Beating the Drum_Issue 75_2016

Issue 75: August 2016 Bitter sweet moments as we bid a fond farewell NMC Civils, a division of the NMC Construction Group, bid farewell to their construction veteran Graham Sanders. Graham leaves the world of construction with almost 46 years experience in the industry. He started his career in Durban working for consulting engineers, Campbell, Bernstein & Irving. Realising his passion lies in construction he moved on to Grinaker Construction and Basil Read travelling the African continent. He joined NMC Civils in February 2010 and bids farewell to what he describes as “the greatest planet I have ever lived on!”. “Graham is a contractor at heart, one who has a passion for getting the job done and making money. To others he might have seemed grumpy, vocal in his comments and vociferous in his opinions, to Graham and those that know him well, he is steadfast and resolute in making things happen in the best interest of NMC Civils.” George De Sousa, COO NMC Civils. “I shall miss all that I shall be leaving behind. It has been a privilege working in such a friendly, reactive environment, and I hope to keep in touch with as many people as possible. “ Graham Sanders, Director V&A Waterfront projects stand out proud The NMC Construction Group is proud to announce that the Silo 6 Radisson Red Hotel and V&A Waterway House teams were awarded first and second place in their respective categories at the 2016 MBSA National Safety Competition. The judging categories for the competition cover all aspects of a building project, including among others safety, housekeeping, accident rates and environmental. Both sites performed exceptionally well on safety and housekeeping in the regional and national competitions. Pictured above suitably dressed for the awards ceremony’s Hollywood theme, l-r: Shaun Webber, Dale Gay, Nicola Grobler, Loren Logue, André Mouton, Le Roux Jacobs and Johan Bezuidenhout. NMC representatives proudly show off their accolades at the MBSA awards ceremony. The positive results achieved in the Master Builders South Africa regional and national competitions are a result of both teams working together to uphold the company ethos of setting the construction standard. They achieved this through consistently striving to maintain a site that is a positive reflection of the NMC brand values. “I would like to congratulate the team on their dedication, enthusiasm and insight. They are truly an inspiration to us all. I wish the team and the individuals as they move forward in their careers and work in different teams many years of great achievements.” Dale Gay, Contracts Manager. Despite the widespread recognition, these teams continue to power through tight deadlines, making good progress on their respective projects, a testament to their hard work and dedication. Construction on Silo 6 is well underway with preparations for the 7th floor casting in place. The roof slab and upper roof are due to top out end September 2016. The team are doing well and are on track for final handover in June 2017. V&A Waterway House has completed 90% of Phase one with handover scheduled for end of September 2016. The interior fit out has commenced to ensure a November 2016 handover to tenants, British American Tobacco (BAT). National MBSA Safety Competition 2016 results: Silo 6 Radisson Red Hotel Winner | CAT G: Projects R150 - R300 million V&A Waterway House Runner-up | CAT H: Projects R300-R500 million With Belhar Phase I complete, NMC Civils are charging ahead full steam on Phase II The Belhar and surrounding communities will soon benefit from additional formal housing as well as an upgraded local bus terminal. The Department of Human Settlements initiated the first phase of this project in 2014, in line with their mandate to develop sustainable integrated human settlements in the Western Cape. NMC Civils, a division of the NMC Construction Group, was awarded the Belhar phase two project on the back of the successful completion of Belhar phase one. The award of this contract continues the team’s relationship with Calgro M3 Developments, a listed company with its head office in Johannesburg. The scope of works includes bulk services and roadworks, demolishing works of the old bus terminal and construction of a new terminal. The project also includes construction of an 8m deep sewer pump station. “We are making good progress despite our asbestos discovery. The asbestos was unexpected but we’re managing the extraction process by adhering to the legal requirements to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the community. I am very proud of the team’s performance to date and thank them for their hard work and dedication. We look forward to a successful handover in February 2017.” Ian Daniels, Site Agent. What is Asbestos and why is it dangerous? There are two types of asbestos minerals, namely chrysotile (serpentine asbestos) and amphibole asbestos. Serpentine asbestos is usually not associated with asbestos cancer. However, if inhaled it may cause irritation to the interior surfaces of the lungs. Being exposed to amphibole asbestos is much more dangerous and the leading cause of pleural mesothelioma, an unusual but frequently fatal disease affecting the lining between the lungs and the chest cavity. Source: