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Important notice from JBCC:

Saturday, 11 January 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Please be informed that JBCC, following a Board decision taken on Friday the 29th of November 2019, 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