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Project Management

Skills spread too thinly, being lost in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th July 2013 The good project management skills that exist in South Africa are unfortunately being spread too thinly, resulting in many projects going ahead with weak teams at the owner-team and contractor level. 

Project traps need to be overcome to ensure success

19th July 2013 Projects most commonly fail as a result of poor scheduling as many companies underestimate the time needed for their completion. 

Consulting engineer increases connectivity to improve information flow

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th July 2013 Cape Town-based managed services provider and Internet service provider SybaWeb added the Richards Bay branch of consulting engineering practice UWP Consulting to its connectivity backbone after it had approached the company last year with a turnkey information technology (IT) management solution... 

Project managers developed despite economic slowdown

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th July 2013 While there are enough projects under way to employ the number of project managers in South Africa, there is a shortage of competent project and construction managers. 

Keeping projects grounded vital to effective management

19th July 2013 Before any project gets off the ground, one would hope that the costs and benefits have already been carefully weighed up to make sure they balance out and that the project plan includes measures that assist in identifying when the project costs are too high and start to outweigh the benefits. 

Consulting company recommends discipline-orientated project management to industry

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Consulting engineering company GIBB Group CEO Richard Vries says the company’s discipline-orientated project management has given it a competitive edge in the engineering industry. 

Project house tackles skills shortage, prepares for growth

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Engineering, procurement and construction management company TWP Projects, part of the Basil Read group, established a planning school this month as part of its efforts to mitigate the shortage of skilled project managers and engineers in South Africa. 

Advisory firm encourages more projects

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 The level of project-management capabilities in South Africa will increase with every large-scale project that is undertaken in the country, says global advisory firm KPMG head of global infrastructure and projects De Buys Scott. 

Software developer sheds light on project management in IT sector 

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 In the last eight years, there has been a notable shift in the way project management is handled in the information technology (IT) sector, says custom software development company Dariel Solutions executive director Greg Vercellotti. 

project managers focus on philosophy of profession

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Global construction project-management firm SIP Project Managers COO Rod Oosthuizen says the company’s focus on both the science and philosophy of project management has driven its success.  

Business Initelligence integral to successful project management

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Business intelligence (BI) and information management services provider PBT Group emphasises the important, yet underused, role that BI plays in project management, especially for the information technology (IT) sector. 

Solutions provider enters industry with launch of new product

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Project management solutions provider Gigafusion, which began operating in January, is already reacting to market demand with the launch of its Project Navigator project-management tool in early May.  

Software to assist mining companies

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 New Zealand-based software developer Professional Software On Demand Anywhere (Psoda) is marketing its Psoda project-management software to mining companies worldwide.  

Business management integration critical to success

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2011 Current business processes and definitions should be based on the pillars of process, technology and people to be successful, says project management company SSG Consulting owner Steven Golding. 

Increasing need for proficiency spurs education

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2011 The increasing need for project management proficiency in all facets of industry has ensured that consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch continues its drive to train the company’s project managers and team. 

Sixteenth school on track for completion in 2012

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2011 Engineering and environmental consultants SSI’s project and construction management division is on track to deliver the sixteenth school of the R500-million 16 Schools Project to the Gauteng Department of Education by February 2012. 

Local firm adopts integrated project management system

15th July 2011 South African engineering and project management firm Amec Minproc, a wholly owned subsidiary of international group Amec, is the latest entity to change over to the group’s fully integrated project management Convero system. 

Company encourages project management internships

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2011 To meet the growing demand for project management skills in industry, project management education company Davis & Dean is developing an internship programme for students to gain valuable working experience at South African companies. 

Engineering services company launches field development business

15th July 2011 Subsea and floating systems engineering company Peritus International has launched a field development business, which will offer tailored engineering and project management services for field development and transportation systems to clients undertaking global offshore projects.  

Integrated project management 
control office key for quality

28th May 2010 Integrated project management control office (IPMCO) is extremely important when implementing project quality systems that effectively integrate with business quality systems in the mining and engineering sectors 

Project managers take strain as budgets reduced

By: Karishma Thakurdin     28th May 2010 Project management is critical to the success of a project even more so during these tough economic times

Managing a £30-million 
brewery expansion

28th May 2010 Consulting services company WSP Africa’s risk management team has been appointed to manage multinational beer, wine and spirits business Diageo’s £30-million flagship project for 2010. 

Achieving real business benefits

28th May 2010 The project management process should never be confused with achieving real business results, because a project that is concluded on time and within budget adds no value to the organisation unless the intended business benefits are realised 

Project manager celebrates completion of 13 schools

By: Karishma Thakurdin     28th May 2010 Professional project and construction management company Profica has recently celebrated the completion of 13 secondary schools in the Gauteng province. 

Project cost management and sceduling tools key

By: Karishma Thakurdin     28th May 2010 The synchronised use of project cost management and scheduling tools can significantly enhance the capacity for project success 

Bridging the skills divide

By: Karishma Thakurdin     28th May 2010 The current global skills shortage, which is also a challenge for the project management industry, could have detrimental long-term consequences for this industry if a greater effort is not made to bridge the skills gap 

Training institute receives accreditation

28th May 2010 Business analysis and project management training organisation Faculty Training Institute (FTI) has been accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a registered education provider (REP) for its exam preparation workshop, diploma in Internet solution project management and a short... 

Project management market given the green light

By: Philippa Levenberg     8th May 2009 Project managers (PMs) working in the built environment are advised to become ‘green’ by complying with environmental standards before it becomes a legal obligation. This will add value to their careers and the projects that they are involved in, says PM consulting and training company SQ Data... 

Software company meets growing demand for customised projects

By: Philippa Levenberg     8th May 2009 An increase in customised projects worldwide, particularly in the Information Technology (IT) field, has prompted a need for project managers with specialised skills. Software architecture company Dariel Solutions, which specialises in bespoke application development and customised integration... 

Lack of foresight hinders worldwide projects

By: Philippa Levenberg     8th May 2009 An increasing number of large-scale projects across sectors worldwide are failing. This is owing to a shortage of project managers (PM) who are able to plan for the often far-reaching geographical, cultural and environmental implications of projects, says PM training academy The Da Vinci... 

SA needs improved human capital management

By: Philippa Levenberg     8th May 2009 An improvement in human capital management will ensure that South Africa continues to produce globally-competitive project managers (PM) and that projects meet their end goals, says Information Technology (IT) services provider PBT delivery manager Hennie de Villiers.  

Local project managers gain traction internationally

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th May 2009 South African project managers (PM) in the engineering sector are sought after by international companies because their experience is more diverse and they are able to participate across a broader spectrum of projects than their foreign counterparts, says recruitment solutions company Network... 

Mixed reactions experienced in build up to 2010 

By: Philippa Levenberg     8th May 2009 The 2010 FIFA World Cup is among the largest projects currently underway in South Africa and has presented immense opportunities and challenges for the country’s project managers. Construction project management (PM) consultancy Betts Townsend Betts Townsend project coordinator Andile Cele has... 

New management sector launched for complex projects

8th May 2009 Multidisciplinary consultancy SSI Engineers and Environmental Consultants has launched a new project and construction management (P&CM) sector to meet the demand for comprehensive project, programme and construction management in large and complex projects.  

Pipeline starts delivery to Bushveld complex

8th May 2009 Engineering company Thuthuka Group Limited (TGL) has completed the design and implementation of a steel water pipeline between Padda Junction and Tuschenkomst for the Pilansberg Platinum mine, situated on the western limb of the Bushveld complex, north of Rusternburg. 

R367-m educational construction project takes delivery of sixth school

By: Philippa Levenberg     8th May 2009 Multi-disciplinary firm SSI Engineers and Environmental Consultants in a joint venture (JV) with Mafuri Project Management, its black economic empowerment partner, has handed over a 3 500 m2 single story school to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), in Vlakfontein. 

Project management skills gain ground

By: Fatima Gabru     9th May 2008 The development of project management as a life skill by the Department of Education and Training could see project management principles and concepts working its way into the school curriculum, says Project Management South Africa (PMSA) president Elmar Roberg. 

Skills transfer, capacity building imperative in project management

9th May 2008 There should be a close interdependency between project management and capacity building if South Africa is to be able to make meaningful inroads into its skills shortages and provide for a sustainable future, says project management, transport and infrastructure planning firm, Dornier Consulting... 

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