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Professional Skills and Capacity Development

The CBE Maths and Science support programme aims to enable school learners from disadvantaged communities to obtain better grades in these subjects in order to attract them into built environment professions and associated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers.

CBE executes this through partnerships with credible service providers, capable of delivering improved Maths and Science results in rural areas. The project is implemented in the provinces. Working with the relevant provincial department of education Grade 12 learners, who can potentially benefit from the programme, are identified. Learners attend weekend classes in Maths and Science and are also exposed to the world of work and career expos during winter school. Their quarterly exam results are used to track their progress and influence of the programme.

For further information please contact:

Mr Sandile Boyi

Manager: Skills Development

Tel: +27 12 346 3985

Email: sandile@cbe.org.za / info@cbe.org.za

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Work Integrated Learning refers to that component of co-operative that can only be conducted by the employer. This learning provides the student with an opportunity to apply and develop the academic knowledge that he/she received at university to relevant problem situations in industry and exposure to typical organisational culture, human relations and working conditions. WIL is anchored in the co-operative partnership comprised of the student, university and employer. The aim of this programme is to collaborate with universities of technology to place students with employers for the completion of the workplace experience component (i.e. Practical 1 and 2) towards fulfilling their diploma qualifications. This work integrated experience prepares the intern for the culture of the workplace. The CBE monitors and evaluates the workplace training of these interns.


The CBE Candidacy support programme aims to support government departments, private sector organisations and municipalities in implementing their Candidacy programmes by following a holistic and structured approach. The programme aims to ensure that practitioners in the Built Environment Professions follow a structured model to achieve professional development and professional registration in the shortest possible prescribed period thus benefitting their organisations and themselves. The Structured Candidacy Framework (the Framework) provides a critical roadmap to assist organisations with Built Environment candidates in their quest and journey towards professional registration. The Framework provides for a structured, uniform and coordinated manner in implementing the candidacy support to practitioners.

For further information please contact:

Mr Sandile Boyi
Manager: Skills Development
Tel: +27 12 346 3985 / 087 980 5009
Email: sandile@cbe.org.za / info@cbe.org.za


The Feenix Trust is a public benefit organisation that connects indebted university students with funding communities using technology. Through the Feenix crowdfunding platform, financially excluded yet determined students can be the custodians of their fundraising journey and raise funds for their university debt, and graduate debt-free.

Feenix was launched in June 2017 as a response to the #FeesMustFall movement that spread across campuses in South Africa during 2015 and 2016. This movement highlighted the extremely high cost of tertiary education and the impact financial stress has on student success rates.

The Feenix team is young, diverse and passionate about education who believe that access to education should not be dependent on wealth.

Feenix is a Public Benefit Organisation (930057053) and governed by a Trust (IT831/2017).

Since its launch in June 2017, Feenix has seen over 3476 students impacted by their fundraising efforts on the platform, raising over R162 million towards their education. This is through a combination of various corporate donations and a mobilised South African nation, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

As a community that values education, this is now our opportunity to rally together to find and support resilient university students we resonate with on the Feenix platform: www.feenix.org so we can address the current education funding crisis.

Additionally, Feenix is a Public Benefit Organisation which means bona fide donations are tax-deductible, funders are given a Section 18A receipt/certificate. Please share this communiqué with anyone who believes that access to education should not be dependent on wealth.

Our future leaders need all the support they can get!


Programme accreditation forms an important component of increasing university throughput of built environment graduates who have the relevant knowledge base to practice in the South African BE. The intentions behind accrediting institutions of learning and BE courses of study:

  • The offerings are of high standards.
  • The offerings are relevant to the needs of South African built environment.
  • The offerings keep with changes both nationally and internationally.

The councils for the professions are empowered by their respective Acts to accredit BE academic programmes and institutions. The CBE exercises an oversight role, derived from the CBE Act, to ensure that the BE academic programmes at tertiary institutions (traditionally Universities and Universities of Technology) meet the quality assurance requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE). It has thus developed a BE accreditation oversight framework programme, based on the CHE’s 19 Accreditation Criteria principles, to be implemented by the councils for the professions during accreditation.

The public is advised to check on the accreditation status of the course/institution before enrolment.

Built Environment Career Model

As a pivotal role player in the South African Built Environment, the CBE has a crucial role to play in transforming and ensuring a skills base for the sector.

In its quest to engender transformation in the Built Environment Professions, the CBE undertakes to facilitate career awareness initiatives to provide the requisite information and access for learners from disadvantaged communities to the nine professions listed below at school level. These career awareness sessions also hope to encourage more female learners to consider BE careers in a sector that has been hitherto stereotyped as male dominated. The CBE intends to introduce career awareness Role Modelling in the 2021 academic year. Surveys studies conducted so far confirmed the importance of Role Modelling in the early years of career choice by learners and that Role Models do in fact play a direct and indirect role in motivating and inspiring career and life decisions of adolescents.

It is within this context that the CBE is inviting the Built Environment Professionals in the following fields to volunteer their time to be Role Models in their provinces:
1. Architecture
2. Construction Project Management
3. Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical and Civil
4. Facility Management
5. Landscape Architecture
6. Property Valuer
7. Quantity Surveying
8. Health and Safety
9. Construction Health and Safety

Interested volunteers may access the Information Pack and Application Form here.

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