Steadily increasing membership, despite difficult economic conditions, is testimony to the much valued support of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) in the building industry. From its original founding in 1903 the GMBA has evolved its mission to enhance and protect the interests of members by: promoting ethical business practice; assisting in dispute and conflict resolution; promoting excellence of work; facilitating equitable conditions of employment; interacting constructively with government and other stakeholders; and fostering, promoting and actively driving training, education and safety programmes.
The association is based in Midrand and its members include main contractors, subcontractors, home builders, and suppliers and manufacturers of building materials. It assists members on issues such as industrial and labour relations, legal matters, tender information, and marketing. The GMBA also provides education and training, supplies input on health and safety issues, organises seminars and workshops, and runs a bureau to deal with complaints about members’ activities.
The association employs full-time safety consultants to provide a comprehensive service and HIV/AIDS awareness training is an important component of the health and safety programme.
In recent years the GMBA has played an important part in the pioneering Youth in Construction initiative which forms part of the Department of Public Works’ National Construction Week. It has also introduced an annual training scheme to develop skilled health, safety and environment (HSE) construction site personnel.
GMBA standing committees deal with portfolios that cover issues related to: Practice, Finance, Safety/Loss, Contractual/Legal, Industrial Relations, and Marketing. The GMBA is also represented on the Liaison Committees of the University of Pretoria and the University of the Witwatersrand and the Advisory Committee of the Tshwane University of Technology.