The Association was deeply saddened by the passing of Reynecke (Ray) Basson on 22 October 2019. Ray was a former member of the Association’s Executive Council and industry veteran, who was extremely well liked and respected by all who knew him.
Ray obtained a Diploma in Construction Management from Durban Technicon in 1975 and immediately commenced working for Roberts Construction (now Murray & Roberts) in the Limpopo Province. He moved up through the ranks quickly and went from Contracts Manager to Area Manager before becoming an Alternate Director of three “Homeland based” companies. He was with them for 14 years before starting his own his own company, NL Van Wyk & Basson Construction, with a fellow contractor.
13 Years on, he relocated to the KZN South Coast and with a partner, started Anthony & Basson Development CC. Ray later bought out his partner and brought his son Elmar into the business, as a company shareholder.
Ray suffered from a serious kidney condition before undergoing a transplant in 2012. During this testing period he continued to deliver top quality projects and served the building industry on the Association’s Executive Council and South Coast Committee. His commitment and enthusiasm for helping the greater good of the industry never wavered.
Ray also served on a Committee which assisted the Hibiscus Coast Municipality in their Town Planning division, where he proudly represented Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal. The excellent work he did with the municipality, resulted in a number of positive changes which were beneficial to all contractors in the area.
As South Coast Chairman, Ray used his influence to promote a culture of occupational health and safety by arranging several safety demonstrations and talks. He was a key role player in initiating the annual South Coast Community Project which helped uplift several communities and lead to the Association wining the "Mayoral Community Projects Award". Ray also served as a Mentor for the Association’s Emerging Contractor Programme.
In 2014 Ray Basson was the recipient of the prestigious Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Award of Merit, for his positive contribution to the industry.
Ray’s career spanned a period of more than 40 years and with the many selfless contributions he made to the industry, he will truly be remembered as an Industry icon. May his soul rest in peace.