Eastern Cape women builders given a boost

2015-12-02 06:00

IN an effort to empower women in the home building industry, the NHBRC hosted a successful three-day Technical Training Workshop at the East Cape Training Centre in Port Elizabeth last week.

About 110 registered women-owned home builders from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality attended the workshop facilitated by NHBRC technical training experts.

The purpose of the workshop was to equip women-owned home builders with technical and compliance information in preparation of the roll out of the formal training programme expected to start in 2016.

“The workshop comprised theory and practical training where participants were equipped with information in order to have a good understanding of the home building regulatory and technical requirements,” said NHBRC Training Consultant, Nomthandazo Mkhwanazi.

“With this training workshop we want to ensure that our home builders’ particularly women, are complying with the NHBRC building and technical standards when they are on site.”

According to Mkwanazi, the workshop was a launching pad for the introduction of the Emerging Contractors’ Incubation programme funded by NHBRC in partnership with SEDA Construction Incubator.

“In this Incubation programme we will be training 150 emerging home builders on business management skills such financial management, preparation of tenders for construction contracts and project management. The programme will include construction training focusing on technical skills needed at various key stages of building such as plumbing, painting, plastering and brick laying.”

Upon completion of the Incubation programme, Mkwanazi said the participants will receive NQF level 2-4 certificates accredited with Construction Education and Training Authority.

“With this training programme we want to ensure that emerging home builders are able to build quality homes in order to compete with big construction companies,” she concluded.

One of the participants, Nomazizi Dyasi from Kuphilwaphi Trading, said the workshop was very informative as she gained in-depth knowledge of the home building industry.

“Some of the things we take for granted onsite like soil classification and mixing of cement, are very crucial in the process of building a house. I am looking forward to the formal incubator programme because I want to graduate from being subcontractor to being a main contractor.”

Another participant, Nosisana Thabata from Nosisizwe CC, said the three days she spent at the workshop were beneficial to the sustainability of her company in the home building industry.

“The presentations were very clear on the importance of complying with NHBRC regulations and standards if I want to grow and sustain my business in the home building industry.”

“As women of the Nelson Mandela Metro we are grateful that the NHBRC will be training us so that we can comply with its technical standards.”

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