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Cmmunity development: The risks and opportunities of affirmative business enterprises’ participation in construction in South Africa

A. C. Hauptfleisch, G. J. Meintjes
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 22, No 1 | a207 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v22i1.207 | © 2003 A. C. Hauptfleisch, G. J. Meintjes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 2003 | Published: 26 September 2003

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A. C. Hauptfleisch, Departement Konstruksie-ekonomie, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
G. J. Meintjes, Departement Konstruksie-ekonomie, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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This research focuses on community development, specifically the upliftment and empowerment of previously disadvantaged people, through the participation of affirmative business enterprises (ABEs), in construction projects in South Africa. The significant change in the government’s approach to procurement of goods and services in the construction industry since 1994 and the development and implementation of affirmative procurement strategies by the government after 1994, gave rise to this research. Based on a literature study and a survey done by means of a questionnaire, this study identifies and evaluates the risks and opportunities as a result of the participation of ABEs in construction projects.  The experience gained and lessons learned by construction managers of established construction enterprises, who were involved in managing these risks and opportunities, are analysed.  On the basis of the foregoing, recommendations are made to enhance the successful outcomes of future development projects.


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