Minister of Public Works Nathi Nhleko has urged construction professionals to aid government in fighting corruption within the industry.
Speaking at the Construction Summit in Durban minister Nhleko stated that together, industry and government, maintain a responsibility towards the civil society and the country’s economy.
“Corruption redirects the scarce resources into the pockets of a few dishonest individuals”, said Nhleko. “This is a challenge that all of us must embrace and therefore need to commit ourselves in a positive manner to foster honest workplace environments, to combat wastage and illegal activities”.
The minister also spoke of the importance that the fight against corruption holds towards securing foreign investment. A sensitive chord following the country’s credit downgrading due to the decisions made by Nhleko’s own party.
The country has suffered in major industries since the credit downgrading with the construction industry not being any less affected.