Rapid Response Task Team – a built environment and construction industry lead initiative
As the world at large struggles to combat the spread of COVID-19, the global economy has been thrown into turmoil as several countries around the world remain in lockdown or isolation. Although necessary, the decision to enter into a 21 day lock down has resulted in the local economy being hit particularly hard; an unfortunate yet critical measure to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country.
Thanks to a joint venture between the built environment and construction industries, a COVID-19 “Construction Rapid Response Task Team” has been formed by key industry bodies. The aim of this is to assess the industry as a whole, starting with what relief measures are available and what can be done to create a sustainable future for the industry.
Made up of various industry formations “collectively acting in the interest of construction and infrastructure development in South Africa”, the Construction COVID-19 Rapid Response Task Team try to assess the impact of the construction sectors sustainability post-lockdown
“We have realized that that the current situation requires a collective approach hence we would like to urgently engage all our key stakeholders particularly government and private sector investing in infrastructure development,” said Matthews to 3s Medias Infrastructure news interview about the initiative
Some of the key issues in discussion are:
- Identifying opportunities where the construction and built environment can assist in the national disaster and relief efforts both on a volunteer and professional basis.
- Interpretation of Regulations during lockdown and the absence of clear reference to the construction industry.
- Exploring of relief measures specific to the sector.
- Supporting emergency procurement for the next 12 months.
- Discuss interventions for the recovery of the industry.
- As part of the recovery, engage Government on the commitment to pay service providers within 30 days.
- Partner with Government to ensure effective and integrated rollout of infrastructure projects.
- Partner with private sectors in infrastructure development, etc.
Task team members include
- Master Builders South Africa
- Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
- Western Cape Property Development Forum
- Black Business Council in the Built Environment
- South African Institute of Architects
- Cox Yeats Attorneys and Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal (Convenor).
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