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Wellington Didibhuku Thwala

Wellington Didibhuku Thwala
University of South Africa (UNISA) · Civil Engineering

PhD Engineering
Research Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa.

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Introduction
Professor of Construction Project Management and Leadership at the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Science and Technology, University of South Africa (UNISA). Research interests, includes project management, construction management, construction health and safety, engineering design management, economic and social infrastructure delivery, business competitive intelligence. Email: Thwaladw@unisa.ac.za
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January 2022 - present
University of South Africa
Position
  • Professor
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  • Research Professor
July 2004 - December 2021
University of Johannesburg
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Professor - Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Education
January 2007 - December 2010
University of the Witwatersrand
Field of study
  • PhD Engineering

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Publications (486)
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This chapter focused on presenting the result of the Delphi study from the questionnaire distributed to the experts. The Delphi technique was used for modelling the CSCM practice in the 4IR era. The technique was also used to predict the SCM's possible trends in the construction industry. A total of 15 experts was selected for this study based on t...
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The opinion that the spiritual controls the physical gave rise to this chapter. The spiritual in this chapter was regarded as the philosophical and organisational theories controlling the practical aspect of construction supply chain management. It was discovered that there is a significant omission in adopting theories to explain SCM's adaptation...
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The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) originated from the manufacturing sector and is based on the premise that the manufacturing industry has gone through three revolutions: mechanisation, electrification, and digitalisation. Evidence from literature and practice revealed that we are currently in the 4IR, which describes the blurring of boundarie...
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The idea of implementing supply chain management (SCM) principles for the construction industry was embraced by construction stakeholders to enhance the sector's performance. The analysis from the literature revealed that the implementation of SCM in the construction industry enhances the industry’s value in terms of cost-saving, time savings, mate...
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This chapter presented the model for the effective practice of construction supply chain management (CSCM) in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) era. The model was developed after discovering that the failure of adopting the 4IR component has hindered the synchronisation of construction supply chain (CSC) activities. While some stakeholders are...
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The construction industry's application of supply chain management (SCM) principles is confronted with numerous gordian knots ranging from late delivery, fragmentation, and others. The challenges could be attributed to multiple factors. The most crucial amongst them are adopting management ideas rooted in the second and third industrial revolution...
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This chapter aimed to uncover the gaps in the existing construction supply chain management (CSCM) models. Organisational culture and the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) components are the two gaps that were identified through reviewing existing CSCM models. The 4IR is driven by three components which are smart management, virtualization and cyb...
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The model and existing practice of the construction supply chain in the United Kingdom and Australia was presented in this chapter. The policies and reports that support the practice of the construction supply chain were examined in both countries. It was discovered from the review of literature that the United Kingdom (UK) has a more detailed repo...
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The challenges confronting the Nigerian construction industry which led to the adoption of supply chain management (SCM) practice was evaluated in this chapter. It was discovered that the Nigerian construction industry is confronted with fragmentation and poor information management. The stakeholders within the Nigerian construction industry propos...
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The prevalent practice of construction supply chain in developing countries with a focus on Africa was presented in this chapter. Two African countries (South Africa and Ghana) were selected due to the extensive literature on the construction supply chain (CSC) emanating from the countries. The impediment to the effective management of the construc...
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The study aims to establish the views of professionals working with contractors who provide design and construction solutions utilising environmentally sustainable construction practice standards. The core motive was the drivability and enabler to the local construction firms to have the adaptive capacity to deliver construction projects in an envi...
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Residential facilities of Public Educational Institutions (PEIs) encompass the immediate environment of the PEI, such as housing, recreational facility, sanitation, and others that provide shelter and make life worthwhile for its users. This study assessed the maintenance needs of residents of the PEI residential facilities. To collect data on thei...
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In response to bankruptcies and undesirable business performance of construction companies in Sub-Saharan African, this paper seeks to identify factors that mitigate financial distress. Findings presented will assist project stakeholders in mitigating the effects of financial distress. A quantitative research design was adopted using primary data g...
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Silica dust is unavoidable hazard, which is produced from construction activities such as grinding, cutting concrete and other materials that contain silica. Respirable silica dust can lead to occupational diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, renal disease, tuberculosis, lung cancer and silicosis. In construction, workers are exp...
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The current dynamic world of engineering and technology needs tactical reforms that will inculcate the responsibility of imparting skills and knowledge to up-coming professionals. Productivity is impacted by skills shortage, especially in the field of engineering and it becomes an economic issue for different countries. Over the last few years, the...
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Engineering skill shortage poses a major threat to the South African built environment. The shortage of engineers in the industry hinders the ability of the government to sustain the economic growth needed for development and eradicating poverty. A quantitative research technique was used through a well-structured questionnaire survey to collect da...
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Construction education is the rudimentary requirement for a career path in civil and construction engineering. Since sustainable development was introduced to checkmate environmental degradation, it is imperative to assess the level at which construction students are sustainable literate. This study investigates the level at which built environment...
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The contribution of China to the development of infrastructure in Africa has not gone unnoticed. It is, however, imperative to understand the motivation of African countries in the Sino-African partnership. This study is aimed at investigating the drivers of Sino-African relations in the construction industry. This is with a specific focus on the N...
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Residential facilities are facilities that encompass the immediate environment, sanitation, drainage, recreational facility, and all other activities that make life worthwhile for the users of the higher educational institution (HEI) residential buildings. It is on this basis that this study assessed the maintenance requests of occupants of HEI res...
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Small-scale electrical contractors are subjected to a plethora of occupational demands that negatively affect social, psychological, and physical wellbeing, with an adversative influence on employees' and firms' performance. Employee wellbeing is perceived to improve occupational health and safety (OH&S) in various construction projects. However, t...
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A national maintenance policy is a maintenance strategy that outlines the rules for triggering maintenance actions for buildings and other structures within a country. This study assessed critical factors affecting the development of a national maintenance policy in Nigeria. Through a Delphi survey, the required data for this study was obtained. Th...
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Studies on BIM have taken the front burner in the construction industry globally. However, studies have shown that the global south is behind in the adoption level. Most previous studies on BIM focused on varied populations as respondents in the global south. To this end, this study set out exclusively to investigate the BIM consciousness among you...
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The construction industry (CI) is highly relied upon for the economic development of both developing and developed countries. Despite the numerous positive impacts of the CI arising from the heavy investments made by different countries, the adverse impacts remain on the increase as well. Hence, the global call for the adoption of sustainable and r...
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One of the most significant recent shifts in the emerging economy's housing sector hasbeen an initiative to give the private sector more responsibility for public housingprovision through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). This intends to improve theliving standard and satisfaction among the users of the provided PPPs housingprovided. Based on thi...
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Purpose Maintenance policy is an element of building maintenance management that deals with organisation policy, planning and procedures, and delineates how maintenance units in an organisation will manage specific building components, auxiliary facilities and services. Given this contextual setting, this study investigates whether organisational m...
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Development of urban housing requires participation of various stakeholders, from the state, private sector, and community to the civil society organizations. Cognizant of that fact, this research sought to establish the measurement model for stakeholders’ participation in an urban housing development from the neo-liberal perspective. The study emp...
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Studies have shown that culture is one of the significant elements that influence the behavior of doing things the right way, without which there is a hindrance to the attainment of set goals. It has also been stated that culture is essential to maintaining public buildings, which is significant to national development. However, the level of abando...
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Purpose – This paper presents the findings of assessing the strategies required for improved work-life balance (WLB) of construction workers in Eswatini. This was done to improve the work-life relationship of construction workers and, in turn, improve the service delivery of the construction industry in the country. Design/methodology/approach – Th...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to conduct a systematic review on encumbrances facing the implementation of GBP in selected African countries. Green building practices (GBP) implementation is germane and promotes the development of a green environment and buildings. Many studies have been conducted on the encumbrances faced with GBP implementa...
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Prodigious teamwork is the basis for augmenting the level of productivity on construction projects. Globalisation of the construction market has meant that many practitioners work outside of their geographical spectrum however, the multicultural dissimilarities of construction workforces within the project management team (and how these may impact...
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Purpose: The process of housing delivery all over the world is confronted by multiple barriers resulting in houses that are short of clients’ expectations in terms of quality and overall standards. The inability of the house builders (contractors) to deliver quality housing normally occurs due to non-conformance to quality assurance principles and...
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Effective use of resources for maintaining social housing has long been a common goal of public bodies across the world. However, maintenance cost data is quintessentially sensitive and thus difficult to obtain, rendering the dearth of empirical maintenance cost studies on social housing. This research investigates the complexities of repair and ma...
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Globally, information and communication systems (ICS) are presently impacting every aspect of human activities, given its silent roles in business, learning, entertainment, construction, etc. The technologies have been widely accepted by housing construction industry stakeholders as an impetus for the delivery of adequate housing both in rural and...
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Purpose Researchers and policymakers have given attention to generic skills development in higher institutions. One of the intentions is to broaden graduate employability with generic skills. In South Africa, there is a paucity of research concerning future built environment practitioners’ (FBEP) generic skills development from the students’ perspe...
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Purpose A maintenance budget is an element of maintenance management (MM) that deals with financial planning for maintenance operations and execution within a maintenance organisation. Developed countries have standardised MM structures which guides maintenance activities. This, however, cannot be said of developing countries, as there are few or n...
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Purpose This study aims to promote the idea that social equity is a significant objective that needs to be achieved to attain a smart city and further reveal the current research focus of smart city in relation to social equity. Also, it will propose determinants of social equity for smart city development. Design/methodology/approach The first pa...
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This book presents papers from the 10th Applied Research Conference in Africa (ARCA), showcasing the latest research on education and inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable communities. The conference is focused on applied research discussion and its dissemination, developing understanding about the role of research and researchers in the deve...
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Student residences are fundamental in Higher Education Institutions and contribute towards achieving academic goals. The purpose of this study is to determine the level of postgraduate students’ satisfaction with management services in HEI residences and how the quality of the features influences their satisfaction. In HEIs, learning and research a...
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Employee performance is one of the most critical factors that have an impact on organisational success. The quality and characteristics of an employee in the organisation are important attributes for success. it is not possible for an organisation to attain its goals and objectives without employees. Most construction projects in South Africa face...
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Generally, the construction sector is lacking behind with the usage of technological software. Artificial Intelligence(AI) technology is viewed as a technological tool that can improve the timeous delivery of construction project(s). Therefore, the study is a literature review on the assessment of the implementation of AI technology on South Africa...
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The study examines previous literature on the impacts of poor maintenance of public infrastructure in the Kingdom of Eswatini. In the past two decades the kingdom of Eswatini has experienced a huge growth of public building development. Construction of new facilities alone is not enough but the most critical activities in public buildings is to pro...
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South Africa’s economic activity has declined in recent years owing its troubles to years of policy uncertainty, bad governance, corruption and limited budget and finance for the development of infrastructure. The woes are no different to the ones experienced by the construction industry. It must be categorically stated that the woes currently expe...
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All projects, regardless of complexity, are usually bounded by a predefined start and end date within which project objectives must be met. On the other hand, some projects may end up being abandoned if the predetermined construction performance parameters cannot be met within the specified timeframe. These project failures can impact both the anim...
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Road infrastructure improves a country’s economy through the transportation of goods and resources while providing access to various facilities. To attain success on road construction projects, it is essential to engage the external stakeholders involved to avoid controversies and conflicts at the project’s execution phase. This study is aimed at e...
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Every project is unique on its own with predetermined commencement and delivery dates. The constraints imposed on the project make it necessary to plan its execution to keep it within those constraints. The checks and balances put in place in the construction industry to facilitate the completion of projects within the contractor’s schedule and to...
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Construction Information management is the act of collecting, storing, distributing, archiving and deleting or destroying information to facilitate smooth running of construction projects. This information is important for planning, budgeting and completion of construction projects. In construction, managing of information is a vital part of decisi...
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Projects are designed to accomplish a specific goal within a predetermined amount of time, but not every project meets its goals within the allotted time frame. In order for a construction project to be executed successfully, a competent team has to work closely together and implement project goals, and a project manager usually leads the team. For...
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This study aims to examine various challenges of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Nigerian construction industry (NCI). In this study, a quantitative method was used. A sum of 80 questionnaires were sent out, and 57 questionnaires were received back from the construction professionals in Nigeria. The findings revealed major challenges fa...
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This study identifies the underlying entrepreneurial competencies (ECs) essential for indigenous contractors’ competitive advantage in the construction industry in the Global South using Ghana as a case study. Structured questionnaire aided collection of research data from 667 indigenous building and civil engineering practitioners in the Ghanaian...
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Housing provision through institutional contributions has helped Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) provide a sustainable strategy for promoting and accelerating housing development for national development and growth. This study aimed to evaluate the relevant contribution of institutions involved in the PPPs housing delivery system using Lagos Sta...
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Total quality management (TQM) is an organisation idea that regularly enhances the superiority of products as well as services by concentrating on the customers’ necessities and desires to improve customer satisfaction. This paper aimed to review previous literatures on various issues affecting TQM implementation in the construction industry such a...
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The purpose of this study was to review literature on various legal factors in the Nigerian construction industry (NCI). This research utilised various sources of information from previous studies on conference papers, articles in journals, and so on. Various keywords were utilised to search for the information related to the subject matter of this...
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Planning is not only the most basic of all the managerial functions, it also determines how the other functions will be implemented. With efficient project planning, utilisation of administrations, and hierarchical strategies, proper project operations can be sequenced to achieve a successful project delivery. This research study set out to apprais...
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Maintenance management (MM) is a preventive management philosophy that provides a platform to retain assets value, improve life quality, improve risk cost and productivity in maintenance organisations. Given this contextual setting, the study examines whether core elements of MM utilised in developed countries are relevant in developing countries,...
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The study was conducted to determine the professionals’ perceptions of contractors providing design and construction solutions utilising sustainable construction practice standards. The core motive was to drive and enable SME construction firms to have the adaptive capacity to deliver construction projects in an environmentally sustainable manner t...
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In Ghana, many construction projects end in dispute, because contractors are unable to meet the completion time. As many construction operations are labour intensive, the question of labour productivity becomes paramount, especially as higher productivity levels usually translate into superior profitability, competitiveness, and income. This articl...
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Purpose The construction industry has been traditionally referred to as slow when it comes to technological transformation. This study aims to investigate and present a scorecard of the construction industry in the past decade, the paper adopted Bibliometrics. The study identified the various digital transformation (DT) aspects in the construction...
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As the world basks in the euphoria of the fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Africa is gearing up for this innovative age, with South Africa as one of its leading voices. One of the ways of leveraging on the opportunities presented by the 4IR era is to foster collaborations between universities and the construction industry (university-industry co...
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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an embodiment platform for collaboration to deliver value and efficiency in the construction industry. Its application is not limited to design efficiency for new construction, but it affects facilities management, maintenance, and renovation of buildings, among other applications. Despite the inherent benefi...
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Purpose Research shows that employers are demanding generic skills from employees to complement disciplinary expertise. Evidence shows that majority of the higher institutions are struggling to meet this demand, especially in developing nations. Hence, these skills may be acquired while in the workplace through training and retraining. Studies conc...
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Belief is a conviction that is generally accepted to be true, especially without actual evidence or proof. Beliefs are different from values; they are collective and outstrip circumstances because they are centred on what is essential to man. Values rise from the observations of human. Organisational values and beliefs vary from one organisation to...
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The successful performance of any enterprise is connected to adequate leadership. For construction, leadership is much needed to effectively manage the project team towards achieving the set goals. Hence, certain leadership actions are conducive for boosting the performance of the relevant stakeholders and personnel in any project undertaking of wh...
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Purpose The COVID-19 pandemic came with a lot of stress, uncertainty and disruption for managing the construction supply chain (CSC). The disruption in return caused weak resilience of CSC activities. Unfortunately, the existing models for managing CSC focus on preparedness and recovery while neglecting the visibility perspective of resilience CSC....
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce the use of critical success factors (CSFs) of stakeholder management as a possible solution to reduce disputes experienced because of legal and regulatory issues in public–private partnership (PPP) projects. Design/methodology/approach This paper’s epistemological positioning adopted positivism and...
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This study evaluates the critical success factors for smart mobility systems (SM) and assesses its current application level for smart city development using Nigerian as a case study. This study is based on a mixed-method approach (Delphi and quantitative survey). The study revealed seven critical success factors of smart mobility. Furthermore, the...
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The importance of new product development in building both technological and technical capacity of university and firm cannot be overemphasized. Collaborations between HE and industry in NPD is conceived as mutual interaction for skills acquisition and economic improvement. The study was designed to determine the extent of new product development p...
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Purpose The South African construction industry (SACI) is a huge employer of labour as the industry depends mostly on human resources to carry out its activities. However, the industry has also been noted for its poor workforce management and lack of attention to human resource management (HRM) issues. Therefore, this study aims to assess the chall...
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Purpose This study aims to explore the influential role stakeholder play in the management of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in facilities of higher education institutions (HEIs) in South Africa. By defining the indoor environmental challenges facing HEI's, an alternative redress to these challenges can be achieved through stakeholder managemen...