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Gravity Training Safety Bulletin

How long after a worker has fallen, should a rescue be completed? This is a question I often come across. The answer to which I cannot give. Each situation is unique. How high is the patient from the ground? How are they connected? What path do we need to take to get them to safety?
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National Safety Awards Support Construction Industry’s Drive To Put Health And Safety First

By Gerhard Roets, Health and Safety Manager, Master Builders Association North The Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) recently announced the winners of its annual National Safety Awards competition at its Annual Congress at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg on 9 September 2019. “We congratulate the winners – their example shows us all that excellence in safety is
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Building confidence at 20-year low

The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index fell to a multi-year low of 22 in 3Q2019, from 29 in 2Q2019. The current level of the index indicates that close to 80 per cent of respondents are dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions. Five of the six sub-sectors surveyed reported lower confidence, led by a 22- index-point drop in
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MBSA Congress 2019 Delivers In Tough Times

“Given the current climate in which the construction sector is operating, with recent closures of numerous construction companies, unprecedented job-losses and non-payment of contractors, Congress 2019 unfolded extremely well,” said Mohau Mphomela, Executive Director of  MBA North. “To be able to still run a successful Congress in these tough economic conditions is certainly a notable
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Construction Sector Mourns The loss Of Dr. Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu

The owner of Motheo Construction – the largest female-owned construction company in South Africa – Dr. Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu tragically passed away in August following a car accident. Establishing Motheo Construction Ndlovu obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of Zambia in 1984 and obtained an MBChB from the same university
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What are the biggest risks in running a business in the current SA economy?

Expect 2019 to be a rocky ride that results in frustratingly little economic reform and only slightly better growth. 2019 will be incredibly noisy — primarily given an election, ANC infighting and a jam-packed first quarter of legislative moves – not to mention the ongoing threat of the “construction mafia” and its negative impact on
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Tendering successfully in the 21st Century

By Jürgen Visser, director of JSV Consulting Tendering or bidding for Government Contracts in South Africa can seem like a daunting exercise in today’s times as Government is currently adopting technology to improve the efficiency and reach of the e-procurement process with a majority of parastatals still using the old system of newspaper advertising and
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Checklist for Homebuilders

What do you need to have in place in order to start a homebuilding project? This checklist compilation will help you to plan and execute your project. 1. Establish your financing ahead of time Your budget is one of the single biggest factors that can determine the progress, quality and scope of your project –
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2019 MBA North Regional Safety Competition Entries Are Open

The MBA North regional safety competition is sponsored by the Federated Employers Mutual(FEM) and is conducted free of charge for MBA North and FEM members. It is an opportunity for all members to improve the standard of their health & Safety systems and receive valuable feedback and assistance on where their systems fall short. It
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Your BBBEE Certificate Submission Is Required Before 30 March 2019

The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) sent out a reminder on 15 February that you are required to submit your latest (2019 and 2018) BBBEE certificates, scorecard and report – issued by an accredited Verification Agency that has authority to do so – to the CSCC. The CSCC emphasised that reporting is compulsory for all
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