HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE SOURCING OF BUILDING PRODUCT INFORMATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA?
Tinus Maritz1, Dr. Carl Klopper and Dr. Thys Siglé
Department of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
ABSTRACT
The growing use of modern communications is bound to result in substantial changes in the way the world does business, and more specifically in the context of this article, in the increasing use of electronic exchange of construction information between different members of the project team, and with product manufacturers and suppliers. These changes are brought about by the availability of fast, powerful and relatively cheap computers; fast and relatively cheap telecommunication methods, and the rise of global electronic networks, particularly the Internet. These technologies are driving the envisaged rapid growth of electronic commerce. In the next few years, e-commerce will impact in some way or another on businesses, if it has not already done so

THE NEED FOR A STANDARDISED TECHNIQUE FOR TENDER EVALUATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
Fanie Buys, MSc (QS), Senior Lecturer, Department of Quantity Surveying, UPE and

Grant Puttergill, BSc Hons (QS) graduate (2001), UPE
Introduction
Some contractor selection methods currently in existence are criticised as incomplete and biased, and lacking consideration in terms of the contractor’s ability to achieve simultaneously, time, cost, quality and safety standards.

 

THE CUTTING EDGE IN PM
Trials and tribulation: the New Engineering Contract (NEC) in practice

John Mclure

 

BUILD-OPERATE-TRANSFER-THE WAY FORWARD
By Ian McKechnie
This article focuses on the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession-type project model.

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTRACTING VS CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
By Steve Saucerman
This article discusses the differences between the titles General Contractor (GC) and Construction Management (CM)

 

What Does The Law Say?

In this series of contract law articles we look at how the courts resolved some difficult disputes.

We are grateful to Tiefenthaler Construction for supplying these articles for publication.

Case I

Buzzard Electrical (Pty) Ltd v 158 Jan Smuts Avenue
Investments (Pty) Ltd and other 1996 (4) SA 19 (A)

Does a subcontractor have a claim for enrichment against the employer for work done in those instances where a subcontractor has not received payment from the main contractor because of the main contractor’s insolvency? What does the law say?

CASE II

Andy's Electrical v Laurie Sykes (Pty) Ltd
1979 (3) SA 341 (N)

Contractors are sometimes handed a reduced payment amount for works executed, such payment being issued under the term “full and final settlement of your account”. What are the consequences if the contractor accepts such payment? 

 

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