The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) hosted its second annual Transformation Indaba in Pretoria in February.
The Indaba, under the theme Igniting the Possibilities, served as a “past-present-future” mirror with the aim of gauging the status of transformation and provided a platform for collaboration and sharing of knowledge among academia, the public and private sectors, as well as to mobilise resources towards the BE Skills pipeline focus on unlocking the Built Environment Skills Pipeline through adequate resource mobilisation, skills development and collaborative interventions to drive transformation and lead the South African built environment into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The event was attended by over 210 delegates and included high level representatives from the Department of Public Works, including the Minister, Mr Thulas Nxesi. Also represented were investors, project developers, manufacturers, government, private sector organisations and companies, developmental organisations, state owned entities, national utilities, private sector, non-profit organisations, the public at large, labour organisations and international development partners.
Amongst those in attendance were: the six Councils for the Built Environment Professions, namely Architecture, Engineering, landscape Architects, Construction and Project Management, Quantity Surveyors and Property Valuers and some of their Voluntary Associations; both Construction and Property Sector Charters; other councils and industry bodies such as Master Builders South Africa, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) the Black Business Council (BBC) for the Built Environment and the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). CBE Council members were represented by the Chairperson and Deputy, Absolom Molobe and Mme Maphefo Mogodi.
The following Resolutions were passed for the forthcoming year:
– Collaboratively drive the Transformation Agenda of the Built Environment sector of South Africa;
– CBE to monitor and evaluate sector-wide Transformation Initiatives/ Interventions;
– All sector role players to contribute resources (financial or human) for joint/collaborative transformation initiatives/interventions driven by a communal/mutually shared funding mechanism; and
– Sector wide reporting on what each stakeholder is contributing.