CBE warns: It’s illegal for non-registered persons to administer and lead infrastructure projects in South Africa
One of the most significant challenges confronting the built environment sector is that, while government departments and state-owned entities are encouraged to appoint professionally registered professionals, they do not comply with these requirements during recruitment processes. There are many cases that can be cited, where candidates either misrepresent their credentials or register with professional bodies but once appointed, they discontinue their affiliation and deactivate their memberships. The lack of professional affiliation results in huge financial (and other) losses for the state when these individuals cannot be held responsible for their professional (mis)conduct. Furthermore, the quality of professional work has deteriorated with time, resulting in several design errors, project overruns, unjustifiable deviations, and poor project scoping.