The survey was partly undertaken to provide research with which to persuade the city to unblock some of the obstacles faced by private and even public sector projects, and to stem the consequent high loss of jobs in this industry.
A member of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors, Chris Steffen, said: “There is a lot of dissatisfaction in the industry with the way built- environment goods and services are procured by the city. However, without research of the actual problem and having the science to support the evidence, one cannot lobby the authorities to change the way they do something.”
As a result, Steffen compiled the survey comprising 11 questions, which was completed by 104 professionals - including quantity surveyors, architects, engineers and project managers - in the Cape Town area in record time.
Chairperson of the Western Cape Property Development Forum, Deon van Zyl, said: “Not only do we welcome the initiative taken by Chris Steffen for the value this research will give the forum in engaging with the city, we are astonished at the level of feedback that was received.