Call to use reg­is­tered con­trac­tors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE BUILD­ING In­dus­try Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil (Cape of Good Hope) re­cently ap­pealed to key in­dus­try, com­mer­cial and gov­ern­men­tal sec­tors to en­sure that in­dus­try reg­u­la­tions are be­ing ad­hered to.

Speak­ing at a re­cent break­fast func­tion, BIBC chair­man Wil­son Poni called on key bodies, in­clud­ing the providers of fi­nance and those that awarded tenders to the construction in­dus­try, to ob­serve the ne­ces­sity for tenders to be awarded only to com­pli­ant and reg­is­tered con­trac­tors.

“We would like to thank pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor clients who are com­ply­ing and ap­peal to those who are not yet ob­serv­ing the need to only award tenders to con­trac­tors who are fol­low­ing in­dus­try reg­u­la­tions to please do so, to cre­ate a cul­ture of com­pli­ance in the build­ing in­dus­try,” said Poni.

He re­minded prin­ci­pal con­trac­tors who made use of sub­con­trac­tors that they had an obli­ga­tion to en­sure that sub­con­trac­tors were com­pli­ant with the coun­cil,and that the li­a­bil­ity re­mained with the con­trac­tor in the case of neg­li­gence.

Touch­ing on the is­sue of in­dus­trial action, he said that al­though a num­ber of key in­dus­trial sec­tors had been plagued by se­ri­ous strikes over the last few months, which had had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on pro­duc­tion and out­put, the build­ing sec­tor in Cape Town seemed to have been spared wide­spread dis­rup­tion, apart from the con­tained strikes at Green Point Sta­dium and the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“We be­lieve the BIBC has been ef­fec­tive in its func­tion of keep­ing the in­dus­try free from wide­spread in­dus­trial action, through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a broad-reach­ing col­lec­tive agree­ment,” said Poni.

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