Analyzing the Project Delay Causes in the South African Construction Industry


Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 6 - June

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Construction projects have experienced major delays in the past decades. Project setback is a big burden in setting up projects. Professionals have established that delay in a project can only be controlled if its symptom is detected and acknowledged. A project has been described as a one-time undertaking that is established for a purpose. A questionnaire was designed and used to obtain the stakeholders’ perceptions regarding the causes of project setbacks. The objectives of this study are to establish and assess the project delay sources in the construction industry in South Africa, detect the mitigation measures in the construction industry in South Africa, and ascertain different views among stakeholders concerning project setbacks. This study tends to address the following two questions: ‘What are the major causes of project delays in the South African construction industry? And what are the mitigation measures against project delays in the South African construction industry? 54 causes of project delays were established through the literature review. Mitigation strategies against project delays were identified. Mitigation strategies will help construction professionals to improve the successful delivery of projects. The study has proved that every project setback has a remedy. The three major stakeholders collectively contribute to the factors causing project delays. The study revealed that delays in one country may be different from another country. This study discovered that all the stakeholders are experienced and knowledgeable in terms of recognition of the factors creating project delays. The study gives a clear indication of the major contributors to project delays for the benefit of the clients and contractors. This will serve as a guideline for the client and the contractor toward completing the projects within time, quality, and budget. It will also eliminate the issue of unnecessary disputes among the parties to the project. However, this extensive literature review will save future researchers enough time when conducting studies on similar topics. The outcome of this study will assist both professionals and academicians to understand the fundamental sources of project setbacks and their relief strategies. This study will help the risk planners of construction projects when dealing with the issue of project analysis, monitoring, and controlling, as these are the critical factors for the successful delivery of projects. The study will also benefit future college and university graduates whose intentions are to proceed to the working field after graduation. The client policymakers who can revise or create policies based on the findings of this study will also benefit.

Keywords : Construction, South Africa, Delay, Mitigation, Ethics


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