08 February 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa, Lack of capacity in governmental and professional structures tasked to implement infrastructure projects is one of the main challenges faced by the construction industry in Africa, resulting in issues with the delivery of quality products within the specified time and budget, payment issues and so on, says Frans Pienaar of Inyatsi Construction.
“These issues impact on the industry. Slow delivery of projects and delays in coming to market cause increased costs, with the lack of capacity in implementing agencies placing an additional burden on a private sector that is already struggling with cash flow,” he says.
The sub-standard quality of products, fading out of competitor and small construction companies, a drop in infrastructure development and the monopoly in the market that follows on this: all have an adverse impact on the construction industry.
However, Pienaar says, the construction industry can overcome these challenges. “The basic standards in the construction industry are the Standard Conditions of Contract, as well as some Standard Specifications, which are mainly enforced through an out-dated model requiring clients to be advised by professionals or teams of professionals.
“The model should rather evolve towards a more modern form that involves a team of all the stakeholders in a project. It should focus on the delivery of a fit-for-purpose product and satisfying the client’s need, rather than external factors such as professional pride and industry envy.”
According to Pienaar the best way to enforce these standards is through self-regulation. “Delivery liability should be as close to the implementer of a project as possible.”
Pienaar believes that public-private-partnerships (PPP’s) and turnkey-type projects can also be used to ensure that risk is managed by the parties best suited to do this.
However, he is worried that industry bodies are too fragmented to ensure efficient self-regulation. “South Africa is trying to maintain its role as the thought leader in the construction industry in Africa, but industry bodies lose their relevance as the emerging markets develop and want to stand on their own feet, bypassing those bodies in order to achieve their objectives.”
About Inyatsi Construction:
Inyatsi Construction Ltd was first registered in Swaziland in 1982 and Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd (ICGH) was formed in 2007 as the holding company of Inyatsi and its regional subsidiaries. The company has operations in Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique, as well as registered companies in Botswana and Namibia. Inyatsi and all its subsidiaries are ISO 9001:2008 certified and completed the NOSA 5 Star Audit and has been awarded four Platinum Stars.
The company’s growth accelerated after restrategising and diversifying four years ago. After focusing mainly on roads and earthworks, Inyatsi Construction widened its focus to include civil work, bridge construction, buildings and township infrastructure and high quality, fast-track houses at new mines for example.
The company is named after the Swazi word for buffalo to capture the indigenous and hard-working heart of the company.