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  • 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 newly launched housing scheme.

  • 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 that the building industry adheres to conditions as laid down in the Collective Agreement, in accordance with the Labour Relations Act, rose from 277 to 613, an impressive 121% boost. This increase follows the announcement in June this year that the Council has put drastic measures in place to increase compliance to its Collective Agreement, by increasing its Compliance Enforcement permanent workforce by more than 80%. "We expect the number of site inspections to grow exponentially as our permanent workforce continues to expand," explained Ronel Sheehan, Secretary for the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

  • OVERSTRAND BUILDING INDUSTRY IN COURT CASE OVER COMPLIANCE

    The building industry in the Overstrand Area is currently in disarray due to a number of Contractors in the area who have taken the Minister of Labour and the Building Industry Bargaining Council to court regarding the issue of jurisdiction and extension of the Collective Agreement to non-parties. The Minister of Labour extended the BIBC's jurisdiction, as from 1 April 2011, to include Gansbaai, Hangklip, Hermanus, Kleinmond and Stanford. The Minister later extended the BIBC's Collective Agreement to non-parties.

    • The court date has been postponed to May 2014 due to the applicants' failure in preparing their replying affidavit timeously.
    • Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope), said "We need the industry to understand that any employers within the Overstrand Municipality are in fact in breach of the law if they choose not to comply with the current Building Industry Bargaining Council's Employment Conditions".
    • The Court Order (see below) clearly states that the BIBC reserves the right to take non-compliant contractors to arbitration to enforce compliance.
    • The Council will continue to enforce the Collective Agreement in the area.
    • As the second respondent in the case, the court has ordered that the case against the BIBC will only be heard after the determination against the Minister of Labour, and only if necessary.

    View the court order on the BIBC's website at http://www.bibc.co.za/index.php/news-bibc J. Overstrand Court Case (pdf file).

  • BUILDING COUNCIL CELEBRATE A PHENOMENAL 2013

    Addressing council members and other guests at a recent Building Industry Bargaining Council event, Arnold Williams, Secretary for the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope), took the opportunity to announce the Council's record payout to the industry. "It is with great honour that I can announce that our Council has experienced a fantastic year; this year we are paying out a record amount of R107 million in holiday pay and bonuses. This is indicative of an increase in employer registrations as well as the number of employees receiving the compulsory benefits."

  • NEW STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC SECTOR CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS

    The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has launched the Best Practice Standards, following extensive engagement with government and private sector stakeholders. This will set a benchmark for construction development and establish accepted performance indicators.

  • LABOUR MINISTER SIGNS AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE BIBC CONTROL

    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 be Gazetted on 7 December 2012 and come into effect on 10 December 2012.