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  • JOB LOSSES IN INFORMAL SECTOR INCREASE UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES

    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 led to a 0.6% expansion in unemployment to 25.2%.

  • BUDGET 2014/15 AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

    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 Development Plan (NDP), including not only targeted expenditure but also evidence of progress made over the last twelve months.

  • BIBC PRESENTATION TO BUILDING CONTRACTORS

    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.

  • EVIDENCE OF IMPROVEMENTS IN BUILDING INDUSTRY

    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 of activity experienced in non-residential building construction, especially in Gauteng, will start to taper off during the course of the year as fewer projects are approved for later in the year. On the upside, there has been an increase in approvals for residential buildings which will fill some of the void left by the non-residential sector.

  • PROJECT LABOUR AGREEMENT MAKING PROGRESS

    Progress on the overhaul of the problematic project labour agreement (PLA) at the Medupi and Kusile power-station sites has been made, in Lephalale and Emalahleni respectively, with Eskom still optimistic that a new deal could be struck before the end of May.

  • LABOUR AGREEMENT MAKING PROGRESS

    Progress has been made on the overhaul of the problematic project labour agreement (PLA) at the power-station sites at Medupi, Kusile, Lephalale and Emalahleni respectively, with Eskom still optimistic that a new deal could be struck before the end of May 2013.

  • MARGINAL GROWTH IS ENCOURAGE

    The number of square metres completed increased by 11% in the first two months of this year, and is supported by an increase in housing and non-residential renovations. The increase is coming from a very low base, and must be seen in context where the private sector environment is still operating at less than 60 % of the 2008/09 boom. But certainly from conditions in the last three to four years, the "recovery" no matter how marginal is encouraging.

  • BUILDING INDUSTRY NEGOTIATIONS ON WAGE RATES AND EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS

    The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has issued a notice to non-party employers and employees regarding the commencement of negotiations affecting employment conditions in the building industry. The employer and trade union parties to the BIBC will commence with substantive industry negotiations during May 2013, addressing wage rates and changes to other conditions of employment for the period 01 November 2013 to 31 October 2014. "The period may be extended for up to three years, as it has in the past, but this will be determined by the parties," said Arnold Williams, Secretary for the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

    Once negotiations are concluded, the BIBC applies to the Minister of Labour for extension of the Collective Agreement to non-parties in terms of the Labour Relations Act. The amended Collective Agreement is published in the Government Gazette. "Non-party employers and employees within the BIBC's registered scope have therefore been invited to make submissions for consideration by the Parties of the Bargaining Council as part of their deliberations," added Williams.

  • BUILDING COSTS INCREASE DUE TO REGULATIONS

    Responding to figures released by SATS SA, the Building Industry Bargaining Council estimates that a large part of the increase in building costs are actually due to the change in building regulations, which came about during 2011. "Based on the latest Industry Insight report, which showed a 15% increase in building costs, as well as the feedback received from other industry experts, we believe that the new regulations increased building costs by around 7% over and above normal material and labour increases and that this will possibly put a restraint on an already struggling industry," said Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

  • MEC WINDE VISITS CONSTRUCTION SITES ON UNNOUNCED INSPECTIONS

    The Western Cape Provincial Government has reaffirmed their support of the Building Industry Bargaining Council's call for compliance to the industry's Collective Agreement.
    Alan Winde, Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism has been proactive by joining the BIBC's compliance agents on 8 May 2012 in the Bellville Area, on various unannounced site visits, to observe firsthand the difficulties faced by the BIBC in enforcing the Collective Agreement.