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Tuesday, 13 October 2015 12:15

Economy Affects Building Industry

The building industry is an essential component of the South African economy as it contributes about 15% to the gross fixed investment that drives the economy. However, with the country's economy going through a tough time currently, this, in turn, reflects on the building industry. Relating…
The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) has been accredited by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to handle all civil engineering sector disputes. This means that companies that are not members of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors or…
Friday, 02 October 2015 13:15

Unemployment figures on the rise

The number of employees in South Africa's formal nonagricultural sector decreased by 1 000 between March and June, owing to a decrease in the manufacturing, transport, business services and construction industries, Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA's) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey for the second quarter of…
A major obstacle to growth in the building and construction industry is the non-payment by government and municipalities in the country. Projects are often stalled, as developers wait to be paid. With a government squeeze on infrastructure spending, the outlook for civil construction was tight. growth…
Monday, 24 August 2015 15:00

Construction in Western Cape to grow

While the national construction picture may not seem too rosy, prospects for the construction sector in the Western Cape are set to continue to grow over the next few years, helped by a good dose of residential construction. This was according to Industry Insight senior economist…
The Building Industry Bargaining Council announced its support of the Employment Services Act, No 4 of 2004 (ESA), which came into effect on 9 August 2015. “The purpose of ESA is to establish productivity within South Africa, decrease levels of unemployment, and provide for the training…
Emerging contractors in the construction industry will soon stand to benefit from increased protection provided by a new amendment to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Act, which was proposed by the Department of Public Works. The CIDB Amendment Act, which is due to come into…
The Department of Labour (DoL) says it has found that the construction industry has a less than 50% rate of compliance with health and safety regulations. This comes shortly ahead of the introduction of a new dispensation for the registration of construction health and safety professionals…
Industry Insight has reported a slowdown in the construction industry’s growth, compared to 2014. Growth in Construction Sector was just 0.8% in the first quarter of this year; off the back of 3.5% growth in the 4th quarter of and 2.2% in the 3rd quarter.  The…
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 13:15

Industry Growth Down but Outlook Upbeat

Growth in the building sector lost further momentum in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest FNB/BER Building Confidence Index. This is after the sector slowed in the first quarter of 2015 as well. However, despite the poorer performance by the sector in the…
The Department of Labour is to host an informational session ahead of the implementation of the registration of construction health and safety professionals and the implementation of the construction work permit in terms of the new labour regulations. The seminar will be held in Boksburg, Johannesburg…
A report compiled by Building Research Strategy Consulting Unit (BMI) indicates that South Africa's inflation rate is to remain stable and that large construction firms are not committing to certain market segments that are deemed less feasible or critical to their future sustainability. Growth is being…