04 December 2017
Posted by: Ernest Roper
Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal exists to represent the interests of its members and has been involved in several high level meetings pertaining to matters that have a direct impact on our industry:
1 Outstanding Payments
The Association became aware of members having problems with progress payments on construction. The implementing agents when approached by the Association advised that they were not being paid by the Department of Education and therefore could not meet the progress claims lodged by our members.
The Association met with Provincial Treasury on 7 November 2017. The intention of the meeting was to seek ways to address and expedite outstanding payments to our members, amongst other matters. The Association immediately requested members to submit details of delayed payments and a comprehensive list was supplied to Treasury on 8 November 2017.
We are pleased to advise that this intervention by the Association has led to payments made to our members with additional payments on the horizon in January 2018. The Association is submitting an updated list of outstanding payments to provincial treasury on a monthly basis. In addition to the above, Treasury will be working with the Association by presenting workshops for all members in the new year on the new Preferential Procurement Regulations.
Members are urged to continuously report non-payment to the Associations Building Services Manager, Ross Stembridge. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
2 CIDB - Standard for Health & Safety Plans and Auditing and Primary Health Assessments
On 22 November 2017 the Association, represented by Neil Enslin, Health and Safety Manager attended a CIDB Industry Stakeholder meeting at the CIDB offices in Pretoria. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the following:
– Standard for Health & Safety Plans and Auditing
– Standard for Primary Health Assessments
It was intended that it be submitted to the CIDB Board for publication and ultimately sent out for public comment:
Standard for Health & Safety Plans and Auditing Requirements
- The document will be a guideline and not a standard.
- The document was intended for Clients not Contractors.
- The content will be the used to set the requirements for the consolidated file to be handed over at practical completion.
- CIDB will make the changes as per recommendations of the committee and will meet again in 2018 to finalize, before submitting for public comment.
Standard for Primary Health Assessments for Construction Works Contracts
After lengthy debate, this document was rejected by the committee and the CIDB was tasked to look at Occupational Health Assessment, instead of Primary Health Assessment. As with the above-mentioned, it will be discussed further in 2018.
The CIDB will take recommendations on both these standards, make the necessary changes to it and revert in 2018. Only then will it be submitted to the CIDB Board for publication and subsequently sent out for public comment.
The Association will keep its members updated on this matter.
3. CIDB – Draft Prompt Payment Standard
The Association, represented by Ross Stembridge, Building Services Manager attended a CIDB consultation on the Prompt Payment Standard.
The CIDB stated that once the Standard was published, their focus would be on getting all client bodies to accept this standard. They would welcome any incidences of national, provincial and local government not using the standard being reported to them. The general consensus at the meeting was that this Standard is desperately needed in the industry as the industry cannot survive in the long term without its implementation.
A final draft would be compiled for ratification in February 2018.
4. Infrastructure Development
The Association was invited to attend the opening of Dumisani Makhaye Drive on Saturday, 2 November 2017 at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium . Durban Area Manager, Bonga Dube represented the Association at the event. The project was a 15 year, R1,3 billion undertaking to ease the traffic congestion on the N2/N3 interchange by providing an alternative route to King Shaka while also connecting the communities of Newlands, KwaMashu, Inanda, Claremont and Pinetown. The project was awarded a technical excellence prize in the 2017 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) regional awards. The event was attended by several key dignitaries including President Jacob Zuma, Premiere Willies Mchunu and the Mayor of Durban, Zandile Gumede.
The notable successes on this project was the awarding of 198 contracts to black-owned enterprises of which at least 81 were registered on the Vukuzahke Emerging Contractor Development Programme. The value of these contracts being in excess of R205 million and adding a lot of value to economic development in the region.
Members will be kept abreast of developments on Membership Matters.
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