[Jurg van Dyk] Even though EPC contracting is quickly becoming the norm in the South African construction industry, a large portion of the construction fraternity approaches EPC contracts with great circumspection, to put it mildly.
[Paddy Hartdegen] 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.
[Paddy Hartdegen] 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.
[Paddy Hartdegen] 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.
[Werner Franck] 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.
[Sarah Britten] 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.
[Paddy Hartdegen] 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.
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