SAICE – FOCUS MOBILE LABS INITIATIVE 2017

SAICE – FOCUS MOBILE LABS INITIATIVE 2017

 

 

A PPS Professional Confidence Index (PCI) conducted in 2016 among over 3 800 South African graduate professionals revealed that 92% of the survey respondents were concerned about the standard of mathematics and science education in South Africa. It is a well established fact that maths and science is fundamental to contribute to the key sectors such as engineering, medicine and business to ensure the economy of the country is steered toward growth.

One of the most effective ways to address the skills shortage and unemployment rate in the country is to foster effective collaboration between the government and private sector through well known methods such as offering internships and bursaries.

The SAICE committee in Durban engaged with a rather unique organisation known as the Midlands community college which has been running a Mobile Science Laboratory since 2002. The College assists under-resourced schools that do not have science laboratories or the equipment to conduct curriculum-aligned science experiments in the KZN area. The college is an NGO funded primarily through sponsorship from the private sector. Over 900 experiments are conducted annually and more than 6000 learners benefit from the programme.

The Durban SAICE committee identified with the ideals of the initiative and mandated a team to source funding for as many schools as possible. Focus Project Management/Loliwe Rail Solutions responded favourably to the request. It was decided that 5 schools would be chosen as a pilot for this year. Through the SAICE-FOCUS initiative, following schools in the Umhlazi Area were beneficiaries of the programme:

  • Igagasi High
  • Sompukwane High
  • Folweni High
  • Siphephele High
  • Ntwenhle  High

About 200 Grade 12 learners were able to conduct their Physical Science experiments; be given tutoring and appropriate learning material through the programme during their Winter Break.

Members of the SAICE committee and Focus team undertook a visit to one of the schools – it was a heart-warming and uplifting experience since the team was also able to provide career advice to extremely eager young minds. It is envisioned that the initiative can be grown to benefit more schools in the future. It is also hoped that the initiative can be integrated into other programmes such as a feeding scheme and formalized career counselling so as to create a greater impact.

Usually the aim of public-private partnerships is to bolster local economic development however this initiative provided the opportunity for Focus and SAICE Durban to backward integrate into the heart of harnessing positivity through the lives of the youth. There is untold merit in that and it is hoped that initiatives like these become the norm rather than a luxury.

 

Position filled – Construction Project Manager

This position has been filled.

Construction Project Manager Vacancy
FOCUS PROJECT MANAGEMENT – JOHANNESBURG OFFICE

The candidate should ideally have a BSc in Construction Management or similar Degree or B Tech qualification.

They should also possess 5 – 10 years or more experience within the construction industry;  ideally with buildings experience rather than heavy civils / mining experience. Of the 5 – 10 years’ experience the candidate should have spent at least 3 years working for a contractor gaining site experience prior to switching to consulting. Past experience in Project Management will be preferred however this is not compulsory.

We will consider candidates that have worked exclusively within the contracting field provided they are genuinely keen on switching to working as a consultant.

Should you consider yourself compliant to the above requirements, please send cv to alice@focuspm.co.za

ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation

We are extremely pleased to advise and announce that FOCUS PM AND FOCUS QS has achieved a  ISO 9001 accreditation status, thereby ensuring that we comply with the Highest standard of recognised Quality Management Systems as a Group and as Individual Entities.

It further re-affirms our commitment to ensure we maintain a common and high quality of standard of performing tasks in the Group.

This certifications is testament to ensure that as the Group that we do things better, hence living up to the “BEST SYSTEMS, BEST SERVICE, BEST PEOPLE”  motto.

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ISO 9001 Certified Organisation

 

 

 

 

Level 1 BBBEE Status 2017

BBBEE-LevelWe am extremely pleased to advise and announce that FOCUS PM AND FOCUS QS has achieved a  LEVEL 1 BROAD BASED BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (BBBEE) contributor status  for the year 2017,  thereby ensuring that we  remain as a Highly  Empowered Project Management and Property related company in our respective industries.

It further re-affirms our BEE principles are integrated into the very fabric of the company and is now evident at all levels.

This rating bears testament to the importance that we place on transformation, and we acknowledge that we can do more in terms of  transforming, specifically towards gender transformation, procurement and developing our staff.

 

STEEL AWARD FOR 2016

FOCUS PROJECT MANAGEMENT was honored to be part of the team responsible for the multi-million-rand refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre, in Bedfordview, that were named as overall winners at the 2016 South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Awards.

THE PARK SQUARE DEVELOPMENT – UMHALANGA

Focus was recently appointed as Project Managers and Principal Agent by Nedport Developers for the Park Square mixed use development situated in the prestigious Umhlanga Rocks New Town Centre Precinct.

The Park Square development is being undertaken by Nedport Development, (a 100% owned subsidiary of Nedbank Limited), and comprises a mix of +/- 38 000m2 of P Grade, A-Grade and Retail space. The design incorporates a new image of development in the precinct and will be promising statement to the New Town centre skyline. Works commenced on site in September 2016 and will continue till the 4th quarter of 2018.

An Aerial View of The Park Square Development Concept

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SAPOA Convention 2016

SAPOA Convention 2016

SAPOA celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016.

The Convention brought together the most influential national and international property professionals, all under one roof.

SAPOA selects the most relevant, thought-provoking pundits to share their sometimes controversial opinions, yet highly respectable expertise and knowledge.

The exhibition hall is where opinions are formed, pondered, discussed and analysed as you go about making the most profitable business connections in your property career.

Thank you for visiting the Focus Stand at SAPOA Convention 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre – 21-23 June 2016. We hope to see you again in 2017!

Our SAPOA Stand: