The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), with its strong tradition of developing, publishing and maintaining conditions of contract, will be releasing the third edition of the General Conditions of Contract for Construction Works (the GCC 2015) to replace the GCC 2010 – on Friday, 18 September 2015. Although the GCC 2010 was an ideal document for dealing with civil, mechanical, electrical and building projects, or a combination of various types of projects, after five years of application it became clear that there were a number of grey areas that need clarification and hence certain amendments were necessary.

By clarifying certain contract administration procedures and refining some of the risk appropriation clauses, amongst other things, the latest General Conditions of Contract for Construction Works, Third Edition (2015) states that the Contractor’s time risk allowances must be indicated on the Programme of Works. It also permits the Contractor to suspend the Works if the Employer fails to make payment on a payment certificate, and includes delay and cost due to excepted risks (like strikes and electricity cuts) as an entitlement that the Contractor may claim. A Variable Performance Guarantee is added to the list of securities and it allows for the selection of inflation indices that are appropriate to the type of Works to be carried out.

The amendments and use of simpler and more concise wording in the latest edition should also ensure that GCC 2015 will remain relevant in the future and will provide supportive contract administration and the equitable appropriation of risks.

These General Conditions of Contract are to be used with the contract documentation format as prescribed by the Construction Industry Development Board in the Standard for Uniformity in Construction Procurement and in conjunction with SANS 1921 to set out the requirements and constraints relating to the manner in which the contract work is to be performed.



  1. The book will be available through the SAICE bookshop, which can also be purchased online. The price of the book is still to be confirmed.

  2. What does it cost? Is it available in electronic format? And/or where in Pretoria can I purchase the: GCC for Construction Works, 3rd Edition (2015)

  3. I would like to buy the “GCC for Construction Works, Third Edition (2015)book Please.

    How can i buy the book.


  4. Is the SAICE GCC 2010 version is still legally valid to be used in new contract applications? Will the SAICE GCC 2015 supersede the 2010 version at some point of time?

  5. Good morning
    I am wanting to purchase the GCC for Construction Works (2015)
    and the Guide to the GCC (2015).
    Please forward a form for these two books.
    Thank you.

  6. I need to order the GCC for Construction Works, Third Edition (2015). How would I go about purchasing it?

    Ntuthuko Mkhize

  7. Please advise cost and availability of latest General Conditions of Contract for Construction Works, Third Edition (2015).

  8. Good day
    Please would you provide me with a quote for the GCC 2015
    Quote for: Mvezo Plant and Civils Pty Ltd, PO Box 19252, Tecoma 5214 – VAT 4310218344
    We are also looking for a manual for filling in the GCC
    Thank you

  9. Hi

    Please assist with the GCC 2015, 3rd edition, PDF version.
    Please provide banking details for online purchase, including quotation for purchase.


  10. Please send me an invoice for the new GCC 2015 – invoice to Westmead hauliers
    115 Masabala Yengwa avenue, Durban
    Vat No 4860218504

  11. Good day
    I am want to purchase the GCC for Construction Works (2015)
    and the Guide to the GCC (2015).
    Please forward a form for these two books or how should i go about purchasing them.

    Kind Regards:
    Banda T

  12. I am in need of a GCC 2015 (3rd Edition). May I please know how much it costs and how to place an order if possible.

  13. Nice books list in the blog..!!! I went through their blog and found the books useful. I would recommend this books to all my civil engineering friends. Thanks to the author for creating such wonderful and informative blog.

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