When discussing reasons why the so-called “Construction Mafia” seems to have found traction within the South African Construction industry one of the reasons given by most Hardhat Professionals I interacted with is that it is easy in this country to start a Construction company, there are no barriers to entry and that has led to none Construction Professionals flooding the industry.
There is a suggestion that the industry should be regulated so that only Construction Professionals with a proven track record should be allowed to register with the CIDB.
It seems like the logical thing to do some Professionals even went further and compared this with the Medical Field where you are not allowed to operate a medical practice without the qualifications and experience. But then how is this different from “Gate Keeping”?
Is “gatekeeping” not the reason why some people feel they are being left out of the mainstream economy, and this led to why business forums were formed which in turn became known as “Construction Mafia”.
I am all for regulation but is this the right thing to do to deal with the current crisis?