Construction Sustainability: Empirical Evidence on SME Development and Delivery Challenges of Road Infrastructure in South Africa

Kgashane Stephen Nyakala, Andre Vermeulen, Jan Harm Pretorius

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This research aim is to investigate the factors influencing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) development and delivery challenges of road infrastructure in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Sustainable construction, transformation and technology are characteristically dynamic and complex. The analysis of qualitative data gathered through in-depth interviews with contractors, architects and project/construction managers in all five cases resulted in the emergence of variety of factors influencing delivery challenges of road infrastructure in construction SMEs. Primary data were collected through a number of depth interviews with construction SMEs experts and project managers. Secondary data were collected through construction SME organisations’ documents written procedures, transformation and technological issues. The main findings of this study showed there was a huge delivery challenges related to road infrastructure in the construction industry, i.e. poor construction design, lack of technical and engineering abilities, inadequate management involvement and support, unclear targets to sustainability in building construction, lack of technological skills, improper training of the team members and inadequate use of information and communication technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction in 5D
Subtitle of host publicationDeconstruction, Digitalization, Disruption, Disaster, Development - Proceedings of the 15th Built Environment Conference, 2021
EditorsTheo C. Haupt, Mariam Akinlolu, Fredrick Simpeh, Christopher Amoah, Zakheeya Armoed
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030977474
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event15th Built Environment Conference, 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 27 Sept 202128 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference15th Built Environment Conference, 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Challenges
  • Construction sustainability
  • Road infrastructure
  • Small and medium enterprises

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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