The pandemic has shown that it is not existential dangers, but rather everyday economic activities, that reveal the collective, connected character of modern life. Just as a spider’s web crumples when a few strands are broken, so the coronavirus has highlighted the risks arising from our economic interdependence. More than anything – this pandemic has demonstrated how broken and outdated the construction sector in South African has been.
The South Africa construction industry and the clients that rely on it are at a critical juncture and it is time to review the seriousness of the future outlook. Deep-seated problems have existed for many years and are well known and rehearsed, yet despite that, there appears to be a collective
reluctance or inability to address these issues and set a course for transformation and modernisation.
Despite the industry finding itself in this situation, it is important to outline why the South African government should allow all construction projects that were underway since the lockdown began to continue operating.