27th August 2014.
“In our country, 75 percent of registered
professionals in the Built Environment are white, while black
people only constitute 15 percent; Indians make up 6 percent,
while Coloured people are at 4 percent. These numbers show how
little has changed in this field” stated IFP MP on Public Works,
Mr Petros Sithole.
This was in response to information supplied
by Public Works on the on-going problems in bringing about
transformation with the built environment sector.
“91 percent of those who are able to register
as professional are men while a mere 9 percent are female. This
imbalance of genders shows how this sector does not encourage
women to find a place within it – this has to change”
Allegations of side-lining, discrimination and
de-skilling of black graduates are rife, while the length of
time it takes to become a registered professional is also a
“It takes 12 years for someone to get
accreditation; and during that period, the number of black
registered candidates is around 53 percent and female make up 24
percent of total registered candidates.
As the IFP, we support the department’s
attempt at changing this situation, and support suggested steps
such as workplace training programmes, educating graduates on
the importance of registration and the implementation of a
uniform assessment process of candidates at each professional
council” said Sithole.
“Entities such as the Independent Development
Trust (IDT), the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), the
Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and Agrément South Africa need to speak
one language and work together to ensure that true
transformation occurs in the BE sector
Mr Petros Sithole, MP IFP
Spokesperson on Public Works, 082 743 1348