Unprepared industry meet pandemic: COVID-19 and the South Africa construction industry

Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa, Douglas Omoregie Aghimien, Wellington Didibhuku Thwala, Moleboheng Ntebo Ngozwana

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Purpose: This paper aims to determine the responses of construction organisations to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its associated lockdown and the impact on the South African construction industry (SACI). Design/methodology/approach: The study adopted a quantitative survey with responses sought from 825 contracting organisation’s representatives drawn from the database of the construction industry development board. The data gathered were analysed using percentage, mean item score and one-sample t-test. The reliability of the research instrument was also tested using the Cronbach alpha test. Findings: Findings revealed that most construction organisations implemented a complete travel ban and halting all business operations on sites and offices in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. Furthermore, whilst most construction organisations envisage significant disruption in their project delivery, the problem of job losses was regarded as a short, medium and long-term impact of the pandemic. Loss of revenue, a decline in the economy and business interruption are also some of the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SACI. Originality/value: The study’s findings give practical insights on the potential impact of the pandemic on the construction industry and the possible approach needed to help cushion the effect on the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-200
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Construction industry
  • Construction safety
  • Global pandemic
  • Impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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