, therefore, act as crucial buffers between individuals and the state.

I am a proponent of the philosophy that says: Infrastructure investment in Africa should not only leave behind physical infrastructure but also contribute towards national developmental goals; economic development; job creation; localisation and skills development.


The Construction industry plays a pivotal role in South Africa's economic and social development. It provides the physical infrastructure that is the backbone of economic activity. It is also a large-scale provider of employment opportunities. According to the 2016 PWC report, the construction industry adds significant value to South Africa and its people. The monetary value received by various stakeholders is often summarised by companies in their value added statements.

  • Heavy construction employees represented 77% (2015:83%) of the value created.
  • More than 1.38 million people are employed by the construction industry, either on a contract or permanently.
  • The state received 11% (2015:9%) of value created in the form of direct taxes. However, the reality is that the state receives significantly more if one takes into account the tax on employee income deducted from employees’ salaries and net indirect taxes like VAT.

The role of VAs in the development of the construction industry is deeply anchored in the desire to collectively promote the common interests of their corporate members, enabling them to be ready to deliver professional construction services, thereby contributing to the attainment of the country's infrastructure developmental objectives and social uplifment. Corporate members have to navigate through a plethora of regulatory and social changes, and also deal with interest groups, which can either advance or frustrate the common interests of corporate members. No single corporate member can survive on their own without the collective industry voice and wisdom. 

We live in a world which is in a constant state of flux, a world which is referred to by some experts as WAM, world-after-midnight, also referred to as the Vuka World, whereby everything we knew before midnight has changed into a new reality after midnight. It is, therefore, the duty of voluntary associations, through their collective wisdom, to keep members abreast of new developments in order to adopt new systems and technologies for the development of the construction industry. Otherwise, the construction industry will be like the South African meter taxis that are still operating in the  world-before-midnight, whereas Uber is operating in the world-after-midnight. 

For example some of the new systems and technologies are:

  • Building information modelling (BIM): Building information modelling is an innovative technology and process that is revolutionising the way buildings are designed, analysed, constructed, and managed across the globe.
  • Demand for green cement : The global market for green cement is expected to grow to US$38.1 billion by 2024 from US$14.8 billion in 2015.  Green cement reduces the carbon footprint of construction activities through the substitution of cementitious industrial wastes. Africa is poised to become a lucrative market for green cement over the next few years due to growing trends in sustainability and energy efficiency for both buildings and infrastructure. In addition to these latest developments, the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has approved an impressive number of green star-rated buildings. So far, more than 230 formal green building certifications have been achieved in South Africa, mostly in the commercial property sector. Green building in South Africa is on an upward trajectory, enthusiastically embraced and led by the property sector, which is why the construction industry has no choice but to meet this exciting demand that makes complete business and environmental sense.
  • Solar and wind energy  South Africa’s renewable energy programme has attracted much international interest and is seen to become the global leader. A Norwegian company (Scatec Solar) that won three bids to produce solar energy in SA, has for example moved their headquarters from Germany to South Africa because of the potential of renewable IPP’s in SA. Wind energy is also gaining momentum in South Africa, with the proliferation of wind farms as part and parcel of the  renewable energy programme.

Therefore, there is a need for a drastic paradigm shift and join the WAM community, the Vuka World. Voluntarily Associations need to lead from the front. We need to ask ourselves a critical question: are our member companies meter-taxied or are they Uber-rised?  If we do not adapt to the pace of the Digital Revolution or third industrial revolution, which has now transitioned into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we might miss an opportunity for global competitiveness. As we might all be aware, the First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now, a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. Engineers, designers, and architects are combining computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering, and synthetic biology to pioneer a symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, the products we consume, and even the buildings we inhabit. In the case of Building Information Modeling (BIM), which I referred to earlier, engineers can now, among other things, with 3D modeling technology, oversee, direct and correct the construction of a building site in London, in real time, whilst seating in front of a computer in Johannesburg, thereby gaining some efficiencies in terms of time and cutting flight and accommodation costs, among others. Also the use of drones to gather geological information and monitor difficult and dangerous remote construction sites has become part and parcel of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Very soon clients are going to demand these new systems and technologies in their projects and we might be found wanting, resulting in foreign companies that are well equipped, completely taking over. And, we shall start behaving like the technologically ill-equipped meter taxis and protest against these Uber-rised companies by trying to prevent them from operating in our territory. However, it is encouraging to note that some of companies are already
  embracing some of these new systems and technologies.

Some individual companies still labour under the mistaken belief that they can go it alone and succeed within a very complex, fast-paced digitizing, and often uncertain business environment, without the benefit of the collective wisdom of the industry. The South African Construction industry can develop fast with shared knowledge and expertise, and constant benchmarking against international standards. We either innovate or evaporate! This will require us to be the WAM or Vuka World citizens, completely Uber-rised.

I therefore strongly believe that the Voluntary Associations (VAs) are strategically placed to ensure the development of the construction industry by enabling their members to be always
ready to deliver professional construction services to all their clients, both in the public and private sector. However, this will not succeed if VAs are not transformation torchbearers by actively encouraging their own established members to empower black owned construction companies.  Development for some is development for none. It is important to note that when you help someone up the hill, you get to the top, yourself as well. Development for some is development for none. From a SAFCEC perspective, we initiated and led a Voluntary Rebuilding Programme(VRP), which resulted in seven of our JSE listed member companies signing a historic agreement with the South African government to accelerate transformation in the industry over and above the Construction Sector Code commitments. As a result thereof, some companies have been partnered with established ones to grow their combined turnover up to at least 25% of the established company's annual turnover over a period of 7yrs. Some companies are on an equity model, for example, the former Murray and Roberts Construction is now 100% black owned and is called: Concor Construction. The Tirisano Trust Fund, has been established to receive and distribute the agreed R1,5 billion, appropriated each year from these companies, to among other things, help with funding for emerging contractors, bursaries for black engineers and artisans, maths and science support for schools and social upliftment projects in poor communities . How these funds will be accessed by interested parties will be announced by the Trust itself in due course after it has been fully established and ready to do so, in an open and transparent manner. Then again, all these positive developments and an all encompassing industry transformation drive will not be completely possible if policy uncertainty continues to bedevil this industry.

Honourable Minister Jeff Radebe, please ensure that your colleague, the minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davis, promulgates, without any further delays, the Construction Sector Codes that were long agreed by all stakeholders in May 2016. This unnecessary and punitive delay confirms the hard reality of policy uncertainty, with ghastly consequences for business continuity and employment as some companies are rendered uncompetitive for pubic sector contracts, based on a generic scorecard. It is ironic that the Chamber of Mines has cat and mouse court battles with the minister of Mineral Resources, Msebenzi Zwane, for lack of consultation on the Mining Charter, whereas on the other hand, all construction sector stakeholders have long agreed on theirs, in consultation with and supported by the Departments of Public Works and Trade and Industry. With due respect, Honorable Minister Radebe, only an insane investor will pour their money into an industry, whose applicable policies render it uncompetitive for public sector infrastructure projects. It is a retrogressive step in meeting the NDP targets of 30% of fixed investment by 2030. Who is going to build the much needed infrastructure when the construction industry is being suffocated to a slow painful death by policy indifference. We urge you, in your capacity as minister in charge of monitoring and evaluation of all government departments, to intervene decisively because as far as I am concerned, Honourable Minister Dr Rob Davis, is fast asleep on the job as far as this urgent matter is concerned. I don't think we need to wake him up with a court action as we, in the construction sector, prefer to solve matters with government amicably, but, if I need be, we won't hesitate to exercise our legal rights in an open and democratic society. Consequently, this unwarranted delay hampers the development of the construction industry in South Africa and the Voluntary Associations will simply be spitting against the wind in so far as leading efforts towards industry development.

Once more, thank you, sir, for honouring us
  by coming to deliver a keynote address at our 78th Annual Conference. Your respect for our industry doesn't go unnoticed, whist others are treating us with utter disdain.

I thank you

Webster Mfebe

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:37:00 GMT
SAFCEC CEO Address 78th Annual Presidential Gala Dinner https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=370309 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=370309 Speech by Webster Mfebe, CEO of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) on the occasion of its 78th Presidential Gala Dinner on 16 October 2017, Misty Hills Hotel and Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.



Programme Director, Peter Ndoro; Hon. Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa; Hon. Minister of Sport and Recreation, Thulas Nxesi; SAFCEC President and Council members; Our event sponsor PPC; Presidents, Chairpersons and CEOs of other construction sector organizations; Leaders of organized labour; Leaders of political and governmental organizations; Distinguished guests; Members of the media; Ladies and gentlemen.

Honourable Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on behalf of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), I wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for accepting our invitation to deliver a keynote address at our 78th Presidential Gala Dinner. Given your rich background in labour and business, and your co-chairpersonship of the Constitutional Assembly that ushered in the new Constitution of a democratic South Africa, you represent the best hope for many South Africans, who thirst and hunger for your wisdom and leadership to resolve the major challenges currently facing our young democracy. We are therefore looking forward to your usual thought provoking input and response to some of the topical issues facing our country.

I also wish to congratulate our newly elected SAFCEC President and all the deserving recipients of the SAFCEC Awards. Honourable Minister Nxesi, thank you for your leadership, activism and support for the construction industry, especially when it mattered the most during your tenure as minister of Public Works. We also congratulate and wholeheartedly welcome our new minister of Public Works, Honourable Nkosinathi Nhleko, whom we have also invited but could not make it due to prior commitments. We hope that he will not reinvent the wheel, but instead continue to build upon the solid foundation already laid by his predecessor. The new minister's immediate task from the construction industry perspective, is to ensure that his colleague, the minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davis, promulgates, without any further delays, the Construction Sector Codes that were long agreed by all stakeholders in May 2016. This unnecessary and punitive delay confirms the hard reality of policy uncertainty, with ghastly consequences for business continuity and employment as some companies are rendered uncompetitive for public sector contracts, based on a generic scorecard.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have already dealt with hardcore industry issues at the SAFCEC Conference earlier today at which the Honourable Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, delivered a keynote address. Tonight, I am going to share with you my thoughts about the state of affairs in our country, openly, honesty and unequivocally.

Let me now reflect on the relationship between economics and politics. It is a well known fact that economics is concerned with studying and influencing the economy. Whereas politics is the theory and practice of influencing people through the exercise of power, e.g. governments, elections and political parties, etc. Economics could, theoretically, be regarded as non-political. However, politics influences the macroeconomic environment within which an economy can either thrive or dive. Therefore, there is a love and hate relationship between politics and economics, especially if one considers the dramatisize personae within those systems in the form of politicians and business people.

The effect of the interface between politics and economics is that the two systems can either compliment or corrupt each other as we are currently experiencing in our own country. The complementarity aspect manifests itself in the pursuit of a shared vision of nation building and prosperity for all, by both the public and private sector, within the context of constitutionalism; whereas the corruptibility aspect manifests itself, among other things, in the capture of the state in direct contravention and perversion of the principle of constitutionalism, thereby extinguishing the hope and trust the majority of South Africans have placed in their elected leaders.

It can only be uncivilized; crude; savage and brazen individuals, who plot, plunder and pillage state resources wantonly and unworthily, with unmitigated greed and cruelty, aided by a seemingly unfettered access to state secrets and power in a blatant conspiracy with those entrusted with the supreme responsibility to constitutionally protect the nation's resources and sovereignty. These people are not authentic entrepreneurs but genetically modified instant millionaires and billionaires, who have been planted, grown, fertilized and incubated within an elaborate and intricate system and network of patronage for the benefit of a few individuals, their friends and families. It is not only corruption of prodigious proportions, but an unpardonable act of high treason of the worst kind since the dawn of democracy in our country. It requires a pointed and unequivocal response, which is driven by an unadulterated honesty and openness. And to this end, the immediate establishment of an independent judicial commission of inquiry into state capture becomes more urgent every passing minute. The Gupta Leaks saga is a shame on South Africa, a country which, since the dawn of democracy in 1994, has been regarded as a beacon of hope not only by developing nations but by the developed and advanced economies. Sadly, notwithstanding the fact that everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is in a deepest slumber, apparently hobbled by an inexplicable debilitating disease.

The pole position which South Africa has held since 1994, among its counterparts in Africa and beyond, on moral and ethical leadership is running the risk of being metamorphosed into distant oblivion.

We need active citizenry that constantly calls for the silencing of the guns of corruption that are brutally murdering the economic prospects of our country and the socioeconomic upliftment of its people. The private sector must also shoulder the blame for corrupting the public sector. Sadly, the working class become pawns and casualties of a corrupt relationship between business and politicians as they lose their jobs and livelihoods, especially when the tap that has been watering corrupt activities has been tightly closed, thereby rendering these businesses unsustainable. In this regard, it is gratifying to see the private sector taking stern action against its own as evidenced by the collapse of Bell Portinger, and the dismissal of the top brass of KPMG, among others. However, the main question remains: what is the public sector effectively doing, to stem the tide?

The December 2017 ANC's 54th National Elective Conference must help resolve the leadership crisis in the country, before it precipitates into a constitutional crisis.We are told by some commentators including some within the ANC that the two current front runners, Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Zuma, who have availed themselves to contest the position of president of the ANC are leaders of two factions. And therefore, there must be a third way in order to unite the ANC. I personally totally reject the narrative of the existence of factions by virtue of followers democratically supporting their chosen leaders. In essence, factions exist because of political ideological differences within a political party and in this regard, the ideological differences are absent from all contenders to the throne. Here is why: Political ideologies have two dimensions: Goal - how society should be organized; Method - the most appropriate method to achieve this goal. All these candidates share the same ideological goal of how society should be organized: to create a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society. They also share the same ideology of the most appropriate method to achieve this goal: the mobilisation of motive forces to achieve it. The motive forces are defined as those who stand to gain from the achievement of the stated goal. In short, all these candidates subscribe to what the ANC calls the National Democratic Revolution (NDR). Therefore, as I have already stated, there are no factions in the ANC as democratic contestation cannot not simply be reduced into factionalism. The codification of Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Zuma as leaders of two factions is, in my view, a deliberate strategy to illegitimately disqualify and sequestrate them from the ANC presidential contest, which is the ANC pole position to be come the country's president. All presidential candidates might only differ in their articulation of challenges and critical policy priorities should they be elected president, but not on political ideology. Even policies themselves are periodically reviewed and set collectively at an ANC Policy Conference. And these are then translated into government policy affecting all citizens, which is why all South Africans including the business community should take a close interest in what is happening within the ANC. The ruling party are current leaders of society and when they cough badly, we all catch a junk status flu. Internal democracy and stability within the ANC, through respecting its own constitution, policies, culture, tradition, norms and standards, is critical in ensuring national stability and strengthening national democracy, rule of law and the nation's constitutional edifice. Therefore, the surest way to distinguish ANC presidential candidates is the caliber of the company they keep and the extent to which they, themselves, are known not for populist rhetoric, but for emphasizing the supremacy of the country's constitution as the only framework within which to channel party political conduct and all other conduct. In the light of all this, what exactly is the state of play?

What we see in the ANC today is the perversion of the objective of the creation of a prosperous society, whereby powerful individuals, who constitute an inner circle, are pushing a secret agenda of creating prosperous individuals and families, not a prosperous society as envisaged in the NDR. Simply put, the ANC seems to have been infiltrated and infested by some thugs who masquerade as leaders; who confuse leadership with dealership and therefore use state power and authority to cut deals for themselves, their friends and families. This sorry state of affairs has a negative impact on the economic prospects of our young democracy and we are already suffering, among others, the consequences of a junk status from two ratings agencies. Business confidence is very low and this, among other things, affects investor appetite to invest in the economy, the corollary of which is sluggish economic growth and low employment. If we are to be counted as thought leaders in business and society, we cannot keep our mouths shut when our economy is being dragged down the drain by, among others, policy uncertainty and fractious politics within the ruling party, and between itself and its alliance partners. Oftentimes, we are wrongly told to shut up and not to interfere in politics. Of course as business people we are not politicians, but we are part and parcel of the motive forces who stand to gain from the achievement of the objectives of the NDR, through the creation of a prosperous society as we are the ones responsible for growing the economy and job creation, provided that the macroeconomic environment created by governing politicians is conducive thereto. Besides, as business community, we are social partners with government, labour and civil society organisations, to ensure that together we advance the interests of our country and its people so that we do not degenerate into a failed state. And that our beloved country does not become a kakistocracy, which is a government by the least qualified and most unprincipled individuals, although some may argue that we are already there. Thankfully, in addition to the rising levels of civil societal consciousness and activism, we have a strong and independent judiciary that acts as a bulwark against any attempts to defile our nation's constitutional edifice.

Honorable deputy president, ladies and gentlemen, let me now share with you what I think are the triple challenges facing state institutions in South Africa today.
These triple challenges are: JUNIORISATION, MEDIOCRITISATION and CAPTURE of State institutions. I also refer to them as the JMC Factor. They manifest themselves as follows:

JUNIORISATION
: Appointment of individuals with no track record; marginalization of experienced and loyal individuals; inexplicable meteoric rise of new and unqualified individuals; condonation of gross insubordination to seniors by politically connected juniors.

MEDIOCRITISATION: B
latant, unmitigated celebration and worshipping of mediocrity: "if the rand falls, we simply pick it up mentality"; setting the bar at its lowest in terms of entry and performance; orchestrated purging and persecution of excellent and loyal performers; lack of consequence management for glaring sub-standard performance; defiant retention, recycling and/or promotion of poor performers; willful dereliction of legal and/or constitutional responsibilities; unwarranted defense of legal and/or constitutional breaches by certain powerful individuals; grandiose denialism: failure to comprehend a crisis situation and lack of will and responsiveness to confront it head on; conflicting, incoherent,confusing and uncoordinated, sporadic policy pronouncements; low morale and skills flight of competent state employees; blatant disregard for the interests of those adversely affected by administrative decisions; undue and unwarranted interference in operational matters by oversight structures; capricious and unequal treatment of colleagues; wastage of state resources on deliberate and unnecessary duplication of effort; unhinged and indiscriminate misappropriation and abuse of state funds; gate-keeping at key institutions; arrogance of ignorance; arrogance of power; absentee leadership.

CAPTURE
: Orchestrated purging and persecution of loyal and honest people; appointment of surrogates in strategic state institutions as proxies to conceive, facilitate and implement the state capture project; emergence of genetically modified instant millionaires and billionaires, who have been planted, grown, fertilized and incubated within an elaborate and intricate system and network of patronage for the benefit of a few individuals, their friends and families; deliberate weakening and paralysis of key state institutions; abuse of state institutions to fight personal and factional battles; subversion and perversion of established rules to benefit certain individuals and their interests; falsification and fabrication of public interest reports to incriminate and/or humiliate targeted individuals and organizations; blame game on white monopoly capital as a new "wit gevaar" (white danger), akin to the apartheid era "swart gevaar" (black danger), in order to divert attention away from daylight looting of state resources and high treason of the appropriation of state power to unelected and illegitimate individuals; turning of a blind eye by relevant authorities on glaring corruption and brazen daylight looting of state resources.

Honourable Deputy President and your entire leadership core in government, the ANC and alliance partners, please urgently attend to these triple challenges of juniorisation, mediocritisation and capture of state institutions, so that our country's pole position as a beacon of hope for the African continent and beyond, in terms of its ethical leadership in democracy and economy, is effectively restored. Please help our country not to slide into a kleptocratic kakistocracy. Please help all public officials understand the honour and responsibility of leadership and that it must not be confused with dealership, with the intention to cut deals for themselves, their friends and families. This will also help guarantee whether the ANC as the governing party redeems itself to its former glory or devours itself into distant oblivion.

In conclusion, one of the greatest leaders of all time, Mahatma Gandhi , once observed:
"the world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed"

I thank you.

Webster Mfebe

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:47:26 GMT
SAFCEC CEO wins National Titans Building Nations Award https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=359006 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=359006 SAFCEC CEO, Webster Mfebe, receives the National Titans: Building Nations award in the category Building and Construction South Africa Webster Mfebe

Press Release: ceo GLOBAL Magazine
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Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans: Building Nations, recognition for African leaders took place at Premier OR Tambo Hotel on the evening of 3 August 2017.

The awards are the leading African recognition programme honouring excellence in the private and public sector. The programme covers 23 economic sectors and has for the past seventeen years independently recognised those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their industry.

“Nominees undergo a rigorous multi-tiered judging process,” says Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive, of CEO Global. “Quality assurance is provided by our audit partner throughout the judging process and the highest possible standard is maintained. Those individuals whom have been recognised as winners in their field can be assured that they have truly excelled.”

The SADC South leg of the recognition programme is the first part of CEO Global’s recognition programme that takes it around the continent to 8 regions. In each of these regions, country and regional winners are identified.

The regional winners automatically qualifying for the Continental Awards ceremony to be held in Johannesburg on 1 November 2017, where the continent’s leading man and woman from each of the 23 economic sectors will be selected from the regional winners.

According to Annelize, CEO Global’s recognition programmes dispels the notion that Africa has a paucity of innovative and progressive leadership talent. “There are tremendously inspirational stories at core of each winner’s professional and personal life story. I am really very privileged to interact with these individuals. They deserve the admiration and respect they are afforded, particularly Lifetime Achievers who have often been absolute pioneers in their field.”

She also has words of encouragement for finalists: “To be recognised as a finalist is an achievement in its own right. You are without a doubt on the right path and we hope the recognition you have enjoyed spurs you on to greater things.”

About Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans: Building Nations Awards

The mission of the awards is to identify and recognise Africa’s most influential male and female leaders. The nomination process for the Awards is an open process with no professional body affiliation required. Nominations are obtained from the business community and individuals during a nomination window which opens on 1 September and closes 31 December each year. During the course of 2016, just under 4000 nominations across the various sectors were received from across the continent for the 2017 awards.

The judging panel comprises leading figures from the business and public sector that have excelled in their own right and understand the demands made upon contemporary leaders.

The judging process consists of three tiers and is comprised of 24 representatives from across Africa. None of the judging panels are remunerated for their work and CEO Global extends its sincere thanks to Yvonne Finch (chairperson of the panel) and all the judges for the work they have done and the time they have sacrificed to make the programmes a success.

Broadly speaking the judges look for candidates who have made an impact on the profitability/sustainability of their organisation or that of their employer; played a leading role in the development of their sector; willingly developed those around them and invested of themselves in the upliftment of communities.

About CEO Global

CEO Global is a media company that has during the last 17 years focused on the identification of Africa’s leading talent and sharing their success stories. The company’s products include, CEO magazines, Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government, Titans: Building Nations, FLUID (Future Leaders under Individual Development) and Mentor Me 24/7. For organisations who wish to know more about these products please contact us 012 667 6623 or info@ceomag.co.za

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:30:46 GMT
Team SAFCEC welcomes Andile Zondi https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=356748 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=356748 * { box-sizing: border-box; } /* BASE STYLES */ body { font-size: 13px; } p { line-height: 1.5; } img { max-width: 100%; display: block; } .punch { font-size: 1.3em; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.2; } figure { margin: 1em 0; } .feature-block { padding: 0 1em 2em; overflow: hidden; /* clearfix */ } /* LAYOUT SPECIFIC STYLES */ @media all and (min-width: 28em) { header { float: right; width: 66%; } figure { float: left; width: 30%; } .body-text { clear: both; } /*inverted layout*/ .inverted header { float: left; } .inverted figure { float: right; } } @media all and (min-width: 40em) { .feature-block { margin: 1em auto; max-width: 60em; } .body-text { clear: none; float: right; width: 66%; } /*inverted layout*/ .inverted .body-text { float: left } }

 "I would like to see an industry that is thriving and inclusive of all who work in it"
- Andile Zondi
Regional Manager: SAFCEC KwaZulu-Natal

Andile Zondi

Team SAFCEC welcomes Andile Zondi as the latest team member who is #ReadyToDeliver.

As the former Deputy Chairperson of the SAFCEC KwaZulu-Natal Regional Committee and SAFCEC Emerging Member, Andile joins the team with an intimate understanding of the deliverables expected by SAFCEC members. With a National Diploma in Building Management, he started is career as a site engineer with Grinaker-Lta Building East. Three years later saw Andile move on to a concrete company as a Concrete Batch Plant Manager for a period of two years. Realising that he belonged in the world of civil engineering contracting, he seized the first available opportunity to re-enter the industry as the owner of NRT Construction for eight years.

Through his career path and experience, Andile brings with him a holistic understanding of the civil engineering contracting industry and its challenges. More than that, he is passionate about the industry with a mission to be instrumental in creating an industry that is meaningfully and sustainably transformed through partnerships between established and emerging contractors.

Andile is based at the SAFCEC KwaZulu-Natal Regional Office in Westville, Durban and can be contacted telephonically on +27 31 266 0173, or via email at andile@safcec.org.za

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Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:34:10 GMT
2017 Annual Photo Competition https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=353678 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=353678 body { margin: 0; } * { box-sizing: border-box; } .div { width:100%; padding:5px 10px 5px 10px; margin:3px 0px 3px 0px; } .auto-style1 { font-size: large; } .auto-style2 { color: #3B3B3B; } .img { max-width:100%; height:auto; }

The SAFCEC Annual Photo Competition is now open!

Send us your entries, and if we love your photograph, it will feature as one of the twelve selections in the 2018 SAFCEC wall calendar.

Entries from both industry professionals and photography enthusiasts are accepted and must portray civil engineering projects and/or people engaged in civil engineering activity in South Africa.

Competition closes Friday, 29 September 2017

CLICK HERE to find out more / enter
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Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:00:30 GMT
SAFCEC Emerging Member, Anelisa Fete, building a brighter future for all https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=347916 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=347916 * { box-sizing: border-box; } /* BASE STYLES */ body { font-size: 13px; } p { line-height: 1.5; } img { max-width: 100%; display: block; } .punch { font-size: 1.3em; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.2; } figure { margin: 1em 0; } .feature-block { padding: 0 1em 2em; overflow: hidden; /* clearfix */ } /* LAYOUT SPECIFIC STYLES */ @media all and (min-width: 28em) { header { float: right; width: 66%; } figure { float: left; width: 30%; } .body-text { clear: both; } /*inverted layout*/ .inverted header { float: left; } .inverted figure { float: right; } } @media all and (min-width: 40em) { .feature-block { margin: 1em auto; max-width: 60em; } .body-text { clear: none; float: right; width: 66%; } /*inverted layout*/ .inverted .body-text { float: left } }

Driven woman behind success of Bahlaseli Project Development making inroads in man’s world of construction .

Anelisa Fete

From the tender age of nine, Anelisa Fete, 30, had been bitten by the entrepreneurship bug, and sold sweets and fruit to make some extra pocket money.

Fast-forward 21 years and Fete is the woman behind an up-and-coming, yet reputable construction company in Port Elizabeth.

Even though she tried her hand at retail, selling imported clothes from China, before temporarily settling into an administrative job, Fete could not shake off the desire to be her own boss.

In an industry where opportunities for women are few and far between, Fete broke into the sector in 2010 when she registered her small, medium and micro-enterprise (SMME), Bahlaseli Project Development.

What is your core service?
Civil engineering, structural engineering, project management, transport management, housing and property management. We also provide social facilitation, community liaison services, consulting services and security services.

What made you venture into this type of service industry?
It was mostly because I wanted to make a living while creating jobs for others. The construction industry is a significant contributor to employment and growth in South Africa. I was also driven by insightful impact on our daily lives – the buildings we live and work in, the roads and bridges we drive on, the utility distributions system we use, and the railways, airports and harbours we travel from are all products of this vital industry. Investing in construction not only supports domestic economic growth and job creation, but also contributes to the creation of wealth for generations to come.

Describe how your business came about/how you became involved in entrepreneurship?
As a university student, I sold cigarettes on the side to make ends meet. After completing my diploma in 2009, I worked as an administrator. However, it was after the death of my mother that I realised I had to find ways to support my son and my two siblings, so I started to sell clothes and saved enough money to travel to China to get my stock there, In 2015, I grew tired of working with no security and decided to focus all my energy and time on my business as I had seen a gap in construction for women and young people, and I’ve never looked back.

What makes your business unique?
My good communication skills with stakeholders, as well as hard work, an excellent team and commitment.

What are some of the biggest inhibitors your business faced before even getting off the ground?
A lack of working capital is the major constraint at start-up. And the lack of investment funds also becomes a more important factor to deal with as time passes.

Any tips for budding entrepreneurs or new business owners?
Commitment, hard work and determination.

What are some of the biggest challenges in running the day-to-day side of the business?
Capital is the biggest challenge and lack of exposure to information that can help your business.

What are the some of the best practices that have made your business successful?
Impeccable time management and making sure I do everything on my diary for the day. And if I am not able to get to it, I make sure it is done the next day.

How did you decide on pricing?
The industry has standard rates and regulations that you have to keep abreast of. You cannot price randomly – you either stick with that price or price down to make your business more appealing.

What is your company’s vision? To establish itself as a leading SMME within the field of construction and security services.

What is your target market?
Government departments – provincial and national – and the private sector.

What are some of your highlights in running your business?
When there is no capital at times but there is a project, and you manage and deliver successfully with the tremendous support from family – to me that is my everyday success story.

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Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:52:52 GMT
SAFCEC Council member, Dr Thandi Ndlovu, finalist in 2017 Women in Construction Awards https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=346076 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=346076 * { box-sizing: border-box; } /* BASE STYLES */ body { font-size: 13px; } p { line-height: 1.5; } img { max-width: 100%; display: block; } .punch { font-size: 1.3em; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.2; } figure { margin: 1em 0; } .feature-block { padding: 0 1em 2em; overflow: hidden; /* clearfix */ } /* LAYOUT SPECIFIC STYLES */ @media all and (min-width: 28em) { header { float: right; width: 66%; } figure { float: left; width: 30%; } .body-text { clear: both; } /*inverted layout*/ .inverted header { float: left; } .inverted figure { float: right; } } @media all and (min-width: 40em) { .feature-block { margin: 1em auto; max-width: 60em; } .body-text { clear: none; float: right; width: 66%; } /*inverted layout*/ .inverted .body-text { float: left } }

 The 2017 Women in Construction Awards finalists include SAFCEC Council member, Dr Thandi Ndlovu in the category Women in Concrete: Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Women in Construction Awards aims to celebrate the achievements of women within Africa's construction, cement and concrete sectors, in addition to recognising organisations that support and contribute to their development in the industry. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 24 May at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

SAFCEC Council member, Dr Thandi Ndlovu - Motheo Construction Group CEO, has been nominated as one of six finalists in the category Woman in Concrete: Lifetime Achievement Award. This award acknowledges outstanding efforts and enduring contribution to the concrete sector.

This is not the first time that Dr Ndlovu has been recognised for her outstanding contributions. In 2013, she was awarded the Business Woman of the Year Award in the Entrepreneurs Category by the Business Women's Association of South Africa, and in 2014 received certificate of recognition for both 10 years of long service to South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) Gauteng, as well as for her selfless service as the President of SAWIC between 2002 and 2012. This was followed by the the Most Progressive SAWIC Gauteng Contractor in the same year.

2016 saw Motheo Construction walk away with more than a few awards at the Govan Mbeki Awards hosted by the Department of Human Settlements. The main purpose of the Govan Mbeki Awards is to encourage and re-enforce a culture of excellence within the housing sector in the delivery of integrated human settlements. Motheo Construction's awards included Govan Mbeki Awards KZN: Best Women Contractor; Govan Mbeki Awards KZN: Kwabejane - Best Rural Project - built by Motheo; Govan Mbeki Awards Northwest: Best CRU Project; Govan Mbeki Awards Northwest: Best Women Contractor; Govan Mbeki Awards KZN : Glebelands CRU - Best Community Units Awards - built by Motheo; and Govan Mbeki Awards KZN: Kingsburgh West and Welbedacht Projects - First and Second Informal Settlements - both built by Motheo.

In October 2016, Dr Ndlovu was elected to the SAFCEC Council, an appointment that she feels bears testimony to both the transformational role that Motheo Construction Group continues to play within the industry, and the esteem in which it is held by its major players.

SAFCEC wishes Dr Ndlovu every success in her nomination and are certain that she will continue to lead by example, shatter stereotypes and break down barriers.

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Fri, 19 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT
State of the Industry Report Q1-2017 Now Available https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=341344 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=341344  

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:09:13 GMT
Team SAFCEC welcomes Cobus Coetzee https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=332297 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=332297 Cobus' introduction into the field of health and safety came about some 16 years ago when working in Beeshoek in the Northern Cape as a safety representative. Realising that he was hooked, he actively pursued this field through training opportunities afforded to him by his then employer - a small construction company - who appointed him as safety officer in 2008.

He spent much of the following six years expanding his knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering projects, civil engineering projects, FMCG, manufacturing and chrome benefication.

In 2014, Cobus made the transition to provide integrated SHEQ services to large corporate companies in both the manufacturing and civil engineering industry. Soon thereafter, in 2015, he achieved a personal goal through his appointment as a safety manager on a large construction project in the Northern Cape. A challenging project consisting of building, housing, civils and electrical projects as separate sub-projects, and with a workforce of no less than 1,500 at any given stage. As his time at this project concluded, Cobus returned to providing consulting services in the area of safety, health, environment, risk and quality. This period provided Cobus with experience in auditing state entities.

Cobus' career has taken him as far afield as Zimbabwe and Namibia, and has ensured all round experience in all aspects of health and safety, from the shop floor to top management, as well as project phases from implementation to completion.

Team SAFCEC welcomes Cobus into the SAFCEC advisory services fold. We are certain that he will add value to all our members, and wish him well going forward.

Cobus is based at the SAFCEC National Office in Bedfordview, Johannesburg and can be contacted telephonically on +2711 409 0900, or via email at cobus@safcec.org.za

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:02:30 GMT
PPC extends support to SAFCEC in delivering on mandate to members https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=322279 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=322279 PPC is a long-established friend of SAFCEC, having sponsored our annual national event activities for many years.

A while ago, SAFCEC approached PPC to consider other forms of assistance to SAFCEC in delivering on our mandate to our members and the industry at large.

SAFCEC is pleased to announce that PPC have agreed to assist SAFCEC by way of a percentage of revenue earned from the sale of cement to bona fide (in good standing) SAFCEC members. Clearly, the greater the sales the greater the percentage.

Sales will be tallied up over a 12-month period, starting 01 January 2017.

The agreement between SAFCEC and PPC is not prescriptive. Members are free to use whichever cement supplier they choose.

All SAFCEC asks is, when ordering cement, you bear this arrangement in mind, since any income generated through the agreement will be used for the benefit of all SAFCEC members.

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Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:08:33 GMT
SAFCEC members shine at Construction World's Best Projects 2016 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=317994 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=317994 .auto-style1 { color: #8F7A5C; } .auto-style2 { font-weight: normal; } .auto-style3 { font-size: 12px; } .auto-style4 { font-size: 11px; }

The 15th Annual Construction World Best Projects Awards were held in Johannesburg on 9 November. These awards recognise excellence in the planning and execution of projects and has become a highlight on the construction industry’s calendar.

Attended by representatives from the industry, it is gives peer recognition to winners. This issue of Construction World is a special Best Projects issue and ensures that entries and winners get even wider recognition.

Best Projects is the only construction award that recognises excellence across the entire South African construction world, from civil engineering and building contractors, to specialist contractors and suppliers to professional services.


Entries were judged according to the following criteria: -

Categories A1, A2, A3, B, C, D and E:

  1. Construction innovation technology;
  2. Corporate social investment;
  3. Design innovation;
  4. Environmental impact consideration;
  5. Health and safety;
  6. Quantifiable time, cost and quality; and
  7. Risk management

Category B:

  1. Construction innovation technology;
  2. Corporate social investment;
  3. Environmental impact consideration; and
  4. Health and safety.

The following members were recognised at the 2016 awards: -

Category Project Member Place More
A1: Civil Engineering Contractors Majuba Rail Project Aveng Grinaker-LTA Winner Read more about this member
Rehabilitation of Bruma Lake Basil Read Highly Commended Read more about this member
A2: Building Contractors Mall of Africa WBHO / Group Five Mall of Africa Joint Venture Winner Read more about this member (WBHO)
Read more about this member (Group Five)
Mall of the South Aveng Grinaker-LTA Special Mention Read more about this member
A3: Civil Engineering and Building Contractors (outside SA) Kasane-Kasangula Villages Sanitation Project Aurecon (main contractor Unik Construction Engineering) Winner Read more about this member
Senqu River Bridge Project Stefanutti Stocks Lesotho Highly Commended Read more about this member
C: Professional Services Acid Mine Drainage Project: Eastern Basin Treatment Plant AECOM Highly Commended Read more about this member
D: Public Private Partnerships Savanna City Reservoir Basil Read Special Mention Read more about this member
E: AfriSam Innovation Award for Sustainable Architecture Rehabilitation of Bruma Lake Basil Read Winner Read more about this member

 

Read the full article here: Source: Crown Publications online | page: Best Projects Awards 2016: all the winners

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Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:25:03 GMT
SACPCMP CPD Revisions https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=260339 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=260339  
SACPCMP Draft Policy

SAFCEC is an accredited and acknowledged Voluntary Association of the SACPCMP. The recent Voluntary Association meeting revealed that the Council (SACPCMP) is in the process of reviewing their CPD Policy to align both to other professional bodies as well as the CBE.

This is an opportunity for SAFCEC to have its say in the CPD policy and influence it to suit our sector. The Policy has a strong academic focus, however it is felt that SAFCEC members should be able to prove and claim CPD for onsite project activity and experience.

Comments on this Policy may be forwarded to James Flint [james@safcec.org.za] for inclusion, preferably before 30 November 2015.

View Policy

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:35:17 GMT
State of the Industry Report Q1-2015 Now Available https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=227505 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=227505    Click here to view report ]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:14:43 GMT Youth in Construction 2015 Expo https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=220352 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=220352 In his word of welcome at the 2015 Youth in Construction Expo, SAFCEC CEO, Webster Mfebe highlighted the pivitol role that the expo plays in the construction industry. He emphasised that the annual expo is an important occassion in not only the generation of social capital, but also provides tangible experience for youth, feel and character in the construction space. | Read more |
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Sun, 8 Mar 2015 22:01:44 GMT
SAFCEC President, Thembinkosi Nzimande addresses key challenges & making a positive impact in 2015 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=212703 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=212703 SAFCEC President, Thembinkosi Nzimande addresses the key challenges and making a positive impact in 2015

I would like to thank Mr Norman Milne and Council members for their leadership and support culminating in my appointment as SAFCEC President at AGM.
No industry has a higher direct impact on the fortunes of the country like the construction industry. The thread across the NDP is infrastructure investment enabling economic growth and competitiveness. The other thread is the social paradox that runs across our nation of 1st world and 3rd world all in one; here too our industry is the foot soldier for unraveling the paradox. We have to show leadership and avail ourselves to co-create the solutions for the delivery of the National Development Plan’s infrastructure programme.

In our engagements with key stakeholders and clients there are a number of positive perspectives around the different models for packaging and contracting projects, however the onus is still on us to nurture the relationships that enable the industry’s bottom up knowledge and capability to be a trusted positive contributor in the highest seats of infrastructure development and planning. This is a challenge I take up with our ManCo, and a challenge I put to all the regional management committees.

Sites are a contractual boxing match, when I step on site my boxing gloves are more relevant that my hardhat as the ability to go toe to toe on contractual management will determine the company’s success or failure on that site and thus the project itself. Generally where there are high quality documents, even handed contracts and collaborative planning those projects have a higher probability of success in terms of on budget and on time.
The contractual eco-system has to work for clients and contractors towards the common goal of project success. Contractual harmony on construction sites is probably an impossible goal but one that incremental improvements towards it, is of immense value to contractors and clients. There are a number of stakeholders that are our core partners in the unending journey towards contractual harmony, stakeholders such as CiDB, Consulting Engineers, Treasury, Clients etc.

Financial viability of construction companies has become a concern especially in the regions and our smaller to medium companies. There are positive developments and pronouncements on the issue of payment to contractors, however we need to continuously engage with this matter until our members experience an improvement on the ground.
I also intend to open more dialogue on the issue of funding and finance instruments with clients, formal banks industry body and the DFI’s – (development finance institutions) on solutions for construction industry in context of the nature of construction and its challenges. While the issue of margins and rates etc. is a company specific competitive issue there is a broader discourse to be hand around the factors that lead to unprofitable construction contracts, which have put a number of companies in distress.
As the New Year starts I am humbled and energised by the challenges and responsibility that members have entrusted to me at AGM. I look forward to working my ManCo and the regions to make a positive contribution to the industry. I wish all our members and the construction community a productive new year and will see you soon in the regions.]]>
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:10:07 GMT
Construction Sector Charter Scorecard | Update on Alignment Process https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=200783 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=200783 Since the last communication, the first alignment meeting between the Emerging and Established sectors was held at the CSCC offices, on 1 October, with a further combined meeting on both 14 October at BBC Offices, and 15 October at the offices of WBHO.

SAFCEC held an interim update meeting on 8 October to brief the alignment committee on the preliminary positions tabled by the emerging sector on different elements of the scorecard. The SAFCEC position statement was again discussed in light of the above and minor amendments on position made.

In addition, in between the combined engagements on the 1st, 14th and 15th October the established Sector have held numerous detailed and lengthy meetings to confirm a common position in all different areas prior to engaging in combined negotiations. The established position statement is aligned to the SAFCEC position.

Sadly the negotiation process was halted on 15 October when the emerging sector left the negotiating table on the supposed threshold differences on the QSE scorecard.

The matter is receiving urgent attention and it is hoped that negotiations will assume in good faith in November, after clear engagement rules are agreed between both parties.

Please note: -
Comments on the Gazetted QSE Scorecard must be submitted by 10 November 2014 to Nomzamo Landingwe, email address 
transformation@safcec.org.za. This is extremely urgent.

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Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:25:05 GMT
Global Megatrends and Future Success Strategies https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=199803 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=199803 Read the latest opinion piece by SAFCEC President, Norman Milne on future success strategies. Click here]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:35:58 GMT SAFCEC welcomes Amos Mtephe https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=152383 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=152383 We would like to welcome Amos Mtephe to the SAFCEC team.  Amos has joined SAFCEC as the Regional Manager: North Branch on 1 January 2014. 

 

Amos has more than seventeen years’ experience having worked for some of the country’s major Petroleum and property development companies.  He joins us from the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market where he was Senior Infrastructure Manager for the past two and a half years.

 

Amos holds a BTech Structural Engineering from the University of Johannesburg.  He has also completed the Management Advancement Programme (MAP) with Wits Business School. He has several courses under the belt as part of on-going self-development and to keep abreast of industry developments.

 

This ardent soccer and rugby fan has joined SAFCEC running and is eager to take the North Branch region to new heights.

 

"My ambition is to service all SAFCEC North region members (big and small), with the three key drivers of Humanity, Harmony and Democracy as per the drive towards a New Organisational Culture,” comments Amos.

 

Webster Mfebe, CEO of SAFCEC, adds "Amos will play a major role in the future of our North Branch region and is charged with leading this region to new heights.”

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Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:16:30 GMT
Neville Gurry retires... https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=140957 https://www.safcec.org.za/news/news.asp?id=140957 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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