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There is a need for a dialogue between Health and Built Environment Professionals

There is a need for a dialogue between Health and Built Environment Professionals

The need to prevent disease is well recognised globally. However, prevention efforts often largely focus onhealthcare systems. We need to look beyond disease and individual sector silos and take into account the potential of the social and built environment to both prevent disease, but also contribute to it. This has been demonstrated recently by the ongoing inquest into the asthma-related death o... »

South Africa – What IF?

South Africa – What IF?

South Africa’s construction industry problems are not unique »

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 forma... »

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... »