Emerging contractors have enjoyed greater privileges since the advent of the
new South African dispensation. The state has put many resources, ranging
from enabling legislative laws and regulations to the funding of training and
development programmes, to assist these contractors. The intended outcomes,
however, seemed to be elusive in government-funded projects. The business
environment still poses some challenges to the emerging contractors; hence
the question: Can built-environment professionals contribute to emerging
contractor development? The purpose of this article is to indicate to what
extent built-environment professionals can contribute towards contractor
development within the existing contractual parameters.
Although built environment professionals ensure that there are open
communication channels between them and emerging contractors, there is
some cause for concern regarding the effectiveness of written and graphic
communication. Built-environment professionals do not necessarily spend much
time in training emerging contractors, but more than normal time is given in
inspecting work done by emerging contractors, even though building contracts
do not make provision for this.
The value of the findings outlined could assist in improving success through
collaboration between project role players at minimal input costs.