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The lack of skills is still a concern for the construction industry despite the announcement by Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene in the 2015/16 Budget Speech of R813-billion in infrastructure spending for the next three years. Financial services company Nedbank Property Finance continues to partner with…
Thursday, 09 April 2015 16:00

Ups and Downs of SA Employment Stats

The number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy increased from an estimated 8.94-million in September to an estimated 8.98-million in December, Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA's) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey revealed on Tuesday. However, the indicators show that the…
All the necessary processes are in place to begin this year's wage negotiations for the civil engineering industry, says Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) general secretary Nick Faasen. "We decided to no longer hold wage submission workshops for non-party companies, as was initially…
All the necessary processes are in place to begin this year's wage negotiations for the civil engineering industry, says Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) general secretary Nick Faasen. "We decided to no longer hold wage submission workshops for non-party companies, as was initially…
The Value of construction projects awarded increased by 17 percent in 2014. The building industry is supported by a recovery in the awarding of affordable housing projects, but it must be noted that given the scale of these projects, the completion periods are longer than the…
Out of South Africa's ten prospective special economic zones (SEZs), three are on the verge of implementation and, before the end of this year, one of them will be completed and implemented, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which envisions 2015 to be the…
Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:30

1.5-million housing push

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announced that government is planning to build 1.5-million houses in the next five years and has put new initiatives in place to improve the relationship between government and the private sector, which she hopes will help fund the construction of the…
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:45

BIBC site inspections grow by 121%

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) (BIBC) has announced a dramatic increase in the number of site inspections carried out last month, compared to the same period last year (October 2013). Site inspections, which are a fundamental part of the process of ensuring…
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:00

Annual 2014 Builders’ Holidays

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has confirmed that the annual builders' holidays for this year will start at close of business on the 12th of December 2014 (first leave day being the 15th of December 2014). The Industry will reopen on the…
Dismantling South Africa's existing centralised collective bargaining model without a viable alternative in place would result in "total chaos", as it would not address the root causes of discontent plaguing domestic labour relations, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) industrial relations executive Gordon…
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the construction sector has begun, during which process the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come into effect in May 2015. The revised…
Government involvement in operational matters relating to industrial relations is undesirable, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Friday. Speaking at the KwaZulu-Natal economic summit, she said this was the reason why the government created these institutions. "The unwarranted intervention by government carries the real danger of…