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SACPCMP expresses shock regarding the death of workers on construction site in Isipingo

SACPCMP expresses shock regarding the death of workers on construction site in Isipingo

The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is shocked to learn about the death of three workers who were killed at a construction site in Isipingo, Durban. »

CESA responds to 2019 Budget Speech – promoting ‘Value for Money’ Procurement!

CESA responds to 2019 Budget Speech – promoting ‘Value for Money’ Procurement!

While Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) supports the provisions of Minister Tito Mboweni’s 2019 Budget presented in his speech, the organization believes that Government needs to urgently revise its Procurement Practices for Consulting Engineering Services related to the development of Infrastructure making sure that the citizens of South Africa get ‘Value for Money’ infrastructure that is ... »

Construction Management – The Power of the Pre-Plan

Construction Management – The Power of the Pre-Plan

After the award of a Tender there should be: A hand-over meeting between the Estimator and the Contract Director, and Contract Manager who will be running the project and the Construction Manager. The preparation of a pre-plan of how the construction team will manage the project. »

Creative Minds Converge in Kenya

Creative Minds Converge in Kenya

I was indeed fortunate to be invited to attend a conference in Nairobi Kenya on the subject of “Innovation – Science – Engineering – Education.”  The famous quote from Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” was used in the context of Construction, to introduce a paradigm shift necessary in engineering education to make engineers more aware of e... »

A solution to SA Housing crisis right under our noses

A solution to SA Housing crisis right under our noses

The Hardhat Professional (THHP) had a conversation with Mayra Hartmann (MH), MBA student and Bertha Scholar at the Bertha Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, on her MBA thesis titled: “A descriptive analysis of the financial constraints experienced by entrepreneurial micro developers in Cape Town”. »

Blaming SANRAL will not lead to shovel ready road construction

Blaming SANRAL will not lead to shovel ready road construction

Skhumbuzo Macozoma (SM), the CEO of South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) recently wrote an opinion piece where he says, it has become fashionable to blame everything – and anything – that ails the local construction industry on SANRAL. The Hardhat Professional (THHP) caught up with him to engage him on this subject. »

The 10 Elements of Construction Management

The 10 Elements of Construction Management

What is Construction Management? Construction Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and technique for Project Construction Activities to meet Project Requirements. »

Architecture and Human rights; Is it important for the Built Environment?

Architecture and Human rights; Is it important for the Built Environment?

This past festive season, I had a privilege to visit New York City on a sponsored scholarly visit by my university. One thing that caught my eye was the built environment. It’s designed in such a way that people and the surrounding infrastructure they co-relate and co-exist. With an eye for anything construction, sustainability and the environment my mind perambulated on the architect of the... »

How much water is enough for Concrete workability?

How much water is enough for Concrete workability?

Take two buckets with a capacity of about 10 ℓ each. Fill one bucket to the top with marbles with a diameter of approximately 10 mm and the other with marbles about 25 mm diameter. Fill each bucket of marbles with water to the brim. Which bucket will take the most water to fill? »

Built Environment Consultants should stand up for themselves to earn respect

Built Environment Consultants should stand up for themselves to earn respect

During the past year, I was asked to give my opinion in a matter where several contractors in the Western Cape had taken umbrage at the standard of the tender documentation, available for a reasonably large project.  After the ASAQS pointed out the shortcomings in the Bills of Quantities, the client-organisation retracted the documents and issued a new BOQ prepared by a QS. »

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