Construction World

The Independent Development Trust (IDT) has committed to spending R5-billion during the 2017/18 financial year on development of social infrastructure and the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP): Non-State Sector and create a total of more than 57 000 jobs.

This was outlined in the organisation’s annual performance plan, which was presented to Parliament on Tuesday setting the tone on how the organisation will do its work during the 2017/18 financial year.

The plan, which was presented to the portfolio committee on Public Works by a delegation led by the Deputy Chairperson of the IDT’s Board of Trustees, Nomvula Rakolote sets targets which the organisation aims to achieve this year including the creation of 7 500 programme work opportunities and 50 000 Expanded Public Works Programme non-state sector jobs.

Of the R5-billion that the IDT aims to spend during the year on delivery of social infrastructure for the government, 20% would be spent on women and 15% on the youth.

The presentation of the plan follows extensive engagements with all stakeholders of the IDT, which culminated in a strategic session by the IDT Board of Trustees in March 2017.

The plan incorporates the work being done to restructure, reconfigure and reposition the organisation as a premier social infrastructure programme delivery management entity for the government.

“There are fundamental decisions that need to be taken in order to strengthen the IDT as a critical social infrastructure delivery agency,” CEO of the IDT, Coceko Pakade told the committee.

The committee members were informed that social facilitation remains a niche for the IDT and that the organisation utilises community development approach to deliver on the social infrastructure that it gets contracted to do by client departments.
According to Pakade, this is critical in terms of obtaining “a buy-in from communities, to enable them to own the projects”, as well as to make them understand what their respective roles are to deliver on those projects.

He emphasised the need for client instructions to commence work to be made well in advance in order to allow the IDT to plan effectively to ultimately deliver on quality projects, on time and on budget.

Broadly, the plan commits the IDT to two strategic objectives during the 2017/18 financial year on which it will be measured, i.e. to:

• Deliver quality social infrastructure on time, within budget and scope.
• Be a financially viable, compliant, results based, efficient and focused organisation.

The plan was positively received by the committee, with the acting chairperson, Honourable Freddie Adams commending the IDT management for the projects that the organisation has completed during the previous year.

“We have seen what the work that the IDT has done and as a committee we want to see them continuing on that path,” Adams told the IDT delegation, also highlighting the importance of the IDT’s role in the creation of jobs.
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