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National Federation for Building Trade Employers Building Trade Employers

Master Builders South Africa was founded as the National Federation for Building Trade Employers (NFBTE) in 1904. Over the past 108 years, MBSA has survived and flourished and still plays a meaningful role in today’s fast-track world. The Federation’s initial aims were to unite the contractors of the day to gain better bargaining power with
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BIFSA born out of the NFBTE

The NFBTE itself faced change and there was a growing sense among members of the national organisation that its name was no longer representative of the building industry it now represented. Moreover, the name was cumbersome and did not clearly identify it as a Federation for builders. Much to the chagrin of some of the
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Master Builders South Africa

When BIFSA celebrated its centenary at a gala dinner held at the International Convention Centre in Durban on 23 March 2004, 100 years to the day that the NFBTE was formed, it was a radically changed organisation not just in name but in structure as well. Master Builders South Africa was the new name for
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