Different statements from the industry in Africa about positive and negative aspects, which occur with Covid19.
John Matthews, President of Master Builders South Africa, noted that the sectors’ woes extended beyond the slow economic growth that had crippled it pre-COVID-19. There were also concerns about when the sector would be allowed to go back to work, the costs and impact of new health and safety regulations, and the effects the crisis would have on small businesses and sub-contractors.
Quintin Booysen, Marketing & Sales Manager of Pan Mixers SA, noted: “The effort that goes into restarting is like starting a new business – things we never thought about will become new realities. We don’t want to go through a double dip – having to shut sites or factories down if you aren’t compliant or can’t cope with COVID-19 outbreaks. The sector has to start preparing now, remembering that we won’t start work with the whole team – it’s a staged approach that will take a tremendous amount of planning.”
Dirk Venter, National Sales Manager at XCMG, said new technologies were presenting more effective ways of working: “We’re seeing GPS location systems and Internet of Things devices to improve maintenance, monitoring and security, and drones being used to survey areas with great success, helping the sector to be safer and more effective,” he said.