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17 AUGUST 2007

                               CONSTRUCTION CONTACT CENTRE

The Western Cape Construction Contact Centre (CCC) was officially opened by the Deputy
Minister of Public Works, Mr Ntopile Kganyago in Cape Town today. The Centre is a joint initiative
of the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works and the Construction Industry
Development Board (cidb) to contribute to growing the construction industry. Three other CCCs
have been established in Kwazulu Natal (Durban), Eastern Cape (Bisho) and Gauteng (Pretoria)
while the rest of the provinces are working with the cidb to establish theirs .

Addressing contractors, private sector clients and other construction stakeholders today Deputy
Minister Kganyago reaffirmed that the CIDB was mandated to lead and drive an initiative to support
Provincial and National Departments in co-ordinating, aligning and refining development
programmes. The concept of provincial CCCs was established in support of the objectives of
contractor development to grow contracting capacity, promote equity, encourage continuity of work,
and improve quality and performance. By setting provincial targets in terms of these objectives, the
Minister stressed that this will contribute towards the implementation of a National Contractor
Development Programme (NCDP). “I invite all stakeholders to assist in finalizing provincial plans
and targets for implementation of the National Contractor Development Programme. In particular
we need to set challenging targets that address the goals of the NCDP to grow South Africa’s
contracting capacity, moving smaller contractors up the registration grades into the mainstream
construction”, said the Deputy Minister.

The CCC’s will instill the construction code of conduct, assist in rooting out fronting, fraud and
corruption in the construction industry, promote best practice for clients and contractors, assist in
streamlining procurement processes, support targeted contractor development and ensure
implementation of the cidb National Registers of Contractors and of Projects.

Minister Ganyago said the launch of the CCC in Mayville represents the commitment of
government to expand partnership with stakeholders in delivering a holistic development service to
contractors, clients and the industry as a whole.

With overall growth of more than 10% per annum, construction industry is likely to treble its output
in less than 10 years. “This growth path creates immense opportunity for large, small and micro
enterprises, for employment and skills development and for empowerment. It also presents all
stakeholders with challenges that require new responses and an intensified effort to grow our
delivery capacity, skills and the SME business sector. The CCCs are one such response”. The
National Minister challenged emerging and established contractors, the public and private sector
and all construction stakeholders to forge partnerships, joint ventures, development of
subcontractors and provide access to training, credit and financing opportunities to contractors
within the CCC developmental environment.

The CCCs are equipped with hi-tech training infrastructure and systems including video
conferencing facilities, electronic information boards, meeting rooms, internet facilities, email and
information access offered as benefits to registered contractors, clients and stakeholders. The
opportunities for business to business linkages, networking and facilitated linkages, will be
supported by the competent and trained staff located within the hospitable developmental CCCs.
The centres have been welcomed by contractors and clients in supporting their challenges locally.

Contact: Kotli Molise 082 824 7078 or Eric Ntabazalila 083 647 6311
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