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GCC: Pro-forma Templates, Corrections & FAQ’s

Dealing with the effects of COVID-19 in the ambit of the SAICE Suite of GCC Contracts:

Over the past months, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has also started having an effect on South Africa and many of its economic sectors.

The South African construction industry is one of the industries which is severely affected not only by a national lockdown, but also by other unforeseen situations related to prevailing conditions that may be related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most construction projects have become under threat within a short period of time resulting in unforeseen delays, disruptions and additional costs, as caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This document analyses the generic impact on construction projects under the SAICE Suite of Contracts and gives guidance on the roles, rights, obligations and remedies of the Employer, Contractor and Subcontractor under conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SAICE Contract Pro Forma Templates in MS-Word for:

Corrections to the General Conditions of Contract (Third Edition 2015) GCC2015

1st Print, Corrections Version 5.0 - April 2020

2nd Print, Corrections Version 3.0 – April 2020

3rd Print, Corrections Version 1.0 – April 2020

Corrections to the Guide to the GCC 2015 (Second Edition 2015)

1st Print, Corrections Version 5.0 – April 2020

2nd Print, Corrections Version 2.0 – April 2020

Corrections to the General Conditions of Subcontract for Construction Works (First Edition 2018) (GCSC 2018)

Version 5.0 – May 2020

Corrections to the General Conditions of Contract for Construction Works (Simplified Form) (First Edition 2018) (SGCC 2018)

Version 3.0 – July 2018

Corrections to the General Conditions of Contract for Construction Works (Short Form) (First Edition 2018) (GCCSF 2018)

Version 1.0 – April 2020

Click here to view the FAQ to the GCC 2015 and the Guide

Version June 2017

Version July 2019

SAICE provides the information published here relating to the GCC 2015 and the Guide to the GCC 2015, in good faith.

Anyone using the information provided here, does so at their own risk and SAICE, its Divisions, Branches, Employees, Volunteers and Contractors, do not accept any responsibility whatsoever for the interpretation and use of the information provided here.

General Conditions of Contract 2023

In 2021 the Contractual Affairs Subcommittee (CAS), a part of the SAICE Project Management and Construction Division (SAICE PMCD), identifies a need to review and update, where necessary, the 2015 edition of the General Conditions of Contract (GCC 2015). 

GCC 2015 had ten primary clauses.

A preliminary discussion within the Committee recommended that we do not stray far from the existing content and layout. Employers, Engineers, and Contractors are familiar ad comfortable with the document. 

The task team was not required afterwards, such was the commitment and dedication within CAS that all changes, additions and/or omissions were presented to and interrogated by all members. Once this exercise was complete, as a sanity check, a clause-by-clause comparison of GCC 2015 vs GCC 2023 was done (and has been made available in that format for comment). 

The next step in the process is to request commentary from the various stakeholders and interested parties. To this end CAS have prepared 2 documents in pdf format (The GCC 2023 final draft and x10 clauses).

in order to publish the Conditions of Contract this year, we have a deadline of 30 March 2023 for all comments, criticism and suggestions. Please send these to GCC2023@saice.org.za using the excel template provided to enable CAS to consolidate all inputs received.