This year’s 111th annual Master Builders South Africa Congress addressed several issues impacting the construction industry.

The annual Master Builders South Africa Congress was recently held on 1 and 2 September at the Durban International Convention Centre. Under the theme, Building South Africa together, experts in the construction sector addressed issues that impact the industry and the country at large.

Hon. Minister Jeff Radebe, the South African Minister for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, opened the Congress with a keynote presentation on infrastructure development. Government has invested over R1-billion per working day over the past year in local infrastructure development and the Minister highlighted some of the achievements that have resulted from this investment.

“My presence here today is a direct signal of our commitment as government and furthermore, speaks to the importance that we attach to your industry as a cog in a bigger wheel, that is the South African economy and how what you do, on various sites, helps us to deliver on our critical national objectives,” said the Minister.

Thabo Masombuka, CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) also gave a keynote presentation about the journey towards a transformed construction sector. During this presentation, he said that transformation is about the integration of all races and all genders towards the future growth of the industry.

“Transformation should be measured not only in terms of black ownership, but also the participation of women and young people. It should also be representative of the demographics of our society,” said Thabo.

Another highlight of the Congress was a panel discussion which comprised the Minister; Themba Dladla, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent; Webster Mfebe, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors; Dr Adrian Saville, Chief Strategist at Citadel Asset Management and Bonke Simelane, the Master Builders SA President. During this discussion, panellists looked at how sustainable partnership between national and local government and the building sector was needed to contribute to the attainment of national development goals such as unlocking economic growth, localisation, job creation and skills development.  

The 112th Master Builders South Africa Congress will be held in Cape Town in 2017.

For more information, contact the Master Builders South Africa on 011 205 9000 or via www.masterbuilders.org.za.