Friday, 15 May 2020
Posted by: SAFCEC Communications
On Friday, 08 May 2020, we launched ConstructionSector.Online - the South African Construction Sector COVID-19 online reporting and monitoring tool. In less than a week, 40 construction companies have registered 174 projects, of which 169 projects are operational, with a total economic value exceeding R17bn. In that time, a little under 5,000 individuals have been screened. Suspected cases total 19, with one contractor in Gauteng reporting 18 confirmed positive cases prior to operational start up and was immediately contacted by our SHERQ Advisory Service to provide assistance in risk mitigation where necessary. The contractor reported that their 27 remaining employees were immediately advised to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and to report any display of symptoms. The project remains inoperative until such time as all employees have been cleared.
ConstructionSector.Online has already proven itself invaluable in its ability to provide real time statistics and to demonstrate the ability of the construction sector to operate with care, compassion and transparency during this frightening time in our history as the pandemic threatens the livelihoods of those within our industry, country and around the globe.
ConstructionSector.Online - what information do we collect and why?
The objective of the tool is to a) provide contractors with an easy to use daily reporting method, and b) critical information to assist government in compliance monitoring; the prevalence and spread of the virus; and to activate intervention measures where necessary. This information is access-restricted and only granted to relevant decision-making institutions and government. A stringent registration application is required prior to providing access to ascertain the validity and purpose of access.
Information provided on the access-restricted monitoring dashboard: -
- The total no. of projects nationwide
- The total no. of projects per province
- A list of project locations
- The total count of public vs private projects
- The total count of projects by Client (e.g. SANRAL, City of Tshwane; uMvoti Municipality etc.)
- The total count of projects by nature of work (e.g. dams; bridges; earthworks; tunnels; pipelines etc.)
- Total number of individuals on site to date and per day
- Total screening on site to date and per day
- Total suspected positive cases
- Total confirmed positive cases (operational and not yet operational)
- The total economic value of all registered projects
Information not provided on the monitoring dashboard includes the following: -
- Contract value of a specific project (this information is only required in the project registration phase to determine the total economic impact of the construction sector in operation, and is considered confidential unless explicit consent is given in writing by the contractor to divulge the value should any institution or authority request the contract value of a specific project).
- Membership, affiliation or registration with any industry body
Currently, contractors are able to download daily reports for record keeping purposes when a report is submitted. Our vision going forward, is to provide each company with an individual dashboard of their own for their registered projects. In this time of unknown, uncertainty, and a World After Midnight where the rate of change has overtaken the rate of learning, there is much to adopt, adapt to, and improve upon; and we welcome any and all feedback and suggestions on how ConstructionSector.Online can benefit you and policymakers as we navigate this path together.