SA construction body awaits conclusion of investigation into George building collapse

The scene where the building collapsed. Photo: Ayanda Ndamane/Independent Newspapers

The scene where the building collapsed. Photo: Ayanda Ndamane/Independent Newspapers

Published May 8, 2024


South Africa’s body of construction contractors, Master Builders South Africa (MBSA), said it has learnt about the tragic incident of the building collapsing in George in the Western Cape.

“It is with heavy hearts that we learnt about the collapse of a five-storey building in George,” MBSA President Musa Shangase said conveying his condolences to the families of the seven construction workers who have died.

“Our hearts go out to the families and colleagues of the victims of this tragedy. We thank all government officials, the local municipality, non-government bodies, rescuers, the people of George and everyone who rose to the occasion to assist in whatever way they could.”

He said the organisation remains concerned about the safety of employees on construction sites and said all regional Master Builders Associations are always available to assist members and non-member companies with all aspects of construction occupational health and safety.

“As an industry body, we are going to wait for the investigations to be conducted and concluded so we all know what could have led to the collapse of the structure, injuries and sadly loss of life,” Shangase said.

MBSA is a federation of registered employer associations representing contractors and employers in the construction industry and is regulated in terms of Section 107 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995. The federation’s eight Master Builders Associations and affiliate association represent more than 3,500 contractors and employers in the industry.

The building collapse took place on Monday, May 6 just after 2pm.

At the time of the incident, 75 construction workers were on site.