In October 2011 the SCA had occasion, in the matter of Dormell Properties 282 CC vs Renasa Insurance Company Limited and Others NNO 2011 (1) SA 70 (SCA)("Dormell"), to consider and pronounce upon the status and enforceability of a construction guarantee under circumstances where a dispute existed between the Contractor and the Employer in whose favour the guarantee had been issued.
By Nick Muller 12 Dec 2013 10:37
Even though Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) contracting is quickly becoming the norm in the South African construction industry, especially in projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors, a large portion of the construction fraternity approaches EPC contracts with great circumspection, to put it mildly.
By Jurg van Dyk 11 Dec 2013 10:38
For some people the only purpose of a business is to make money for shareholders. For others there might be some underlying social investment - such as creating jobs or providing a better quality of life - but one thing is certain: without profit, no business is sustainable.
By Paddy Hartdegen 11 Sep 2013 08:41
I fail to understand why it should take the deaths of 44 people - and a year of mourning for the lost loved-ones - to get someone to do something about housing in an area that should be awash with money.
By Paddy Hartdegen 11 Sep 2013 08:28
If there is one entrepreneurial venture where an inability to cost your projects will almost certainly kill your business, it is construction. I was reminded of this by a discussion I had with Sakhile Mdluli*, an entrepreneur with a construction business who recently joined one of Raizcorp's business support programmes.
By Allon Raiz 27 Aug 2013 11:29
Many people in the commercial world, the media and the security sectors have been baying for the blood of the chief executive and directors of several major construction companies over their collusion.
By Paddy Hartdegen 25 Jul 2013 16:31
The term "green buildings" is often bandied about, but what exactly does that mean for prospective tenants seeking real value out of this ubiquitous term.
By Stefano Contardo 18 Jul 2013 07:07
Africa's energy landscape is rapidly changing. New gas and oil finds in countries outside the traditional resources footprint in North and West Africa have fuelled a flurry of activity among energy investors from Europe, China and India.
By Greg Nott 10 Jul 2013 11:15
Anyone with half a brain and no mathematical training can follow this simple reasoning: it is cheaper to do a job properly the first time without taking shortcuts than to do it badly, using inferior methods and materials in the hope that it will save money. It should be obvious to everyone that this is never the case. Sadly it isn't.
By Paddy Hartdegen 4 Jul 2013 11:23
The South African economy is very sensitive towards the topic of energy, mostly owing to the price of electricity, its scarcity, climate change and a focus on sustainable living.
By Ori Saban 28 Jun 2013 08:03
Ongoing poor maintenance of Joburg's decaying suburban road infrastructure poses a real threat to the city's residential property values - particularly in prime areas.
By Ronald Ennik 5 Jun 2013 16:39
I would hope that everyone at Eskom - not only its chief executive, Brian Dames - would be using gas rather than electricity to make something tasty for supper. We wouldn't want our chief executives, or anyone else at Eskom, going hungry at night when they have to keep the power feeding into the homes of millions of South Africans.
By Paddy Hartdegen 9 May 2013 13:54
From Amoeba to Icon; where do you currently rank in your industry's natural progression? In this piece, I walk you through the seven stages of development as you strive to position yourself as an industry expert. [video]
By Douglas Kruger 13 Apr 2013 06:31
Success in project planning can remain elusive, even after the three elements of project management - time, cost or scope - are met. In reality, success seems to depend more on whether the project solved the problem it was meant to solve, whether the customer uses it and whether the project was a valuable use of time and money.
By Louise Worsley 13 Mar 2013 11:14
Skills development remains a pressing concern in the current South African economy, and the built environment is no exception. With an increasing number of small to medium-size enterprise's (SMME's) emerging in the construction sector, it becomes increasingly challenging for authorities to regulate the level of skills and training of the country's construction workforce.
By Werner Franck 4 Mar 2013 08:58
Here are some resolutions for 2013 for you that you, as an employer, may well find useful. Get them right now - and avoid any unpleasant surprises during the year.
By Johan Botes 31 Dec 2012 07:37
Do you have a power drill at home? How often do you use it? If it's anything like the average power drill, it will be used for 12 to 13 minutes in its entire lifetime.
By Sarah Britten 7 Nov 2012 09:35
Companies that want to position themselves to drive business value from digital marketing must start working towards mastering the discipline of remarketing or risk getting left behind by nimbler rivals.
By Richard Mullins 1 Nov 2012 06:36
There are game reserves aplenty vying for that moneyed six-star market that demands bespoke experiences and don't mind paying for them. Only a handful gets providing the holy trinity of experiences - superb hospitality, absolute privacy, and breath-taking environment right.
By Brian Berkman 26 Sep 2012 12:51
If people wonder why so many ordinary South Africans get so cross about crime - and here I'm not talking about violent crime, just straight theft - then what happened in Durban and Alexandra are excellent cases to consider.
By Paddy Hartdegen 27 Jun 2012 13:56
The failures in our urban design were recognised by the two South African architects speaking on the day two of Design Indaba 2012, the annual design conference currently taking place in Cape Town.
By Herman Manson 2 Mar 2012 10:06
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