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Strategic Integrated Projects

The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Council has just gazetted several strategic infrastructure projects.

These projects are part of the government's overall Economic Recovery plan and will create employment opportunities within the construction sector.

So, if you are in the construction industry or have some construction experience then this is good news!

The Minister for Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia De Lille and the head of infrastructure investment in the Presidency, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, released a media statement after the projects were gazetted saying that: "Infrastructure-led economic growth is the most effective and significant way as part of our Economic Growth Strategy to grow our economy while at the same time respond to the Socio-Economic needs of our people."

De Lille went on to say: "Our Country like many others across the globe is facing a recession of enormous proportions and the COVID-19 pandemic has placed South Africa in an even worse position, where the construction sector has been hit the hardest.

The severe economic recession, together with the COVID-19 pandemic, has now placed an added urgency on us to navigate a New Normal.

In this new normal, there is an even greater need to partner in the investment and implementation of infrastructure that will facilitate social and economic growth in a workable and purposeful way."

She went on to explain the new SIDS approach and why she felt confident that it will be successful: "What will also be different is that there will now be a single point of entry for all infrastructure projects across the country through Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) which is in the process of being established."The new methodology has become known as the Sustainable Infrastructure Development System (SIDS) Methodology."

Click here to read the media statement

Click here to download the gazette.

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George Bernard Shaw

ASAQS webinars a rewarding success, says EduTech director

EduTech, the educational arm of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), has been offering free webinars since May and will continue to do so for the rest of the year. Karl Trusler, Director of EduTech, says the webinars are widely attended, and the value offering has challenged the perceived costs involved in obtaining Continuous Professional Development. The webinars have essentially created a platform for Quantity Surveyors to participate, contribute, and network in surprising and enterprising ways.

“We have been extremely encouraged by the response to the webinars, with an average of more than two hundred persons attending each event. Compared to the 15-25 persons who attended the pre-COVID workshops and webinars, this indicates a dramatic shift in our members’ sentiment towards their continuous professional development. The webinars have become a place where people are informed and engage in highly topical matters, where they can brainstorm with their peers, and become a part of the greater problem-solving community which the built environment needs right now,” says Trusler.

He says that the webinars have created a platform for the members to connect and engage with one another on a national level.

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JBCC Update


Important notice from JBCC:

Please be informed that JBCC, following a Board decision taken last year, intends to discontinue the availability of all its older version editions, including Edition 4.1 (2004) and Edition 5.0 (Reprint 1 – 2007). Both last mentioned editions are currently still widely used by Organs of State and the Private Sector respectively, and the use thereof on existing projects already procured will continue for some time until such projects have been closed out.

The motivation for this decision is based on the following:

  • JBCC intends to go fully electronic during 2020. Keeping hard copy stock of older editions will therefore become problematic for administration and storage reasons
  • The latest JBCC May 2018 Agreements will not undergo any change for at least until the end of 2022 as it was meticulously drafted to ensure an equitable distribution of contractual risk without any errors in the various agreements and its support forms
  • During 2020 it is anticipated that national state, provincial state and local municipalities’ sectors will all start to use, if not already using, the latest May 2018 agreements plus its respective contract data documents
  • The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), in conjunction with JBCC, has updated, based on the latest May 2018 Agreements, the General Preliminaries (free downloadable from, Bill No. 1 Preliminaries for both the Principal Building Agreement (PBA) and the Minor Works Agreement (MWA) as also distributed by WinQS and QSPlus software programmes, and the project specific preliminaries for lump sum contracts (for both the PBA and MWA)
  • It will go a long way towards alleviating the confusion employers, consultants, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and others have when having to deal with editions that contain different conditions from other editions
  • Training by the JBCC and other accredited presenters on behalf of the JBCC focuses now only on the latest May 2018 Agreements and Contract Data. Newcomers in procurement divisions of departments that are still using older editions will therefore not fully benefit from attending training seminars

Please assist the JBCC in its efforts of improving procurement and contract administration for all the stakeholders in the South African, Lesotho and other construction industries

There is an officially declared international pandemic. There have been consequences to contractors and subcontractors resulting from this pandemic. These consequences will probably continue and manifest in different ways at different times. In addition to local effects, for subcontractors that import goods or services, the effects of the pandemic on the source countries is not part of the local experience and great care must be taken to raise and give notice of a potential delay when such a possibility becomes known to the subcontractor.

Each specific event or circumstance must be recorded in a notice, rights reserved and thereafter any actual delay claimed in a claim for the revision of the date of interim completion.

By stipulation, these formalities do not apply to any delays that do not affect interim completion and they do not need to be recorded in this manner. Such delays, if they cause the contractor prejudice, must be specifically dealt with by notices from the contractor (see comments on mora and interpellatio hereunder). There is no specific provision in the subcontract for any dates other than the interim completion date/s so there cannot be mora ex re. It is, however, prudent to record them briefly to the contractor with a reservation of rights in the event they are found to affect interim completion. Such records invariably become useful later if there are any disputes as progress inevitably becomes an issue.

Click here to view and download the PDF document from the JBCC website.

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  Weekend Property & Construction News


In order to assist members to plan their diaries this year in terms of forthcoming congresses and conferences they may wish to attend, we publish the preliminary dates of some of these congresses for your attention:

ICEC World Congress - POSTPONED Was planned for: 
15-21 October 2020
Accra, Ghana 
Presented as a joint conference with the Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors (AAQS). This will be hosted by the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS). Further details can be obtained from the Congress Website at:

PAQS Congress 2020 - Deferred to 2022
Was planned for:
4-8 September 2020
Marina Bay Sands Singapore


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