Implementation Barriers

The following impediments to implementation are identified:

  • Shortage of skilled labour, requires importation of skills. This is a sensitive issue in areas plagued by high levels of unemployment.
  • Community relations: issues of crime and safety (personal and property) threaten to compromise project implementation. Contractors, wary of attacks against their workers, theft of materials and equipment and various intimidation tactics, either avoid taking jobs in the area or include exorbitant premiums in their quotations to provide added security.
  • Sourcing contractors (skills/experience; technical & financial capacity). Contractors registering with the Company often lack technical and financial capacity and comparable experience to undertake projects of the type and scale proposed. The Company will collaborate with the National Entrepreneurship development Company (NEDCO) to provide training and capacity building for small contractors.
  • Work ethic: Lack of productivity, prevalence of ‘ghost gangs’ and poor workmanship will result in project delays and cost overruns.
  • Institutional/Administrative Constraints: Bureaucratic and complex regulatory systems may impede development. It is therefore necessary to modernise and simplify the development planning system to expedite, facilitate and support development initiative. Furthermore, the absence of a formal mechanism for institutional coordination may result in overlap, conflict and duplication of effort.