Jet Demolition Safety Manager Marthinus Botha
Construction and more specifically the demolition industry remains under severe constraint, with drastically reduced overall development. “The second half of 2021 did see a slight improvement in customer spend, and we are optimistic that the growth we are currently experiencing will continue into 2022 and beyond,” comments Jet Demolition Safety Manager Marthinus Botha.
While the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in various travel restrictions and lockdowns, which hampered Jet Demolition’s efforts to capitalise on its international endeavours, the company has been fortunate enough to complete projects in South America and is actively pursuing a number of projects across Africa and internationally.
“The differing responses from global governments to curb the pandemic resulted in various degrees of industry impact around the world,” comments Botha. Local spend was already constrained before the pandemic, which came to an almost complete halt during the initial lockdown. “What we are currently experiencing in South Africa is echoed abroad in one form or another. We, however, remain optimistic that the opening up of industry and a return to the ‘new normal’ experienced during the last quarter of 2021 will continue on the same trajectory.”
Looking at latest developments and trends in demolition, Botha foresees more remotely-operated demolition plant being utilised in high-risk conditions. Furthermore, in order to stay competitive and progressive, many companies are offering innovative training programmes for their employees. “These training schemes greatly assist employees to develop their skills and allow companies to create a culture of evolution and progression.”
In addition, the environmental sector is at the forefront of recycling and sustainability, with continuous environmental changes implemented to ensure that recovered construction materials are recycled. Initiatives in this regard should result in greater recycling opportunities in future projects, thereby also lessening the burden on natural resources. Other highlights in 2021 included MD Joe Brinkmann presenting at both the Russian Demolition Forum and the World Demolition Summit.
“Based on the growth experienced in the last quarter of 2021, our outlook for 2022 is positive, and we expect to move from strength to strength. With the continual evolution of the industry, the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the changing ‘normal’, we need to remember to take the time to be grateful for what we have and to roll with the punches. Our greatest lesson from 2021 is that nothing is constant. The trick is to remain flexible and prepared and to embrace any opportunity that presents itself to the full,” concludes Botha.