Conference Overview

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

About the SACPCMP Conference

“Towards growth, Development and Transformation in the Project and Construction Management Professions”

There is a plethora of opportunities, successes and challenges in the massive infrastructure development programme in South Africa, led by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) as well as in various other private sector funded infrastructure development projects.

“Infrastructure investment is key to our efforts to grow the economy, create jobs, empower small businesses and provide services to our people,” indicated President Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address.
When one looks at the recent Emerging Trends in Infrastructure 2018 report released by KPMG the outlook appears dismal. The construction industry continues to struggle amid tough economic conditions and a subdued pipeline of infrastructure projects.

This year, for instance, the public-sector infrastructure spend was R834.1 billion compared to R947.2 billion in 2017. However, in spite of such challenges, the Department of Public Works, together with its entities, continues to forge ahead. The SACPCMP will showcase both accolades and opportunities in the built environment at this prestigious event.

The Department of Public Works’ Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) created more than two million jobs since 2014 and promises to provide six million jobs by 2019. Of the work opportunities created, over a million jobs were taken up by the youth. Mud structured schools will soon be replaced by modern structures through the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI). Furthermore, DPW will this year invest R100 million in programmes to modernize harbours.

They will continue generating revenue from letting state-owned harbours and coastline properties which will benefit Black-owned SMMEs. It is clear that transformation of the industry is a key priority. And where does transformation start? It begins with the youth.

The SACPCMP worked with experts in marketing and communication with young people, HDI Youth Marketeers, and conducted creative youth activations at universities in five provinces. Students can now register on the Student Chapter of the SACPCMP at no cost. The SACPCMP has moved from a registration rate of 664 to 1 909 after these youth activations. This is a step in the right direction, especially in terms of growing the profession and transformation.

President Ramaphosa also stated that: “Young South Africans will be moved to the centre of the economic agenda.” The SACPCMP shares this vision with the President and the DPW by integrating young people in its projects, especially those with a transformation agenda. The SACPCMP has created a special youth portal (www.Y2p.org) and a guide entitled “Structuring Success” to guide young people to make informed career choices.

Health and Safety (H&S) and specifically Construction Health and Safety (CHS) management has been hampered by the lack of accredited qualifications available in the profession. This has a negative impact on the development of the individual and also undermines the provision of clear education criteria that support professional registration. Plans are afoot to start a CHS Development Framework.

Talks with SAQA, the QCTO and CHE are afoot to accredit institutions of higher learning to offer accredited qualifications in CHS. Once this has been completed it will pave the way to streamline the registration of CHS professionals in the true sense of the word. Topics related to CHS will also be under the proverbial spotlight at this annual event that is growing in leaps and bounds.
The CHS component must of course also be streamlined in order to reduce, if not eliminate altogether, the rate of accidents and fatalities on construction sites.

RDP housing, the largest construction sector, still struggles with the poor quality of houses that has been contentious for some time now. In 2013 Thuli Madonsela the then Public Protector, presented Parliament with a report on low-cost housing problems. Her report included problems such as houses that didn’t have foundations and homes built from materials that crumbled at the touch. Some houses’ defects were so bad that they had to be demolished and rebuilt. In one year, she received over 5 000 complaints about the quality of RDP housing.

The SACPCMP will soon facilitate the registration of building inspectors in a joint initiative with the NHBRC. This is bound to curb the poor quality of building such as experienced in the RDP housing projects which have been designed to specially benefit the economically disadvantaged in our country.

There is an urgent need to drive an education and awareness campaign to ensure that government uses registered professionals to achieve the elusive infrastructure project success and protect public interests. We aim to succeed in the transformation process enabling black and female contractors without the risk of non-delivery on world class projects within budget, on time, and to agreed and acceptable quality standards.

In spite of these skills which increasingly take advantage of both the public and private sector infrastructure investments, there are major challenges that persist in the professions and the industry. For example, South Africa still struggles with Perpetual Candidacy where young graduates take too long to upgrade to professional status within their prescribed timeframe. This could be rectified by utilising mentors in the industry. Transformation can be laborious at times. However, we are on the right track to see the fruits of our labours in the near future. It is essential to promote the use of Professional Construction Mentors and Construction Mentors in the public and private sectors to ensure that Black and female contractors are fully supported to benefit from infrastructure development. In this vein, the SACPCMP has taken decisive steps to address transformation by establishing a Transformation Committee as well as launching the Presidential Forum which will examine, among others, transformation in the industry.

Resolutions of the 2017 Conference

The last conference in October 2017, which was attended and addressed by thought leaders from leading private sector property development institutions such as DBSA, CBE, renowned Built Environment academics, state entities such as the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Independent Development Trust (IDT), professional bodies and voluntary associations, to mention a few, agreed to embark on a journey to address the following:

• Arresting Perpetual Candidacy by Blacks and females so that they can upgrade to professional status in record time through the use of registered professionals who will mentor candidates;

• Providing entry into the Construction Health and Safety disciplines for those that lack the required experience, but who are eager to undergo relevant training to qualify for professional registration;

• Realising contractor development through the use of registered Professional Construction Mentors and Construction Mentors by clients and contractors and to further assist contractors to deliver world class infrastructure on time, within budget and to an acceptable and agreed-upon quality level;

• Attracting the youth into the professions and

• Promoting the use of the professions in the public and private sector to ensure delivery of world class projects on time, within budget and to acceptable and agreed-upon quality levels in a safe environment.

Unique Features of the 2018 Conference

The 2018 conference has been structured differently from previous conferences. The unique features this year are:

1. The critical 3 Cs of project planning with the Last Planner System
2. How engaging youth creatively can assist with transforming the industry
3. How skills development can change the face of the built environment
4. Trends that will have the greatest impact on organisations in the next five years. How capable and ready is your organisation?

2018 Master Classes

The 2018 conference will again be preceded on 29 October 2018 by Master Classes in the following areas:

Morning session: 09h00 – 12h00

• Using the Villego Simulation to teach the Last Planner System
• A collaborative approach to Project Community Risk Management
• Structured Candidature Programmes

Afternoon session: 13h00 – 16h00

• Silica exposure and its health risks
• The role of the Project Manager in international contract types of NEC and FIDIC in modern day projects
• The benefit of the utilisation of the PROCSA documentation

Objectives of the Conference

Besides being a pre-eminent learning event, the objective of the Project and Construction Professions Conference is to create a platform for discussing and developing strategic intervention programmes on growth, development and transformation of the industry, namely:

• To expose industry players and potential new entrants to the huge government opportunities for infrastructure development over the next ten (10) to fifteen (15) years as anticipated in the National Development Plan (NDP). These opportunities will stimulate economic growth that would contribute to the growth, development and transformation of the professions and the industry;

• To contribute to the improvement of standards and benefits to registered persons;

• To demonstrate the role of the construction and related sectors in the national developmental agenda;

• To create a platform for government to engage industry on key infrastructure projects for regional (SADC) integration;

• To create a platform for all stakeholders to discuss ways and means to roll-out a seamless mentorship programme and skills development in support of new entrants to the industry;

• To lay the basis for development and implementation of a growth path in the industry.

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Who Should Attend?

This conference that will be addressed by several Ministers within the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee, Directors-General, Deputy Directors-General, Municipal Managers, CEOs and Chairmen of financial institutions, key international speakers from associated institutions as well as key industry players, academics and leaders of civil society is targeted at the following stakeholders:

• SACPCMP registered professionals

• Registered professionals in the built environment sector;

• Captains of the infrastructure industry;

• Contractors and consultants;

• Academics;

• Government officials at national, provincial and local government (including Heads of Department, Municipal Managers, CFOs, infrastructure delivery units, among others);

• State entities with infrastructure delivery units (CEOs, CFOs and infrastructure delivery units, among others);

• Regulatory bodies;

• Members of voluntary associations;

• Decisions makers from public and private financial sector institutions;

• Officials from public institutions active in the PICC;

• Key officials from the African Union and NEPAD.

Why Should You Attend?

The conference provides a unique platform inclusive of all the stakeholders in government, industry, civil society and academic institutions to share information, discuss and further drive the growth, development and transformation of the industry in South Africa. This forum offers all participants the opportunity to discuss, debate and exchange ideas and experiences in critical areas affecting the Project and Construction Management Professions and the industry. These include:

• Growth, development and transformation of the Project and Construction Management Professions;

• Exposure to public sector infrastructure procurement through the office of the Chief Procurement Officer;

• Enterprise development, job creation, skills development and mentorship of new entrants;

• Transformation of the built environment;

• Engaging youth creatively and fostering links with academic institutions;

• Delivery of economic infrastructure by both the state and the private sector to stimulate economic growth and create much needed jobs;

• Provide the latest trends and direction on pragmatic dispute resolution in the built environment aimed at reducing legal costs and timeframes for dispute resolution in the public and private sectors;

• Cooperation between institutions of higher learning and the industry in developing and advancing Project and Construction Management;

• Infrastructure development in Africa; and

• Creating a climate of trust to ensure that both the public and private sectors work together in infrastructure development and maintenance through Public Private Partnerships and other creative mechanisms relevant to the new conditions that exist globally as a result of the economic downturn that led to the contraction of international and local economies.

The conference will be addressed by national and global thought leaders and will include the private sector, ministers and senior government officials responsible for government’s infrastructure and the built environment; heads of State-Owned Enterprises with massive infrastructure delivery units; industry leaders and academics from leading institutions, among others.

Like most conferences, the networking emanating from this event may provide a fertile breeding ground for leveraging new partnership agreements or furthering dialogue following conversations at this event.

Finally, your attendance will present you with an opportunity to know where you could benefit and also contribute to the growth, development and transformation of the project and construction management professions. SACPCMP registered professionals will earn CPD points/hours by attending Master Classes and the main conference.

CPD Points/Hours

Your attendance will present you with an opportunity to earn CPD points/hours with the following institutions:

Envisaged key outcomes are:

The envisaged outcomes of the Project and Construction Professions Conference is the establishment of strategic interventions and partnerships that would advance growth, development and transformation of the Project and Construction Management Professions, namely to:

• Expose industry players and potential new entrants to massive government opportunities for infrastructure development over the next five (5) to fifteen (15) years. These opportunities will stimulate economic growth that will contribute to the growth, development and transformation of the built environment;

• Expose industry players and potential players to short- and medium-term infrastructure development plans driven by the private sector;

• Facilitate information-sharing, capacity building, knowledge and skills transfer in the sector;

• Contribute to the improvement of standards and benefits to registered persons;

• Create a platform for government to engage industry on key infrastructure projects and PPPs in the SADC region and the continent as a whole; and

• Create a platform for all stakeholders to discuss ways and means to roll-out a seamless mentorship programme in support of new entrants in the industry.

Conclusion

At the end of conference, the SACPCMP intends to get all stakeholders to agree on a few strategic interventions/programmes which would contribute to growth, development and transformation of the Project and Construction Management Professions.

There may be a need to reduce the conference resolutions to a minimum, but instead increase the participation of stakeholders on the implementation plan by committing resources and time for their realisation. To this end, resolutions will be linked to South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) objectives and Conference will further seek support from both the public and private sectors to implement these resolutions.

An update on SACPCMP initiatives over the past year will be presented to illustrate that some work had been done to implement the 2017 resolutions. However, different stakeholders at the conference should also put their shoulders to the wheel to implement key conference resolutions.

CONTACT DETAILS

For enquiries, please contact:
Conference Secretariat – Litha Communications
Contact Number: +27 11 484 7663
Contact Person: Nikki Nel
Email: nikki@lithacommunications.co.za