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The construction industry provides a challenging and pressurised lifestyle. “Our industry is arguably a special case when it comes to mental wellness – there’s a lot of bullying, very long hours, demanding workloads and projects which are often far from home… alcohol and drug abuse is rife, marriages are affected,” says Prof Paul Bowen, one of the panellists for this session.

While physical health is very much on the construction industry’s radar, of real and growing concern is mental health. Recent surveys in the UK suggest that 64% of construction workers want better physical and mental health and wellbeing support from their employers, with calls coming from within the industry as a whole to have a better awareness of mental health. Also to take action to eradicate the stigma from associated with it.

Work Mind Matters invites you to this free online event specifically aimed at all those working in the Built Environment. Find out more from industry leaders about the value of mental health and wellness in your workplace.

Oct 27, 2020 11:00 AM in Johannesburg

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Prof. Paul Bowen
Senior Research Scholar @Department of Construction Economics & Management at the University of Cape Town
Paul Bowen is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His professional and academic experience relating to the construction industry has resulted in more than 160 publications. His research interests include wellness in construction, more specifically in the fields of workplace stress of construction professionals (e.g., boundary blurring, after-hours work contact, work-to-family conflict, alcohol consumption, depression, and sleep problems); and HIV/AIDS in the construction industry. He serves on the editorial / technical advisory boards of a number of international refereed journals. In addition to his academic activities, he has served on the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession, was Chairman of the Quantity Surveying Standards Generating Body, and was the Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors MENEA Region ESB.
Dr. Luyanda Mpahlwa
Adjunct Professor and Director @Luyanda Mpahlwa DesignSpaceAfrica
Luyanda is an Urban Design practitioner and commentator on various design and socially relevant matters regarding the urban condition of African Cities. He obtained his MSc Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and is the Director of Luyanda Mpahlwa DesignSpaceAfrica, an Architecture and Design firm he founded in 2009. Until then he was a partner at MMA Architects. He is currently serving on various boards & councils, including the South African Heritage Resources Agency and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA). He is a member of the South African Institute for the Architectural Profession and the Urban Design Institute of South Africa as well as a member of the Construction Industry Rapid Response Task Team established with the announcement of Lockdown due to Covid-19.
David Elliott
General Manager @M2G Jansen Africa
David is currently launching a new business for foreign investors in SA and will join us live from Switzerland. He has crafted a career in construction over 25 years in SADEC countries and the UK. His rich experience extends from the trenches to the boardroom, delivering on diverse roles from a General Worker on sites, and covering Operations and Sales, including Group CEO. He is passionate about the future of the construction industry as the 4th industrial revolution and the sustainable circular economy. Current interests include Design for Manufacture and Assembly (off-site construction), exclusive steel products and Mass Timber.