Humanity faces considerable challenges concerning the development, management and use of the Built Environment. Sometimes these challenges are typically related to the construction project delivery processes and management of the construction supply chain. These challenges often require the sharing of experiences and ideas in the area of innovation and management, disseminating practical and scientific knowledge. This particular issue presents four papers that address the challenges in the management of the construction supply chain. The first paper by Bwanali and Rwelamila examines the use of Public Private Partnership as a possible alternative for delivery of projects in Africa and concludes that PPPs present governments with an opportunity to improve service delivery; the article entitled “Evaluating the Practice of Design-Build Procurement Method in South Africa” by Ilori and Talukhaba determines whether Design-Build procurement is rightly practiced in South Africa and deduces that this method of procurement is not correctly practiced as a result of its late introduction as a procurement method in South Africa and the level of understanding of the approach. Gbadegesin’s article examines the leading causes of ineffectiveness of existing PPPs in Urban Low-income housing provision in Nigeria and how a practical PPP policy framework for Urban Low-income housing can be achieved; the final article by Adediran and Windapo investigates government targeted procurement strategies in South Africa, and whether these strategies have an influence on the performance of Small and Medium-sized Contractors (SMCs) in South Africa. Adediran and Windapo study suggests that the use of targeted procurement strategies have the potential to improve the position of historically disadvantaged SMCs. These scholarly contributions give new insights and probable solutions to some of the challenges facing construction project delivery processes and the management of the construction supply chain.
Finally, I wish to thank all authors who submitted articles for our consideration and the reviewers for their assistance, timely feedback that helped to shape and improve the quality of the manuscripts.
Assoc Prof. Abimbola O. Windapo
It is estimated that Africa needs $93 billion annually until 2020 in order to bridge its infrastructure deficit. It is through significant investment in infrastructure development that economic growth and poverty alleviation can be enhanced.
A well implemented good practice of Design-Build procurement method brings different disciplines and aspects of construction process together, which in turn minimizes the incidents of constructors having to repeat work, and thus, result in cost and time savings.
Recent critique against the past urban housing provision strategies in Nigeria was that the low-income groups are marginalised. It then led to the adoption of public private partnership (PPP) initiative with a view to pursuing the broad goal of housing-for-all in Nigeria.
This paper examines government targeted procurement (TP) strategies in South Africa and whether these strategies have an influence on the growth performance of Small and medium-sized contractors (SMCs) in the construction industry.