First Socio-Economic Category (SEC-Pilot, GBCSA) achieved by Karl Bremer Bellville Health Office

The Karl Bremer Bellville Health Office project was the first project in South Africa to successfully achieve a Green Star SA Socio-Economic Category (SEC) PILOT Design rating. The intention of SEC is to reward projects for achieving performance-based objectives and for adopting policies and procedures to improve a projects socio-economic impact.

The below list of credits (and information) is outlining which Green Star SA (GSSA) Socio-Economic Category (SEC) PILOT credits were targeted and achieved for the Karl Bremer Bellville Health Office project for the GSSA Design rating.

1. SEC-1 EMPLOYMENT CREATION

The Aim of this Credit is to encourage and recognise developments, that create employment opportunities through design decisions, and construction practices that include facilities for micro-enterprises, targeted employment for priority groups and labour-intensive construction methodologies. Within this, Karl Bremer is targeting:

i) Employment for priority disadvantaged groups:

The target for the project is that at least 10% or more of the total labour (including subcontractors) employed during construction are disadvantaged persons who are collectively from the target groups of youth, women or disabled persons, as measured by % of cost of the Contract Value.

2. SEC-2 ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

The Aim of this Credit is to encourage and recognise the growth and development of small, micro and medium sized enterprises through interventions in the design, construction and operational phases of a building. This includes procurement of goods and services and enterprise development support programmes. Within this, Karl Bremer is targeting 3 different criteria, namely:

i) Compliance with CIDB standard for enterprise development

The project intends to comply with the CIDB 'Standard for Indirect Targeting for Enterprise Development through Construction Works Contracts', in that it meets a minimum contract participation goal (CPG) of 5% of the total project value on selected contracts to be undertaken by joint-venture partners or to be sub-contracted to developing contractors that are also to be beneficiaries of enterprise development support from the main contractor.

ii) Procurement during construction from SME's:
The project intends aiming at a minimum percentage of the contract value for procurement of project-specific goods and services during the construction phase (including subcontracting) constitutes either of the following:
Procurement from Minimum value of total Contract Value
Any SME business 30%
SME's which are Black-owned or Black Women-owned (combined) 25%

iii) Local content:

The project intends targeting for a minimum of 70% of the Contract Value for materials, products and services (including labour) are produced or generated within the borders of South Africa.

3. SEC-3 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

The Aim of this Credit is to encourage and reward the skills development, training and provision of practical work experience opportunities for people employed in the categories of unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled, supervisory, technical and Design Team graduates who are part of the design and construction project. Within this, Karl Bremer is targeting:

i) Compliance with CIDB standard for developing skills

The Contractor is to comply with the CIDB 'Standard for Developing Skills Through Infrastructure Contracts', in that it meets a specified Contract Skills Development Goal (CSDG) by providing different types of workplace opportunities (including mentorship) for occupational and professional learning and skills development over the project period which leads to recognised qualifications.

4. SEC- 6 SAFETY AND HEALTH

The Aim of this Credit is to encourage and recognise action taken to improve the primary health of construction workers, and to promote better safety practices and understanding in the construction industry and among Design Teams. In targeting this Credit, the Contractor has to adhere to a set of requirements which are over and above standard regulations.

The above Socio-Economic Category credits outline what the Project Team (including the Contractor) is committed to targeting and has achived in the Design submission.

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Ann-Mari Malan