The first woman to become president of both Master Builders South Africa and Master Builders Association North, Eunice Forbes, was awarded Honourary Life Membership by MBA North in February 2014.
Eunice Forbes is the owner and managing director of Fintrex, a leading sports surface supplier. She is a spirited campaigner for equal rights for women and disabled people. She tirelessly worked on cementing ties between the MBSA and its counterparts throughout Africa and this led to the African body’s Executive Bureau meeting in South Africa for the first time ever.
When presenting the award, Mohau Mphomela – the director of MBA North, pointed out some of Ms Forbes’ attributes which contributed to her success: she has 36 years of business management experience especially in owner-managed concerns across a vast spectrum of service industries. She has great skills in lateral thinking, analytical decision making, skilful negotiation and effective business strategy and entrepreneurial acumen. She has a proven track record for product and business development and she works well under pressure and in deadline situations.
In an emotion-filled speech, Eunice Forbes, thanked fellow colleagues and professionals who have supported her and said, “It is with great humility that I accepted this honour. There is still a great deal of work to be done, especially for women in construction and the disabled. I will continue to serve the industry, dedicating time to health and safety and the safety of children in playgrounds.”
South African Builder, March 2014