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The construction Industry Development Board (cidb) is a Schedule 3a public entity established to lead construction industry stakeholders in construction development. It is established in terms of the CIDB Act 38, of 2000.

Construction plays a pivotal role in South Africa's economic and social development. It provides the physical infrastructure that is the backbone of economic activity. It is also a large-scale provider of employment opportunities. The role of the cidb is to facilitate and promote the improved contribution of the construction industry to SA's economy and society.

Amongst others the cidb must promote:

  • uniformity in construction procurement
  • efficient and effective infrastructure delivery
  • construction industry performance improvement
  • development of the emerging sector, including industry transformation; and
  • skills development

The scope of work of the cidb excludes home building, which is regulated by the National Home Builders Regulatory Council (NHBRC). Accordingly contractors undertaking housing projects for the public sector do not need to be registered on the cidb Register of Contractors. However, all clients are required to register construction projects on the cidb Register of Projects. These are projects above R200 000 in value, in the public sector and those above R10 million for the the private sector and state-owned entities.   


Department of Public Works:

The cidb is an agency of the Department of Public Works under the Executive Authority of the Minister.  The Minister also appoints the cidb Board.

The Department of Public Works is responsible for approval of the cidb strategies and plans as articulated in the cidb Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan (APP). The cidb reports on its performance to the Minister on a quarterly and annual basis. Progress is also reported annually to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Works, which has oversight responsibility.


cidb Board:

The Board is the Accounting Authority in terms of the Public Finance Management Act. Its role is to provide leadership on cidb strategies and priorities. Board members are nominated by the public and appointed by the Minister at least once every three years. They are appointed on the basis of individual experience, expertise and knowledge of the construction industry. Individual members are eligible to serve a maximum of two executive terms.