ADDRESS OF THE MEC FOR THE LIMPOPO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC
WORKS MR MG PHADAGI ON THE OCCASION OF THE SIGNING OF THE
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MoU) WITH THE
INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENT TRUST AT THE FUSION BOUTIQUE
21 April 2010
Thank you Programme Director
Colleagues in the Executive Council
Chairperson of the Portfolio of the Portfolio Committee on Public
Works, Cde Joyce Maluleke
Executive Mayors and other Mayors
Members of the IDT Board
National office staff of the IDT led by CEO
Limpopo regional office staff led by Mr Bali Mamabolo
Head of Department of Public Works, Mme Morongoa Ramphele and
her Executive Management Team
Our Built Enviroment Partners and Client Departments
South African Women In Construction
Ladies and Gentlemen
This evening marks yet another milestone in our pursuit of the mandate
of the mandate of the Department of Public Works being to:
• Facilitate and coordinate the provision of provincial government
• Maintenance of government buildings
• Provision of office accomodation for government
• Coordination of the provincial implementation of the Expanded
Public Works Programme
In the execution of our core mandate we are guide by our:
• Vision which is to be A leader in the provision and management
of provincial government land and buildings
• Mission which is the Optimal utilization of resources in the
provision and management of provincial land and buildings and
the coordination of the Expanded Public Works Programme
• Values which are:
Adherence to Batho Pele principles
As per our brief of being the driver of bulk infrastructure to the
provincial government we have been quite busy in the period pre and
post the tabling of our 2010/2011 Budget.
Among the major projects we unveiled during this period are the
• The official launch of the Greening Limpopo campaign which will
see over a million trees planted in the province each year until
• On 19 March we tabled the 2010/2011 Budget which will serve as
a road map to guide us in the execution of our core mandate.
• On 29 March we officially, with Premier Cassel Mathale, unveiled
the Construction Contact Centre. Construction Contact Centres
are facilities created by the Construction Industry Development
Board in partnership with Departments of Public Works at
national and provincial level as hubs for industry wide initiatives
on contractor development and other construction services.
In further pursuit of our core mandate we will during the course of the
2010/2011 financial embark on the following programmes:
• Give concrete expression to the relocation of the Provincial
Legislature from Lebowakgomo to Polokwane.
• Convene a Provincial Infrastructure Summit to find innovative
ways of delivering on our bulk infrastructure mandate.
• We will in the near future roll-out a massive infrastructure
programme to ensure that our schools, clinics, hospitals and other
government building are in a good state.
As the department, we are under no delusion that we can alone roll
back the massive infrastructure backlogs we have to content with. It
against this backround that we will go out of our way to harness all the
support we can lay our hands on.
We are going to embark on smart partnerships with our built
enviroment service providers. It is only through working together that
we can do more to realize the dream of a better for all our people.
In its annual January 8 statement, the ruling African National Congress
provided the people of South Africa with the line of march for 2010.
The theme for the year is simple, yet so profound: Working together to
speed up effective service delivery to the people. This theme will guide
the design and implementation of our programme action for 2010.
Faster and effective service delivery is what should characterize our
Taking our people seriously, putting people first in service delivery in
the real sense, should define our work in the current financial year.
In our quest to deliver on our core mandate we need strong and
effective partners to travel this road with us to ensure that
communities benefit in government efforts to make the lives of our
I therefore wish to introduce our new partner in effective and efficient
service delivery, the Independent Development Trust. The IDT is no
stranger to Limpopo having had been involved in various sterling
infrastructure projects through the length and breadth of the province.
The IDT, having had been established in 1990, this year celebrates its
20th anniversary. At inception the IDT administered grants for poverty
relief, infrastructure development and services in the education,
housing and welfare sectors.
The mandate of the IDT has evolved over time to be a development
agency that supports government to deliver on its mandate of poverty
eradication. The IDT is now expected to implement social infrastructure
programmes as we as facilitate societal involvement and
In keeping with the expansion and renewal of the mandate of the IDT
was in 2009 appointed by the National Department of Public Works to
be the implementing agency of phase two of the Expanded Public
Works Programme for the non-state sector. In terms of this brief, the
IDT is expected to create approximately 640 000 work opportunities by
Through this brief the IDT will provide support and coordination of
different sectors through:
• Infrastructure technical support at provincial and municipal level
• Technical support to the environmental and social sectors at
• Beneficiary data capturing and verification
• Support in providing monthly and quarterly reporting
• Stakeholder management and communication support
• Coordination and facilitation of delivery teams at local level
The Limpopo Department of Public Works and the IDT will this evening
sign a Memorandum of Understanding through which the IDT will be
the implementation agent of the department.
The MoU is a product of extensive discussions at various levels to plan
and operationalize of the agreement to this end. Senior management
from both the DPW and IDT have engaged in extensive operational
discussions and this was further enhanced by technical discussions to
map out an operational plan.
It is anticipated that this agreement whose signing we will witness here
tonight, will create an efficient and economic platform to advance
infrastructure as a conduit for the realization of the wider Expanded
Public Works Programme objectives and targets. Key deliverables of the
agreement will among others include the Women-focused Contractor
Development Programme which will assist women, youth and disabled
groups to claim their stake in infrastructure delivery.
The objectives which underpin the parties` activities and operations as
enshrined in the MoU are:
• To address the development needs of the Province
• To foster cooperation between the Department and IDT
• To assist the Department reclaim its excellence in bulk
• Enhance the social infrastructure delivery in the province
The terms of engagement between the Department and IDT as per the
MoU will be:
• The IDT shall deliver on social infrastructure and other related
social development programmes in the province
• The provision of support services by the IDT to line function
departments for programmes that do not form part of the
Department of Public Works` mandate
• The Department, shall, for the duration of this Memorandum,
allocate social infrastructure and related social development
programmes per financial year
• The details of the portfolio allocation to the IDT and terms thereof
to be set out in Programme Implementation Agreement (PIAs) to
be concluded between the Department and the IDT
I wish to thank all the participants in seeing this initiative into fruition
and the cooperation we have received to date. I hope that going
forward we will work together to ensure that we deliver on the
objectives of this agreement.
I thank you