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					                              October 2006

In this issue
Learners get to grips with building
Fredman rises
Another hospital for Stocks
Sailing in KZN
Malls galore in Dubai
Huge airport contract
for Cape Town

     c ntents                               3
                                                 Future Leaders
                                                                                          October 2006


                                                                                                                                                                         by Chief Executive Tom Hendry
                                                 Dietmar Scriba
                                            5    Construction Week

                                                                                                                                                                                applies to the Gulf region in general and we have initiatives in
                                                 GAUTENG                                                                                                                        place to expand operations to countries other than the UAE. I
                                            6    East Rand Mall                                                                                                                 can well remember wearing out lots of shoe leather during my
                                            7    22 Fredman Drive
     Our Commitment                         8
                                                 Passion and smart work, MD Luc Jacobs
                                                 Catching curved balls, Barbara Sherman
                                                                                                                                                                                first visits to the Middle East in 1997 and 1998. We know that
                                                                                                                                                                                entry into new countries always presents new circumstances, so
                                                 Quality control, Refilwe Letsoalo                                                                                              any new ventures will be well considered and planned.
     We at Stocks Building Africa                Anglo American Parkade
     are committed to working in            10   Rarified heights to rugged sites, Terry Staley
                                                 Molapo Technologies                                                                                                            It is therefore gratifying to know that our operations span two
     partnership with clients to
                                            11   Globe-trotter home to roost, Riaan Claassen                                                                                    areas where strong economic conditions exist, particularly in
     develop optimum solutions. Our                                                                                                                                             relation to our industry. There are, however, many regions of
     knowledge and experience enable                                                                                                                                            the world where construction is booming, bringing the resultant
     us to operate a comprehensive               KWAZULU-NATAL
                                            12   Piet Postema’s round up                                                                                                        demand for skills, which supply currently does not meet.
     range of projects. Yet Stocks          13   Raft Race                                                                                                                      Although I fully understand the problems which management in
     Building Africa remains a focused           The three grey mustachios                                                                                                      the South African industry faces, I can assure those involved that
     construction company able to           14   Grant Wallace
                                                                                                                                                                                these challenges are not unique. This was fully demonstrated to
     deliver innovative solutions in its         Sibaya Hotel
                                            15   Singing for his supper, Otto Singh                                                                                             Stephen Pell and me during a recent recruitment trip to the UK.
     chosen specialisation – quality             Bonding with Frank,
     building.                              16   Sails on Timeball Square                                                                                                       Thanks to the recent awards of projects at Cape Town and
                                            17   Woman’s Day celebrations
                                                                                                                                                                                Johannesburg airports, our order book is now at a record high
                                                 Human relations at its best, Jeffrey Malala
                                                                                                                                                                                in the history of Stocks Building Africa. Johan Brink of course
                                                                                                         I think we can safely say that the South African construction          is magnetically attracted to airports and we are looking to him
                                                 DUBAI                                                   industry will continue to look forward to exciting times. The          to pilot both crews to success. In Cape Town, we are the lead
                                            18   News from Ken Stocks
                                                                                                         commencement of the Gautrain project and the build up to               contractor in a joint venture with major listed company, Grinaker-
                                                                                                         2010 imbues great confidence which will create momentum for            LTA. This is another coup for us and demonstrates how highly
     Acknowledgements                       20   News from Carl Dyer
                                                                                                         sustained growth for at least the next five years. A recent press
                                                                                                         article demonstrated how this industry is leading the way in job
                                                                                                                                                                                we are regarded in the industry.

     We wish to thank all those who         21   True grit prime stocks
                                                 Farewell to Piet Veldman                                creation.                                                              One of the major barriers to entry into the mainstream of
     contributed articles and photographs
                                                                                                                                                                                our industry is the ability of the company to produce financial
     to The Mixer.
                                                                                                         We have to position ourselves to take advantage of the                 guarantees for the due performance of the contracts we
                                                 NORTH WEST
     Produced by : Image Communications                                                                  opportunities which will no doubt present themselves, and              undertake. So, in a growth situation, that requirement escalates
                                            22   Vryburg district hospital
                                                                                                         manage the company through its next growth phase. With the             in line with our order book. As is demonstrated in these pages,
                                                                                                         recent restructuring, we have kick-started the change process,         we are very definitely expanding. It’s therefore great that I can
                                                 WESTERN CAPE                                            and we all know one thing for certain – change will continue to        report that Willie Erasmus has successfully negotiated a new
                                            23   Media City
                                                                                                         happen. For this to be beneficial, we need to take a pro-active        deal with Lombard Insurance, our major guarantor, increasing
                                                 Cape Airport contract
                                                                                                         part in it.                                                            our facility with them from R190m to R400m. This is a marked
                                                                                                                                                                                increase, and together with facilities from some of the major
                                            24   CURRENT PROJECTS                                        We are committed to growing our businesses in all regions of           banks, puts us on a very sound footing.
                                                                                                         South Africa, and although economic conditions in Botswana
                                                                                                         have been rather depressed lately, we see opportunities                Heady times indeed, but boom conditions must be viewed with
                                                                                                         appearing which certainly brighten the outlook for the future.         caution. Our own recent experiences have highlighted this in no
                                                                                                         What is very apparent in Botswana, however, is the proliferation       uncertain terms. The liquidation of Kentz in Botswana has left
                                                                                                         of Chinese companies in the tender market. This ensures a              a trail of financial devastation in the construction industry there,
                                                                                                         competitive environment bordering on the cut-throat.                   our Maun Hospital contract being one of the examples. Together
                                                                                                                                                                                with Government, we have finalised a way forward which will be
     Cover Picture:                                                                                      Our strategies in the United Arab Emirates have borne fruit,           beneficial to all stakeholders. This is great news but it will still
     The Michelangelo                                                                                    particularly in the last two years, and with a host of opportunities   result in a delay on the contract of some 18 months.
                                                                                                         presenting themselves, there is great hope for the future. This
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    In Brits and Zimbali we have unfortunately been involved in
    two projects which faltered after some months of construction.
    We are not fully aware of the reasons for failure, but the need
                                                                            I’m sure you will all agree that time has once again flown in 2006.
                                                                            The year-end break is just around the corner. I suspect that 2007
                                                                            will bring lots of new challenges. Our major challenge, however,
                                                                                                                                                                           construction week
    for vigilance is once again demonstrated. To date, contractual          is to increase the level of professionalism in the business. We
    arrangements at Brits have been amicably terminated, but the            have undertaken to create sustainable relationships with
    future of the Zimbali contract remains uncertain.                       our stakeholders. We will achieve this through our continued
                                                                            commitment, hard work and investment in our people.

    The first Future Leaders programme
    took place last year with candidates                                                              Manoj Nair’s 8000 mile
    from all regions attending. “The                                                                  journey to leadership
    programme is a human resources
    initiative to develop and equip our                                                               Manoj Nair, construction manager at
    people with leadership skills,” says                                                              Al Tayer Stocks in Dubai, is becoming
    Anton Beneke, HR manager.                                                                         a figure well known to many of his
                                                                                                      colleagues in South Africa as a result
    The second initiative is now                                                                      of his attendance at the Future Leaders
    underway at Maropeng in the                                                                        course at Maropeng. Next time you moan                      Riaan Claassen,
                                                                                                                                                                     Neil Erwin and
    Cradle of Humankind, and 16 of
    our employees from all regions,              Building leaders                                      about driving there from Gauteng, think
                                                                                                       of Manoj ... he travels 8000 miles on a
                                                                                                                                                                     Anton Beneke
                                                                                                                                                                    speakers at the
    including one from Dubai have been
    selected to attend this challenging           for the future                                       return trip from Dubai to Johannesburg
                                                                                                       then has to get through the traffic. How’s
                                                                                                                                                                 Construction Week
    programme.                                       awards                                            that for dedication!

    The course addresses specific leadership competencies,                   After the first two sessions of the course Manoj said: “It was
    providing potential leaders with practical tools which can               an excellent and a great opportunity to meet people from all
    be applied to the work environment. They are also required               the regions and share their experiences. I was particularly
    to work on an action learning project and present their                  impressed that Tom Hendry and senior management were
    findings.                                                                there to encourage us and to inform us about what the                                In the spirit of National Construction Week 2006, (27 July to 03 August) Stocks
                                                                             future holds for our company.”                                                       invited 19 learners from Athlone Boys High School to the Anglo American
    Tom Hendry, Stephen Pell and Rob King, who make up the                                                                                                        parkade site to experience first hand what goes on at a busy construction site.
    adjudicating committee, will be handing out awards for the               When asked whether the problems in South Africa                                      Construction Week was a nation-wide awareness initiative of the Department
    best individual project and the best overall region on the 24            appeared to be the same as in Dubai he commented... “Not                             of Public Works designed to promote the image and profile of the construction
    October, 2006.                                                           really. It appears that you have a shortage of manpower                              sector and to give young learners the opportunity to experience a wide range
                                                                             in SA whereas we have lots of skilled labour. Remember                               of exciting career opportunities available in today’s built environment and the
    Those taking part are Chris Munatsi, Seelan Naidu, Devan                 everybody in Dubai is an expatriate wanting work. Our                                construction sector.                                                                                    Congratulations to Jeffrey Maphaha, HR officer
    Govender, Roelf Faber, Johan Wiid, Gamat Rhoda, Kobus le                 problem is that a lot of the subcontractors who have grown                                                                                                                                   who made sure that the event ran smoothly.
                                                                                                                                                                  HR manager Anton Beneke welcomed the learners after which contracts
    Roux, Neil Erwin, Keith Randall, Jean Kotze, Lethu Mondi,                up with us are becoming our competitors. We need to
                                                                                                                                                                  manager Neil Erwin, conducted a tour of the site. Contracts director Riaan
    Hennie Vermeulen, Jannie du Toit, Gareth Decker, Grant                   empower smaller subcontractors whom we can guide and
                                                                                                                                                                  Claassen gave an overview of the construction industry and compliance
    Heiberg and Manoj Nair.                                                  train,” he says.
                                                                                                                                                                  manager Paula Smith encouraged the learners to work hard and to make the
    Good luck guys!
                                                                                                                                                                  most of career opportunities available in the building industry.

                                                  DIETMAR SCRIBA
                                                  Dietmar Scriba is the manager of public private       and are currently pursuing PPP accommodation              is secured through banks and from shareholder funds. Through                Roberts and rejoined Stocks in Gauteng in April this year.
                                                  partnerships at head office. Public private           opportunities in South Africa and Botswana.               PPP’s we have an opportunity to secure construction work at realistic
                                                  partnerships commonly referred to as PPP’s                                                                      and enhanced profit margins and the shareholding in the SPV is an           Dietmar describes his job as being challenging and exciting. “It
                                                  can be defined as a contractual arrangement           A typical PPP structure has a specially formed            investment over the project’s life – around 20 years.                       encompasses the whole spectrum within the construction industry, which
                                                  between public entity and private sector whereby      company special purpose vehicle (SPV) that                                                                                            I like. It’s going to be a huge learning curve for me, and very stimulating,”
                                                  the private sector performs a departmental            will contract with the public entity to deliver           “It’s our job to coordinate all these activities, assess and mitigate our   he says.
                                                  function in accordance with an output-based           the required service. The SPV employs two                 risks and to make sure that we (the SPV) deliver a quality product in
                                                  specification for a specified period of time. For     major subcontractors, one for the design and              accordance with the client’s requirements, he says.                         When Dietmar, his wife Renate and children, Daniela (9) and Alexander
                                                  any PPP to be approved it must demonstrate            construction of the facility and one for the operating                                                                                (6) lived in Namibia it was always a family treat to pack the car and head
                                                  affordability, value-for-money and substantial        and maintaining the facility over the project term.       Dietmar used to work for Stocks Bophuthatswana with Don King, Piet          for the desert where they would camp over weekends. However, now that
                                                  transfer of risk to the private sector. Stocks        SBA participates as design-build subcontractors           Postema and then Casper Steenkamp. He remained there until 1996             those days are over, they escape whenever they can, to the Vaal Dam with
                                                  has identified PPP’s as a strategic focus area        and as shareholders in the SPV. Project funding           after which he was relocated to Windhoek. He later joined Murray &          their jet skis and enjoy the thrill of being on the water.

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                                                                                                                                                View from Fredman Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                   Contracts manager, Kevin Paton has been
                                                                                                                                                                                   in the construction industry nearly 30 years
                                                                                                                                                                                   and 22 Fredman Drive in the Sandton CBD
                                                                                                                                                                                   is just one of the many sites he’s worked on

            The rush is on at
                                                                                                                                                                                   over the years. “I’ve been fortunate enough
                                                                                                                                                                                   to be part of the teams that have built monu-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ments around South Africa and Seychelles,”
                                                                                                                                                                                   he says. In the Seychelles he was involved in

            the East Rand Mall                                                                                                                                                     the construction of two sewerage treatment
                                                                                                                                                                                   plants for the Seychelles government.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Fredman Drive is a R54-million project and
                                                                                                                                                                                   is on the home run for completion by the
                                                                                                                                                                                   end of October. “Being a combination of a
                                                                                                                                                                                   new building to join up
                                                                                                                                                                                   with an existing building,
                                                                                                                                                                                   we have had to revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                   the existing building
                                                                                                                                                                                   while working on the new
                                                                                                                                                                                   sections. This brings with
                                                                                                                                                                                   it the usual unexpected
                                                                                                                                                                                   surprises as we reach final
                                                                                                                                                                                   finishes. But hey, who
                                                                                                                                                                                   said building was easy?

                                                                                                                         22 FredmanDrive
    East Rand Mall is an extension and                                     their fit-outs. It’s going to be tight, but
    renovation of the existing shopping                                    we’ve pulled out all the stops and we’ll
    mall in Boksburg. It has 6000m2 of                                     make it,” says Keith Randall, contracts
    retail space and a parking area of 20                                  manager.                                                                                                                                  Contract manager Kevin Paton
    000m2 on two levels. The retail section
    has to be ready for operational trading                                 “I always look forward to the day when
    by 31 October, and the parkade will be                                 the job is finished on time and the client
    completed by the end of January. The                                   is happy. It gives me a great deal of
    two main anchor tenants in the mall                                    satisfaction.”
    are @ Home and Cape Union Mart with
    a mix of small shops, boutiques and                                     Keith has always been an active
                                                                                                                           Northern elevation
    specialty stores.                                                       sportsman and has participated in
                                                                            both the Comrades Marathon and
    “There have been some major                                             the Argus cycle race. “These days,
    challenges. We were dealing with                                        there’s not much time for sport. The
    existing services and have had to                                       responsibilities on site take up much of
    contend with hidden cables and services that were       my time so my exercise is limited to walking around the
    unknown to us at the outset. It’s a particularly fast   site,” he says.
    track job and the retail section has to be ready by     Keith has a son, Shane (11) and a daughter, Megan (3)
    the end of September so that the tenants can start      and he’s married to Natalie.

                                         L-R Back row
                  Keith Randall, contracts manager;
                   Hub Spronck, structural foreman;
                Franz de Lange, structural foreman;
               Chris Oosthuizen, structural foreman;
               Peet van Vuuren, wet trades foreman;
                          Philip Lisa, drawing clerk;
                       Joseph Sithole, safety officer;                                                                                           L-R front row:
                           Jerry Molotsi, junior, QS;                                                                                           Calvin Motsoeneng, junior foreman; Patrick Chisunga, QS; Matthews Mahlako, junior foreman; Philip
                             Paul Serake, site clerk.                                                                                           Fourie, finishing foreman; Tony Krzus, finishing foreman; Kabir Hoosain, QS; Tony da Silva, structural
                                                                                                                                                 foreman; Vincent van Emmemis, junior co-ordinator; Terry Staley, site agent; Kevin Paton, contract
                                            Front row                                                                                            manager.
                 Carlos Walane, assistant foreman;                                                                                                Back row
             Avhartondei Malada, trainee foreman;
    Funi Nengovhela, junior structural foreman; Piko
                                                                                                                                                  John Mabe, wet trades foreman; Charles van Wyk, structural foreman; Stanley Manomyane, site clerk;
                             Kolweni, site engineer ;                                                                                              Jacques du Preez and Melck van Rensburg, foremen; Micky Mbaz, junior foreman.
                       Katlego Moganedi, junior QS                                                                                                 Not in the picture is Reg Jordaan, facades foreman.

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                  Passion and Smart Work
                 are at the Heart of Gauteng                                                                                                       Catching the curved balls
                                                                                                                                         Barbara Sherman, who was then                                     training, implementing the
                "Doing the same thing over & over again and expecting a different result is insane.”                                     skills development facilitator                                    mentorship programmes to
                                                                                                                                         at head office, received a great                                   monitoring the Employment
                                                Albert Einstein                                                                          surprise when she came back to                                    Equity (EE) and Broad Based
                                            Change is on the way !                                                                       the office after maternity leave.                                  Black Economic Empowerment
                                                                                                                                         She was offered the job of HR                                     requirements (BBBEE) for the
                                                                                                                                         manager for Gauteng. “It was a                                    company.
                                                                                                                                         wonderful opportunity and I was
                                                                                                                                         thrilled to accept.” One year has                                 Every job has a certain amount of
    Luc Jacobs has been appointed                                                                  remuneration and management           passed and another baby later,                                    admin and paper work attached
    the managing director of Stocks                                                                structures are redressed to suit      she’s loving the challenges her                                   to it. HR is no exception. “I
    Gauteng. “It’s an opportunity                                                                  our new business style and            job offers. “Each day is different                                sometimes feel as though I’m
    I welcome and feel very upbeat                                                                 industry demands. In the past,        and invariably I never know what                                  drowning under all the paper that
    about,” he says. “Fully aware of                                                               we were conservative and risk         curved ball will come my way,                                     lands on my desk. Escaping every
                                                                                                                                         but that’s the part of the job that                               month for site visits is something
    the challenges ahead, but with                                                                 averse. The plan will change this
                                                                                                                                         excites me,” she says.                                            I really look forward to. It’s great
    the comfort of a committed                                                                     as we move to a more balanced                                                                           seeing the building progress made
    and competent support team,                                                                    business style, creating growth       It’s pretty hectic in the Gauteng                                 from month to month, especially as
    I see my role as a provider of                                                                 and career opportunities for all      HR division. She has to cope                                      everything is so fast-tracked these
    opportunities and remover of                                                                   creative performers with talent       with anything from employee                                       days. It also gives me a chance to
    obstacles for all to achieve their                                                             and ambition.                         inductions, industrial relations,                                 interact with the teams.”
    maximum potential within the
    company’s vision.”                                                                             The calibre of staff has been

                                                                                                   defined and I have already
    Leading a construction team is                                                                 appointed and promoted some

    like choosing a rugby squad. The                                                               exciting new players and most of
    coach selects his team from well                                                               our loyal and highly experienced
    trained, competent, talented and                                                               stars have been retained. I
    committed players according                                                                    will continue recruiting to
    to the game plan (business                                                                     complement the existing team.                                                                        Refilwe Letsoalo is a quality controller
                                                                                                                                                                                                        on the Malopo site, and loves her job.
    plan). Each player is placed in a                                                              Skills and competency shortages
                                                                                                                                                                                                        "I’m learning a lot and enjoying the
    position where his/her talents are                                                             are a major challenge and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        challenges,” she says.
    used to the maximum towards the                                                                biggest challenge to achieving our
    ultimate goal of winning.                                                                      goal is to address these shortages.

    A hooker’s (site agent) role is well defined. He initiates         An intensive training programme from the bottom up by
    the line-out, but he still forms part of defence and attack
    structures and his commitment to overall team effort will
                                                                      way of industry, in-house and site initiatives will form a vital
                                                                      part of the skills development strategy and one to which I’m        The Anglo American parkade nearly there...
    make him a valuable team member. Despite setbacks, tackles,       totally committed. In the middle to long term, organic growth
    disappointments (missing quality information), poor passes        rather then expensive recruiting will be the feeding ground for    The Anglo America parkade in Joburg’s CBD is nearing
    from colleagues (we are not all perfect) and sometimes running    young and aspiring tradesmen, supervisors and managers. I          completion. The structure and brickwork are almost done
    behind, a winning team will find the opportunities (smart          foresee HR becoming much more involved in the day to day           but prefab staircases and lift shafts are still presenting
    work and commitment), stamina (hard work) and if needs be,        management of the branch.                                          challenges.
    changes in tactics (bring in fresh or better suited players) to
                                                                                                                                         “The most important subcontractors still on site are
    achieve the winning formula (delivering quality products in       There will be a culture of open debate, and the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                         Marble Classic, responsible for the sandstone cladding
    time and on budget).                                              share ideas and opinions regardless of experience or seniority,    of the façade, and aluminium and glazing company, LMD
                                                                      without feeling intimidated. Communication systems have            Enterprises, is progressing well with the glazing. The
    A powerful business plan outlining our vision of becoming         already been established in a structured format.                   stone work is a lengthy and meticulous process but we
    tri-nations winners again in 2010 (preferred contractor in                                                                           are confident that we’ll have everything ready in time for
    Gauteng by 2010) is in place and will be launched over the        And our quality programme? The subject I am most passionate        completion in October,” says contracts manager Neil Erwin.
    next few weeks.                                                   about has stood us in good stead over the past years but has
                                                                      suffered in recent times. Needless to say, this programme will     Dave Langmore and his merry men are preparing the
    The plan takes a quantum leap in the way we do business in        receive my direct attention. Maintaining our trademark quality     impressive trough slab structure for a defect free handover.
    Gauteng. Responsibilities, accountability, communication,         profile will be non-negotiable.                                     Brothers-in-arms Dave and Alfred Ntsauba keep on beating
                                                                                                                                         the branch safety record month on month. Well done guys.

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     FROM RAREFIED HEIGHTS                                                                                                                                 Globe trotter,
     Terry Staley, site agent on the Fredman Drive contract, came                                                                                          home to roost
     from the Sherwood Forest in Nottingham England to South
     Africa 30 years ago. Come to think of it he does look a bit like
     Robin Hood, except he doesn’t wear tights.                                                                                                            Riaan Claassen has recently joined Stocks as contracts direc-
                                                                                                                                                           tor for Gauteng. He is responsible for the East Rand Mall,
     In his younger days, Terry was a mountaineer of note, and                                                                                             Molapo and the Anglo American Parkade.
     summitted some serious peaks such as the 5000m high
                                                                                                                                                           Riaan has spent much of his working life in the Ciskei, Na-
     Matterhorn in Switzerland (below) and Mont Blanc, the highest
                                                                                                                                                           mibia and even a stint in Dubai, helping out on a project. The
     mountain in western Europe.                                                                                                                           last five years were based in Luanda, Angola where he was
                                                                                                                                                           the managing director of a large construction company.
     “The building industry is a way of life. You’re either working at
     work or working at home and that’s the way it’s been for four                                                                                         My wife and I decided that while the children were still young,
     decades. It just keeps going from one peak to another,” he says.                                                                                      we’d try and see as much of the continent as possible and go
                                                                                                                                                           where the work took us. However, now that the children are of
     On the Fredman site, Terry has taken two technicon students,                                                                                          school going age, it’s time to settle down in Gauteng.
     Calvin Motsoeneng and Matthews Mahlako under his wing.                                                                                                                                                                          Riaan is married to Liesel and has two children
                                                                                                                                                           Living and working in Angola has been quite a learning curve.                        Cody Nico (8) and Karlie (4).
     “When you’ve been in the industry as long as I have, I take all                                                                                       Portuguese is the lingua franca and I had to master the lan-
     the jobs for which I am responsible for granted, and it’s quite an                                                                                    guage pretty quickly to make myself understood.                     any recourse legally. We learned very quickly how to make
     effort to explain things that I do automatically. But so far my                                                                                                                                                           the system work for us. It’s a highly political country, espe-
                                                                                                                                                           There are about 400 South African contracting staff in Angola,      cially after the war and more often than not, we were dealing
     students are doing well. They have mastered the wet trades,
                                                                                                                                                           all living in a compound in the southern part of Luanda, which      with top MPLA politicians and ministers. Negotiations had to
     plastering and brick-laying and are learning to work with                                                                                             is considered to be safer than anywhere else. “We spent much        be dealt with diplomatically and tactfully.
     subcontractors.                                                                                                                                       of our leisure time fishing and braaiing. However, at the end
                                                                                                                                                           of the day there’s a limit as to how many braais you can attend     The work we did in Angola was mainly high rise buildings,
     “This site offers probably more excitement than most. There                                                                                           and how many fish you can catch. Angola goes crazy about             the likes of which we haven’t been seen in South Africa yet.
     are so many different things that are on going, making it a very                                                                                      football and that’s all you see on TV. Being a cricket and          Contrary to the belief that Angola is a third world country,
     exciting environment in which to work. There are three interior                                                                                       rugby fan, myself, I really can’t get too excited about football.   the building industry there, is highly skilled and the quality of
                                                                              Terry Staley and gap coach, John Maba (in the brown coat) with students L-
     designers on site who have introduced some creative finishes                                                                                                                                                               work is first class, thanks to the Portuguese influence.
                                                                             R Calvin Motsoeneng and Matthews Mahlako, showing off their work on the
     and there are literally hundreds of doors all of which need locks                                                                                     The work ethic – if you can call it that - is something you have
                                                                             intricate brick work needed for the water features.
     and keys fitted. It sounds quite a simple task, but it’s a huge                                                                                        to learn to adjust to. Contracts exist on paper only and mean       Riaan is married to Liesel and has two children Cody Nico (8)
     responsibility on a building this size, to make sure that the          “Ultimately, it’s the artisans and labourers who form the guts                 very little when it comes to resolving disputes. There’s hardly     and Karlie (4).
     process is monitored and controlled.”                                  of the industry. The sooner we can teach them skills the better.
                                                                            So it’s really up to the mentors to decide whether a student is
     The idea of the mentorship programme is to attract those who           ready to move on to another trade. Many people would prefer to
     are interested in working in the building industry into the fold.      sit behind a desk, push paper and attend meetings. But it’s the
     That means as soon as a student has gained experience in one           people out there on a site that make the difference and that’s                 BITTER-ENDERS at the
     aspect, he is moved to another mentor who can coach him in             where mentors come in and that’s what we’re trying to do, he
     one of the other trades. There’s no time limit to the training         says.                                                                          Shareholder’s dinner held on
     programme. It could take a couple of years before training is          Terry is married to Helen and has three children and two                       Friday 15th September.
     completed.                                                             grandchildren.
                                                                                                                                                           THE BOYS
                                                                                                                                                           L-R Casper Steencamp, Willie Erasmus, Carl Dyer,
     THE                                                                                                                                                   Tom Hendry and Kevin McMinn.
     Molapo Technologies is an IT company that
     repairs cell phones and other electronic
     equipment. The new R34-million premises,
     currently under construction in Centurion, have
     a repair workshop, an office block and a double
     volume distribution warehouse. The project
     started in May this year and is due for completion
     in February 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     THE GIRLS
     “We’re aiming to have the contract substantially
     completed by the Christmas shutdown because                                                                                                                                                                                     L-R Sandra Hendry, Susan Erasmus, Debbie Dyer,
     when we start up again next year we’ll only have
     three weeks left on the contract. That will give                                                                                                                                                                                Jocelyn McMinn and Rene Steenkamp
                                                              L-R Back row: Deon Bruyns, site agent; Neil Erwin, contracts manager; Keith Mc Don-
     us enough time to finish the paving, grassing             ald, senior QS; Gerard de Wet, student; Zacharia Sekanka, junior structural foreman.
     and landscaping,” says contracts manager Neil            Front row: Langanani Makungo, junior QS; Enock Sithole, site clerk; Refilwe Letsoalo,
     Erwin.                                                   quality controller; Veronica Mapanga, refreshment executive.

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                                 SIBAYA HOTEL                                                                                        RAFT RACE
                                     We are very pleased with the progress we’ve                                                     The Raft Race took place of April Fools’ Day
                                      made on the contract. We handed over 50                                                        this year, but it was no joke. The Stocks’
                                       rooms on 26 July ready for the interior                                                       teams were highly competitive and took
                                       decorators to do their finishing touches.                                                      it very seriously. We entered two rafts, a
                                       There is an extension                                                                         serious team and a social one. The serious
                                       of time till the end of                                                                       team turned in a remarkably good result, and
                                      September, but we are                                                                          finished fifteenth, out of a field of some 120
                                     trying to finish earlier.                                                                        rafts. The social team came 33rd which was
                                    Things are going well.                                                                           an impressive achievement.

                                                                                                                                                   The Gauteng Gang

                                             THE SIBAYA ROOF WETTING                                                                                                                                 KZN boys rearing to go
                                             A Sun International roof-wetting is always stylish

                                             Forget about the usual braai and beer-do. This one was a
                                             fully catered affair with white table cloths and waiters in
                                             uniform, who floated in and out with platters laden with
                                             tasty morsels. And dancing girls to boot!
                                                                                                                                     We waited for an hour or more for the Gauteng boys to
                                             I chatted to Mark Boyd, the client’s project manager, who                               come in. Eventually they drifted in decidedly weather
                                             said that he was delighted with the quality of work we                                  beaten, bruised and battered and covered in oxide, looking
                                             were delivering and went on to remark that it was the best                              vaguely as if they had come off the set of Pirates of the
                                             he’d seen in a long time. Well done to the team. We can                                 Caribbean. They claim that they’d been under heavy
                                             be very proud of our achievement.                                                       attack from a number of other rafts! Nevertheless, it
                                                                                                                                     was great fun and we challenge the Cape, North West and
                                                                                                                                     Botswana to participate next year. Of course, you won’t
                                                                                                                                     beat us, but it will be nice to see you there!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          We waited patiently

     HARBOUR CRUISE                                                         MORE WORK                                                THE THREE GREY MUSTACHIOS
     We had great fun on a harbour cruise recently for                      POSSIBILITIES
     the staff, in the spirit of team building and furthering                                                                        After many years of working together going back to Piet’s
     the aims of becoming a preferred employer, which                       The Durban Point development has great possibilities
                                                                                                                                     early days at Sun City, old friend and plasterer, Whitey
     is the Group’s focus. Some of us took one look at                      for continued work as more and more projects roll out.
                                                                                                                                     Khumalo and his crew are helping out on the Sibaya site
     the sea and turned a paler shade of green, but all in                  We are confident that we will have a presence here for
                                                                                                                                     after which Piet hopes to use their services again on the
     all everyone enjoyed it. We’re planning a number of                    years to come.
                                                                                                                                     Sails project.
     similar social events in the near future.
                                                                            We are considering an opportunity to work with
                                                                            Grinaker-LTA team on the King Shaka Airport worth        “Whitey worked for me as a plasterer at Kwa Maritane
     MR PRICE WAREHOUSE                                                     some R1.3-billiion. We are also in contention for two    in 1983 when I first started with Stocks. He continued to
                                                                            hotels costing in excess of R200-million each. The       work for us for the 11 years I spent at Sun City. It’s really
     The Mr Price project for development company Zenprop, has been         Durban area is filled with opportunities.                 nice working with him again. He’s got a good solid and                Old mates, Whitey, Piet and Gamat
     successfully completed. This was our first project for Zenprop                                                                   very reliable crew.
     and I believe that all parties were happy with the completion and                                                                                                                                     touch with all our regular
     end result. We’re looking forward to working with them again in        SAILS                                                    “Gamat Rhoda started working with me in 1983 at Sun                   consultants with whom we’d
     the near future in a number of industrial units they are planning in                                                            City as a finishing joiner and we also spent subsequent                worked and with whom we
     greater Durban.                                                        The R235-million Sails project is slightly behind        years together. When I moved to Namibia he joined us a                have worked since. She
                                                                            schedule at present as we had some difficulties in        foreman for many years after which the North West team                even rescued me when
     FUN EVENTS                                                             getting it out of the ground. However, we are now
                                                                            starting to catch up and progress is looking positive.
                                                                                                                                     attracted him. He’s been on loan to me for four months
                                                                                                                                     and has been a wonderful support and played a great role
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I landed in the middle
                                                                                                                                                                                                           of a squatter camp.
     On the social front we’ve had a few indoor cricket matches in          The team is very motivated and fired up under             in helping us finish the Sibaya hotel. Gamat, by the way, is           Her ability to organise
     the last couple of weeks. The Sibaya site challenged the ‘old’         Mark Vinjevold’s close supervision backed by a top       a great golfer. Being a keen learner golfer myself, I enjoy           fantastic functions, roof
     boys at the office to a game and needless to say the ‘old’ boys         notch team in Dennis Bengston and several section        playing with him.                                                     wettings, farewells and     With M
     whipped the pants off the Sibaya team. Mmmm, makes you                 foremen, as well as our new-comers, Hugh Atkinson                                                                              Christmas parties,                 arcia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      assista         co
     think, doesn’t it! Not to be outdone, the Sails team has now           and Grant Wallace. The Sails is scheduled to be                                                                                is a great relief to               nce we ntinued loyalt
                                                                                                                                     “Marcia Tarboton, my PA, has been an amazing support                                             Durban          are bus       y and
                                                                            completed mid next year.                                                                                                                                          office o         yp
     challenged the office team, the results of which you’ll hear                                                                     system for me over the years. Coming from Namibia                     me as she does it                          n the m utting the
     about next time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ap.
                                                                                                                                     initially and not knowing Durban at all, she put me in                exceptionally well.”

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                                                               Grant Wallace
                                                               Grant lived most of his young life in Botswana and then went on                       Singing for his supper
                                                               to complete his national diploma in civil engineering at the Wits
                                                               Technicon and worked as a trainee with Group 5 for three years.
                                                                                                                                                                                   While Otto Singh has
                                                               Work in the building industry was scarce in those days so after                                                     been in the building
                                                               finishing his training with Group 5, he returned to Botswana to                                                      industry for 25 years,
                                                               join the family building & civil engineering construction business.                                                 during that time he
                                                               A few years later, due to his father’s ill health, he found himself                                                 became interested in
                                                               at the helm the company.                                                                                            the real love of his life,
                                                                                                                                                                                   singing. And no, he
                                                               While Botswana was a wonderful place in which to live and work,                                                     didn’t change his name
                                                               the lure of being instrumental in bigger business attracted him                                                     because of this.
                                                               to Stocks Building Africa. Why Durban? Oddly, considering he’s
                                                               from a landlocked country, he’s mad about water, wind and sail-                Otto as an entertainer              He formed his own band,
                                                               ing........and “Durbs by the Sea” has good odds in being able to                                                   the Jets, at the age of
                                                               adequately provide this perk very close to and sometimes on the                16 and the band became quite famous around Durban. To
                                                                                                                                              this day you’ll finding him still doing his regular gigs every
                                                                                                                                              Friday night.
                                                               Grant, who is the contracts manager on the “Sails”, is married to
                                                               Nicola and has two beautiful children, Adrianne and Kyra.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Otto as a general foreman
                                                                                                                                              Life has its ups and downs for a sensitive musician. At
                                                                                                                                              the age of 10, Otto fell passionately in love with a girl
                                                                                                                                              in his class and to declare undying love, as one does at
                                                                                                                                              that age, he dedicated Bobby Vinton’s Blue Velvet to her
                                                                                                                                              ‘She wore blue velvet / Bluer than velvet was the night /            horizon on the Sibaya site he can only lament what was
                                                                                                                                              Softer than satin was the light’). He practiced it for weeks         not to be.
                                                                                                                                              in the bathroom. Unfortunately, like many love stories,
                                                                                                                                              the relationship did not blossom and as the words of the             Otto is a devoted family man and has been married to
                                                                                                                                              song go: ‘But in my heart there’ll always be / Precious              Veronica for 37 years. He is a grandfather and father of
                                                                                                                                              and warm, a memory / Through the years / And I still can             three children. And when he’s not singing and spending
                                                                                                                                              see blue velvet / Through my tears.’ As he heads for the             time with his family, he’s a general foreman.
                                                                         The front of the Sibaya Hotel with swimming pool and leisure area.

     TEAM EFFORT                                                                                                                                                                   Frank Hoffenberg holding up the Crescent on the Sails’ site
     Anton van Wyngaard, is a team man. When he took over as
     contracts manager a couple of months ago the Sibaya Hotel
     project was lagging behind. He reckons that 65% of the work                                                                              Bonding
                                                                                                                                              With Frank
     on any site is handled by subcontractors. The trick is to moti-
     vate them so that they are all pulling in the same direction.

     “It’s always a team game,” he says. “A site is only as good as
     the team that’s pulling it. If you haven’t the team backing you                                                                          Frank Hoffenberg has been with Stocks for 28 years and is currently
     up, you’ll go nowhere. We have an excellent team in place                                                                                working on the Sails site as a structural foreman.
     now, pooling a huge amount of talent, expertise and skills. All
     is back on track and we are raring to go,” he explains.                                                                                  Frank laments the lack of building skills in the industry. The training
                                                                                                                                              courses, lasting two to three weeks, churn out apprentices, and yes, they
     To make it more manageable and efficient, the site has been          The team who have all pulled together.                               may be able to put one brick on top of another, but ask them what ‘English
     divided into two sections, the northern side, run by Gamat                                                                               bond’ is or ask a carpenter what ‘dovetail joint’ is and they haven’t a clue.
     Rhoda, and Lal Sewsanker handles the southern side. Otto
     Singh oversees the whole project as general foreman. All                                                                                 My advice to anyone wanting to work in the building industry is that skills and
     together the project has 118 hotel rooms, a restaurant, back of                                                                          knowledge is an ongoing process and it’s up to the individual to get proper
     house area and five staircases. It is due for completion by end                                                                           training on a regular basis.
                                                                                                                                              Among the highlights of Frank’s career was when he was working at the Lost
     “We have taken on four students who are split up between                                                                                 City. “Because it was so out of the way, there were no distractions. You just
     Louis Govender (our site QS) and myself. So we are doing                                                                                 worked until the project was finished. I really enjoyed that. On the other hand,
     our bit in terms of training – essential in the building industry                                                                        Durban is fun. There’s always something to do; swimming, jolling, watching sport,
     these days,” he says.                                                                                                                    especially rugby, soccer, boxing and wrestling,” he says.

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     TIMEBALL SQUARE                                               Sails at the Durban Point with the
                                                                  canal in the foreground
     The concrete work on the Sails site will be
     completed by the end of October and brickwork
     commenced in all earnest during August. The site
     consists of three structures, the crescent, the gal-
     lery and the drum.

     “The crescent is by far the most challenging
     because of its moon-shaped configuration,” says
     contracts manager Grant Wallace. “We are aiming
     to achieve the target of 3500 m2 of formwork every
     fortnight to meet the deadline. Work on the atrium
     has started which is a series of complicated decks
     with a swimming pool on the roof.”

                                                                                                                                        STOCKS CELEBRATES
                                                                                                                                        WOMEN’S DAY ON SITE.
                                                                                                                                        Over 100 women have been employed on the Sibaya
                                                                                                                                        Lodge Hotel site. Their duties range from qualified
                                                                                                                                        bricklayers, bricklayers in training, plasterers, trainee
                                                                                                                                        plasterers, tilers, painters, trainee painters and general

                                                                                                                                        “We have been very impressed with their performance,”
                     Cement mixers queue up to off-load                                                                                 says Piet Postema, GM. “They have proved to be among
                                                                                                                                        the best workers in their categories, have had good work
                                                                                                                                        attendance records and generally worked cleanly and
     All in all there are 139 ultra luxury and technologically                                                                          proudly. It is our intention to employ as many as we can
     advanced apartments and 29 prime canal-facing retail                                                                               on our other projects,” says Piet Postema.
     outlets. The luxurious, self-catering, executive apart-
     ments will become ‘the place to live’ in Durban and be                                  Piet Postema checks the progress on site   Client, Sun International, is particularly impressed with
     the yardstick against which other developments will be                                                                             the general quality of work and considering that up to
     measured in the future. Garden penthouses, 25 in all, will                                                                         one third of the workforce consists of women, this bodes
     have private landscaped roof gardens and swimming pools                                                                            well for their future in what has always been an industry
     overlooking Timeball Square with spectacular views of the                                                                          dominated by males.
                                                                    POINTING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
     harbour.                                                       Over the years Durban Point has been subject to creeping
                                                                                                                                         Stocks KZN celebrated Woman’s Day with the women
                                                                    blight that left it largely abandoned and vacant. Paradoxi-
      There are logistical challenges to be overcome during                                                                             workforce, an event that was to acknowledge their input
                                                                    cally it represented one of the most under-utilised assets
     construction owing to the shortage of space on site. Ac-                                                                           for this project in particular, and the contribution women
                                                                    within the city.
     cess and the laydown area for equipment and materials                                                                              countrywide made to the democracy we know today.
                                                                    The Durban Point initiative, in which the Sails complex is
     are very limited. and concrete mixer trucks have to wait       situated, is not just an attempt to extend the city fabric in
     their turn to offload.                                          a banal way nor is it intended to transform the area into
                                                                    an extended theme park or tourist resort. Rather Durban
                                                                    Point will become an important, well-defined and exciting            HUMAN RELATIONS AT ITS BEST
                                                                    addition to the city and a sought after place to live, work
                                                                    and play. It is envisaged that the area will provide a range        HR officer Jeffrey Malala has 123 general workers that he looks
                                                                    of activities 24 hours a day.                                       after, most of whom are ‘duration of contract’ employees. But that’s      Jeffrey is married to Rosebud who
                                                                                                                                        not all, he also has six children that include two sets of twins all of   helps him keep his brood in check.
                                                                                                                                        whom demand his attention. No wonder he loves solving problems
                                                                     The drum has luxury apartments from level 6 upwards.               particularly those of an industrial relations nature. He sure has had
                                                                                                                                        plenty of practice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mall we have started work on
                                                                                                                                                                                          Over at the Mall of the             a new R5-million toilet block,
                                                                                                                                                                                          Emirates, Jagan Reddy and           not very exciting, but this
                                                                                                                                                                                          his team have handed over           has to be done to allow the
                                                                                                                                                                                          the first phase of the Commu-        upgrade of the Magic Planet
                                                                                                                                                                                          nity Theatre. The arts centre       entertainment area, which we
                                                                                                                                                                                          building is now occupied and        are busy tendering for.
                                                                                                                                                                                          the client is providing classes

       Jumeirah                                                                                                                                                                           for artistic activities such as
                                                                                                                                                                                          music, painting, pottery and
                                                                                                                                                                                          photography. The main thea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Office fit-outs for Barclays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bank and Gulf News have just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              been completed by project

       Beach Hotel
                                                                                                                                                                                          tre block includes a 550 seat       engineer Mohammed Mukram
                                                                                                                                                   Shop front at Harvey Nichols           two level auditorium, a 150         with finishing foremen Sala-
                                                                                                                                                                                          seat studio theatre, rehearsal      man Dass and Suresh John.
                                                                                                                                                                                          rooms, offices, a workshop           Both jobs were undertaken
       One of the most recognised hotels in Dubai, apart from                                                                                                                             and a bar and lounge. The           simultaneously in two months
       the adjacent Burj Dubai, is the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.                                                                                                                              project was handed over at the      with a combined value of
       Both five star hotels are owned by Jumeirah Interna-                                                                                                                                end of September and Dubai          R12-million. The work at
       tional and ATS can now add this prestigious client to its                                                                                                                          residents will be exposed to        Gulf News is rolling over into
       portfolio.                                                                                                                                                                         different types of cultures from    phase 2 as another section of
                                                                                                                                                                                          Arabic dancing to West End          offices is going to be convert-
       The Colonnade, one of the main features inside the                                                                                                                                 shows.                              ed into a Radio Station.
       hotel, is a double volume restaurant covering an area                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Almaz by Mono
       of 1800m2. Our site team headed by contracts manager                                                                                                                                                                   Mr. Spinney formerly known
       Mohammed Riazuddin, took great pleasure in gutting the                                                                                                                            After completion of the largest      as Kennedy Devasahayam has
       restaurant and salvaging whatever finishes they could. In                                                                                                                          Harvey Nichols store outside         recently finished the complete
       South Africa we could have put everything on the street                                                                                                                           the United Kingdom, also in          strip out and renovation of the
       and sold it, but here in Dubai there is no market for sec-                                                                                                                        the Mall of the Emirates, work       new Spinneys Supermarket
       ondhand materials, so we now have the best furnished                                                                                                                              continued on the third level         at Al Tawuun Mall in Sharjah.
       site office in Dubai.                                                                                                                                                              with an integrated restaurant.       Kennedy has been working on
                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Almaz by Momo’ is one of the        Spinneys
                                                                                                                                                                                         latest high class restaurants to     projects on and off for the last
                                                                                                                                                    Atrium at Harvey Nichols             open in Dubai. Extending over        three years but recently has
                                                                                                                                                                                         several open plan rooms, with        been                                                Almaz lounge
                                                                                               On the other side of the road, we are                                                     a floor area of 600m2. This           handling several stores at
                                                                                               constructing a R20-million extension                      Moroccan style restaurant is one of a kind.                          once. Some of the stores in Al
                                                                                               to the Hospitality Training Academy,                                                                                           Tawuun,
                                                                                               for the same client. The start of the                     ‘Almaz’ means diamond in Arabic and this is reflected in the          Musaffa in Abu Dhabi and Khaladia in
                                                                                               project was delayed due to the mu-                        faceted shape of the ceiling and the reflective panelled ceiling      Abu Dhabi, have involved
                                                                                               nicipal procedures, but within hours of                   in the fine dining room. The R20m project was quite a chal-           stripping out existing shops and fitting
                                                                                               getting clearance contracts manager                       lenge for Sajin Suliman as the Mall was open to the public, and      out a complete new store.
                                                                                               Bhagaval Prasad pumped 250m3 of                           Harvey Nichols was already trading. One of the first problems,        Ramada was a complete refurbishment
                                                                                               concrete into the foundations. With                       due to the ceiling void being up to 17 metres high, was bring-       of an existing store which took
                                                                                               temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees                          ing in 75 tons of steel beams to create the support structure        several months of painstaking work op-
                                                                                               during the day, concrete placing has to                   to carry the fan coil units, the access catwalk and the ceiling      erating only at night, as the store contin-
                                                                                               take place through the night and the                      support structure. The sloping gypsum ceilings were covered          ued trading. The Umm Sequim store is
                                                                                               concrete is temperature controlled by                     with glitter wallpaper from France, and handmade lampshades          nearing completion of its refurbishment
                                                                                               the addition of ice. The double storey                    from Morocco hang below. The floor and walls in the ladies            and Kennedy is now getting ready to
                                                                                               structure will have a combination of in                   restrooms are lined with genuine gold mosaic tiles costing           start in Ajman. Apart from QS Sangeetha
                                                                                               situ concrete and precast slabs, with a                   R 15,000m2. While the men have to put up with black mosaic           Augustine,
                                                                                               total floor area of 2200m2. Completion                     tiles, black sanitary ware and dimmed lighting (Oi vey!).            these projects are handled solely by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Kennedy Devasahayam
                                                                                               is scheduled for January next year.                                                                                            Kennedy and he deals directly with the
                                                                                                                                                         Elsewhere, floor finishes consist of timber strips interspersed        Spinneys project manager
                                                                                                                                                         with handmade concrete tiles from Lebanon, and one side of
Mohd Riazuddin, contracts manager; Olim Lawrence Mendonca,
                                                                                                                                                         the restaurant has handmade Zellige mosaic tiling imported           Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, not Dubai
projects architect; Biju.K, site engineer; Pradej.G, projects
                                                                                                                                                         from Morocco fitted by specialist artisans.                           like most people think, and until last year construction was
engineer; Shanoj.T, site clerk; Dilip Ganesan, safety inspector;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              running at a snail’s pace compared to Dubai. Now President His
Fijo Franco, qa/qc; Bhawar Lal, foreman; Sateesh Kumar Pillai,
                                                                                                                                                          In Deira City Centre James Devadason’s team are close to            Highness Sheik Khalifa has set Abu Dhabi on a course to catch
timekeeper; Tomy Polouse, foreman; Arun Madhusudhanan,
                                                                                                                                                         completing the latest upgrade of the Mall. When superstore           up with its neighbour. Projects announced already include a
                                                                                                                                                         ‘Ikea’ moved out last year they left a 6000m2 void in the Mall.      R50-billion airport terminal, the R100-billion Al Raha beach
                                                                                                                                                         ATS has been busy modifying the area to create an extension of       development, the R70-billion Al Reem Island development
                                                                                                                                                         the pedestrian mall lined with 12 shops. As well as modifying        and the R200-billion Saadiyat City project. No we haven’t been
       In order to increase seating capacity, a new mezzanine                                                                                            the adjacent Arabian Treasures area that we originally built five     awarded any of these yet but we are moving into Abu Dhabi. As
       floor is being built in the middle of the restaurant, and new                                                                                      years ago, we had to punch through the                                                     part of the Al Tayer Group retail expansion
       features such as raised timber flooring, glass wine racks,                                                                                         existing second floor to accommodate                                                        we are starting work on six shops in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ray Porter riding high
       and water features hanging from the ceiling, will give a                                                                                          a new escalator. On the Mall roof we                                                       existing Marina Mall, and nine shops in the
       visual impact to the new design. The project valued at R50-                                                                                       built new foundations and a 100 ton                                                        new Al Wahda Mall. This work will keep
                                                                      The Prasad team                                                                    steel structure to receive chillers and                                                    us occupied to the end of the Year, and we
       million is scheduled to be completed by end of November.
                                                                      L-R                                                                                cooling towers. At the other end of the                                                    have also been approached to fit-out three
                                                                      Jagdish Sharma, general foreman; Bharat Rajan, site engineer; Banawari                                                                                                        restaurants.
                                                                      Lal, assistant foreman; Jayaprakash K.P, charge hand; Bhagaval Prasad P,
                                                                      contracts manager; Dileep C, site clerk; Kheemji Lal, charge hand, Umanath
18                                                                    Sharma, carpenter; Divagaran, driver; Ranjith Kumar V, carpenter.                                                                                                                                                           19
     BOTSWANA                                                    more difficult to continue without the input of the major
                                                                 subcontractor’s work. It has been a very long and testing     true grit
     NEWS FROM                                                   period for all concerned but hopefully, by the time you

                                                                 read this, the problem will be sorted out and we will be on
                                                                 site again eager to get the project back on track.            prime stocks
                                                                 Tom Hendry and Stephen Pell visited the site in July and
      The Maun District                                          were suitably impressed by the quality of the product we      The Maun 2006 Apache Relay is no ordinary race.
     Hospital project suffered                                   are producing on the northern Botswana border. Tom and        It’s an annual, much anticipated event that has
     a major setback                                             Stephen thanked Dieter, Kevin, Giepie and the team, for       been taking place for years and has become a
     in December 2005 when the nominated electrical,             ‘hanging in’ and for holding the team together under very     highlight on the town’s calendar.
     mechanical and piped gases subcontractor went into          difficult circumstances.
     liquidation. Work on site has diminished significantly                                                                     This year and for the first time in the history of the
     over the last seven months as it has become increasingly                                                                  race Stocks, decided to participate. In no time nine
                                                                                                                               young and fit boys and one girl formed the Prime
                                                                                                                               Stocks’ team vowing to give the ‘big boys’ a run for
                                                                                                                               their money.
                                                    CONGRATS TO KEVIN AND SPUIKER                                              Of course, every top notch team needs a strong
                                                                                                                               management team behind them, so into the breach
                                                    A bush braai in the boma at Maun Lodge went down well - with the help      sprung team captain Srdjan Campar, manager               L-R standing: Baits Mazunga, Dierenge Jane, Julie (surname) , Rodger
                                                    of a few jugs. The occasion was used to announce the appointment of        Oliver Bowl and team technical consultant Giepie         Madiehe, Shono Rasedibo, Srdjan Campar, Pamela Stellenberg, Oliver Bowl,
                                                    Kevin McMinn as a full director of the Botswana division. Kevin needs      Barnard who briefed, coached, trained and                Giepie Barnard.
                                                    no introduction having been an alternate director for several years. He    motivated them as only the Maun guys can do. But         Front: Boniface Mokgosi, Ishmael Kabelo, LLewellyn Hamilton, Kathrine
                                                    was reminded that his appointment carries a lot more responsibility        that’s not all ... An experienced, and rather bossy,     Benningfield, Brian Silishebo
                                                    and that he has to work so so much harder!!                                support crew made sure that they were in the right
                                                                                                                               places for the start of the relay well ahead of time
                                                    Alphius “Spuiker” Kapano, who has worked on a variety of our large                                                                         knowing the limit, pushing a wheel barrow to the nearest
                                                                                                                               and diligently monitored them for signs of dehydration.
                                                    projects in Gauteng, North West and Botswana received his 20 year long                                                                     restaurant, eating pies and a ‘Stellenbosch Omelet’ a
                                                    service award. He was chosen as a candidate for the foreman’s course                                                                       concoction made of Tabasco sauce, a raw egg and tequila.
                                                                                                                               On the day, the whole town turned out along the route to
                                                    during which he achieved great results. There is no doubt that Spuiker                                                                     Yuk!
                                                                                                                               witness the seven enthusiastic competing teams as they
                                                    will maintain his high standards and keep the Stocks name held high. A     underwent the 15 wicked and challenging tasks.
                                                    big well done ‘Spike’ - 50 years is on its way!!                                                                                           The gruelling event culminated with the teams having to
            The typical internal courtyard façade                                                                                                                                              push a raw egg across the width of the tennis court. We
            between the hospital wings.                                                                                        The tasks were varied and ranged from cycling and
                                                                                                                                                                                               held our breathe as Baits Mazunga, with the second team
                                                                                                                               running to pushing weights and kicking rugby balls. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                               virtually licking his heels, saved the day by crossing the
                                                                                                                               young QS, Shono, saved the day and wowed the crowd
                                                                                                                                                                                               line in the nick of time with his egg a mere 1.5m in front
                                                                                                                               when he leapt into the air to catch the ball behind the
                                                                                                                                                                                               of his opponent, which made us the overall winners. We
                                                                                                                               posts, landing on his back still holding on to the ball
                                                                                                                                                                                               were eggstatic!
                                                                                  The ‘Mafioso’ cool hoods                      for dear life. This act of supreme sportsmanship was
                                                                                                                               rewarded with the prize for the individual that completed
                                                                                  in their shades:                             a task the best.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Our prize was a slap-up dinner for the whole team at one
                                                                                                                                                                                               of the local hotels and can you believe it - Kevin gave us
                                                                                  L-R Stephen Pell, Tom Hendry, Kevin                                                                          money for some drinks!
                                                                                                                               Unrelenting, the tasks continued through the heat of
                                                                                  McMinn, director Botswana and chief          the day testing skills and concentration. Endurance
                                                                                  QS on Maun: Sergan Campar, services                                                                          We are now the proud victors of the two main events in
                                                                                                                               was pushed further by shooting at empty cans with a
                                                                                  co-ordinator: Giepie Barnard, contracts                                                                      Maun this year, namely the Relay and the Action Cricket
                                                                                                                               catapult, downing cold drinks, marching 2km with right
                                                                                  manager and Dieter Pickhardt, project                                                                        Tournament. And now, while we are flush with victory, we
                                                                                                                               legs tied together, flipping a tractor tyre over a distance
                                                                                  manager.                                                                                                     will be giving our all to finish the hospital.
                                                                                                                               of 100m, filling a shopping basket with groceries without

                                                                                                                               MUCH RESPECTED PIET SAYS FAREWELL
                                                                                                                                Much loved and respected Piet Veldman, who has worked predominantly in the North West
                                                                                                                               Province and Botswana for the past 13 years, is to hang up his construction overalls and look
                                                                                                                               forward to his retirement.
                                                                                                                                Carl Dyer MD of North West and Botswana fondly refers to him as a ‘tough old bugger’ who
                                                                                                                               stood his ground for Stocks. He took pride in his work and strived to do the best he could.
                                                                                                                               Subcontractors and suppliers always greeted him respectfully with a ‘good morning sir’ as they
             The maintenance storage facility
                                                                                                                               ‘pasop-ed’ gingerly passed him.
                                                                                                                                But underneath the tough exterior lies a big heart that always remained compassionate to his
                                                                                                                               staff when sympathy was required and one that showed an enormous amount of tenderness
                                                                                                                               towards his wife, Cathy.
                                                                                                                                 We wish him well as he enters his twilight years. However, we have to remind him that we
                                                                                                                               have earmarked another project for him in the not too distant future. In the meantime, I am
                                                                                                                               sure all who had crossed paths with Piet join me in wishing both him and Cathy well in their
                                                                                                                               retirement. May they have many years of good health, peace and happiness.
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                                                                                                                                                             Stocks leading contractor on Cape Town
                                                                                                                                                         International Airport's new intergrated terminal
                                                                                                                                                  A R664-million contract for a new Integrated Terminal at Cape     departure terminal is fully relocated, the old terminal will be
                                                                                                                                                  Town International Airport has been awarded to a joint ven-       demolished. Work on the new integrated arrival’s terminal
                                                                                                                                                  ture comprising building contractors Grinaker-LTA and Stocks      will be completed by December 2009. Once completed, pas-
                                                                                                                                                  Building Africa. Some 74 500m2 in size, the new terminal is       sengers will be able to use an additional eight new passenger
                                                                                                                                                  scheduled for completion in December 2009. Stocks will be         loading bridges that will be connected to the new terminals.
                                                                                                                                                  the leading contractor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Included in the works is a new elevated roadway along the
                                                                                                                                                  A challenge for the contractors will be phasing the work in       front facades. The new terminal will feature a striking, mod-
                                                                                                                                                  order to provide for the continual operation of the airport,      ern structural steel roof and concrete supports in an unusual
                                                                                                                                                  comments Grinaker-LTA Building Cape managing director             “Y” design, Potgieter says.
                                                                                                                                                  Neil Potgieter. Public safety will also be a priority, he adds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The new building will comprise piled foundations and a
                                                                                                                                                  Stocks’ major projects director, Johan Brink says that the        concrete framed structure ranging in height from three to five
                                                                                                                                                  project will commence with the enabling phase that kicks off      floors. Potgieter explains that slabs will mainly be post-ten-

     District                                                                                                                                     with construction of a new drop-off road on the west side of
                                                                                                                                                  the new car park. Existing tenants and other service provid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sioned, coffered and troughed, with approximately 12 000 m2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of slabs at high levels – exceeding eight metres.

                                                                                                                                                  ers presently situated in the centre of the airport and around
                                                                                                                                                  the old control tower building will be relocated to temporary     External civil works comprise the elevated road for access to
                                                                                                                                                  containers and new buildings during this phase. The current       check-in on the second floor, and 30 384 m2 of premix roads
                                                                                                                                                  security offices will be incorporated into the new multi-storey    as well as 32 000 m2 of brick paved areas.
     Work on the R164-million, 120 bed hospital                                                                                                   parkade and the existing drop-off roads will be relocated to
     started in mid October 2005. By the beginning                                                                                                make space for the new terminal and the contractors’ site.        This year marks the 10th anniversary of a successful associa-
     of the December shutdown period, the site                                                                                                                                                                      tion between the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)
     establishment was completed and excavations                                                                                                  Only after this phase has been completed, will construction       and Stocks. Since 1996, the company has been permanently
     had started on the boucell raft foundations.                                                                                                 begin on the new 62 000 m2 departure terminal amalgamated         based at the Johannesburg International Airport and has
     Then the heavens opened and just like the rest                                                                                               with the existing international terminal and the elevated drop-   been involved in close on 20 major projects.
     of the country Vryburg was soaked.                                                                                                           off road. Alterations to the existing 12 500 m2 international
                                                                                                                                                  terminal will follow. The enabling phase and new terminal is      Cape Town International is South Africa’s second-largest
                                                                                                                                                  expected take about two years to complete.                        airport, and a major tourism gateway for millions of visitors to
     The Vryburgers say it never rains in Vryburg,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the city each year. It’s estimated that by 2015, 14 million pas-
     but after experiencing 863mm of rain during                                                                                                  Once the new terminal is commissioned and the existing            sengers will land in Cape Town annually.
     the first three months of this year (the average
     annual rain fall is normally 25mm), the locals
     are now keeping very quiet. Some of the
     residents that have been here for 18 years                  L-R Back row:
     have never seen the local river flowing. This                Patrick Matela, safety officer; Roelf Faber, senior site agent ; Comfort Moepi,
                                                                 junior QS ex Madona Property Developers; Ray Fillis, site agent; Barry Steen-
     time it was in flood and came very close to
                                                                 huisen, senior contracts manager; Johan Schutte, senior QS; Obert Chombo,
     the staff park home camp. Unfortunately, the                trainee engineer; Botsotso Tsendwana, junior foreman; Gustav Mofokeng,
     deluge set the project back three months and                junior foreman; Thomas Mlindazwe, carpenter.
     every endeavour is now being made to get back
     on track in order to complete the project by                Front row:
     December 2007.                                              Foremen, Joseph Maake, Freddy Goliath and Renier van Aswegen; Louis
                                                                 Panizza, charge hand ex Madona Property Developers; Shareef Rhoda, trainee
     The boucell raft foundations are a new                      QS; Manny Soares, general foreman.
     concept to most of the staff and formwork
     subcontractors on site, and have produced
     their fair share of teething problems. But the                                                                                               MEDIA CITY                                                        the adjacent Broadmont building. Five new slabs are being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    constructed to close up the atrium, and the finishes for BMW
     learning curve is over and progress on the rafts                        pours often go on late into the night and particular care            Work has begun on the R150-million Media City project on the      on the first four floors are also part of the Stocks’ contract.
     is improving.                                                           had to be undertaken during the cold winter period (with             Foreshore in Cape Town. The existing 44 Hertzog Boulevard
                                                                             temperatures plummeting to -3o) to prevent the freshly               building is being revamped for Sage Trust Investments as          The site team is led by Jannie du Toit with John de Gaaf, the
     Brickwork on the single storey ward blocks has begun and                poured concrete, not to mention the foremen and labour,              part of the inner city revitalisation programme.                  structural site agent, Willie Baadjies the general foreman for
     the arrival of the first steel trusses is imminent. Concrete             from freezing.                                                                                                                         BMW, Jack Wilson & Kenneth Maya the structural foremen
                                                                                                                                                  The building will be enlarged on two facades with a new           and Mzandile Njozela the site QS. The ‘juniors’ on site are
                                                                                                                                                  access ramp to service and link up the old Monte Carlo            Buntu Somhlahlo, junior site agent; Ruth Gelderbloem recep-
                                                                                                                                                  and Broadway buildings (now Broadmont) with 44 Hertzog            tionist & office admin, Lucia Nqenqa site clerk, Lona Luke,
                                                                                                                                                  Boulevard. These buildings now form part of the Media City        student and others soon to follow. Gys van der Westhuizen,
                                                                                                                                                  complex which houses Media 24, Naspers and other tenants.         contracts manager and Jakes Erasmus, QS are the directors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    involved on this project.
                                                                                                                                                  The new extensions include a large BMW and Mini show-
                                                                                                                                                  room, offices and work shops on the first four floors. The next      A very tight construction programme is in place to accommo-
                                                                                                                                                  four, will be mainly parking for tenants and the top four of      date the new tenants. All of the documentation for the project
                                                                                                                                                  the 12 storey building will be occupied by Shell. Demolitions     is being issued electronically only and a very strict discipline
                                                                                                                                                  are virtually complete on the ground floor and piling will be      has to be maintained to ensure that the correct and latest in-
                                                                                                                                                  completed by the end of August. Work is also being done in        formation is being maintained and ordered from the system.
                  The staff is housed in park homes and houses in and around Vryburg and since there is just ‘so much’ to do in Vryburg
                            it’s just WORK, WORK, WORK with most returning home on pay weekends at the end of the month.

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                        SBA Current Projects
     Contracts                                 Value R million


     East Rand Mall                            95
     Molapo Technologies                       33
     ABSA International Trade Bureau           18
     Maropeng Cradle of Humankind              104
     AOL Parkade                               32
     Tembisa Hospital                          83
     Johannesburg General Hospital             46
     Fredman Drive                             54

     Western Cape

     Kingshaven                                63
     Parkview Villas                           24
     Kendal Heights                            18
     Cape Royale                               122
     Worcester Hospital                        122
     Bayview                                   31
     Media City                                137
     Manorgan Mews                             49
     Cape Town International Airport           664

     KwaZulu Natal

     The Sails on Timeball                     235
     Sibaya Lodge Hotel                        48

     North West

     Vryburg Hospital                          164


     Maun Hospital                             P272

     United Arab Emirates

     Zener Steward

     Harvey Nichols                            AED 4.5m
     Dubai Community Theatre                   AED 13m
     Emirates Training Academy                 AED 3,4m
     Spinneys Al Taawun Mall, Sharjah          AED 1m
     Barclays Bank                             AED1m
     Spinneys, Abu Dhabi                       AED1m
     M.O.E. new prayer room                    AED 292,000
     Jumeriah Beach Hotel                      AED 5m
     High-end Villa Palm, Jumeriah             AED 6m
     New toilet block, DCC                     AED1m
     Fit-outs for Al Tayer stores, Abu Dhabi   AED 847,000


     Jumeriah Hospitality Academy              AED 11m
     Gulf News Office fit-out                    AED 4m
     Barclays Bank office fit-out                AED 3m
     Spinneys, Abu Dhabi                       AED2m
     Deira City Centre, Ikea refurbishment     AED7m
     The Colonnade, Jumeriah Beach Hotel       AED27m
     Prayer rooms, alterations M.O.E           AED 1m
     Spinneys, Ajman                           AED 2m
     DCC toilet block                          AED3m
     Areej & Armani stores Abu Dhabi           AED 2m


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