Hardhat Opinions

Mentoring In the Construction Industry

Mentoring In the Construction Industry

It is very easy to register as a Construction Company in South Africa and for this reason many SMMEs are becoming Construction Contractors. However, many of them go into liquidation within the first year or two. The reason for this, in my opinion, is their lack of knowledge of how the Construction Contracting Industry works. For this reason, there is a need for qualified, Professional Construction... »

Country at a Crossroads – a Response to Mid-term Budget Speech

Country at a Crossroads – a Response to Mid-term Budget Speech

On Wednesday 24 October 2018, South Africa’s brand-new Finance Minister, the honourable Mr Tito Titus Mboweni, delivered his first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, MTBPS Speech, to the country. »

Construction Corruption Hinders Mpumalanga’s Youth from Reaching Full Potential

Construction Corruption Hinders Mpumalanga’s Youth from Reaching Full Potential

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the educated young South African achieving their goals and holding dear the opportunities they deserve based on their qualifications and hard work. However, the sad reality is the ‘job scarcity’ in this country. »

Why are Government Organisations Often Poor at Project Delivery?

Why are Government Organisations Often Poor at Project Delivery?

Why are government organisations (national, state, city, town and state-run enterprises) often poor at project delivery? Paul Netscher, a construction management consultant and writer with 30 years of construction management experience, writes about project delivery faults. »

When Projects Go Wrong

When Projects Go Wrong

A project is a unique undertaking that is full of risk and uncertainty because it has never been done before in that exact way. Project management, as a discipline, is a response to this ambiguity. It is a way to control the unknown. Just consider the most important techniques we use as project managers: we define scope, analyse requirements, plan and estimate work, add contingency, manage risks, ... »