Although there is a steady increase in the number of black-owned contractors in the construction industry, it seems transformation in terms of previously disadvantaged individuals getting big contracts is still not happening. It does not represent an inclusive industry.
Is the construction industry doing anything to facilitate transformation?
Chairperson of the SABCCA (Co-operative South African Builders and Civils Association), Dennis Pillay, says he has been in the construction industry since 1970 and to date things are still the same, the industry hasn't transformed to accommodate small contractors.
The playing field in this industry hasn't been leveled especially when it comes to your previously disadvantaged contractors.— Dennis Pillay, Chairperson of the SABCCA
The industry is still very discriminatory, if we look at the Construction Industry Development Board (CIBD) grading, you will see that the big companies have the best grading so they qualify for major multi-billion, million contracts and the smaller guys goes up to 7 and they stay there.— Dennis Pillay, Chairperson of the SABCCA
If you look at the industry your top five companies still controls 70% of all construction work.— Dennis Pillay, Chairperson of the SABCCA
Pillay says these big contractors are looking for small contractors who are not complying with the laws because they don't want to pay accordingly.
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