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Proposed Tighter Management for Agrement South Africa

January 21, 2014

Department of Public Works

Proposed legislation to tighten up how Agrement South Africa is managed has been published in Government Gazette 37234 for comment.

Comment on the Draft Agrement South Africa Bill is invited until 17 February 2014.

Agrement South Africa evaluates the “fitness-for-purpose” of items and products used in the construction industry for which a national standard does not exist.

A recent review of Agrement South Africa’s board’s performance revealed that a lack of legal status as well as the need to report to two departments had negatively impacted on its overall functionality.

The proposed legislation will seek to:

• Provide assurance to specifiers and users of the quality and value for money of non-standardised construction related products or systems;
• Support and promote the process of integrated socio-economic development in South Africa as it relates to the construction industry, encouraging research and development of non-standardised construction related products or systems to support socio-economic development;
• Support the introduction and use of a certified non-standardised construction related product or system in the local or international market;
• Support policy makers to minimize the risk associated with the use of a non-standardised construction related product or system; and
• Be an impartial and internationally acknowledged South African centre for the assessment and confirmation of fitness-for-purpose of non-standardised construction related products or systems.

The bill seeks to establish Agrement South Africa as a juristic person.

It will also allow for the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act to be applied to it.

The reconstituted entity will be able to charge fees for services rendered and open a bank account.

Issued Agrement certificates will be valid for three years.

The proposed legislation also calls for the staff of the Technical Agency in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to be transferred to Agrement South Africa.

Comment can be emailed to Amukelani.Maluleke@dpw.gov.za.