MEC Motara addresses Built Environment Transformation Indaba

MEC Motara addresses Built Environment Transformation Indaba

By: Thomas Lethoba and Rorisang Monyela

Transformation of the construction and built environment took centrestage yet again when Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development and Property Management Tasneem Motara addressed an Indaba hosted by the Council for the Built Environment on Wednesday the 09 of October 2019, at Diep in die Berg Conference Centre, in Pretoria, Gauteng.

Speaking under the indaba theme “Breaking the Barriers” MEC Motara identified regulatory barriers as one of the key contributors to the slow pace of transformation in the sector. There was also a need to urgently increase representation of previously disadvantaged groups, focusing on black individuals.

“The SA Built Environment remains arguably one of the sectors within the country that still requires transformation. Our policies should enable us as a country to be innovative and inclusive,” said Motara.

She said the reporting requirements stipulated by the National Department of Public Works were relevant in this respect. There was also a need for swift action on the inclusion of more female professionals. “Transformation is not just about complying with quotas. They are a good starting point, but it does not end there.”

The sector was also called upon to take advantage of opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This could help break existing barriers and also develop solutions to deliver smart infrastructure on time and within budget.

According to the Council for Built Environment, the number of previously disadvantaged individuals registered as professionals across the country is low, averaging 27%, while females averaged 11% representation.

MEC Motara agreed that effective change is needed to transform the construction industry, as the industry remains maledominated, with 89% of registered professionals being male.

Indaba delegates included highlevel representatives from government, private sector organisations and companies, developmental organisations, state owned entities, national utilities, nonprofit organisations and organised labour.

Source: Gauteng Province