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, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 77–93 | Cite as

The use of managerial inputs by small-scale construction enterprises in South Africa

  • R. N. Nkado
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Conclusion

This study has confirmed that serious deficiencies in managerial skills exist among SSCEs in South Africa. The study also reveals, however, that there is a notable minority of owners of SSCEs who have, and use, appreciable levels of managerial skills in their work. There was a keen willingness among nearly all the owners of SSCEs covered in the study to learn successful managerial approaches to construction work. To adequately equip SSCEs to perform their expected role in the growth and development of the South African economy, it is imperative that the country's macro-economic policy should ensure a steady and sustainable supply of construction work. Also, an enabling environment should be created with an appropriate legislation to encourage the establishment and accreditation of training programmes and institutions that will impart managerial skills to owners of SSCEs.

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