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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... »

WATCH: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for SA’s construction sector?

WATCH: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for SA’s construction sector?

Watch as MBA North former President Jason Wilmot comments on the state of the construction industry after MBA North member Group 5 files for business rescue. On Monday last week, we saw the collapse of industry giant Group Five as it was put into business rescue with its stock being suspended after it filed for bankruptcy protection. There has been a significant decline of South African constructi... »

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 ... »

Risk management plan in construction

Risk management plan in construction

There is never a time when a construction company is not going to take at least a little risk with their projects. In that sense, it is no exaggeration to claim that an exhaustive risk management plan is a ‘must have’ in your construction operations.[rml_read_more] Nevertheless, putting together a functional risk management plan isn’t always that easy. Each company needs to determine if the potent... »

Boosting Productivity in Construction with Digital and Lean

Boosting Productivity in Construction with Digital and Lean

As an industry, construction is one of the least digitized. It also faces a chronic problem of low productivity, the product of faulty planning and poor collaboration that cause delays and increase costs. Only about 50% of planned activities on a construction site are completed on schedule—no better than a coin toss. But by applying digital lean methods at the construction site, we estimate compan... »

Skills 2030:  Securing the talent to build our Future Infrastructure

Skills 2030: Securing the talent to build our Future Infrastructure

Technologies are transforming our lives and our world, impacting every type of infrastructure you can imagine. This shift requires new skills, such as greater creativity and innovation, better communication and collaboration, and more interdisciplinary specialists.[rml_read_more] The current debate within the industry is focused on how the role of the engineer must evolve to deliver future infrast... »

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... »

How transformative technologies can address the skills gap within the construction industry

How transformative technologies can address the skills gap within the construction industry

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, with new devices and products being introduced daily to help enhance the workplace. It could be argued that the construction industry has been slow in bringing this in and is yet to undergo a major transformation.[rml_read_more] Firms now find themselves in a difficult position as they compete to an international completion and having to deal with more compl... »