Journal article

Professional ethics in the South African construction industry

This paper addresses ethical issues with regard to the breach of professional responsibilities and obligations to clients and the general public, as evidenced from a questionnaire survey of architects, contractors, quantity surveyors and consulting engineers. Breaches in professional responsibilities include conflicts of interest and the...
Journal article

The influence of government targeted procurement strategies on the growth performance of construction small and medium-sized contractors (SMCs) in South Africa

This paper examines government targeted procurement (TP) strategies in South Africa and whether these strategies have an influence on the growth performance of Small and medium sized contractors (SMCs) in the construction industry.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Were 400 white South African farmers murdered last year?

Following comments that white South African farmers deserved special attention because they were being persecuted, former prime minister Tony Abbott claimed 400 white farmers were murdered, over the last 12 months.
Conference paper

Identification of lean opportunities in a South African public-sector projects cost management framework

The prevalence of cost overruns in public sector construction projects in South Africa has been observed. This has been attributed to ineffectual approaches to cost management within these projects. The prior study by the authors has made sense of these observations an understanding of existing...
Conference paper

Lean opportunity assessment of contractors' supply chain in South Africa

Although lean construction is now widely known and practiced by contractors in the developed world, contractors in developing countries such as South Africa are either unaware of it or just beginning its implementation. However, the application of lean construction practices is reported to occur with...
Journal article

Prevention of collusion for innovative construction

In order to ensure healthy competition and alliance among construction stakeholders, this study assessed various measures that can be adopted to minimize or eliminate the practice of collusion in the construction industry.

The future of women at work: transitions in the age of automation

In the automation age, women face new challenges overlaid on long-established ones. Automation could displace millions from their jobs; many others will need to change the way they work. Worldwide, 40 to 160 million women may need to transition across occupations. If women cannot transition...

Assessing the sustainable infrastructure of a low carbon community: Lynedoch EcoVillage case study

Urban areas are responsible for 70% of global CO2 emissions and the rapid growth in urbanisation presents a significant risk to cities. It is predicted that by 2030 more than 70% of the South African population will be living in cities. The decarbonisation of urban...

'We know our lives are in danger': environment of fear in South Africa’s mining-affected communities

This report documents attacks and other forms of intimidation experienced by activists campaigning against mining activities in their communities. It covers activities in four provinces between 2013 and 2018.

Towards decarbonising transport – a 2018 stocktake on sectoral ambition in the G20

This report provides a summary for each G20 nation, including data on CO2 emission trends in the national transport sector, climate policy targets and measures for lowering emissions. The data make clear that only three countries from the G20 have set targets for reducing emissions...