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This profile was last updated on 3/1/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Corobrik Phesantekraal

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Employment History

  • Building Training Coordinator
    Corobrik Ltd
  • Stores Clerk
    Vereeniging Refractories
  • Stores Controller

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Green Building Council of South Africa
Web References
Corobrik, 1 Mar 2006 [cached]
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Corobrik is extending its sponsorship of training beyond the traditional bricklaying
Corobrik are arranging training for disadvantaged people living in close proximity to their factories. With supplies of clay on hand, the Driefontein factory decided
exclusivity of the One and Only brand," noted Corobrik's Peter Max.
the Northern Cape, in which Corobrik has played a significant role in the construction.
"For the completion of the hospital approximately one million Country Meadow Satin face bricks, 4,5 million NFP plaster bricks and over 100 000 Nutmeg pavers are required. Northern Cape's Department of Public Works specified the use of Corobrik products on this project. It's brilliant that they are aware of the benefits of Corobrik," says Gary Westwood, Corobrik's sales manager in the Free State.
This is not the first occasion that Corobrik has been involved in such an initiative.
Mike Ingram, Corobrik Director of Sales KZN and Border, said: "As part of the service Corobrik offered, we decided to run a special training for ten bricklayers who would be building at the airport.
Corobrik have building training schools at their Head Office in Avoca as well as the Western Cape and Midrand.
"Maintenance is an issue in the long term and using Corobrik's face brick on the exterior will mean that the owners will enjoy no maintenance costs on this part of the building.
Corobrik's Mike Ingram commented that, 450 000 Corobrik Firelight Satin face bricks have been laid in stretcher bond and stack bond in quadrants 1, 2 and 4.
"After discussions, it was decided that Durban based Derrick Dimba, Corobrik's Building Training Coordinator at Corobrik's Building Training Centre in Avoca, would travel to Johannesburg to conduct on site training of the unskilled labour," said Dave Ledbitter.
Corobrik Phesantekraal achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification on the 10 December 2008, making it the fifth ISO 9001:2000 registered factory in Corobrik after Rietvlei, Midrand, Springs and Driefontein.
In January 2009 Corobrik launched its new apprenticeship training programme with the appointment of four apprentices. The programme was introduced due to the critical shortage of skilled artisans within South Africa.
As part of our Social Responsibility Programme, it was decided that two of the apprentices should be recruited from within the company to give employees the opportunity of developing their careers whilst the other candidates would be recruited from the children of employees.
The four successful candidates were chosen after they had successfully completed psychometric, literacy and numeric tests at the Denel Centre for Learning and Development. Corobrik are sponsoring the Apprentices theoretical training at the Denel Centre for Learning and Development which the Apprentices will be attending on a full time basis until the end of October 2009. On completion of their theoretical training they will be placed at Corobrik factories under the guidance of the engineering department where they will complete their practical training for a further two years. On the successful completion of both their theoretical and practical training, they will write their trade tests and if successful, will be appointed as artisans within Corobrik.
Aaron joins Corobrik after having completed his NTC4 in the mechanical field.
As part of the service deal for purchasing bricks from Corobrik, the Corobrik Building Training Centre trained ten Bricklayers from Ilembe Construction.
In yet another of a series of milestones, Corobrik executives met with Minister of Minerals and Energy, Buyelwa Sonjica, to present her with a commemorative record of the company's recently acquired Certificate of Carbon Emissions Reductions (CER) for the Lawley Factory Fuel Switch Project (UNFCCC registration number: 017).
At the presentation, Corobrik took the opportunity to update the Honourable Minister on the placement of 26% of the control of Corobrik into its employee's hands via the Corobrik Staff Trust and other significant achievements by Corobrik in supporting the spirit and letter of the Mining Charter and Corobrik's own empowerment objectives.
At the presentation, Corobrik took the opportunity to update the Honourable Minister on the placement of 26% of the control of Corobrik into its employee's hands via the Corobrik Staff Trust and other significant achievements by Corobrik in supporting the spirit and letter of the Mining Charter and Corobrik's own empowerment objectives.
Through reducing greenhouse gas emissions at its Lawley factory, Corobrik, has become the first company in South Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa to be awarded carbon credits by the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism.
Meyer emphasises that the driving force behind the decision to switch to natural gas firing was to further enhance the greening of Corobrik's business.
Corobrik now has six of its bigger factories being fired on natural gas the last conversion being at Driefontein factory where Corobrik is preparing to apply for a CER's. Corobrik is set to continue along its path of investing in energy efficient and clean air technologies.
"Corobrik fully endorses this perspective and we remain committed to providing quality products with reduced impact on the environment and greater social benefit".
His working career started in 1984 at Vereeniging Refractories as a Stores Clerk and when Corobrik took over the company he continued in the same position.
In 1996, Levy was promoted to a Wage Clerk, a position he held till 2000, when he was then promoted to Factory/ Wage Clerk, a combined position for Administration and Wages.
In this position he showed tremendous commitment and dedication and implemented many valuable changes in his department. These changes have since become the foundation and procedures that are followed by many other factories within Corobrik. During this time, he also stood in for the Stores Controller and assisted the Production team with their daily production administration work.
In 2005 he was promoted to the Stores Controller, Springs factory a position he currently holds.
Commenting on his appointment as a Director, Levy says, "I want to use my directorship to help give greater effect to my motto "CARE AND SHARE OR SHARE AND CARE" the ultimate objective being that everybody should be happy and enjoy their work."
Corobrik has made consistent progress over the years in greening its business such that our environmental practices better match the wonderful environmental integrity of our products.
It was therefore appropriate for Corobrik as a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa to have an exhibit at the inaugural convention of the Green Building Council to launch the new Green Star rating system that provides a mechanism for design professionals to better design low energy usage and more environmentally friendly buildings.
Peter Kidger, Allistair Cloete and Peter Max flew the flag for Corobrik at this well attended convention at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Sunday 2 - 4 November 2008.
If they can understand this, they will then know that Corobrik belongs to all the employees and not only to the Directors."
"This will motivate them to work harder for their company. I would also like to see Corobrik growing from strength to strength which will in turn mean job security for employees, better quality lives for them and their families."
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