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Possible cause for the partial dam wall collapse at the Benoni CBD

Possible cause for the partial dam wall collapse at the Benoni CBD

Being asked to diagnose concrete failure from photographs is an inexact science but is a growing tendency. Over lunch today Thami challenged me to write an article on the dam failure at Benoni when all I had to go on are the photographs he posted on the website. »

Shifting focus: What makes good Engineers great

Shifting focus: What makes good Engineers great

Who are the civil engineers who will impact the most meaningful social, environmental, economic and sustainable change in South Africa? What’s the difference between a good engineer and a great one? Surrounded by so many respected built environment professionals at the recent inauguration of Brian Downie as the newest President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), I chall... »

Ten things I hate in construction

Ten things I hate in construction

Writer and construction management consultant with 30 years’ experience, Paul Netscher, shares his dislikes in the construction industry. »

Is the South African Construction Industry Affected by Modern Slavery?

Is the South African Construction Industry Affected by Modern Slavery?

South Africa’s construction industry is lagging in the implementation of anti-slavery laws.  Most countries like the UK, Australia, Canada and the US have made modern slavery into law. The question is: how deep is our construction industry affected by modern slavery? »

Mentoring In the Construction Industry

Mentoring In the Construction Industry

It is very easy to register as a Construction Company in South Africa and for this reason many SMMEs are becoming Construction Contractors. However, many of them go into liquidation within the first year or two. The reason for this, in my opinion, is their lack of knowledge of how the Construction Contracting Industry works. For this reason, there is a need for qualified, Professional Construction... »

Country at a Crossroads – a Response to Mid-term Budget Speech

Country at a Crossroads – a Response to Mid-term Budget Speech

On Wednesday 24 October 2018, South Africa’s brand-new Finance Minister, the honourable Mr Tito Titus Mboweni, delivered his first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, MTBPS Speech, to the country. »

Construction Corruption Hinders Mpumalanga’s Youth from Reaching Full Potential

Construction Corruption Hinders Mpumalanga’s Youth from Reaching Full Potential

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the educated young South African achieving their goals and holding dear the opportunities they deserve based on their qualifications and hard work. However, the sad reality is the ‘job scarcity’ in this country. »

Why are Government Organisations Often Poor at Project Delivery?

Why are Government Organisations Often Poor at Project Delivery?

Why are government organisations (national, state, city, town and state-run enterprises) often poor at project delivery? Paul Netscher, a construction management consultant and writer with 30 years of construction management experience, writes about project delivery faults. »

When Projects Go Wrong

When Projects Go Wrong

A project is a unique undertaking that is full of risk and uncertainty because it has never been done before in that exact way. Project management, as a discipline, is a response to this ambiguity. It is a way to control the unknown. Just consider the most important techniques we use as project managers: we define scope, analyse requirements, plan and estimate work, add contingency, manage risks, ... »

A Professional’s Worst Nightmare

A Professional’s Worst Nightmare

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes. As a graduate trainee, you hardly do much in the beginning. It goes on for at least the first half of the year. For some people, it goes on for years, and it’s very frustrating. I have friends who text me telling me how frustrated they are because they aren’t doing much and there is so much they can to do.  I had the same experience last year, so I now have an autopil... »

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