Graeme Kerr Building Contractors, Durban, South Africa


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Graeme Kerr


Graeme matriculated at Glenwood High School and continued with a qualification of a National Diploma in Construction. During this time he attended an LTA construction training program, where training in all facets of the building industry were achieved - from bricklaying to plastering, carpentry, concrete work and finishing. Graeme then moved to Stocks and Stocks as a Supervisor, running several contracts from schools to high rise blocks of flats, including development phases at Sun City and Westville Prison.

Graeme has over 30 years experience in the building Industry and has sound knowledge in all areas of the construction environment, from domestic housing to factories, and en mass concrete structural decks.

Graeme oversees all aspects of the company ranging from tenders coming in and awards right through to completion and hand over of the building project. Daily interaction with the team keeps everybody on track, and a common goal represented by the philosophy of the company.







Shaun Laubscher

Project Manager

Shaun matriculated in 1993 in Durban and began working in the construction industry in 1997, where he worked as a Foreman at a flooring company. From there, he went on to become a Site Agent at Lion Construction and a partner at Metropole Construction in 2006.


He became a member of our team in 2013 as a Project Manager, and runs various sites around Durban. He has a team of Foremen that he manages and that report to him on a daily basis. Shaun's role is to make sure material for the sites is ordered timeously, and to ensure the smooth day to day running of various sites. He liaises with clients, architects and sub-contractors, and ensures that his jobs run as per schedule, and without unnecessary delays


Mark Neethling

Contracts Manager


Mark attended Glenwood High School, and matriculated in 1987. He went on to study an Advanced Business Program at DUT in 1995, before becoming involved in the Construction sector. He has over 20 years experience in all aspects of the building trade.


After working for various construction companies, Mark joined Graeme Kerr Building Contractors in 2013 as a Contracts Manager. Mark oversees all of our sites, and ensures that everything runs smoothly from day to day. He analyses current and future projects in all aspects – profitability, revenue, margins, bill of rates and utilization thereof. Our clients enjoy a good rapport with Mark, as he provides expert advice and guidance whenever needed.

He reports to Graeme on a daily basis, and prepares programs for planning site activities in detail, setting targets and accurately forecasts completion dates.





Jim Oliver

Chief Quantity Surveyor


Jim has over 50 years experience in the construction industry. Born in the UK, Jim did his GCSE ‘O’ levels in Wiltshire, England. He studied law and economics and went on to study construction, obtaining a Higher National Diploma and the Association of the Institute of Builders (AIOB) qualification.


He started as a trainee Quantity Surveyor at Dadson & Butler in Salisbury, and worked his way up to Senior Quantity Surveyor in Berkshire, England where he undertook major projects such as high rise office blocks, schools, banks, health clubs and shopping malls to name a few.

Jim returned to South Africa in 1994 and took a job as a Senior Quantity Surveyor at GVK Siya Zama in Durban. He became a valuable member of our team in 2013, where he holds the position of Chief Quantity Surveyor. Jim is involved in the estimating and tender process from start to finish. He prepares the monthly valuations and final accounts for clients / principal agents, and also claims for sub-contractors.





Cathy Paver

Quantity Surveyor


Cathy completed studying Architecture in 1985, She spent 2 years in an architectural practice, 2 years in a civil engineering practice and 4.5 years freelance designing and drawing residential housing. After a brief working holiday in the UK, working on building sites and eager to get more involved in the hands on building process, Cathy returned to study building, completing her National Diploma in Quantity Surveying in 1995, and a B.Tech. in Quantity Surveying in 1999.


Her building experience includes 8 months in civil construction, 5 years in specialist coatings, painting and refurbishment, 4 years in the construction of residential housing and 10 years in the construction of larger buildings, which included major structural renovations to some of our well-known heritage buildings in and around Durban and Pietermaritzburg.


Cathy joined us in April 2015. Although her principal role is that of Quantity Surveying and Estimating, Cathy’s Building and Architectural skills complement the team on various levels. She is passionate about buildings, enjoying working directly with clients as well as getting involved in the practicalities of the building process.









Hawukani Nyathi

Junior Quantity Surveyor


Hawukani joined us in 2014 as a Junior Quantity Surveyor, and assists Jim and Cathy in our estimating department. After matriculating in 2006, she did her National Diploma in Building with Construction Management and Quantity Surveying as majors in 2011.

She then went on to work as an intern and Junior Quantity Surveyor at Sifiso’s Building Contractors until 2014, her key role of employment being measurements both from drawings and on site, progress claims and assisting the Quantity Survey Department in all aspects of quoting and tendering.







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