A passion for construction has earned Ms Thamini Moodley a summa cum laude Master’s degree in Construction Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Moodley, a quantity surveyor at Saint-Gobain, said working within the construction industry intrigued her curiosity.
She described the construction industry as ‘continuously evolving’, adding that delays, however, in project delivery was an issue that was seen negatively. Her master’s research therefore dealt with establishing the causes that related to the delay in project delivery. The aim of her research was to offer a solution that could positively contribute to the South African public sector. Moodley’s research topic was titled: Delays and Disruptions on Construction Projects within the Public Sector: Integrated Project Delivery System as an Alternative. ‘There exists an abundance of attributing factors which hinder project success and I felt that this needed to be investigated in an effort to change the industry,’ said Moodley.
Recognising the encouraging support from her supervisor Professor Theodore Haupt, Moodley admitted that the process of obtaining her masters was somewhat challenging at times due to ‘medical adversities’. However, such adversities did not stop this highly motivated young lady to persevere. ‘Prof Haupt’s constant motivation and confidence in my capabilities was refreshing. I firmly believe that I would not have pursued my masters so willingly if not for him,’ said Moodley. Her mother, who she regards as her role model because of her passion and sense of perseverance, was a firm supporter and provided encouragement to her.
Moodley, who plans to pursue her PhD in the future, has this message for aspiring students: ‘The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.’ (Aristotle). The thought of returning to “campus life” seemed daunting to me but once I understood my purpose and the extent of change that just one idea can possess, nothing could keep me away from completing this study. I think my advice would be to stay curious, stay inspired and always be willing to learn. It’s these qualities which keep one motivated and hungry to know more.’
Words: Prashina Budree