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Annual Master Builders Congress to build South Africa together

Now in its 111th year, the annual Master Builders Congress will be taking place from 31 August - 2 September 2016 at the Durban International Convention Centre, under the theme of 'Building South Africa Together'.
Annual Master Builders Congress to build South Africa together

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Jeff Radebe, will deliver the keynote address on the topic of ‘Building the South African Economy Through Infrastructure Development’. The topic will be unpacked further during a panel discussion in which the Minister will take part along with other role players including representatives from major construction companies in Africa, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, National Treasury and the South African Local Government Association. The panel will be moderated by popular television personality and journalist, Jeremy Maggs.

Itinerary and other speakers

The first day of the Congress will feature breakaway sessions where a variety of pressing industry issues will be discussed by panels comprised of members from different industry spheres.

Deliberating the topic of ‘Construction Occupational Health and Safety’ will be the Department of Labour’s Director of Construction, Explosives and Major Hazard Installation, Phumudzo Maphaha; CEO of the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Neels Nortjé; and Professor of Construction Management Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Professor John Smallwood.

‘Skills Development in the Construction Industry’ will be examined by a panel that includes the skills manager at the Construction Industry Development Board, Ntebo Ngozwana; a representative from the Construction Education and Training Authority, as well as heads of various Master Builder Associations’ Education and Training committees around the country.

A panel comprising the executive manager of Legal, Compliance and Enforcement at the National Home Builders Registration Council, Julia Motapola; CEO of the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions, Nomvula Rakolote; programme manager for Procurement and Delivery Management at the Construction Industry Development Board, Inba Thumbiran; and the secretary general of the Black Business Council in the Built Environment, Gregory Mofokeng, will be addressing ‘Regulatory, Contractual and Legal Matters in the Construction Industry’.

The second day of the Congress will see Thabo Masombuka, CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council, posing the question of ‘The Journey Towards a Transformed Construction Sector – Are We Getting There?’ This will be followed by Sonja Pilusa, CEO of the Construction Education and Training Authority, revealing the ‘CETA Sector Skills Plan for the Construction Industry’ and the Deputy Public Protector, Advocate Kevin Malunga who will focus on the issue of ‘Combating Corruption in the Construction Industry’.

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