NDP infrastructure plans bring opportunity but also risk – Madonsela

While the National Development Plan and its emphasis on infrastructure development provides significant opportunities for engineers that opportunity comes with great risk, Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela said on Monday. She noted that, in his 2014 Budget Speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that government would be investing R847-billion in infrastructure projects over the next three years. “[However], with that opportunity…

Civilution Congress 2014 – towards the promised land

The first ever Civilution Congress concluded last night (8 April 2014) in high spirits and with a common verdict: a great success. With opening day speakers such as Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Minister in the Presidency, National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel, the atmosphere was charged with expectation. Despite being the first iteration of the Civilution movement’s congress, the conference…

Sanral firm on seeking redress following breach of trust, says Alli

South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli this week confirmed that Sanral remained firm in its intent to seek restitution from the local construction industry for collusion on a number of road projects, although the form of this restitution was “still to be discussed”. “We will not leave it. We will pursue the matter.” Alli emphasised that the constructionindustry must…

PPC boss wants fast track for state building projects

CEO of PPC Ketso Gordhan has called for the reform of South Africa’s infrastructure procurement processes and proposed the creation of professional oversight bodies to fast-track infrastructure projects. Existing processes were cumbersome, expensive and "frustrating" for both the public and private sectors, he said. They also allowed corruption to flourish, as well as black economic…

Corruption in the infrastructure business

Incompetence, mismanagement, collusion, negligence, non-delivery and a side-stepping of rules and regulations are some of the reasons that the infrastructure industry has come under the spotlight in recent times. From poor RDP housing to the most recent Tongaat Mall collapse which claimed two lives and injured 26, the infrastructure engineering industry appears to not be…

DRBF Conference 2014

The regional Dispute Resolution Board Federation (DRBF) Conference took place from 27–28 February 2014 with various presentations and panel discussions exploring the application of contemporary Dispute Boards in southern Africa. Frik van der Merwe, consulting engineer and member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) attended the Conference which drew many interested DRB…