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Master Builders
Master Builders: The Northern Cape Master Builder Association recently held its annual president's dinner at the Hofie Park Hall. During the function several awards for outstanding safety practices in the building and construction industries for 2012/13 were handed out. The recipients of these awards were (above, from left) Herman Pretorius (HSH Construction), Leonita Weichman (Kobus Duvenhage Bouers), Ben Fourie (HSH Construction), Gert Snyders (Edidor Construction) and Michele Buckle (Olivier Konstruksie)
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NC-MBA elects new President

At the Northern Cape Master Builders Association’s (NC-MBA) annual general meeting held in Kimberley recently, Keith van Rensburg was elected as President. Herman Pretorius was elected for a second term as Vice President.

Their inauguration, which  took place at the NC-MBA’s annual dinner the same evening, was conducted by outgoing President Eddie du Toit  and Executive Director Vic Smailes. The function also incorporated the association’s 2012 Regional Safety Awards.

The event was well attended by association members, office bearers, and key industry  dignitaries from across the country, amongst whom were Tumi Dlamini – Executive Director of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA), Pierre Fourie – Operations Director  - MBSA, and Rod Mountford – Director of the South African Reinforced Concrete Engineers' Association (SARCEA).

Sponsors for the event were Peri South Africa, RMD Kwikform, and Simeka.



Caption: Keith van Rensburg, newly elected President of the NC_MBA

Kobus Duvenhage Bouers shines at the MBA NC Safety Awards

The Northern Cape Master Builders Association recently held its 69th AGM and Kobus Duvenhage Bouers was announced as the winner of the Safety Award in the R10 – R20 million category of the Regional Safety Competition for 2012 -2013. Kobus Duvenhage Bouers received this award for the Upington Airport Project.

Kobus Duvenhage Bouers and Inkuba Ready Mix were also announced as the winners of the Safety Award in the Plant and Storage Yard Category.




William Olivier, Vic Smailes - Director NC-MBA and Riebeeck Olivier of Olivier Construction winners in the R50-R120 million category

Skills development a priority

Keith van Rensburg – President, Northern Cape Master Builders Association

Following his inauguration as President of the Northern Cape Master Builders Association, South African Builder spoke to Keith van Rensburg about his views for the future.

“Training is one of the most important issues,” said van Rensburg. “We need to engage with the Department of Education to establish some sort of subsidy to enable us as the Northern Cape Master Builders Association to install and operate a skills development and training function for our members in the region.”

van Rensburg indicated that such a programme would of necessity exclude the Construction Education Authority (CETA) which is still under administration. Instead the training responsibility should be diverted from CETA to the NC-MBA, and ultimately, at national level to be operated by Master Builders South Africa.

He pointed out that, until recently, the Northern Cape was known to produce the best artisans and joiners from the NJ Heyns trade school in Kimberley. But the school no longer provides these courses and a severe shortage of artisans is now the result. In addition, training institutions in Bloemfontein and Kimberley have all been closed down as they were not being paid.

On strengthening membership, van Rensburg said: “Although our membership base continues to remain very stable, we do need to sustain the industry with mature contractors. We also need to bring emerging contractors into the NC-MBA fold to help promote their capabilities and create exposure for employment, as well as to assist in training them in business management.”

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Kobus Duvenhage Bouers shines at the MBA NC Safety Awards

Kobus Duvenhage Bouers recently entered a Health and Safety Competition launched by The Northern Cape Master Builders Association.

On 23 July 2014 Kobus Duvenhage Bouers was announced as the winner of the Safety Award in the R10 – R20 million category of the Regional Safety Competition for 2013 - 2014. Kobus Duvenhage Bouers received this award for the Updustria Park Project in Upington.

Kobus Duvenhage Bouers were also announced as the winners of the competition in this category in the previous two years.
 

Standing from left to right: Klasie Basson (KDB Project Manager: Updustria Park) Peter van As
(KDB Health- and Safety Officer)

 

Klasie Basson & Peter van As are very proud of the their team who made it possible to win this competition.

Standing from left to right: Vic Smailes (NC MBA), Herman Pretorius (President of NC MBA) and Klasie Basson (KDB Project Manager: Updustria Park Project)

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SANBS

SANBS's continuous need for blood and the blood shortages experienced through parts of the year made Kobus Duvenhage and his personnel decide to become regular blood donors. On 19 February 2015 we donated 14 units of blood to SANBS.
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Paraplegic House
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House for two disabled women
During 2012 the special needs of a disabled mother and her disabled daughter from Louisvaleweg in Upington, came to the attention of Kobus Duvenhage. He offered to build a house specifically designed for the two women’s needs. The Local Municipality made a plot available, a few businesses in Upington donated building material and Kobus Duvenhage Bouers completed a house within six months. The house was designed and equipped with tools to simplify the lives of the two women. The Local Municipality and Kobus Duvenhage Bouers handed the house over to the two women during June 2012.

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Carpenter training
 

Training Presented by: Van Zyl Linde Carpentry Foreman

Making stop blocks and stands for those who need it

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Belle Rio Ontwikkeling
 

Ideal of Belle Rio

Agri living is realized
On October 3, 2011 is the final building contracts entered into by Kobus Duvenhage Building Contractor
24-7 Care.

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Peter van As: Health and Safety Officer Course
 

Peter van As has passed his Shemtrac Course as Health & Safety Officer with honors (88.7%

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Tuberculosis Campaigne
     

Mariska Zandberg, Clinic Personnel, Personnel, Florance Jack en Karien Joubert.

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Plumbing Development Day
 

The following topics are covered:

theory:
Expulsion of pipework,
measurements,
violence,
balancing systems,
sewage layouts,
hanging of toilets, sinks, urinals
basic geysers,
quality of work.

practical:
Welding - how to correctly violence and less flux, lead. How to prevent leaks. (Was very effective, none of the Plumbers to now correctly violence)

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National HIV Campaign
 
 

The Louisvale-weg Clinic visit all the building sites of Kobus Duvenhage Builders, as part of the National HIV Campaign.  Min. Zuma wants everybody in South Africa to know their HIV status.  If a persons HIV status are known, they can get the necessary treatment in order to maintain
a better standard of living.
The Clinic provide guidance regarding the following:

  • Methods how HIV are transferred from one person to another
  • How the HIV test works
  • How to maintain a healthy standard of living
  • If the person test positive, what the treatment should be

Volunteers was given the opportunity to be tested during working hours. 

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Annual Kobus Duvenhage Bouers Golf Day

Kobus Duvenhage Bouers (Pty) Ltd. in association with Peri Formwork Scaffolding Engineering (Pty) Ltd. hosted the annual Kobus Duvenhage Bouers Golf Day in aid of Non-Governmental Charity Organisations. The funds generated from this year’s golf day was donated to the Upington Moedergemeente congregation church to aid in the re-building of the church hall which was incinerated by a fire earlier this year.

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Kobus Duvenhage Bouers & Lumber City has joined forces to refurbish the Uppies Locker Rooms
 
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Gideon Coetzee and Theunis Swart were appointed at Kobus Duvenhage Bouers on 13 January 2014 as learner plumbers. Both learners received positive exposure under the guidance of Allan Black. As from 5 May 2014 until 27 June 2014 the learners received intensive training at PCD College in Pretoria. Both were successful in the basic and advanced training courses and will now undergo compulsory practical work for the following four years at Kobus Duvenhage Bouers. In June 2018 they will complete their training by writing a trade test and formally qualifying as plumbers.

Standing from left to right – Allan Black (Services Manager: KDB)
Gideon Coetzee, Theunis Swart and Kobus Duvenhage (Director: KDB)

   
 
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