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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:15

BIBC increases compliance force by 80%

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has put drastic measures in place to increase compliance to its Collective Agreement, by increasing its Compliance Enforcement permanent workforce by more than 80%. "The primary focus of this enforcement team is to ensure that all contractors…
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:30

BIBC at Cape Construction Expo

The Building Industry Bargaining Council will be taking advantage of the opportunity to meet the Western Cape building and construction industry at this year's Cape Construction Expo. With 80 exhibitors, 100 conference delegates, 2500 attendees, a free workshop programme and over 20 hours of networking, the…
According to the latest FNB/BER index, the building confidence in South Africa declined in the second quarter of 2014, dropping by 11 points from 52 in the first quarter to a 41 in the second quarter, largely due to weaker domestic demand. The current level indicates…
Skilled trades have become the most difficult positions for companies to fill in 2014 overtaking engineering positions, according to the Manpower Group South Africa 2014 Talent Shortage Survey. Engineering positions had been found to be the most difficult to fill in 2013, while skilled trades had…
The Department of Labour's undertaking to reportedly do away with certain "draconian" racial regulations is a step in the right direction, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday. Portions of the draft employment equity regulations, published in February this year, stipulated that designated employers employing over 150…
The Labour Court has ordered the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and its members to immediately cease all "acts of violence, intimidation and lawlessness" against non-striking workers at the Ngqura container terminal, in the Eastern Cape. Labour Court Judge Edwin Tlhotlhalemaje ordered Numsa…
Statistics South Africa has reported that during the first quarter 2014, the number of unemployed increased by 237 000 as the unemployment rate jumped 1.1 percentage points. This jump in unemployment was directly affected by an extensive loss of jobs in the informal sector, which has…
Industry Insights released their judgment of the 2014/15 budget, relating to the Construction Industry. "Time for change" is what best describes the framework in which priorities were set in the 2014 Budget. The 2014/15 Budget is the second budget tabled within the framework of the National…
The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope), which includes the Overstrand Municipality, is hosting an information session for the employers in the building industry to obtain the latest information pertaining to the Minister of Labour's extension of the latest Collective Agreement. The session will…
An update of economic and construction industry forecasts for the first quarter of this year indicates some positive news. Evidence that conditions in the building industry have improved over the past few months, is shown by the improvement in building contractor confidence, although the higher levels…
The Eskom Pension and Provident Fund has committed R100 million to the development of around 20 000 new affordable homes in South Africa, through an investment in global private equity funder, International Housing Solutions, which is good news for the building industry sector. Sibusiso Luthuli, chief…
South Africa's infrastructure investment and roll-out ambitions face a significant capacity challenge as local government experiences a constraint in the availability of architects, engineers, project managers and financial managers. Labourers outnumber all specialist and middle-management roles Government has a good infrastructure plan on the table, but…