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Concluding processes lead by past president (2004) Dr Ron Watermeyer, National Treasury (NT) published the Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management in terms of the PFMA and MFMA (Treasury Instruction 4 of 2015/6). This instruction provides a framework for planning, design and execution of infrastructure projects as well as of monitoring performance – effectively separating the procurement of goods from the procurement of professional of engineering services.

On 3 December 2015, SAICE CEO Manglin Pillay signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NT that posits SAICE at the forefront of the implementation of this new legislation. Pillay said this new piece of legislation is a breakthrough for the engineering industry. “ We now have a uniform system that not only separates engineering procurement other kinds but also a  framework that enables risks to be proactively managed and ensures that infrastructure acquisition provides value for money”, Pillay added. In light of the broader concerns that plague industry, this MOU signals a strengthening

 

5 Comments

  1. Now THIS sounds promising. All SCM units will need to professionalise and seriously re-think how they operate. Infrastructure procurement have been – simply put – pathetic in terms of cost effectiveness / value engineering, call it what you like. This is probably the single most important aspect of spending state monies since Treasury introduced SCM, buyers were employed and they put “compliance” before “action and cost effectiveness”. We wait with bated breath to see real change! My faith in SAICE as being an agent for change is looking up . . .

  2. Good news indeed.well done to all involved. Now to tackle all the existing projects set up under the previous system. As these projects are often years in duration we cannot afford to continue driving things backward until the new system takes effect. With the current skills demographic of experienced engineers all retiring in significant numbers and not much following we cannot afford to drive engineers away any more. This is a critical time and wasted money on projects and time in terms of skills development should not be allowed to happen. A Google search of the documents mentioned quickly brings up the relevant pages.

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