New national register for projects, contractors

Posted On Monday, 23 February 2004 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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THE PUBLIC works department has published draft details of a national register of construction contractors and another for projects, which it says will fundamentally transform the industry.

trevor-manuelTHE PUBLIC works department has published draft details of a national register of construction contractors and another for projects, which it says will "fundamentally transform" the industry.

From April contractors that are not registered with the department will not be able to secure government work. The move is expected to improve government's ability to deliver economic and social projects such as roads and schools.

"Government's ability to realise (increased infrastructure investment) is influenced heavily by current delivery capacity in the public sector," says the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), which is made up of government and industry representatives.

The department's announcement follows shortly after the release of the national budget, in which Finance Minister Trevor Manuel emphasised government's intention to accelerate infrastructure delivery.

Public Works Minister Stella Sigcau said on Friday that the intervention was timely, in view of the challenges facing the industry.

The new contractors' register, which will grade members in terms of their abilities, is also expected to bring some relief for the sector.

"It saves the client the cost and effort of investigating a large number of inappropriate tenders, while also saving contractors the cost of tendering for inappropriate projects," the CIDB says.

The register will also help weed out fly-by-night operations. The register of projects, meanwhile, would become a valuable resource about the nature, value and distribution of projects .

The data would provide considerable insight to decision makers, clients and service providers and will support economic planning for the country, says the CIDB.

The register of projects will require all private and public sector clients to register projects with a value of R3m and over.

Interested parties have until March 8 to comment on the draft.


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