Construction not transforming - Nxesi

Construction not transforming - Nxesi

2014-07-03 21:00

Johannesburg - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Thursday that the country's construction sector needed massive transformation.

Addressing delegates at the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM) central executive committee meeting, he said: "The industry has to transform and include black professionals. Engineers, surveyors and all sorts of artisans in the sector are male and white.

"There is no transformation in that sector from where I am sitting."

Collective bargaining

A number of industry associations in construction refused to accept collective bargaining, he said.

"NUM is the largest union in the construction sector. You need to organise and make sure social transformation takes place.

"You must ask yourselves how you are going to force these associations to accept collective bargaining," Nxesi said.

Job losses in the sector needed a co-ordinated plan. The industry had the worst fatalities and injuries, he said.

"We need a social plan for the industry to mitigate job losses. As workers lose jobs, training programmes in the EPWP should be in place to ensure that the EPWP absorbs these workers," he said, referring to the expanded public works programme.

The sector education training authorities (Setas) needed to start showing good results.

Nxesi said most Congress of SA Trade Unions affiliates sat in Seta boards, but there were no returns.

"It cannot be that leaders from affiliates sit in Setas, but we do not see any results."

  • Grant Durban - 2014-07-03 21:25

    Maybe they should also strike?

  • Lian Smit - 2014-07-03 21:28

    Why does everything that is working have to be crippled in the name of transforacism? Rather start investing at the entry level and then everything will work itself out. If they started that in 1994 our country would have been much better off

  • Richard Young - 2014-07-03 21:32

    Oh well, looks like we'll have more casualties and quite literally the country will crumble and fall to the ground if people are given positions without the competence or knowledge of their duties

  • Joe Irwin - 2014-07-03 21:55

    For a start reopen the trade schools and maybe we can get more quality artisans. Get the school matriculation pass mark increased to a level where we will have individuals who have a chance of succeeding in university. Maybe we will then get the engineers required.

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-07-03 21:56

    The best candidates will get selected regardless of race. Stop basing all decisions on race!!!

      Nnete Speakah - 2014-07-04 01:13

      Has to happen, everything is about race, whether you don't like it or don't want to talk about it

  • Jaco Van Niekerk - 2014-07-03 22:00

    Translated: "Whites, f-off or die... but first, give us all you've worked for!"

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2014-07-03 22:00

    It is so refreshing to see black, yes black as the ace of spades `, sub contractors offering their services in my sub section of the building industry earning their own pay, employing their own crew and finally taking sole responsibility for their livelihoods, well done guys you have my full backing and support

  • Themba Dhlomo - 2014-07-03 22:03

    we have black professional engineers but they dont have da balls to take risks an start their own thing even Malema is by far better he had balls to start a party in the midst of animosity so all we need is genetically modified balls for black engineers and end of corruption in the sector...dats the white man in me speaking my apologies

      Tamara Aspeling - 2014-07-03 23:51

      Nope. Most white men can spell.

      Chris May - 2014-07-04 06:53

      Why should Themba be hated? Everything is about mindset. If you have a winning mindset, you win. If you have a lack mindset, you lack. And we want all South Africans to win, don't we?

      Tiekie Black - 2014-07-04 07:35

      what! dont say its the white man in you! it the MALEMA!

  • Hauke Liefferink - 2014-07-03 22:10

    Why are all these white males evil in trying to make a good living?

  • Schalk Bothma - 2014-07-03 22:14

    All you do is talk, talk about blacks in our rugby team, blacks in our mines, blacks in our financial systems, blacks in our construction - well talking wont help you dumb ass - training, education and above all hard work is all that is truly sustainable and effective for any country in the world including ours, successful ones that is.....

      Chris May - 2014-07-04 06:55

      I'm quite sure 'our' meant 'South African', not 'mine'. 'Mine' is what kids do.

  • Archie Dempster - 2014-07-03 22:24

    I think you comment is exact and a white person I'm

  • Sydney Horn - 2014-07-03 22:31

    All I hear is another idiot politician preaching for a strike !

  • Mally Gee - 2014-07-03 22:49

    There’s a very good reason for the artisans in the industry to be male and white. It’s not too difficult to work out why.

  • Jon Low - 2014-07-03 23:16

    "Engineers, surveyors and all sorts of artisans in the sector are male and white." You need to be good at mathematics to do those jobs, Thulas. Maths -- not "maths literacy". Blame it on your former colleagues in SADTU.

  • Tamara Aspeling - 2014-07-03 23:49

    Sorry bro, but in some cases, you HAVE to hire on merit. If you hire an incompetent accountant or lawyer to make the numbers look good, the results are not usually life threatening. If you hire an engineer based on anything OTHER than their competence, you are literally gambling with people's lives. Until the ANC improves the education system and stops the brain drain, this is the ONLU logical conclusion: hire the BEST candidate for the job, regardless of race. Sadly, thanks to the ANC education fiasco for the past 20 years, that's not likely to be an AA candidate. Blame the government.

  • Douglas Ross - 2014-07-03 23:52

    Learn to work for what you want and stop acting like children asking for everything to be given to you. There will be transformation when the nations education is improved. There's lots of hard working coloured people who deserve the high salaries associated with their jobs being given a bad name by the lazy freeloaders

  • ryan.smit.1257 - 2014-07-04 02:08

    What a poorly written article

  • dawieadriv - 2014-07-04 02:20

    Ok.. So i sat in varsity with about half the class black. Got the same lectures and wrote the same exams. Also applied for 30 plus jobs. Did not get any. Decided ill take my knowledge start a construction company. None of my black class mates did something similar. This was less than 6 years ago. So now i should be penalized? There is so much work available. The majority of people with cash to burn is the black middle class. Why not use it??

  • jungleboy - 2014-07-04 03:32

    I work in the construction industry. Transformation wont do any good. The most corrupted are senior black managers. Fact.

  • Justin Labuschagne - 2014-07-04 03:54

    Sounds like muscles are being flexed and that people are preparing to take over yet another industry's businesses. How about trying something new and more productive for a change - start new businesses!

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-07-04 05:04

    transformation like calling a swimming pool a fire pool?

  • Cecil van Niekerk - 2014-07-04 05:11

    OMG - "White males" again - this is getting so monotonous. However I do wonder who are the recipients of all the massive engineering tenders, - I am sure they are not white males - the whiteys just got the job done.

  • Chol Mabeo - 2014-07-04 05:50

    You know the answer to that. Black learners avoid the sciences, like a leper, at school. Hence, we do not have good black numbers to achieve a meaningful transformation with. Unless you want to push the deployee agenda.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2014-07-04 06:02

      I have just had a geyser replaced through my insurance and had 2 companies come around sent by my insurance company and both were black owned so BEE is definitely happening

  • ivan.marsh.37 - 2014-07-04 05:51

    I fail to understand why there is the constant need to transform white business's into black business in a country where the black majority rules, is currently advantaged and has all doors open to them. With a government that awards tenders with BEE being a huge factor it seems logical to start new wholly owned black companies.

  • adrian.wendler - 2014-07-04 05:51

    "There is no transformation in that sector from where I am sitting,.." says it all.

  • pmalungana - 2014-07-04 06:19

    Why not transform the banks ? Leave the constructions . The banks should be overhauled

  • Hein Huyser - 2014-07-04 06:23

    Nxesi, why do't you rather speak to your racist buddies and give white South Africans our own himeland. That wsy you are rid of us, and you will not crapp in your pants if you see a white earning and employing someone. Even better still, why don't you stop your self hate, read the Constitution for once and follow it. The path you chose have got a bad ending, guaranteed. You should've made the white Afrikanef your ally, but that your children will realize, do it and prosper.

  • Lwandile Mabusela - 2014-07-04 07:03

    Union leaders on seta boards no wonder there are no results to be seen. First transform Eishkom,transnet and the banks

  • Zola Rakwena - 2014-07-04 07:37

    The only change that I want to see you stepping down and leave us in peace not in pieces. By the way I am still waiting for the update about Inkandla

  • Marc Anthony Webb - 2014-07-04 08:02

    What must it conform to? The country is run by the CancER (Majority Black)who clearly have a racist mandate against white people or any other colour than black.The last twenty years of their rule has been nothing but a failure to make or do anything constructive.The right thing would be is use the knowledge available and lose your inferior complex and get on with building this country.With statements like this it only confirms the ruling parties racist policies which have failed in every aspect...

  • Todays Realist - 2014-07-04 08:03

    Thulas Nxes is a typical CLOWN from the ANC. All mouth and no action by the BLACK ELITE! Let the RACIST ANC train BLACKS for the construction sector. Let the RACIST ANC ELITE start CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES and employ the so called trained BLACK worker.

  • Kosmonooit - 2014-07-04 08:07

    The SETAS not producing results (despite us funding them) because they always were a badly conceived idea, a grand scheme of social engineering (much like Apartheid was), not by an engineer though, because engineers know how to make things work. To become an engineer you need skill, aptitude, insight, talent, base education, years of hard work studying (which involves many personal sacrifices) - that's a long hard process that cannot be socially engineered. There are loads of opportunities for PDA's to go this way, why no results then?

      Kosmonooit - 2014-07-04 08:22

      Further more, just having skilled Engineers around are an asset to society, Cde Nxesi and others should stop looking at the issue through racist and sexist blinkers, and count their blessings.

  • Peppy Maharaj308 - 2014-07-04 08:28

    Yebo cause ur black broers are giving out the tender in joint ventures and raking in millions drinking whiskey and rye while sitting on their fat arses without working out a sweat you idiot !!!!

  • Lunetic Mental - 2014-07-04 08:44

    I dont quite get this...I am having a house built and there is no white person in/on site. Just another cANCer brain flutter

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-07-04 08:52

    What!!!!! so you can build buildings that fall down and kill people.But Oh I forgot any white skin is excluded from helping or guiding and teaching the people.ITS ALL ABOUT VOTES NOT ABOUT BUILDING SA TO BECOME A SHINING LIGHT TO THE WORLD AND LEAD THE WAY

  • Stewart Molton - 2014-07-04 09:08

    If you want to do any good minister, start explaining that by labour treating business as the enemy to be defeated, they may defeat business and then what will remain of our country, besides beggars and economic refugees? Labour should see themselves as a factor of production, like finance, wanting a fair return. Minister, your job is to take a lead in improving relationships, it is not to take a lead in worsening them!

  • Angela Heywood - 2014-07-04 12:01

    Ok, so a black engineer builds a shopping mall (don't worry about the fact that he got 30% pass for matric, didn't pass satisfactorily for an engineering degree. He is there merely because he is black NOT because he has crucial knowledge and qualifications and experience needed to be in an area such as engineering! Like getting a medical degree because you are black, NOT because you studied your ass off to get there, and so therefore you have zip idea of what to do in any crisis/emergency! Is this government EVER going to wake up and realise what they are trying to do is NOT in any way helping the country, only continuing to destroy it? So sad!

  • Dave Salloway - 2014-07-04 14:45

    Wonder where he is sitting!! on the loo no doubt

  • Net Iemand - 2014-07-04 17:41

    OMG..HERE WE GO AGAIN!??!! Cant black people just accept that WHITE PEOPLE also needs jobs??? The unemployment rate of white people is nearly 80%. NEARLY 80%. And, you must understand that we are the minority. Blacks have an unemployment rate of 25%. SO HOW IS THIS FAIR???

  • Net Iemand - 2014-07-04 17:43

    Also, blacks don't allow whites to have schools anymore, they don't want us to work, don't want us to own land, don't want us to have businesses. WTF, TELL ME, WTF MAY WE HAVE.????!!??? PLEASE TELL ME!!!!

  • Net Iemand - 2014-07-04 18:20

    Also, people, go and look at the Zim news today. Mugabe is literally kicking out white people. He said he does not want white people there anymore. Just last week they said they are going to look at making things better for everyone. This week he doubled his effort to exterminate whites. And we all know MALEMA is his little hand puppet!!!

  • Net Iemand - 2014-07-04 18:25

    Who the hell is Nxesi? Where do you get this figures? Let me guess. You have reached grade 5 at school. Then, you got a job because you are black. Then, one day...while digging in your nose, you saw 1, yes, 1 white person that wore a hard hat at a construction site. That worried you. You thought, "EISH, ANOTHER EUROPEAN..NO NO NO NO" "WE HAVE TO GET RID OF THEM NOW!!!" Now, you are running around telling everyone there is too many whites in construction, while, in actual fact, there is 1 white for every 100 blacks. MMMm..this means you should actually employ more whites since we should have a 10% equity ration with employment. SO NXESI???? Where is the other 9% of whites needed to balance your BEE laws? So it is ok to have a 100% owned and 100% black only labour force....but GOD FORBID that a white person is employed anywhere!!!!

  • Themba Dhlomo - 2014-07-04 20:40

    i have started a constuction company are there any volunteers to mentor me...i have a Bcom degree and audit experience and wanna get into construction

  • Hari Sangher - 2014-07-04 23:04

    It is obvious that the current condition of our country is caused by the government (like this Minister) and the alliance partners as well as the ANC. This is also obviously planned to break the back of the private sector consisting mostly of white managed business.

  • willem.ras - 2014-07-06 13:03

    I really struggle to see how this would improve the construction sector or help to solve problems experienced. It does not address the true problems we have.

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