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The South African Construction Industry – Some things to think about and act on!

The South African Construction Industry – Some things to think about and act on!

The current state of the South African construction industry is testament to the devastating effects of poor management, ineffective, self-serving leadership and the lack of collective vision as to what our future holds or could hold. I am not a politician and so I will stay away from the Governments lack of investment in infrastructure as that topic has been thrashed around for a long time and qu... »

Toil and trouble beset construction and engineering sectors

Toil and trouble beset construction and engineering sectors

The spotlight on the construction services sector seems to have diminished after years of increased activity and its enhanced contribution to GDP after the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Empirical evidence from Statistics SA shows that the positive effects of derived activities from SA hosting the World Cup invariably increased the construction sector’s rand value-add to the domestic economy to 2014, before... »

Notre Dame aflame: our relationship with the built environment

Notre Dame aflame: our relationship with the built environment

News of the fire at Paris’ beloved Notre-Dame cathedral was everywhere. We all saw it – a dark Parisian skyline lit up by engulfing flames as the 850-year-old cathedral blackened in the smog. Panning away from the nightmarish scene, however, was to look upon a united Parisian community, gathering together for their cherished Notre-Dame – the building that had always punctuated their cityscape so p... »

Built Environment Proffessionals should be represented at every decision making

Built Environment Proffessionals should be represented at every decision making

Let’s not be fooled by political rhetoric.  Regardless of party politics, “Rome is burning”, and desperate intervention is required across the board (both from the public and private sector as well as civic society at large) to rescue the industry and place it back in its rightful place as the leading catalyst to economic and social development in South Africa. South African built environment prof... »

How Can We Achieve Collaboration in Civil Engineering?

How Can We Achieve Collaboration in Civil Engineering?

With collaboration at the heart of any successful project, it is an area we as an industry do have to constantly develop and refine to deliver the best results. [rml_read_more] The Need for Effective Collaboration in Civil Engineering The importance of collaboration in civil engineering lays in the different groups involved in a project. These have evolved from a simple client/consultant/contracto... »