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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 COLLABORATIVE COMMITTEES

1. OVERVIEW

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 (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. TRANSFORMATION COLLABORATIVE COMMITTEES

Transformation Collaborative Committees

2.1 Procurement Policy and Legislation Forum (PPL)

2.2 Women Empowerment and Gender Equality (WEGE)

2.3 Occupation Specific Dispensation and Socio-Economic Development (OSD-SED)

2.4 Professional Skills and Capacity Development (PSCD)

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

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. To date, ten baseline/analysis reports have been compiled on the areas relevant to the work of the TCCs:

  1. Report on foreign professional practices appointed by the public sector
  2. Report on women-owned professional practices in the Built Environment
  3. Report Review on the previous and current procurement systems amongst others, the Consultants Roster System with the purpose of coming up with more transformative systems
  4. Report on the promotion of the employment of South African Built Environment national based on the survey of foreign nationals employed by government
  5. Report on all procurement legislation (such as the B-BBEE Act, PPPFA, Competition Commission etc.) to benefit the targeted groups
  6. Revised Draft OSD Policy Proposal
  7. Report on the level of impact on women employers, employees, candidates and other aspects considered in the Built Environment such as retrenching, downsizing, lack of work, closures
  8. Report on monitoring expenditure of women-owned professional practices
  9. Report on the progress of professional registration of female candidates and persons with disabilities
  10. Report on BE graduates / professionals in employment of Institutions of Higher Learning to advocate for the employment of South African BE professionals

3. CONCLUSION
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the associated social distancing measures and restrictions imposed it has been decided that both the Transformation Indaba can no longer continue in its current form. Therefore, the Transformation Collaborative Committees are seen as the central pillar of driving the Indaba outcomes and consolidating of issues from the industry. The progress of the TransComs towards their goals and deliverables will be shared regularly on all available stakeholder communication platforms.

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