Emerging Contractor Development is one of the priorities for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works through Eyesizwe Contractor Development Programme with an allocated budget of R350 million to award tenders for maintenance, storm damage, school fencing programme, water and sanitation, repairs and renovations to emerging contractors for the 2016/17 financial year. Out of the projected allocation of R350 million, the department has already spent R175 million towards tenders awarded to contractors per district.
The programme targets contractors from CIDB grades 1 to 6 mainly women; youth; people with disabilities; military veterans and Black Africans. These contractors are required to register to the programme and to the CIDB database in order to qualify from the programme benefits. The programme aims to transfer skills to emerging Contractors with a view of increasing their knowledge and qualifications through capacity training, and also increase access to procurement opportunities.
Chief Director: Operations addressing contractors at eThekwini Region
To show commitment, 614 Construction companies have been registered on Eyesizwe Contractor Development Programme database and 225 Contractors have been trained in Financial Management; Project Management; Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Contractors have also been workshopped on the following guidelines: Safety Construction Regulation; Supply Chain Management; Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB); Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA); Department of Labour and SARS regulations.
Director responsible for contractor development, Mrs Yandisa Mzotsho
This is in line with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Contractor Development Policy which was approved in May 2013 in order to create an enabling environment for contractors to achieve a sustainable and systematic contractor development. During the 2015/16 financial year, an amount of R 128 million was awarded to ECDP Contractors against the budget of R 97 million for Maintenance, Storm Damage, School Fencing Programme, Water and Sanitation, Repairs and Renovations. The budget overspending was mainly due to additional projects which were not originally planned for this period.
Contractors attending the recent ECDP Workshop at Midlands Region
Contractor Development is critical in achieving the radical socio-economic transformation agenda for South Africa’s infrastructure development as a catalyst for the National Development Plan.