Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal held its annual awards evening at the Durban International Conference Centre on Friday 28 October 2016, where members of the Association were once again honoured for achieving exemplary standards in Excellence in Construction and Occupational Health and Safety.
KwaZulu-Natal based construction companies showcase their work and celebrate industry excellence at this prestigious event. Among the 500 delegates in attendance were members of the Association, award winners, industry stakeholders and government representatives.
President of the Association Mrs Dolly Tembe opened the gala event by conveying a warm welcome to all delegates. She honoured entrants in both competitions by expressing her sincere admiration and gratitude to those who strive to raise the bar with respect to industry standards. The president stated: "The Building industry prides itself on maintaining standards and this culture is promoted by the Association on an ongoing basis".
Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Safety Manager, Neil Enslin indicated that striving for excellence in Occupational Health and Safety is a very special calling reserved for those who are unrelenting in their commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of others. He went on to state that they do so by practicing Occupational Health and Safety to the highest possible standard and that the Association was extremely proud of them. There were 27 entries this year and sites were audited on more than 20 different elements consisting of over 1000 sub sections and that the majority of entrants scored upward of 90 percent.
Vikashnee Harbhajan, Executive Director of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal said that the Association champions excellence in construction in its quest to promote quality infrastructure development.
"As a key economic driver, the role of the industry cannot be overemphasised and it must be mobilised towards a culture of ongoing building excellence. This year there were 78 entries from 48 companies, recording a 70 % increase in entries and a 71 % increase in participation by member companies. This is testament to the fact that the Association is successful in championing excellence in construction", stated the Executive Director.
The Association has invested in several programmes in order to promote excellence in construction, and most recently its quality improvement programme, equipping the industry with the A - Z of building and other similar resources.
We congratulate the recipients of awards in all categories.
The following Special Awards were presented:
- Ian Charteris received the highly prestigious Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding and positive contribution to the KwaZulu-Natal construction industry.
- The annual award for Women in Construction went to Patricia Moodley of Globacon (Pty) Ltd.
- Supplier of the year was awarded to NPC Concrete (Pty) Ltd
- Safety Person of the year went to Krishan Chettiar of Patcon Building & Civil Engineering Contractors (Pty) Ltd.
The Supreme Award goes to the Overall winner for excellence in construction and this award was presented to WBHO Construction for Growthpoint Illovo.
Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal was honoured to present Thelma Pugh of FEM with a special Master Builders Recognition Award, in appreciation of her positive contribution to advancing and promoting Health and Safety in the construction industry throughout her illustrious career.
Adding to the glamour of the event was MC Damon Beard and comedy by Tumi Morake.