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Project and Construction Management

Next time you build your own home, or a mine, or a shopping centre, you might want to engage the services of a ‘project manager’ to do just that.

The Project and Construction Manager Professions Act 20001 regulates the registration of specified categories of professions, and trainees, in the project and construction management professions.

The Act falls under the authority of the Minister responsible for Public Works, but there is a Council2 which does the day-to-day administration of the purposes and aims of the Act.

A. Registration

  1. No one may practise as a professional construction manager, professional construction project manager, candidate construction manager and candidate construction project manager unless he is registered in that category with the Council.3 It is an offence to contravene this provision.4

  2. Any person whose registration has been cancelled must return his registration certificate to the Registrar (within 30 days of being directed to do so).5 If you fail to comply with this provision, you commit a criminal offence.6 7

B. Council obligations

  1. The Council must, within six months from the close of each financial year (or such other period as may be agreed to by the Minister) submit its audited statement and balance sheet to the Minister and must provide a copy to the Council for the Built Environment.8 It is an offence to fail to do so.9

C. Disciplinary hearings

As with many other professional governing bodies, the Council has wide powers in order to investigate and determine complaints of unprofessional conduct.

  1. It is an offence10 for someone who has been subpoenaed to a disciplinary hearing:
    • without sufficient cause, to fail to attend the hearing at the time and place specified;11
    • to refuse to be sworn in, or to be affirmed as a witness;12
    • to fail to answer, fully and satisfactorily, all questions lawfully put to him;13 and
    • to fail to produce any book, document or object in his possession or custody, or under his control which he has been required to produce.14
  2. A witness who has been subpoenaed must remain in attendance until excused by the chairperson of the disciplinary tribunal from further attendance,15 and it is an offence not to do so.16

  3. It is an offence to give a false statement on any matter, knowing it is to be false.17

  4. It is a crime to prevent another person from complying with a subpoena, or from giving evidence, or from producing a book, document or object which he is required to give or produce.18
  1. This Act has never been amended. 

  2. The offices of the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions is at International Business Gateway, 1st Floor Gateway Creek, Corner New Road and 6th Road, Midrand (tel: 011 318 3402). 

  3. Section 18(2). 

  4. Section 41(1). 

  5. Section 23. 

  6. The same applies to a voluntary association whose recognition by the Council has lapsed. Section 25(8). 

  7. Section 41(1). 

  8. Section 15(8). 

  9. Section 41(2). 

  10. Section 41(1). 

  11. Section 31(8)(a)(i). 

  12. Section 31(8)(a)(ii). 

  13. Section 31(8)(a)(iii). 

  14. Section 31(8)(a)(iv). 

  15. Section 31(8)(b). 

  16. Section 41(1). 

  17. Section 41(1) read with section 31(8)(e). 

  18. Section 41(1) read with section 31(8)(f).