Go! Durban Launches Unique Empowerment Charter
eThekwini Municipality Mayor Councillor James Nxumalo launched the Durban Empowerment Charter of Go! Durban yesterday, calling on Durbanites to “Dare To Care” as the new transport system will crJeate opportunities for many people in and around the city.
GO!Durban, the City’s integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) is one of the largest infrastructure projects in South Africa. It is therefore vital that this project sees to the needs, and benefits the people of this city, over and above just providing a better transport system. The Empowerment Charter was therefore developed not as a preferencing policy, or as an embellishment of the BEE regulations, but is a series of additional specifications added by the GO!Durban project to all contracts awarded on the project. These additional clauses are targeted at addressing unemployment, poverty and inequality in the Metro.
These steps have been taken to ensure that a dedicated portion of the spend on this project remains here. With the Empowerment Charter, the multi – layered project of Go! Durban has special clauses and strict criteria for all companies and service providers bidding for work. There are tighter regulations and deliverables inserted into the tendering process and contract documents. The charter hopes to clarify the process of empowerment and compels all service providers, contractors and subcontractors to follow strict guidelines and conditions or face clearly-specified penalties for non-compliance.
The four pillars, under which the charter is developed, are used to ensure that procurement protocols are more effective and achieve the intended target. These pillars are, Equity, Skills Development, Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development/CSI.
The charter, with its strict guidelines and conditions, will hear our mayor’s impassioned plea that he made to those at the launch yesterday. He was quoted saying, “I ask you to lend a thought to the millions, that my station mandates that I serve, who are caught in between your needs and desires. I ask you to care for them, and see beyond your needs and requirements to their needs and requirements and invite them to participate in the economy that you have created around yourself, your business or organisation.”
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