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CONSTRUCTION: Construction Industry Signs a Memorandum Of Understanding


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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between 6 major Construction Industry bodies was signed at a recent ceremony in Bryanston. The agreement was concluded in order for the bodies to speak with one voice on matters of best practice, standards, and approaches among members in matters affecting professional service providers in the marketplace in order to assist Government in effectively unlocking infrastructure development.

The Construction Industry bodies involved are: The South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organization (SABTACO) an organization committed to black advancement; Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA); the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA); the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS); the Institute of Landscape Architects (ILASA) and The Association of Construction Health and Safety Management (ACHASM) who all provide business support to member firms in private practice. Each of these organisations plays a distinct and unique role in the Construction Industry.

Naren Bhojaram, President of CESA, believes that, “This agreement will go a long way to contributing towards the unification of the industry and assist in addressing the governments increasing focus on infrastructure development as a means to accelerate growth and development in the country”.

MOU and the Construction Industry

The aim of the MOU is for each party to develop and foster communication, liaise and influence policy and to link their respective knowledge platforms in order to grow mutual business opportunities among members. Wherever possible they will undertake joint client liaison, particularly among public sector clients in all spheres of Government on matters of common interest. They will ensure the creation of a sustainable built environment professional services industry which is relevant, vibrant and sought after by all. Madalize Bredenkamp, representative of ASAQS, believes, “the MOU is about surfing the waves of transformation through partnerships and networks between the consultants within the Built Environment, as a mechanism towards a sustainable building industry where our mutual clients will ultimately reap the benefits of this synergy”.

The Objectives Seen by the Construction Industry

Each organisation has committed their members to sustainable transformation processes which encompass true empowerment objectives thus avoiding the negative consequences of tokenism and fronting. They will ensure that best practice standards and procedures prevail among all client bodies in the selection and appointment procedure for professional service providers. Each organisation commits itself to promoting the use of realistic procurement policies among all members and their clients ensuring that this sector of the construction industry becomes attractive to investors, students and all other stakeholders. They will ensure that the quality of services rendered will be such that the image of the Built Environment Consultant is always protected and enhanced.
"The signing of this agreement allows all built environment professional bodies to team up to ensure that all involved in the built environment value, celebrate and capitalise on our wide range of differences brought forth and that the timeless principles of mutual respect, empathy and unity prevail to further the purpose of the MOU," Anton Krause, ACHASM.

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