Call to share sunshine with SMMEs

Guests, from left, Bridgette Gasa, Thozela Ponoshe, and Patricia Dlamini at the NMBBC banquet Picture: Fredlin Adriaan
From left, Bridgette Gasa, Thozela Ponoshe, and Patricia Dlamini at the NMBBC banquet              Picture: Fredlin Adriaan

Appeal made for construction management alliance in PE

Port Elizabeth construction company boss Bridgette Gasa has called for a new season of partnership between big companies and SMMEs.

The founder and chief executive of Bay group Elilox said such construction management alliances could grow business for both sectors.

“It’s about spreading the sunshine –finding a partner that does not threaten your organisational culture and with whom you can both benefit. It’s about giving a sense of hope.”

Gasa said this yesterday during a break at the fifth Construction Management Conference in the city.

Hosted by NMMU and Bloemfontein’s Central University of Technology, the two-day conference is endorsed by the sector regulator, the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions, and is being coordinated by NMMU’s Professor John Smallwood.

Gasa said about 80% of the 130 000 registered construction management contractors in South Africa were SMMEs.

Most of these firms that had not closed down or moved away after this year’s challenges had survived by establishing a rapport with larger companies.

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