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									   AGRÉMENT SOUTH AFRICA



Briefing to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee
             Business Plan 2008/2009
                   14th May 2008
               CEO: Joe Odhiambo
Wednesday, 07 July 2010                                  2




                    Presentation Contents
  •    Operating environment & Purpose
  •    Vision & mission
  •    Impact & achievements
  •    Outputs of innovative systems certificated
  •    Challenges & opportunities
  •    Relevance & value added
  •    Audited financial statements & budget
  •    Financial approval process & fraud control mechanisms
  •    Human resources & governance
  •    Future plans & staffing composition
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    Operating Environment & Purpose
                          Operates under a ministerial delegation
                            of authority from the Minister of
                            Public Works

                          Provides assurance by carrying out
                            testing, evaluation, confirmation
                            and certification of fitness for
                            purpose        of      non-standard
                            construction products and systems.
                             • Quality products and services
                             • Improve speed of service delivery
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  Typical Product Development Cycle
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    PERFORMANCE BASED APPROACH
               GOAL /OBJECTIVE
Level 1

Level 2        FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS



Level 3        PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
                                                       World Federation of
Level 4       EVALUATION                               Technical Assessment
                                                       Organisations




By application of             By testing and   By application of   By expert
design and                    / or             well established    opinion and
construction rules            assessment       engineering         judgment
                                               principles
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             Organizational Structure
                                             Board



                  Technical Committee



                                        Technical Agency
                                             CSIR


                                        Technical Experts



          INNOVATORS                               PROFESSIONALS
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                          Vision & Mission
  • Vision
    To-be world class technical Assessment Agency

  • Mission
    to promote the government’s objectives of economic
    development, good governance and raising living
    standards and prosperity by undertaking technical
    assessment and certification of non-standard
    construction products in South Africa
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               Impact & Achievements1

  • 449 certificates have been issued
  • 148 certificates are currently valid
  • Widespread use of several Agrément certificated
    products e.g.
     – Hollow concrete blocks
     – Metal roof tiles
     – Lightweight internal partitions
     – Hard drawn copper tubing
     – Variety of waterproofing and wall coating materials
     – Plastic bath tub
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               Impact & Achievements2

  • Human resource development within the technical
    agency
  • 93% of Agrèment's staff were involved in short course
    training last year (99.7 training days)
     – Recommend industry average is 3 days p.a.
     – CSIR recommendation is 6 days p.a.
     – Agrèment average is 7.1 days p.a.
     – 63% of staff members involved in formal tertiary
        higher degrees: Bachelor's to PhD’s in Engineering
        Science.
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               Impact & Achievements3

  •    Increased awareness and visibility
  •    Transformation of the technical agency
  •    International standing and recognition
  •    50% increase in technical outputs
  •    Increased acceptance of innovative building systems
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      Outputs of Innovative Systems
           Certificated 2007/8
  • Automablock Expanded Polystyrene Building Block
    System (Phase 1)
  • Fibrecote Fibre Reinforced Plaster
  • 2001/289: Imison Building System (Amendment)
  • Murulelo Roofing Undertile Membrane
  • Micro-Concrete Cladding Building System
  • Nam-Tex White Roofing Undertile Membrane
    (Amendment)
  • Novachip-Thin bituminous surfacing system
  • Portable Container Branch Outlet
                          Available on www.agrement.co.za
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      Outputs of Innovative Systems
           Certificated 2007/8
  •    Robust Building System (Amendment)
  •    Imison 3 Building System
  •    Roofproof 400 Undertile Roof Membrane
  •    Spunsalation 5 Roofing Radiant Barrier
  •    Styroframe Building System
  •    Techfin System (Amendment)
  •    Gundle Gunplas UT Undertile Membrane
                          Available on www.agrement.co.za
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         World Federation of Technical
          Assessment Organizations
                                             NBI
                                      VTT
                                                   TZUS
               CCMC             BBA   ETA                 FCC
                                            ITB INCERC
                                   CSTB       EMI RT
                   ICC                 ICITE                    HOWTEC
                                LNEC                              BCJ
                                               NBRI
                                    IETcc                         CLB




                          IPT
                                                                  CSIRO
                                            ASA
                                                                    ABCB
                                                                           BRANZ
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                     WFTAO 2008/2009 Annual
                               meeting
                       21st - 30th September
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     Challenges & Opportunities1
  • Technical agency : Technical assessment & project
    management skill
  • Technical committee: Expert knowledge and
    recognized as experts by their peers in their field.
  • Interpret results of tests conducted to access
    whether products meet Agrément performance
    criteria or not.
  • Technical Infrastructure: Accredited laboratories to
    carry out the actual tests on products and building
    systems and produce test reports on performance
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     Challenges & Opportunities2
  • Legislative framework
    Delegated to the Chairperson of the Board of
    Agrément South Africa, when acting in conjunction
    with the wishes of the Board
  • Backward integration
    Research and product development
  • Forward integration
    Awareness and visibility
    Close working relationships with stakeholders by
    forming strategic alliances
  • Enforcement
  • Capacity
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 National Relevance & Value Added

  •    National sustainability development strategy
  •    Green Buildings Initiative
  •    National development and service delivery
  •    Socio economic benefits
  •    Developing emerging entrepreneurs
  •    Superior energy efficiency performance
  •    Improved energy efficiency
  •    Sustainable development
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          Initiatives Going Forward
  • Importing knowledge and skills
  • Relevance to all stakeholders especially the rural
    communities
  • Impact on service delivery
  • Education and awareness about available products
    for industrial and rural development
  • Assistance to the SMME's
  • Compliance to King 2 guidelines in terms of the
    Board workings and structure
  • Clear plan going forward
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  Financial Statement 2007/2008
  • Manpower or Human capital costs     4 286 140 56%
  • Technical Assessments, Operational 2 021 982 27%
     – Quality monitoring
     – Marketing
     – Research into technical Criteria
  • CSIR infrastructure costs
     – Group executive Levy               540 000 7%
     – Support & administration           779 977 10%
     TOTAL                              7 628 099
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      Operational Expenses 2007/2008

  •    S&T                   78 052
  •    Printing              21 061
  •    Advertising            2 580
  •    Communications        11 926
  •    Depreciation         115 884
  •    Board & TeCo costs    33 939
  •    Assessments          518 098
  •    Agency expenses      416 768
  •    Quality monitoring   323 734
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                      Budget 2008/2009
  • Manpower or Human capital costs       3 980 000 45%
  • Technical assessments, operational    2 980 000 33%
     – Quality monitoring
     – Marketing
     – Research into technical Criteria
  • CSIR infrastructure costs
     – Rental                               330 000 4%
     – Depreciation                         430 000 5%
     – Finance, HR & administration       1 200 000 13%
     TOTAL                                8 920 000 100%
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                      Budget 2009/2010
  • Manpower or Human capital costs       11 080 000 43%
  • Technical assessments, operational     8 940 000 34%
     – Quality monitoring
     – Marketing
     – Research into technical Criteria
  • CSIR infrastructure costs
     – Rental                               990 000    4%
     – Depreciation                        1 290 000 5%
     – Finance, HR & administration       3 600 000 14%
     TOTAL                                25 900 000 100%
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                      Budget 2010/2011
  • Manpower or Human capital costs       12 188 000 43%
  • Technical assessments, operational     9 834 000 34%
     – Quality monitoring
     – Marketing
     – Research into technical Criteria
  • CSIR infrastructure costs
     – Rental                              1 089 000 4%
     – Depreciation                        1 419 000 5%
     – Finance, HR & administration       3 960 000 14%
     TOTAL                                28 490 000 100%
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                      Budget 2011/2012
  • Manpower or Human capital costs       13 407 000 43%
  • Technical assessments, operational    10 817 000 34%
     – Quality monitoring
     – Marketing
     – Research into technical Criteria
  • CSIR infrastructure costs
     – Rental                              1 198 000 4%
     – Depreciation                        1 561 000 5%
     – Finance, HR & administration       4 356 000 14%
     TOTAL                                31 339 000 100%
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        Financial Approval Process &
         Fraud Control Mechanisms
  • The technical Agency is managed and reports to the
    Director of CSIR, Built Environment Unit
  • The Board of Agrément holds at least four meetings
    in a year
  • Since Agrément South Africa’s finances are managed
    by the CSIR, the Agencies Financial statements are
    audited as part and parcel of the CSIR’s finances
  • The Agency has received a clean bill of health from
    the previous year’s Audit Report.
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           Compliance with PFMA and
             Treasury Regulations
  •    Quarterly reports
  •    Regular interaction with the DPWNIF
  •    Regular interaction with DPW HOD’s Forum
  •    Member of the BE Management Team
  •    Annual Strategic planning session
  •    Shareholders compact
  •    Strict adherence to financial management
  •    Financial statements subjects to independent
       external audit as well as an autonomous internal
       audit
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                          Shared Services
  •    Financial Services
  •    Human Resources
  •    CSIR Information Services (Libraries)
  •    Communication
  •    Internal Audit Services
  •    Legal Services
  •    Management Services
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               Management Services
  •    Information and Communication Services (ICT)
  •    International Convention Centre
  •    Facilities Management
  •    Risk & Compliance Unit
  •    Security
  •    Strategic Procurement Unit
  •    Unit-based Management Services
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  Value Added by Management Services
  • Legal compliance with PFMA and other statutory
    requirements
  • Provides security for staff and assets
  • Maintains and improves facilities
  • Provides cost-effective services.
  • Agrèment occurs within a highly regulated environment
  • Subject to oversight by:
     – Board, Executive, Management and shared services
  • Regulated by:
     – South African Acts of Parliament, BCEA, LRA, EEA, etc
     – Well documented policies and procedures are strictly
       enforced
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  Key Initiatives (To improve technical infrastructure
           and working environment of staff)

  • Define minimum standards for laboratory facilities
    and develop an appropriate maintenance model
    (Project : Upgrade laboratories)
  • Improve access to all facilities for disabled staff and
    visitors
  • Improve security of people, assets and information
  • Use ICT to enhance staff mobility and productivity
    (Project : Wireless networks, VOIP, etc.)
  • Create a healthy and safe working environment
    (Project : Enhance services through Medical Centre)
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Key Initiatives (To enhance cost-effectiveness
 and to maintain good corporate governance)

  • Implement energy-efficiency programme
  • Improve efficiency in sourcing / tendering processes
    (value for money)
  • Review major procurement contracts in ICT, research
    support, travelling, etc. (unlock value)
  • Reduce insurance and other associated costs
    through appropriate risk-assurance practices.
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                  Key Initiatives (HR)1
  • Transformation
     – Targeting of disabled staff
     – Increase in female and black staff
     – Transformation committee present within BE
  • Employee Wellbeing
     – Implement comprehensive programme
     – Implementation of guidelines and training of all
       levels
  • Performance Management
     – Optimizing and know how
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                  Key Initiatives (HR)2
  • Optimal career development
     – Optimizing mechanisms and usage
     – Support of HCD initiatives
  • Retention
     – Compile guidelines for retention strategy,
     – Reward and recognition:
     – Performance bonus scheme under development
     – Pay salaries specifically and correctly
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                     Human Resources


                                          Black Female
                                          Black Male
                                          White Male




       Percentage of staff either black or female: 73%
       Comprehensive structured mentorship programme
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                                    Organogram
                                            Portfolio Committee
                                             Oversight function

                                                   BOARD




                   Group Assistant                   CEO




               Quality Assurance, Water       Engineering: Technical     Architectural: Technical
              penetration & Laboratories:     Assessor Group Leader      Assessor Group Leader
              Technical Assessor Group


                Senior Technical               Senior Technical          Senior Technical
                   Assessor                       Assessor                  Assessor




              Technical Assessor            Technical Assessor         Technical Assessor



                Draughtsperson
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                 Key Challenges (HR)
  • General SET skill shortage nationally and worldwide -
    especially at senior levels – for recruitment
  • Scarcity of black and female SET candidates.
  • Being competitive with regard to remuneration and
    benefits for scarce skills.
  • Managing remuneration expectations of staff.
  • Potential impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
  • Marketing / positioning the Agrément as an employer
    of choice given the competitive nature of skills
    attraction and retention.
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                          The Board1
 •    11 Board members appointed in November 2008
 •    Appointed for a period of three years
 •    Chairperson: Pepi Silinga
 •    Strategic planning session on 01.04.2008
 •    Raise standards in industry
 •    New objectives for quality and quantity of outputs
 •    Make a difference in the lives of South Africans
      by enhancing service delivery by testing and
      approving improved construction products and
      systems.
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                          The Board2
•   Pepi Silinga – CEO, Coega & Chairman, Port Elizabeth
•   Cannon Noyana –MD, Nobuhle Consultants Johannesburg
•   Dr Mohammed Tayob – Medical Doctor, Witbank
•   Edwin Kruger – Bridge Manager: SANRAL, Pretoria
•   Ms. Khomotso Choma – MD, Turnkey Projects, Witbank
•   Montwedi Seane – General manager, SABS, Pretoria
•   Lethola Moshe – MD, Botle Consultants, Bloemfontein
•   Mike Marler – Engineering Specialist, DBSA, Midrand
•   Ms. Nozibusiso Shabalala – Director, SA Asphalt, Durban
•   Ms. Ntebo Ngcobo –Civil Engineer, UJ, Johannesburg
•   Solomon Malebye – DDG Operations, DPW, Pretoria
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     Technical Committee (TECO)
 Duties and Authority of TECO
 • Review and ratify evaluation programmes &
   proposals for the development or amendment of
   technical guidelines and indicators
 • Review and where deemed appropriate, approval of
   draft certificates
    – Proper procedures have been followed in all stages
      of the evaluation
    – Technical experts on the committee satisfied
    – Satisfied with the quality management system
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      Typical Scope of Evaluation
•   structural strength and stability
•   performance in relation to fire
•   resistance to water penetration and rising damp
•   thermal and energy performance
•   condensation
•   acoustic performance
•   accuracy in building
•   durability
•   quality management system
•   compliance with the National Building Regulations
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 Quality Management System
• During evaluation and technical assessment
• Covers factory production and site installation
• Approved installers scheme
• All certificates holders are visited at least once
  annually
• Three validity review
• In accordance with IS0 9001
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Close Relationship With Entities
• Agrément will partner with the IDT
   – speed up the delivery of new schools using alternative
     technologies thus eradicate mud schools
• The Agency will use the cidb’s
   – construction contact centres
• Agrèment will play a key role in the activities of the CBE
   – contacts with the professional associations to identify
     skilled experts to be used to carry out technical
     assessments of new products.
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             Achieved Desired State
                              •   Professional Skills
                                  shortage
                              •   Culture change
                              •   Service delivery
                              •   Collaboration
                              •   Getting the best out
                                  of our available
                                  resources
                              •   Teamwork
                              •   Centre of
                                  Excellence!
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      Core Deliverables in Vision 2015

  •     Backward integration
        – research and development
        – best and most advanced construction
          technologies from overseas and introduce them in
          the South African market.
  •     Forward integration
        – promotion of the Agency as a brand.
        – awareness and visibility campaigns within the
          country.
        – promotion of innovative construction as an
          improved method of construction.
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                          Vision 2015
 • Innovative, modern and better construction
   technologies will be widely used in South Africa
 • Agrément will be highly visible and relevant to the
   construction industry in South Africa
 • Substandard innovative construction products will be
   prevented from getting to the market
 • The risk involved in the use of untested innovative
   products will be ameliorated
 • The agency will be highly transformed and will
   represent the demographic profile of the country
 • The housing provision challenge will be mostly
   addressed using innovative construction systems
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