oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Community benefits from empowerment of emerging contractors



A project in Eastern Gauteng has brought upliftment to previously disadvantaged communities in the form of infrastructure, job opportunities and training and skills A project aimed at community empowerment through the provision and maintenance of infrastructure in Eastern Gauteng was initiated in 1995/96 by the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) and implemented in close operation with all the transitional local councils in their area of jurisdiction. The project, which received an Award for Civil Engineering Excellence from SAICE's Witwatersrand Branch and was nominated for the community-based category of the National Award in 1997, had two broad areas of focus: To create and establish an enabling contracting environment for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Gauteng area To institute an Emerging Contractor Development Programme (ECDP), which would include the following features: identification and selection of emerging contractors (ECs), the provision of accredited management training courses, the transfer of technical skills on a pilot project, the transfer of management and contracting skills on follow-up projects and the management of the programme


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