The construction industry is a major employer in any growing economy. Within the South African context, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape has established a proud tradition of producing skilled and semi-skilled people who have worked on major projects all over Southern Africa through training initiatives.
The resurgence of violent #FeesMustFall protests in 2016, following the Minister of Higher Education’s announcement of an 8% university fee increase for 2017, has created concern amongst matriculants about their studies next year.
Building refurbishment projects are always a challenge. Unlike new builds, contractors are usually confronted by a host of “unknowns” that require careful planning and, just as importantly, the ability to adapt quickly to keep these projects on their critical paths.
Although President Jacob Zuma has recently announced that there will be no increase in fees for the 2016 academic year, 62% of South African students taking part in the 2015 PPS Student Confidence Index (SCI), say that they believe the cost of tertiary education in the country is too high.
In his recent State of the Nation Address, president Jacob Zuma said, "In 2012 we unveiled the National Infrastructure Plan, led by the President through the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.
The Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC), a registered trade association for employers in the building industry, has welcomed the Infrastructure Development Bill that was recently introduced to Parliament by Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel.
On Wednesday the 28th of August, a few hundred members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) marched to the offices of the Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) where they handed over a memorandum of their grievances against employers in the construction industry.