Author: Thami Mthethwa

9 Economic Indicators that Construction Professionals should know

9 Economic Indicators that Construction Professionals should know

Practically any and every commercial operation in any economy is executed under some kind and form of construction – making construction the pulse of every economy’s heartbeat (Educational facilities have to be built to enable commerce, roads, commercial offices, shopping malls, sea ports, air ports, dams, houses, train tracks etc).  This makes construction the economic health indicator of the Sou... »

3 reasons why the construction of the Empire State Building is special

3 reasons why the construction of the Empire State Building is special

The Empire State Building is a 102-story  Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of New York, which is of unknown origin. Here are... »

Is gatekeeping a solution to the crisis in the South African construction industry?

Is gatekeeping a solution to the crisis in the South African construction industry?

When discussing reasons why the so called “Construction Mafia” seems to have found traction within the South African Construction industry one of the reasons given by most Hardhat Professionals I interacted with is that it is easy in this country to start a Construction company,  there are no barriers to entry and that has led to none Construction Professionals flooding the industry.[r... »

What is the role of Construction Professionals in protecting their industry?

What is the role of Construction Professionals in protecting their industry?

The South African construction industry been making news for all the wrong reasons in the last week. [rml_read_more] First, it was the press statements condemning the “Construction Mafia” who are turning construction sites into war zones. Then the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index was released and it fell to its lowest on record, an Economist from FNB is also quoted saying “ Civil contractors should ... »

What is the role of Construction Professionals in protecting their industry?

What is the role of Construction Professionals in protecting their industry?

The South African construction industry is under siege and it is hogging the news headlines for all the wrong reasons.[rml_read_more]  First, it was the press statements condemning the “Construction Mafia” who are turning construction sites into war zones. Then the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index was released and it fell to its lowest on record, an Economist from FNB is also quoted saying “ Civil c... »