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What is the IDoW?

Thursday, 10 October 2013  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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It is work reserved to be done by only persons registered with any of the six Built Environment Professional Councils (BEPCs).

Once the IDoW has been finalised, the legislation governing the BE professional councils (BEPCs) envisages registration with the relevant professional council to be mandatory in order to practice as a professional in a particular built environment profession.

After a process of consultation with stakeholders within their professions; five of the six built environment Professional Councils (excluding the Engineering Council of South Africa, (ECSA)); submitted IDoW to the CBE for finalisation.

Legislation requires the CBE to consult with the Competition Commission before finalisation of the identification of work. The Competition Commission views the IDoW as potentially in contravention of the provision of the Competition Act, 89 of 1998 as amended.

As such, the CBE has submitted applications for exemption for the five professions to the Competition Commission. The recommended identified Scope of Work for each of the five BEPCs can be downloaded from the CBE’s website ( ECSA is finalising its recommendations on the scope of engineering work to be identified for consideration by the CBE. This will also be followed by an Application for Exemption to the Competition Commission.

In consideration of the applications for exemption, the Competition Commission has resolved to extend the consultation with all persons and entities affected by the IDoW. All inputs in this regard are to be submitted to the Competition Commission on the details below:

Mbongiseni Ndlovu 
Tel:  012 394 5165 or

In order to effectively facilitate engagement on built environment issues, the CBE invites all unregistered persons with a built environment qualification in Architecture, Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Landscape Architecture and Property Valuation; to join the stakeholder database by putting their details on the online facility on the CBE website ( for the following purpose: 
2.1. to be consulted by the Competition Commission on the IDoW process as outlined in section 1 above, 
2.2. to be engaged by the CBE on the planned infrastructure roll out program of government and other relevant built environment issues 
(Particulars of registered persons are already available with the 6 councils, therefore registered persons have no need to re-submit their details.)