NHBRC mobilises the built environment towards radical transformation

Today, the NHBRC in its effort to mobilise and demonstrate its commitment to transformation in the human settlements and built environment hosted a Women’s Roundtable discussion at Birchwood Hotel.

The event seeks to address issues that relate to the advancement of equal opportunities for women in the built industry as well as continue the debate on the socio-economic transformation in the industry.

This follows on the launch of the NHBRC’s Transformation Charter which was developed to empower designated groups (i.e. Women, Youth, Military Veterans and People with disabilities) through procurement, training and development as well as employment opportunities.

More than 300 women have gone through the NHBRC’s flagship programme – Women Empowerment Programme which developed in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS) with the aim to develop leadership potential and boost business skills for these women.

This was further boosted by an investment of more than R30 million in training and skills development programmes in the 2017/18 financial year.

However, NHBRC Acting Chairperson Julieka Bayat says while great strides have been made to bridge the inequality gap a lot more still needs to be done in order to realise real tangible benefits on the ground and the NHBRC needs partners from the industry to accelerate this.

“Through this event we hope to broaden the scope by creating more opportunities for the sector. We would also like to encourage and challenge our sister human settlement entities and the private sector to come on board with us in order to drive this, as we contribute towards radical economic transformation” said Bayat.

In keeping with the radical economic transformation agenda, the NHBRC set a target of 51% of procurement spend to be directed towards BBBEE companies.

This target has been overachieved as more than 60% of our procurement from BBBEE companies in the 2017/18 financial year. Also, the NHBRC further commits itself to ensure that it excels in transforming procurement to the benefit of Black Business.

Other organisations in attendance at the roundtable include; South African Women in Construction (SAWIC), Indigo Group, Housing Development Agency (HAD), NURCHA, Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE), Property Sector Charter Council(PSCC), South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP), Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and women entrepreneurs from near and far.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Molebogeng Taunyane on 011 317 0070 / 082 646 8663/ molebot@nhbrc.org.za

About the NHBRC
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements which is responsible for the protection of housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry. The NHBRC also offers services such as enrolment of new homes, home builder registration, home building inspections, builder training, geotechnical and materials engineering. In the 2016/17 financial year the NHBRC trained 2638 youth, 764 artisans, 1139 women, 503 military veterans and 1739 emerging home builders. Of the total 2 638 youth trained, 51, 4% (1 357) are females and 48, 5% are male. For more information: www.nhbrc.org.za. Twitter: @NHBRC Facebook: NHBRCSA 0800 200 824