# Role players convene for a 3-day stakeholder engagement in the construction industry
Role players in the construction industry have gathered in Midrand for a 3-day stakeholder engagement. This event brings together various sectors and stakeholders to address the challenges and potential of the construction industry [^1^]. With a significant impact on economic and social development, the construction industry plays a vital role in South Africa [^1^]. Public Works and Industry Minister Sihle Zikalala delivered a keynote address, outlining interventions to support the sector and address issues such as the construction mafia and slow rollout of government projects [^1^].
## Challenges and Growth Prospects in the Construction Industry
The construction industry has faced several challenges over time, including the rise of the construction mafia and delays in government projects [^1^]. However, experts foresee prospects of growth in the global economy as well as in the infrastructure sector [^1^]. Despite the slowdown caused by factors like electricity challenges and interest rates, the industry is showing signs of recovery [^1^].
## Stakeholders Unite for Positive Change
This stakeholder engagement has attracted a diverse range of participants, including representatives from small and large companies, women and men, and individuals from various racial backgrounds [^1^]. Together, they are working towards finding solutions and shaping the future of the construction industry [^1^]. The presence of government officials further illustrates a commitment to fostering growth and stability within the sector [^1^].
## Fighting Corruption and Criminality
The construction industry has not been spared from criminal activities, including the notorious construction mafia [^1^]. However, the government, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, is taking decisive action to combat corruption and criminal elements [^1^]. Through coordinated efforts, the aim is to bring stability, peace, and adherence to proper regulations and procedures [^1^]. By doing so, the industry can flourish, benefiting both the economy and the people of South Africa [^1^].
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[^1^]: [SABC News Africa Youtube Channel](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ)
Role players in the construction industry have gathered in Midrand for a 3-day stakeholder engagement. The construction industry has been regarded as a broadly built environment sector central to the process of economic and social development. Public Works and Industry Minister Sihle Zikalala delivered a keynote address announcing interventions to help the sector.
Experts say the industry has over time experienced challenges including the construction mafia and slow rollout of government projects.
SABC News Economics Reporter Katlego Legodi filed this report.
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