Author: The HardHat Professional

Construction mafia derailing projects, causing engineers to flee

Construction mafia derailing projects, causing engineers to flee

Widespread concern has spread like wildfire across the built environment due to the construction mafia and gang-related activities on project sites. Yunus Bayat from the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) says that a major intervention is needed to protect infrastructure projects, investor confidence, and the safety of professionals in the built environment who are working on ... »

Tallest buildings in every province of South Africa

Tallest buildings in every province of South Africa

The tallest building in each SA province isn’t always even a skyscraper. Outside of those hosting big metros, SA’s provinces are still a long way from gleaming skyscrapers. The tallest buildings in each SA province range from a 16 floor Post Office to Africa’s tallest skyscraper. 45 years later, Gauteng’s Carlton Centre is still not only the tallest building in SA but Afric... »

7 Career Lessons That Double as Amazing Life Advice

7 Career Lessons That Double as Amazing Life Advice

After all, work and life aren’t all that separate from one another. Many of the lessons you learn from your job can shape your personal life, and vice versa. [rml_read_more] Below are seven career articles that double as good life advice—because yes, you should love what you do for eight hours of your day, but you should also love the life you live in the rest of those hours. There’s No Such Thing... »

SAFCEC CEO Letter to the President of the Republic

SAFCEC CEO Letter to the President of the Republic

Dear Hon. President Cyril Ramaphosa Construction Industry Up In Flames: Urgent Action Required [rml_read_more] Given the graveness, urgency and its profound impact on the country’s economy and investor confidence therein, we feel justified to escalate the matter for your and your Cabinet’s attention in order to consider, reflect and pronounce on a plan of action. Also, kindly be informed that, yes... »

A call for urgent government intervention to save the Construction industry

A call for urgent government intervention to save the Construction industry

Master Builders South Africa is calling for urgent government intervention to prevent further destruction of the construction industry in the country. The call follows Group Five’s filing for bankruptcy protection last week, the fifth major construction company to do so in less than a year. Roy Mnisi, Executive Director of Master Builders expressed deep concern on the matter. “This is the fifth la... »

10 ways to improve communication in Construction

10 ways to improve communication in Construction

Here are some tips from on how to ensure good communication on a construction site. [rml_read_more] Good communication is an essential component of success on construction projects, and it plays a decisive role in saving both time and money during the building process. Anybody familiar with construction will agree: communication can either be a major issue or a key to success throughout the constr... »

WATCH: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for SA’s construction sector?

WATCH: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for SA’s construction sector?

Watch as MBA North former President Jason Wilmot comments on the state of the construction industry after MBA North member Group 5 files for business rescue. On Monday last week, we saw the collapse of industry giant Group Five as it was put into business rescue with its stock being suspended after it filed for bankruptcy protection. There has been a significant decline of South African constructi... »

Risk management plan in construction

Risk management plan in construction

There is never a time when a construction company is not going to take at least a little risk with their projects. In that sense, it is no exaggeration to claim that an exhaustive risk management plan is a ‘must have’ in your construction operations.[rml_read_more] Nevertheless, putting together a functional risk management plan isn’t always that easy. Each company needs to determine if the potent... »

Boosting Productivity in Construction with Digital and Lean

Boosting Productivity in Construction with Digital and Lean

As an industry, construction is one of the least digitized. It also faces a chronic problem of low productivity, the product of faulty planning and poor collaboration that cause delays and increase costs. Only about 50% of planned activities on a construction site are completed on schedule—no better than a coin toss. But by applying digital lean methods at the construction site, we estimate compan... »

Skills 2030:  Securing the talent to build our Future Infrastructure

Skills 2030: Securing the talent to build our Future Infrastructure

Technologies are transforming our lives and our world, impacting every type of infrastructure you can imagine. This shift requires new skills, such as greater creativity and innovation, better communication and collaboration, and more interdisciplinary specialists.[rml_read_more] The current debate within the industry is focused on how the role of the engineer must evolve to deliver future infrast... »