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February 21, 2018

FRUSTRATIONS WITH THE SACPCMP REGISTRATION PROCESS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH

in Industry News

by The HardHat Professional

The SACPCMP (South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions) is a council registration body for construction and project management professionals. Aspiring professionals go through the council to get professionally registered. Professionals wanting to get formally registered have expressed some concerns about the council’s response to their application requests.…
February 20, 2018

A NEW DAWN FOR UNEMPLOYMENT ALLEVIATION?

in The HardHat Economist

by Lungile Malinga

In the 4th quarter of 2017, the unemployment rate in South Africa decreased to 26.7% from 27.7% in Q1, Q2 and Q3. Looking at specific sectors, job losses were as follows: • Finance and other business services: 92,000 • Mining: 39,000 • Trade: 25,000 • Transport: 5,000 • Utilities: 4,000…
February 19, 2018

THUMA MINA - CALL TO ACTION FOR CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS

in Opinions

by Thami Mthethwa

I was inspired by the presentation of the State of the Nation Address (#SONA2018), which was rather unusual for me because I was not one to be glued to the screen with rapt attention for SONAs. In fact, for the last 9 years I have never even bothered to listen…
February 12, 2018

MICROSCOPIC LENS: INWARD FOCUS ON SELF-LEADERSHIP

in The Construction Shrink

by Charissa Bloomberg

A few days into the second month of 2018 has got me thinking about a topic that has been on my mind for a while now. I would like to share it with you HardHat Professionals. While others have made resolutions for this year (and hopefully not skipping on them…
February 12, 2018

THROW IN SOME FUN WHEN PRESENTING YOUR TECHNICAL REPORT

in Nuts and Bolts

by Elaine Matchett

Good grief! The first week of February is already gone! As with every year, I am alarmed at how fast the days flick by. Which got me thinking about time... Our topic for today. Time is both an objective and a subject thing. We use it to measure scientifically and…
February 12, 2018

IS ENOUGH BEING DONE TO ENSURE SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS?

in Industry News

by The HardHat Professional

The InfraCompass Report analysed 49 countries on their performance with regards to 6 Key Drivers Of Successful Planning And Delivery Of Infrastructure Projects. The countries analysed account for just over 90% of global GDP and slightly less than 75% of global population. Approximately two-thirds of the countries are classified by…
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February 09, 2018

THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR HAS BEEN SLOW TO ADOPT DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Builders have traditionally been at the forefront of innovation. Each generation of structures, from ancient pyramids to 20th-century skyscrapers, arises from more-sophisticated construction techniques. However, over the past 20 years, the industry has fallen behind companies in other sectors; companies ranging from government to manufacturing have significantly reduced costs and…
February 08, 2018

6 KEY DRIVERS OF SUCCESSFUL PLANNING AND DELIVERY OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Infrastructure, delivered right, promotes economic growth and lifts communities out of poverty. But often, infrastructure projects fail to deliver their full potential because they are stymied by weak governance or regulatory structures, lost in bureaucratic density, or poorly planned. The infrastructure challenge has been discussed at length, but with very…
February 06, 2018

IS DISCRIMINATION HURTING YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT?

Construction projects employ people from diverse cultures and educational and economic backgrounds. Working in this environment can be challenging, but interesting. It's easy to pigeonhole people according to who they are, or where they come from. "They are from x country so they must be bricklayers". "He comes from z…
February 06, 2018

THE GIFT OF A GOOD SUMMARY

This week I have been working on summaries. I have a set of documents with lots of clauses in each that I must present to an audience in a way that will help them to understand the differences between the documents and the significance of each. There is some overlap…
February 04, 2018

IS 2018 A PROSPEROUS YEAR FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

Most experts predicted 2018 to be a prosperous year for the Construction industry but the reality seems to be pointing in a different direction. In the last week of instance, the South African Construction industry was confronted with the following headlines NMC Group placed under provisional liquidation Aveng plans to…
February 02, 2018

THE WORLD’S LARGEST DESALINATED WATER RESERVE IS UNDER A DESERT

Abu Dhabi took a big, bold step to ensure water security for its residents. The Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority unveiled the world’s largest reserve of artificially desalinated water at the 2018 International Water Summit. The reserve exists in an aquifer under the Liwa desert at the southern edge…
February 01, 2018

THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING YOUR CONTRACT

In today’s environment; getting appointed on projects can be very challenging. The margins are lean and work is scarce. The emphasis is just getting the work in, starting the job, and getting the cash flowing. The terms are simplified to a tender amount and the small print is simply ignored.…
January 31, 2018

COLOURS ARE ALWAYS A CODE

I’ve been working on a design project for the past few weeks and I have had lots of occasions to think about how we use colour, shape and imagery to express ideas. Sometimes we see things in reports that just plain ugly, whilst other times we see things that are…
January 30, 2018

DON’T LET HISTORY DICTATE YOUR FUTURE CONSTRUCTION METHODS

We are shaped by the way we were brought up, what our parents taught us and what we learned from our teachers and mentors. Many people are shaped by the history of their country, and some even bear scars and hate because of it. History can teach us many good…
January 29, 2018

CARILLION: ANY LESSONS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

The recent collapse of Carillion a British multinational facilities management and construction company which operated in the UK, Canada and Middle East is generating risks and opportunities that will have ripple effect across the construction industry in the countries it operated in. RISKS Carillion’s collapse holds clear risks, not only…