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Construction Monitor - July 2017

The cidb Construction Monitor (previously called the cidb Quarterly Monitor) provides an overview of the contracting sector in South Africa. This 2nd quarter instalment of the publication places emphasis on Contractor Development.    

Minister Invites the Public to Nominate New Members to the cidb Board

Minister Nathi Nhleko of the Department of Public Works invites the public and members of the construction industry to nominate people who can serve on the Board of the cidb. The closing date for submission of nominations is 08 September 2017. Nominations must be sent to:  The Director-General (For attention:  Mr. M. Mohwasa), National Department of Public Works, Private Bag X65, Pretoria, 0001 or Room 711, CGO Building, corner Bosman and Madiba Streets, Pretoria 0001. Enquiries must be directed to Mr. D. Mbhele on tel: 012 406 1103. Click here to read more about nomination requirements. 

Improved Sentiment for Grades 3 & 4 Civil Engineering Contractors

After a predominately flat 2016 and a disappointing start to 2017, civil engineering confidence, as measured in the cidb SME business conditions survey, picked up by six index points to 43 during the second quarter of 2017. Read more…




WARNING: Beware of Contractor Registration Renewal Email Scam

We are urging all cidb registered contractors to be aware of a scam that is doing the rounds targeting contractors for bogus registration renewal and annual registration fees. Please be on high alert for suspicious 'cidb' registration fee reminders and threats of registration suspensions. NEVER pay fees into any account, other than the cidb bank account provided in the cidb registration application forms, obtained from the cidb website:  Report suspicious e.mails to the cidb fraud hotline: 0800 11 24 32. 

Q2 - SME Business Condition Survey, June 2017

Read about the contractor's sentiments on business conditions in the construction industry in our 2nd quarter SME Business Conditions Survey released in June 2017. The Business Conditions Survey measures business sentiment among contractors in cidb Grades 3 to 7.

Compliance Monitor - July 2017  

The 2nd quarter cidb Compliance Monitor providing indicators of the level of compliance to i-tender/ Register of Projects by public sector construction client is now available




cidb Newsletter: Concrete Issue 8

Download a copy of the latest cidb Concrete newsletter and read about: the cidb Board Member; Denzel Maduray; DPW bursary programme; the new promulgated PPPFA regulations and much more. Read here...

General Builder and Civil Contractor Sentiment Remains Pessimistic in 2017

Pretoria 09 May, 2017: During the first quarter of 2017, the confidence of general builders as measured by the cidb SME business conditions survey barely moved to 46 index points (from 45 points previously). In all, sentiment remained pessimistic, as building activity weakened. Tendering competition intensity abated slightly, and this helped alleviate some of the pressure on profitability. Read here...


cidb Grade 1 Contractor Study 

In the highly competitive world of construction, what does it take for a cidb registered Grade 1 construction company to succeed? Using a review of literature as well as data collected from 1200 construction firms, this study provides an in-depth look at the typical construction company registered at this level – a must-read for anyone wanting to gain a comprehensive understanding of Grade 1 contractors.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Draft cidb Standard Published for Public Comment

The draft Standard for Contract Participation Goals for Targeting Enterprises and Labour through Construction Works Contracts has been published for public comment in Gazette Notice 40793.  Read here...

The Standard will promote uniformity and standardisation in contract participation goals (CPGs) and provide conflict resolution mechanisms where contract participation goals are used in a construction works contract.

Interested persons and the public are invited to submit comments on the draft Standard within 30 days of the date of this publication, and are requested to forward their comments in writing for the attention of Dr Rodney Milford at


Drivers of Cost of Construction Assessment and Recommendations 

Read about cost drivers in public sector construction in this joint cidb and Department of Public Works report. The report looks at trends in infrastructure costs and quantifies the main cost drivers in construction.



Young Bricklaying Stars Shine at WorldSkills SA 

Congratulations to Mihle Mvelakubi  of Northlink College in the Western Cape who won  the 2017 WorldSkills SA national bricklaying competition in Durban on 17 Februay2017. Mvelakubi and runner up Basi Sibulelo, will now be undergoing intensive training in preparation for the World Skills trades competition in Abu Dhabi where one of them will be representing South Africa in Bricklaying, in October 2017.  We wish the SA contestants all the best for Abu Dhabi!

You have the Grade.  Now Add the Advantage!

If you are a registered contractor with competencies or management systems matching up to the new cidb standards you may be in line for cidb recognition. The call to contractors in the relevant grades to apply for recognition to cidb's new Competence Standard as well as the Standard for Management Systems got off to an exciting start with three workshops for Grade 4 to 9s in Pretoria on 7 and 8 March 2017.  More workshops are scheduled to take place in other provinces, starting in Kwazulu Natal and Western Cape in March 2017. Contact 012 482 7277 for more information.