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Why Mentorship is Necessary

Why Mentorship is Necessary

When a child is born, he or she is usually brought into a family with two parents and extended family members as well as the community at large. The childemulates the behaviour of the parents as they grow and finally become adults. There is a saying in African culture that states that “it takes a village to raise a child” but even so, the parents get most of the credit. One can attribu... »

In Conversation with PrEng Jeshika Ramchund

In Conversation with PrEng Jeshika Ramchund

In this interview with The HardHat Professional, Project Lead Engineer Jeshika Ramchund (JR) talks about her career journey as a consultant engineer in the construction and built environment industry. [rml_read_more] THHP: Briefly tell us about your background. JR: I am currently a Lead Engineer in the Developments division at Bosch Projects, in Durban, South Africa. I am a professional engineer, ... »

Construction mafia derailing projects, causing engineers to flee

Construction mafia derailing projects, causing engineers to flee

Widespread concern has spread like wildfire across the built environment due to the construction mafia and gang-related activities on project sites. Yunus Bayat from the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) says that a major intervention is needed to protect infrastructure projects, investor confidence, and the safety of professionals in the built environment who are working on ... »

Tallest buildings in every province of South Africa

Tallest buildings in every province of South Africa

The tallest building in each SA province isn’t always even a skyscraper. Outside of those hosting big metros, SA’s provinces are still a long way from gleaming skyscrapers. The tallest buildings in each SA province range from a 16 floor Post Office to Africa’s tallest skyscraper. 45 years later, Gauteng’s Carlton Centre is still not only the tallest building in SA but Afric... »

Get More Productive with These 7 Tips from Elon Musk

Get More Productive with These 7 Tips from Elon Musk

Elon Musk is best recognised as the visionary CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, but did you know that the 46-year-old entrepreneur is also famously productive, going as far as sending his employees a list with his recommendations on being productive in the office? [rml_read_more] Here are the seven productivity tips Musk offered in a letter sent to his Tesla employees, in his own words. 1.Large-format meet... »

7 Career Lessons That Double as Amazing Life Advice

7 Career Lessons That Double as Amazing Life Advice

After all, work and life aren’t all that separate from one another. Many of the lessons you learn from your job can shape your personal life, and vice versa. [rml_read_more] Below are seven career articles that double as good life advice—because yes, you should love what you do for eight hours of your day, but you should also love the life you live in the rest of those hours. There’s No Such Thing... »

SAFCEC CEO Letter to the President of the Republic

SAFCEC CEO Letter to the President of the Republic

Dear Hon. President Cyril Ramaphosa Construction Industry Up In Flames: Urgent Action Required [rml_read_more] Given the graveness, urgency and its profound impact on the country’s economy and investor confidence therein, we feel justified to escalate the matter for your and your Cabinet’s attention in order to consider, reflect and pronounce on a plan of action. Also, kindly be informed that, yes... »

A call for urgent government intervention to save the Construction industry

A call for urgent government intervention to save the Construction industry

Master Builders South Africa is calling for urgent government intervention to prevent further destruction of the construction industry in the country. The call follows Group Five’s filing for bankruptcy protection last week, the fifth major construction company to do so in less than a year. Roy Mnisi, Executive Director of Master Builders expressed deep concern on the matter. “This is the fifth la... »

10 ways to improve communication in Construction

10 ways to improve communication in Construction

Here are some tips from on how to ensure good communication on a construction site. [rml_read_more] Good communication is an essential component of success on construction projects, and it plays a decisive role in saving both time and money during the building process. Anybody familiar with construction will agree: communication can either be a major issue or a key to success throughout the constr... »

Down to Earth: Building opportunities from waste

Down to Earth: Building opportunities from waste

Here’s a riddle for you. What do you get when you combine 70% soil, 25% mixed builders waste and 5% cement? The answer: a HOUSE! [rml_read_more] I recently caught up with USE-IT’s founder to hear how our sector is throwing away opportunities for sustainable construction every day. If you’ve never considered construction waste as a beautiful resource, you’ve never met Chris ... »