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Supply chain bottlenecks in the South African construction industry: Qualitative insights

Poobalan Pillay, Chengedzai Mafini
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 11 | a307 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v11i0.307 | © 2017 Poobalan Pillay, Chengedzai Mafini | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 April 2017 | Published: 25 July 2017

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Poobalan Pillay, Corporate Human Resources, Aveng Group, South Africa
Chengedzai Mafini, Department of Logistics, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

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Background: The construction industry in South Africa has a lot of potential but its performance is still restricted by numerous internal and external challenges. Unless these challenges are identified and understood better, further growth of this industry is likely to be hindered, which has negative economic implications for the South African economy.

Objectives: This study investigated supply chain bottlenecks faced by the construction industry in South Africa. It also discussed solutions for addressing the identified bottlenecks in order to facilitate the continued development of supply chain management in the construction industry.

Method: The study used a qualitative approach in which in-depth interviews were held with purposively selected senior managers drawn from the construction industry in South Africa. Content analysis using ATLAS.ti software was employed to identify the themes from the collected data.

Findings: The findings of the study showed that supply chain management in the construction industry in South Africa is constrained by five major bottlenecks: skills and qualifications, procurement practices and systems, supply chain integration, supply chain relationships and the structure of the construction industry. Recommendations for addressing each of these five challenges were put forward.

Conclusion: The study concludes that both awareness and application of supply chain management in the construction industry in South Africa remains inhibited, which creates opportunities for further improvements in this area to realise the full potential of the industry.


supply chain management; bottlenecks; construction industry


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