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The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) is a Schedule 3A Public Entity that reports to the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. It is a regulatory body established under the Council for the Built Environment Act (No. 43 of 2000) (the CBE Act).
The CBE was established for the purpose of instilling good conduct within built environment professions, mobilising transformation in the built environment professions, protecting the interest of the public and advising the South African Government on Built Environment related issues.
The CBE delivers its mandates through the following programmes:
The purpose of this Programme is to ensure that the CBE is in the best shape to achieve goals set out in the Strategic Plan. In its efforts to become an Optimum Functioning Council, the CBE will focus on the following initiatives:
- Business Value Re-engineering to make the CBE fit-for-purpose
- Marketing and Awareness campaigns to make the public aware of the CBE and its services
- Develop a Revenue Enhancement Strategy towards long-term financial sustainability
- Align IT systems to the CBE strategy, Internet of Things and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The functions of the Programme are housed in the Divisions:
- The Office of the CEO – Stakeholder Relations, Communications, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Corporate Services – Finance, Human Capital and Facilities Management, Supply Chain Management, Internal Audit, Risk Management
Transforming the Built Environment to create more opportunities for women, youth and people with disabilities will contribute to the National Priorities of the President and the NDP 2030. Hence the core focus areas of this Programme are to:
- Support women-owned professional practices in the delivery and maintenance of Built Environment infrastructure
- Promote the empowerment of people with disabilities in the Built Environment
- Promote youth involvement and development in the Built Environment
The aim is to work with the Built Environment sector to build a greater understanding of local demand and supply and take action to address shortfalls in capacity. The Programme focuses on:
- Assisting workplaces in implementing the Structured Candidacy Programme
- Placing Built Environment students from Universities of Technology for work integrated learning to assist them to complete their qualifications and register as candidates
- Establishing approved reskilling programmes for BE professionals and candidates appointed by the State
The purpose of this Programme is to coordinate research outputs, provide advice and facilitate knowledge management on Built Environment matters, including the professions.
This Programme will focus on establishing a repository of research outputs, publications and policy advisory on issues impacting the Built Environment.
The purpose of this Programme is to provide an enterprise-wide legal service to all areas of the CBE business, to promote sound governance in the Built Environment professions and protect the public in its dealings with registered persons and the CBEP.
This Programme will enable the CBE to implement the following of its mandates:
- Promote and protect public interest in the Built Environment through:
- Hear and decide on appeals lodged with the CBE within the statutory deadline
- Monitor and promote compliance by the CBEP with Corporate Governance principles
Empowerment and Economic Development
Professional Skills and Capacity Development
Research and Knowledge Management
Public Protection, Policy and Legislation
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL VENDORS MUST BE REGISTERED ON THE CENTRAL SUPPLIER DATABASE (CSD) TO CONDUCT BUSINESS WITH CBE.
All service providers who wish to conduct business with the CBE by rendering goods/services are required to comply with National Treasury’s mandatory requirement of being registered on Government’s Central Supplier Database (CSD).
Suppliers wishing to register can visit the CSD Website.
Please note that the CBE will not award any quotation/bid to a supplier who is not registered as a prospective supplier on the CSD. Hence, it is the service provider’s responsibility to ensure that registration is completed correctly and timeously.
News & Events
Transformation of the Built Environment sector is an integral part of professionalising the state
On 3 November 2022, President Ramaphosa speaking at the National Assembly said “the spatial inequality in our country is one of the horrible legacies of apartheid and of our past… All over the world, and in many places in the world, poor people live inside…
Women Empowerment & Gender Equality Media Coverage
The CBE was covered in the following mainstream media platforms: Achieving Gender Equality. Diversity, and Inclusion in the Built Environment Professions – covered by Concrete Trends on 29 September 2022. Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Gender, equality, diversity, and inclusion in the built environment professions –…
ECSA Accounts to Stakeholders at its First Annual General Meeting
On Thursday, 20 October 2022, the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) convened its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) through a hybrid sitting. The meeting attended by members of the ECSA Sixth Term Council, registered persons, government departments, academia as well as recognised Voluntary Associations,…
Arise decolonial town planners!
Throughout history, major events have shaped town and regional planning and the built environment sector. The world’s population has been increasing exponentially, with estimates of growth at 174% between 1950 and 2010. Between 2010 to 2050, this figure is expected to rise by a further…
CBE is Deeply Saddened by the Disaster in Jagersfontein
Date: 13 September 2022 Location: Pretoria, South Africa Embargo: Nil The Council for the Built Environment is saddened by the disaster that unfolded the community of Jagersfontein in the Free State. As the sector we commit to work with government and assist with our…
Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan
President Cyril Ramaphosa communicated our determination as a country in responding to the Covid-19 crisis when he said: “We are determined not merely to return our economy to where it was before the coronavirus, but to forge a new economy in a new global reality.”…
30th CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CONVERSATION
It is widely accepted that in order to be more productive and competitive within the knowledge economy, companies across all industries need to become learning organisations and invest significantly in their employees. Human resources are recognised as organisation’s greatest asset, even in the era of…
QUANTITY SURVEYING RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2021
The dwindling number of cranes interspersed across our South African skyline speaks to the reality of the poor economic growth we are experiencing in the construction industry. We have fallen down a slippery slope exacerbated by a relentless, unyielding and fastpaced business environment. This monumental…
Indaba 2019 Video
Breaking the Barriers. This is the theme of the Council for the Built Environment’s third National Transformation Indaba. The inability of small and medium businesses to prosper economically in the built environment, poor implementation of policies and lack of policy reforms have contributed to…
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