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Operating a successful building, contracting and sub contracting enterprise is becoming increasingly demanding. Most enterprises simply do not have the resources to operate a business that is financially sound,

sustainable and compliant with the complex regulatory framework that exists today.

This is where Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal can assist you.  The Association has been in existence since 1901 and has the resources, infrastructure and experience to assist you in promoting, supporting and protecting your business.



Ernest worked for PostNet Southern Africa (PTY) LTD for 12 years and at different times throughout that period, held the post of Regional General Manager in three provinces. He has had his own IT Hardware supply and support business and was the managing partner in an online outdoor activity web portal venture. He joined Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 to assist in the Commercial and Online Department before being appointed Regional Manager for the Association's Durban region.

In 2012 have successfully applied for the position of Membership Services Manager where his roles and responsibilities include the following:

  • Overseeing the Association’s membership services and marketing initiatives, including inter alia general member contact, networking and events, member promotion, online services, website and public relations.
  • Management of the Association’s Regional Managers.
  • Performing, expanding and improving of Association services.
  • Managing and maintaining relationships with service providers.  This includes printing companies, publishers (print and radio), web developers, advertising agencies, event organisers, public relations consultants etc
  • Overseeing the Association’s advertising hub, which leverages the Associations brand equity in order to raise money through advertising
  • Represent the Association and its interests on various committees.
  • Participate in both operational and strategic aspects of all the Association’s activities.
  • Assist the Executive Director with specific tasks, projects and programmes.

Paula Leah


Paula grew up in Richards Bay and began her working career with a small local construction company called General Plant Services. From 1992 she worked as a marketing consultant for stationery supplier Waltons, before in 1999, joining security company Chubb Guarding as their Richards Bay branch manager. In 2005 she moved over to labour hire firm New Adventure Hire, where she headed up their Human Recourses department.

Paula came onboard earlier in the year as Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Regional Manager for Zululand.


Hans grew up in Klerksdorp before his family relocated to Harrismith when he was 13. After matriculating, he began his career in the nearby town of Bethlehem, where worked for the South African Railways. Hans displayed a natural enthusiasm for learning and completed several courses. He quickly rose through the ranks, resigning 13 years later as a district track manager.

Hans then took up employment as a production Manager with Protea Chemicals, where he was responsible for production and quality control of all products manufactured for the South African Market. During this period, he gained vast experience in human resources, marketing and labour practices. When Protea Chemicals decided to relocate their plant to Johannesburg, Hans took the decision to start his own business.