The role and responsibilities of leaders in SA’s construction industry - GIC

The role and responsibilities of leaders in SA’s construction industry
February 23, 2024

The construction and infrastructure development sector is a key driver of economic reform and growth in South Africa. As such, those in positions of leadership in construction are not only influential within the sector, but are key voices for change in the country as a whole.

According to Statistics South Africa, South Africa’s construction sector is currently the fifth largest employer in the country, employing more than 1.35 million people. But these numbers only reflect direct employment within the industry, where construction creates employment and economic opportunities throughout supply chains, from suppliers and service providers to regulatory bodies and financial institutions – all of which are affected by decisions made by industry leaders.

Today, the industry is growing from strength to strength, having weathered the obstacles created by the pandemic such as supply chain and project disruptions. But as we look to the future, we also need industry leaders to step up and take actions which will ensure our sector and its participants continue to thrive in the coming years.

Supporting smaller construction businesses

Beyond managing companies that are influential in their own right, leaders in construction and infrastructure development have a responsibility to reach out and guide smaller businesses, which in turn can add significantly to the country’s GDP and employ more people through their activities.

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