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ASAQS Position Paper - Sector Code Alignment

Friday, 12 September 2014  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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11 September 2014

As you may be aware the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) has embarked upon the alignment of the B-BBEE Generic Codes as issued and legislated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the 11th of October 2013. Below is some general information regarding the CSCC and its mandate.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CSCC
 
The CSCC was established in October 2012 out of mandated representatives of the construction industry voluntary associations representing the established and emerging sector of the Built Environmental Professionals (BEPs) and contractor bodies (General Build), the Department of Public Works (DPW) and labour unions. The incorporation of the CSCC in 2012, was the result of an engagement process that started in 2003, and resulted in the gazetting of the construction sector codes in June 2009. By signing the founding constitution, representatives of these parties committed to the transformation of the industry and agreed on the measurement instrument to report against this.
 
ALIGNMENT PROCESS
 
The CSCC has finalized and approved the programme and schedule for the alignment of the Construction Sector Code with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP) issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). In line with this process, all industry voluntary associations are expected to participate in the discussions, deliberation and agreement of the new look CSC scorecard elements, measurement principles, weighting points and targets over the agreed process.
 
In line with the requirement that voluntary association that are member of the Built Environment Professions (BEP) represent the interests of their respective professions during the negotiation process to align the generic codes within the Construction Sector, the ASAQS has developed a position paper. This position paper was compiled from an engagement process conducted with ASAQS Member Practices in Gauteng.
 
The attached document is a reflection of the ASAQS’s view on an ideal outcome to these alignment negotiations. It is vitally important that our members understand that this position paper only represents a desirable outcome that the ASAQS hopes to achieve at conclusion of the negotiation process with the DTI and the Emerging Sector. We are unable to guarantee that any of our proposed changes to the Generic Code will be accepted by either the DTI or the Emerging Sector. However, this position paper is closely aligned with other stakeholders represented in the established sector with some minor deviations from their own views and positions.

 

The timetable to hold and conclude the various meetings between the 2 parties (Emerging or Established business) and their respective stakeholders is incredibly intense. This is because both the Emerging Sector and Established Sector must reach agreement by the end of October 2014 at the very latest. The parties will both need to take into account that a public comment period of 60 days is mandatory. If all the stakeholders do not manage to complete their negotiations and allow enough time for the public comment period to be concluded, then the Generic Codes and Codes of Good Practice as they stand will apply for our entire sector by default. This deadline is 1st April 2015.

 

It is with this in mind that the ASAQS requests that you submit any comments that you have as urgently as possible. The negotiation process has already begun and the BEP’s were given an incredibly short time to prepare themselves beforehand. We are keenly aware of the time constraint to receive any other additional comments that you wish to make.

 

Please find attached the ASAQS Position Paper on the alignment of our sector codes, as approved by the ASAQS Board on 10th September 2014.

 

Kind regards,




Larry Feinberg
Executive Director - ASAQS
Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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