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Empowerment and Economic Development

In essence, transformation indicates change; however, transformation may hold different meanings for various role-players involved in the built environment. In line with its mandate the CBE must, by definition, be the initiator and facilitator of just this sort of top-level "conversation" around transforming the built environment and provide leadership on transformation within the built environment professions. Transformational change can occur in various aspects including structure, culture, products or services, diversity (race, age, gender, and backgrounds) or simply doing things differently.

South Africa's Built Environment is arguably one of the sectors within the country that is most in need of transformation. Following the completion of a Baseline Study and Situational analysis, the CBE constituted a Transformation Steering Committee in order to gain active participation from high-level role players in the built environment, to provide guidance on strategic transformation issues and to create a platform where joint knowledge can be shared and cooperation can be fostered.

CBE’s PARTICIPATORY approach towards achieving HOLISTIC transformation, hinges on:

  • Focus on the entire SKILLS PIPELINE
  • Streamlining the process – with a specific focus on key “areas” in need of redress/-structure
  • Ensuring continuous supply of quality and aptly skilled individuals
  • Cooperation between key role players

The SKILLS PIPELINE aims to significantly increase in the number of registered professionals within the shortest amount of time.



Transformation of the Built Environment Professions is one of the key mandates of the CBE. As per the CBE 2020/2021 – 2024/2025 Strategic Plan, the CBE is to facilitate participation by the Built Environment Professions in integrated development in the context of national goals, specifically regarding Transformation as a key priority of the sixth term government. The CBE’s third Transformation Indaba, hosted in October 2019, produced a number of key resolutions, in relation to challenges impeding Transformation in the sector. The CBE expects to deliver on these resolutions to ensure transformational progress. The main vehicle for driving these activities is the Transformation Collaborative Committees (TransComs), constituted in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) to specifically address these challenges. These TransComs, with support from the DPWI, are commissioned to engage with all relevant departments and industry role players to resolve key challenges identified by stakeholders. The pervasion of COVID-19 means it is no longer business as usual for the industry; hence, the TransComs have to take cognisance of the structures that have emerged as a result.


2.1 Health, Safety, Public Protection and Universal Access (HSPPUA)

2.2 Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD)

2.3 Procurement, Policy, Legislation and Socio-Economic Development (PPLSED)

2.4 Professional Skills and Capacity Development (PSCD)

2.5 Women Empowerment and Gender Equality (WEGE)

A transversal approach integrating professional skills and capacity development, research and knowledge management, legal and public protection underlines the work of the TCCS. Dialogue is facilitated by sector collaboration and National Stakeholder Engagements across the sector in the respective TCC focus areas.

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