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Hardhat Economic weekly review

Hardhat Economic weekly review

According to Stats SA, real GDP declined by a much larger-than-expected 3.2% q-o-q (annualised) in 2019Q1. This marks the biggest contraction since the global financial crisis. Compared with the first quarter of 2018, real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted) was basically flat at 0.1%. Measured from the production side, the GDP weakness was broadbased. Indeed, seven of the ten major sectors contracte... »

6 Sectors That Benefit From A Booming Construction And Civil Engineering Industry

6 Sectors That Benefit From A Booming Construction And Civil Engineering Industry

One of the most staggering construction statistics came to the fore in 2015 when it emerged that China had consumed more cement in the three years between 2011 and 2013 than the United States had used in the entire 20th century. It’s an astonishing sign of the phenomenal scale of the construction industry in China but is also an indicator of the booming construction and civil engineering industrie... »

Civil Engineering Contractors should brace themselves for tough times ahead

Civil Engineering Contractors should brace themselves for tough times ahead

The FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index has declined to 10. This is due to a slowdown in construction activity and little indication that this will change in the next few quarters. [rml_read_more] Siphamandla Mkhwanazi, Property Economist at FNB says: “civil contractors should brace themselves for a continuation of the current weak demand; it’s difficult to say from these results for how long”. Here is... »

Infrastructure’s Future Looks a Lot Like Private Equity

Infrastructure’s Future Looks a Lot Like Private Equity

The world of infrastructure investing is undergoing structural shifts that require investors to take a more active role in managing their portfolios. Investors can no longer count on generating double-­digit returns from core assets with stable risk profiles. Instead, they need to broaden their definition of infrastructure; develop a transformational plan to grow, improve, and reposition investmen... »

10 Tips to Increase Productivity in Construction

10 Tips to Increase Productivity in Construction

Do You Know How to Improve Productivity in Construction? »