Construction

Ensure Transparency in Turnaround Construction Projects

Ensure Transparency in Turnaround Construction Projects

In more extreme cases, project leaders might have to take more interventionist measures to turn around a project, such as descoping a contractor’s work by reassigning some responsibilities to another one. They might also ask contractors to replace their project leaders or supervisors, or second resources into the contractors’ organisation to bolster performance.  The same scene often plays out in ... »

STUDY: Construction Professionals Unlikely to Seek Mental Health Assistance

STUDY: Construction Professionals Unlikely to Seek Mental Health Assistance

The ability to seek help for a mental health problem is a key step towards recovery. Despite this fact, the majority of those people who suffer from common mental disorders do not seek treatment from a qualified health professional. Males, in particular, are less likely to seek help for a mental health problem.  There are a number of factors thought to be underpinning the lack of help-seeking amon... »

Turn Around Off-track Capital Projects with New Leadership

Turn Around Off-track Capital Projects with New Leadership

On distressed projects, top executives must often acknowledge that the original project leaders are ineffective—a serious problem that necessitates immediate change. According to our interview panellists, even very experienced leaders may lack one or more critical skills. Their main weaknesses might include indecisiveness, failure to maintain the trust of important project stakeholders, approximat... »

In conversation with Commercial Director Vuyelwa Masweu

In conversation with Commercial Director Vuyelwa Masweu

The HardHat Professional spoke with Vuyelwa Masweu (VM), Development Commercial Director at Inkanyeli Group, about her career choices and being a female in the construction and built environment industry.  THHP: Briefly tell us about your background. VM: It all started in 1995 when I obtained my qualification in Building Science. My current position is Development Commercial Director for the black... »

In Conversation with AECOM Executive Maggi Marx 

In Conversation with AECOM Executive Maggi Marx 

The HardHat Professional had a chat with Maggi Marx (MM), BSc (Hons) QS, PrQS, PMAQS Executive, Program, Cost, Consultancy, AECOM Africa.     THHP: Briefly tell us about your background  MM: I was born and raised in Pretoria and studied at the University of Pretoria. After I successfully completed my Honours degree in Quantity Surveying in 2002, I worked as a professional QS in London, United King... »

In Conversation with Civil Engineer Ntombi Nyaga

In Conversation with Civil Engineer Ntombi Nyaga

The HardHat Professional spoke with Civil Engineer Ntombi Nyaga (NN) about her career in construction and built environment and being a woman professional in a male-dominated industry. THHP: Tell us about your background. NN: I am a qualified Civil Engineer who obtained her degree at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. I have worked in various fields of Civil Engineering but would safely say that I ... »

A NEW DAWN FOR UNEMPLOYMENT ALLEVIATION?

A NEW DAWN FOR UNEMPLOYMENT ALLEVIATION?

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   On the positive side; Manufacturing added 13,000 jobs – the highest number added. Construction and com... »

MICROSCOPIC LENS: INWARD FOCUS ON SELF-LEADERSHIP

MICROSCOPIC LENS: INWARD FOCUS ON SELF-LEADERSHIP

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 already), it crossed my mind to share with you a life-time skill-set that will make your resolutions easier with every passing year.     The ... »

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

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

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 the World Bank as ‘high income’ (also referred to as ‘developed’), ... »

6 KEY DRIVERS OF SUCCESSFUL PLANNING AND DELIVERY OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

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 little clarity around the solution. Th... »