Calls for transformation in built environment
MIDRAND REPORTER / 14 OCTOBER 2019- 15.17 / ANDREI VAN WYK
MIDRAND – SABTACO hosted their annual conference to talk about transformation in their industries.
The South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (Sabtaco) hosted its annual conference with a focus on ethical leadership.
President of South African Women in Construction Kelikile Mteto. Photos: Andrei van Wyk
The event was hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre and attended by business professionals of various sectors under the theme, Ethical Leadership Towards A Transformed and Sustainable Built Environment.
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia De Lille gives her keynote address at the Sabtaco conference.
The general secretary of Sabtaco Ishmael Semenya said, “Due to the apartheid past of South Africa, for transformation to happen, Sabtaco believes that transformation should be one of the values that should be enforced by the code of professional conduct.”
Semenya added that the conference was also about educating the members of Sabtaco. “The idea is that we learn together about ethical leadership towards a transformed and sustainable built environment [human-made environment that provides the setting for human activity] and what our collective and strategic response should be in the projected scenarios, and how should we embrace transformation in order to avoid many ills most likely to come?”
Among the speakers were the acting chief procurement officer of the National Treasury, Willie Mathebuka, the president of South African Women in Construction, Kelikile Mteto and the CEO of Sanral, Skhumbuzo Macozoma.
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille gave the keynote address. She said, “Women have an important role in this sector… In terms of the role of built environment professions, to achieve transformation, I can share with you specific efforts for transformation with a specific focus on women and youth.
“The department aims to leverage on the extent of its leasing and letting property portfolio, to promote the transformation of the built environment in the next five years.”
De Lille explained that the department had a five-year plan that would assist in transformation, with a commitment to procure 25 per cent of new lease accomodation for women and 40 per cent for historically disadvantaged individuals.
She added that the five-year plan would also include the letting out of 150 state-owned properties to SMMEs.
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