Extracted from text ... 'I BELIEVE a mark of winning organisations
these days is that their executives are seen to
be playing a strong vocational and professional
role in the industry that they operate
in, ' says Mike. 'It is for that reason that, at
Murray & Roberts, we encourage our people
who have the necessary qualifications to register
professionally and to play a role in
vocational societies and industry fora.'
In this regard Mike has been leading by
example for several years now. His active
participation in various SAICE portfolios -
inter alia the local Witwatersrand Branch,
the Engineering & Training, Membership
Extracted from text ... IN THE GOVERNMENT white paper on creating
an environment for reconstruction
growth and development in the construction
industry in 1999, it was argued that the
conventional mechanisms and procedures
for final dispute resolution (normally arbitration
or litigation) are too costly and time
In March 2001 government published a
draft code of practice entitled 'Adjudication
in Engineering and Construction Contracts
in South Africa', proposing a move towards
rapid and inexpensive dispute resolution
mechanisms in said contracts.
The Construction Industry Development
Board (CIDB) issued a draft practice guide
for public comment in August 2003. This
practice guide, published on the back ..
Extracted from text ... SALIENT FINDINGS FROM THE SURVEY
Business perceptions about constraints
to growth and regulatory costs
The first question asked of respondents to
the survey was: 'What factors of any kind
prevent or discourage a business like yours
from expanding its operations?' The results
are presented in figure 1.
A wide range of factors is perceived to
limit growth. Of the constraints mentioned,
two stand out: weakness in the economy or
lack of demand, and a range of factors
resulting from the state's interface with business.
These two factors are ahead by some
way of the third and fourth, labour problems
Extracted from text ... IN THE LAST 50 YEARS, the manufacturing
sector has earned a reputation for quality
and efficiency that is the envy of many
other industries. A large part of its success is
due to its use of efficient production systems
developed in Japan after World War II and
used and perfected by businesses the world
Collectively termed 'Lean systems', these
methods have helped make businesses such
as Toyota great by enabling them to reduce
costs while simultaneously increasing quality.
In the early eighties, these systems
attracted the attention of researchers in production
and operations management and
numerous studies have been undertaken ..
Extracted from text ... THE 'GLOBAL VILLAGE' is increasingly
becoming a reality. International trade barriers
are falling and even relatively small
organisations have the opportunity to compete
internationally OR to be crushed by
international players. International airfares
have become a commodity and, in real
terms, are a fraction of what they were three
At current exchange rates South African
organisations are not particularly price competitive
internationally and other players like
China and India have the potential to overwhelm
South African entities that do not
have clear plans to adjust to changing circumstances.
A clear, succinct, robust, defendable and
viable business strategy is ..
Extracted from text ... FOR QUALITY CERTIFICATIONS to keep
adding value to the bottom line companies
must realise that the processes that earned
recognition must be continually improved.
The motivation to get certified should not
be seen as a once-off process.
For example, the ISO standard is just that
- a standard, and standards merely act as
baselines or foundations for continually
striving for business excellence. The process
of business analysis and continual improvement
is one that should never stop.
Since quality standards were introduced
during World War II we have seen a steady
generation of ISO standards, the best know
being the ISO ..
Extracted from text ... JOMO KHOMO IS NOT THE TYPE of person
to rest on his laurels. As a chemical engineer
with substantial experience, one wouldn't
expect him to be in the final months of an
MBA degree. But, for Khomo, the shift to
supplement his engineering skills with business
know-how is a vital step in his career
and personal ambitions, and he says the
sector needs to wake up to the reality that
accelerating business and management skills
is a key area that needs improvement.
According to Khomo, there are some
people with business experience in the
South African engineering sector but that ..
Extracted from text ... PPC, A SUBSIDIARY OF the Barloworld Group
of companies, has embarked on an extensive
programme to extend its HIV/Aids awareness
programme beyond those employed by the
company, to reach family members and local
PPC started its HIV/Aids campaign with
Voluntary Counselling and Testing Counselling
(VCT), which is being rolled out at all
its operations in South Africa. Support for this
element of PPC's campaign, which encourages
all employees to 'know their status' has
exceeded expectations with close on 90 % of
personnel agreeing to participate in the voluntary
At the heart of this campaign, internally, is
a team ..
Extracted from text ... RESEARCH INDICATES THAT the construction
industry has the third highest incidence
rate of HIV/Aids per sector in South Africa -
and that the effect of the pandemic on the
industry could raise the current skills shortage
levels to 35 %.
In response to the impending crisis, the
National Department of Public Works (DPW)
developed an HIV/Aids strategy for the
industry. Community Life Projects (CLP), a
wholly owned subsidiary of the Pretoriabased
multidisciplinary professional services
consultancy Africon, assisted the DPW in
testing and finalising the strategy. The
national rollout to all the department's
regional offices and provincial departments
commenced in March ..
Extracted from text ... THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC IS threatening to
put a damper on what is set to be the most
exciting period that the construction industry
has seen in the last two decades.
That is according to Mike Lomas, CEO of
JSE-listed construction company Group Five,
which has set up a strategic partnership
described as a milestone for Group Five and
the industry as a whole. In terms of the
partnership CETA will work with Group Five
in re-focusing its HIV/Aids strategy and
information collected through this programme
will be shared with Wits University
for research. This is the first project of its ..
Extracted from text ... Sub-Saharan Africa has just over
10 % of the world's population, but
is home to more than 60 % of all
people living with HIV - some 254
million. In 2004, an estimated 3, 1
million people in the region became
newly infected, while 2, 3 million died
of Aids. Among young people aged
15-24 years, an estimated 6, 9 % of
women and 2, 2 % of men were living
with HIV at the end of 2004.
Adult HIV prevalence has been
roughly stable in recent years. But
stabilisation does not necessarily
mean the epidemic is slowing. On
Extracted from text ... THE PROMULGATION OF THE CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS WAS intended to realise
optimum multi-stakeholder contributions to Health and Safety (H&S) by clients, designers,
project managers, and quantity surveyors. Adequate allowance for H&S during
tendering/bidding has been a contentious issue - in other words, should H&S conscientious
contractors make adequate allowance for H&S, they may run the risk of losing the
tender/bid to less H&S-conscientious contractors.
The Construction Regulations require a series of sequenced interventions and documents
which are directed towards the elimination of hazards during design and construction and
the consequential reduction of risk.
The H&S specification is intended to be project ..
Extracted from text ... AGEING PROFESSION
POSES SKILLS DILEMMA
THE URGENT NEED for South Africa to produce
more qualified concrete technologists was spelled
out at the 2004 Cement & Concrete Institute's
School of Concrete Technology (SCT) graduation
ceremony for the top-level Advanced Concrete
Technology course presented by the SCT.
Dr Rod Rankine, the Institute's Education and
Training Manager, said South Africa was facing an
unprecedented boom in construction with projects
such as the 2010 Soccer World Cup and
Gautrain set to make massive demands on the
building sector. 'These are projects that will
demand substantial technological training, yet
South Africa's acute skills shortage is ..