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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:30

Roofing Regulations - Scheltema Advise

Re-roofing is not only technically challenging, it is also subject to extensive regulations, particularly with regard to asbestos removal, insulation, and materials. Scheltema is a certified asbestos removal contractor and therefore qualified to remove and correctly dispose of asbestos slate and Big Six Profile roof-sheets. The…
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 11:00

BIBC comment on 2013 budget

The Building Industry Bargaining Council welcomes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's announcement of government's plan to spend R827bn on infrastructure, over the next three years. "Investment into building new and upgrading existing infrastructure is the very cornerstone of our industry and is desperately needed during this period,"…
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 11:00

Bad start for Construction Industry 2013

As a sector dependant on economic growth to finance much needed public sector infrastructure investment, and sensitive to business confidence to stimulate private sector investment, the agriculture strike, which has had a national economic impact is not a good start to the year for the construction…
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:15

Industry shows signs of slow recovery

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has published an industry forecast for 2013, updating their projections issued for the same period last year. The Council has looked at a number of reports and indicators such as cement sales, the repo rate, building regulations…
South Africa 's massive infrastructure plan should not be allowed to be impacted upon by the global economic slowdown or derailed by a lack of funding, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday (19th February 2013). In the last year, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC)…
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:15

Highlights and Challenges of 2012

The year 2012 has been described as "bittersweet" and I think this is probably one of the most appropriate descriptions of conditions in the industry. While the sharp declines in 2009 and 2010, weakened to a more sideways move, with a glimmer of recovery here and…
Employees in the building industry are set to receive healthy retirement pensions, compared to the period before 2003. The projected monthly pension for future retirees should almost double for employees contributing to the Building Industry Bargaining Council's retirement funds. "The BIBC's retirement funds have shown remarkable…
In a drive to increase awareness throughout the building and related industries, the Building Industry Bargaining Council is targeting property managers. With specific reference to the BIBC's Collective Agreement, Clause 6A(4) of the Collective Agreement stipulates that the subcontracting party and the subcontractor are jointly and severally liable if…
The Building Industry Bargaining Council has announced amendments to its Collective Agreement, which governs the building industry. The changes are aimed at increasing control and pushing for increased levels of employer registration and compliance. The Amendments have been signed by the Minister of Labour and will…
Monday, 08 October 2012 18:00

BIBC report increase in registrations

Despite the present slump in the building industry the BIBC has recorded a 4% increase in the industry compliance, year-to-date compared with the same period last year. "There have been 705 new registrations between November last year and September 2012," said Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building…
Friday, 27 July 2012 09:00

BIBC welcomes wage negotiations

South Africans are not stranger to industrial action, so much so that many industries refer to the month of July as 'strike season'. Taking into account the disruption to services and the damages done to the country's reputation, the Building Industry Bargaining Council Western Cape are…
The Building Industry Bargaining Council has announced its intention to take legal action against a number of non-compliant building contractors, to ensure that employees are protected. Although applying for liquidation is the last resort, the BIBC is very clear that they will begin proceedings against such contractors,…