The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) welcomes the decision by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to withdraw its proposed Preferential Procurement Policy and associated tender scoring system. We commend both the industry’s steadfastness on this issue and SANRAL’s demonstration of prudence in the best interests of the nation.
As representatives of approximately 15,000 members in the civil engineering community, and recognizing the substantial efforts needed to drive economic recovery in our country, we strongly support this decision. The negative impact of the proposed Preferential Procurement Policy on the civil engineering industry, the economy, and the South African population cannot be overstated.
Furthermore, SANRAL has expressed its commitment to initiate an inclusive engagement process involving the construction industry and all relevant stakeholders to address critical transformational imperatives within the sector. We are dedicated to collaborate with SANRAL and the industry to find mutually beneficial solutions. We welcome any opportunity for engagement with SAICE representatives who can support in the strategic redevelopment of the final policy.