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A concerted effort by both government and the private sector could turn the industry around says executive director of the Master Builders’ Association Western Cape.


South Africa suffered its worst decline in economic activity in a decade, in the first quarter of 2019. One of the sectors contributing to this decline is the construction industry, witnessed by some long-established industry-stalwarts and household names being liquidated or placed in business rescue. (more…)

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Patrick McInerney, director at Co-Arc International Architects, came away from the recent 2019 SAPOA Convention feeling depressed about the discussion regarding the property industry and the economy in general. If things are really so bad, he asks, why are a record number of building cranes adorning our city skylines? Why are we not celebrating the successes?


This year’s SAPOA Convention was probably the most downbeat that I’ve attended in my many years in the building industry. The majority of speakers gave us bad news – ranging from water scarcity problems through to concerns about the oversupply of property, the industry’s talent drain and government’s lack of policy certainty. (more…)

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MBAWC Executive Director, Rob Johnson

Statement by the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape

Rob Johnson: In memory of a master builder It is with deep sadness that we learnt last week of the passing of our Executive Director, Rob Johnson.  The loss we feel of his friendship, counsel and leadership is immense. Rob will be remembered for his commitment to education and the upholding of standards in the […]

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Building industry trending upwards

Even despite elections, crippling strikes and uneasy foreign exchange rates the building industry in South Africa is on the mend and is showing signs of recovering beyond many analysts’ expectations. This is according to Nico Pienaar, director of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association (Aspasa), whose members are key suppliers of building materials to the […]

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The Building Centre

Established in 1953 by Laurie Wale, a pioneer in South Africa’s building industry, The Building Centre is a permanent exhibition space , giving members of the building trade (architects, builders and renovators), as well as homeowners, an opportunity to view available building products before making purchases.   At the outset, Laurie Wale founded the Architect […]

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TAL at Interbuild Africa 2012

Leonard Bogopa, retail sales representative at TAL, left, and Dale van der Merwe, technical sales representative at TAL, right at Interbuild Africa 2012.   TAL recently showcased its X-Calibur range of concrete repair and rehabilitation products to the building industry at Interbuild Africa 2012.   X-Calibur is a natural extension to TAL’s offering of construction […]

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Apprenticeship programme applauded by building industry

Incoming Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, has announced that her administration will expand the City’s Apprentice Programme to “allow young people to get technical skills as apprentices in the City, skilling them up for the demands of a modern economy”– a move which has been welcomed by the Master Builders Association of the […]

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Seminar lays foundations for a more stable construction industry

On the 2nd of February 2011, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) – a registered trade association for employers in the building industry, hosted a seminar to discuss ‘Developing a More Stable Construction Industry in the Western Cape Province’. According to MBAWC President, Allen Bodill, “We called together this forum to pin […]

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Building industry should seek profitable sustainability

Sustainability in building is no longer negotiable, the recent Master Builders South Africa Congress at the Windhoek Country Club was told. Speaking on global sustainability issues at the “Beyond 2010” congress, Roger Flanagan, Professor of Construction Management at the University of Reading, UK, emphasised that the importance of sustainability in all aspects of building and […]

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