Author: Thami Mthethwa

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... »

Construction Industry in crisis or is this a catalyst for change?

Construction Industry in crisis or is this a catalyst for change?

In response to the headlines that the South African Construction industry is in a crisis and it needs to be rescued,” Gavin Taylor the Chief Operating Officer at Grinaker/LTA had this to say:[rml_read_more]  Let’s not kid ourselves! The previous government was morally bankrupt The industry has been plagued by poor and self-serving leadership We have lost a huge number of competent and ... »