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South African Municipalities Shortcomings in the development and maintenance of infrastructure

South African Municipalities Shortcomings in the development and maintenance of infrastructure

The auditor-general (AG), Kimi Makwetu,  released yet another set of municipal audit results that show an overall decline in audit results for the 2017-18 financial year. The Auditor General South Africa (AGSA) audits again identified a number of shortcomings in the development and maintenance of infrastructure by municipalities. These included the underspending of grants, delays in project completion, and non-compliance with supply chain management legislation. Makwetu cited as a key concern “the lack of attention paid to water and sanitation infrastructure”. He says the condition of water and/or sanitation infrastructure was not assessed by 32% of the municipalities responsible for water a... »

3 Reasons why it is critical to make our infrastructure resilient

3 Reasons why it is critical to make our infrastructure resilient

From serving our most basic needs to enabling our most ambitious ventures in trade or technology, infrastructure services support our well-being and development. Reliable water, sanitation, energy, transport, and telecommunication services are universally considered to be essential for raising the quality of life of people. Access to basic infrastructure services is also a central factor in the productivity of firms and thus of entire economies, making it a key enabler of economic development. And in this time of rapid climate change and intensifying natural disasters, infrastructure systems are under pressure to deliver resilient and reliable services. The resilience of four essential infra... »

South African Construction – an ecosystem in crisis

South African Construction – an ecosystem in crisis

Recent media coverage of appeals by SAFCEC, CESA and others to government to intervene and save our industry has caught the attention of many a Civil Engineer. We work and ply our trade in a sensitive ecosystem that is a jewel in the crown of South Africa. We are in fact one of the few countries in Africa that still has a fully functioning and self-sufficient construction industry. But we are in trouble. THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ECOSYSTEM The construction industry ecosystem is like a biological ecosystem – a very sensitive order of interrelated and interdependent entities. Damage or disrupt one, and the whole ecosystem suffers. In many cases innocuous meddling also causes unintended consequ... »

Engineering and Infrastructure in Dam Construction~Lessons from Vale Brazil .

Engineering and Infrastructure in Dam Construction~Lessons from Vale Brazil .

On Tuesday 28th, the mining company Vale withdrew from the UN Global Compact, the largest social and corporate responsibility network in the world. This information appears on Vale’s page on the site of the United Nations initiative. The multinational’s decision to withdraw from the Compact was taken after pressure from civil society. In February 2019, an international group of organisations formally requested the United Nations to delist the company due to the bursting of the tailings dam in Brumadinho (MG) that happened on 25 January and left approximately 170 people dead and dozens missing and homeless. At the time, the organisations claimed that Vale had not fulfilled the principles set ... »

The Offsite Construction Revolution: The Prospects

The Offsite Construction Revolution: The Prospects

Although the trend for offsite construction is undeniably upward, the pace of its development is difficult to determine. The landscape could change dramatically if an individual participant makes the right bold move—an offsite construction company acquiring a large traditional contractor, for example, or a major building materials company opting for a switch to offsite. The detailed changes are impossible to predict, but there are some rough guidelines for gauging how offsite will evolve in any particular market. First, offsite in general will likely grow fastest in regions that emphasize new buildings rather than renovations and that have key market shapers, such as a major developer or act... »

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