Clay Brick Association appoints new executive director

Posted On Wednesday, 03 August 2005 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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The Clay Brick Association has announced the appointment of Pierre Sanson as its new Executive Director.

Brian BruceThe Clay Brick Association has announced the appointment of Pierre Sanson as its new Executive Director.

The announcement was delivered at a formal banquet that formed part of the CBA’s 42nd Annual General Meeting and conference. “With his extensive management portfolio in related industries, Sanson is the ideal candidate to steer the association forward,” says Clive Archer, President of the Clay Brick Association (CBA).
The inspiring Drakensberg mountain range was the setting for the CBA’s annual event. Local members, including those from neighbouring countries, such as Namibia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, as well as new associate members from Europe converged to discuss future strategies.

The AGM provides a forum for members to convene and address salient issues relating to the industry. It provides an intermission between past activities and future plans to align with the organisation’s core values.

This year’s Presidents Report was delivered by Clive Archer, who identified the positive trends in the industry supported by the growth of the South African economy. “The increased demand for housing and other sector developments has had positive spin-offs for the industry. The commitment of government to the Extended Public Works Programme will see continued growth in the clay brick sector. All this is underpinned by a climate of transformation“, says Archer.

Accentuating the message of transformation was guest speaker, Brian Bruce, CEO of Murray & Roberts, and chairperson of the Construction Industry Development Board. Bruce took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the impact of globalisation on the industry and the need to pay attention to the South African economy. He believes it is critical to invest in capacity, and empower local businesses and industry sectors to ensure future growth.

The CBA has integrated such capacity-building initiatives through their bricklaying school. This takes the form of a mobile training unit that directs its efforts towards the unemployed and disadvantaged sectors. More than 200 candidates have completed the course in the past few months and some of these graduates in turn have established their own small businesses.

Another important area of consideration is the impact of new legislation in the form of the New Mineral Rights and Energy Bill. Jaco Grundligh, an eminent lawyer and environmental consultant, delivered a detailed analysis of the legislation and its effects on the industry.

It is this kind of shared knowledge and consultation that is critical to any industry shaped by environmental and economic conditions. Clive Archer comments,  “This is where the strength of our association lies. The benefits of being a member can be justified by this spin off alone.”

In the past year the CBA has enjoyed an increase in membership. With this in mind, Archer conveyed a special welcome to its new associates, and especially those from Europe, namely Talleres Verdes of Spain and ISA International of Italy. He also welcomed Colin Meyer and Dirk Meyer, respectively to the board of directors.

Archer extended his praise to outgoing Executive Director, Kevin Jacobs, and Talita Harmse, office manager, for their outstanding contributions to the management of head office affairs.

He thanked vice president, David Matlou and the directors of the board; Harry Voorma, Jaap Stolp, Peter du Trevou and Eric Offerman for their immense commitment.

 A special thank you was given to the regional chairmen for their ‘passionate input’ into the industry. These are Neil Zondagh - Gauteng/Kwa-Zulu Natal, Tony Fraser - Free State/N.Cape, Frederick Kotze – W.Cape, Jan Joubert - Limpopo/Mpumalanga and Mark Hunter-Smith - E.Cape.

Archer concluded with a honorary mention to Harry Voorma, former President of the CBA, who retired in June after many years of service to the association. A special mention was bestowed to all the sponsors for their support and contribution towards the CBA 42nd AGM.

Said Archer in his final remarks, “I am sure that as an association we will go from strength to strength. May we all continue to enjoy many successful and prosperous years doing what we all love most – producing clay bricks”.


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