Membership News – Your Association Working for You!
Thursday, 27 September 2018
Posted by: Tasveera Singh
The Association actively engages with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the interests of our members are fully represented.
In September 2018, in addition to spearheading the establishment of the KZN Good Practice Committee, the Association engaged with a number of industry stakeholders across KZN Province.
In the Midlands, the Association met with the Chief Building Inspector for Msunduzi Municipality to assist with two key challenges that members were experiencing:
- Time delays experienced in the approval of submitted building plans.
- Communication between builders and the municipal building inspectors.
The municipality informed us that their approval process is committed to the following timeframes:
- Residential or submissions under 500 square meters – less than 30 days.
- Commercial or submissions over 500 square meters – less than 60 days.
It is important to note that these timeframes do not make allowances for snags identified on the drawings or referrals. Often delays are caused by the time it takes for the relevant changes and resubmission.Further meetings are planned to establish a regular dialogue that will assist in improving communication between inspectors and the contractors.
In Zululand, the Association attended the SMME Seminar & Exhibition where the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, provided insights regarding small business in South Africa. The Deputy Minister addressed the need to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take the first step. He advocated an enabling environment conducive to networking, exchanging of ideas and sharing of common challenges and encouraged SMME’s to grow their businesses by exploring new markets and finding credible partnerships.
The Association also engaged with the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast with regard to potentially forming a partnership to help to develop the skills and business acumen of small and informal contractors operating within that district. The Association has submitted a partnership proposal and is scheduled to meet with the Municipality in October 2018.
The Northern Natal Area Manager addressed Majuba TVET college motivating young students to make construction their career of choice. The Newcastle based college is steadfast in their commitment to producing skills required for the future sustainability of the industry and is hence an important industry role-player. The Association is currently assisting Majuba TVET College with placement of students amongst member companies to allow them to gain practical experience. We urge our members to assist on this matter.
Ernest Roper | Membership Services Manager