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Delivery of the first phase of the new Universities

The delivery of the first phase of the South African Government’s new universities project by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) (2011 to 2016), using the University of the Witwatersrand as an implementing agent, piloted the principles embedded in the National Treasury Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management (SIPDM).

This Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordination Committee Strategic Infrastructure Project delivered facilities for the first intake of students within 28 months of a political decision being taken to provide two universities – one in the Northern Cape province and the other in the Mpumalanga province.

Facilities for the third intake were delivered within budget, slightly below cost norms with less than 2% difference between the cost at the start of construction despite there being up to 70% of the works not being capable of being priced when construction commenced.


Downloadable documents:

  • Close out report provides a succinct anatomy of the project from the adoption of the business case to the handover and closet of the first delivery phase.
  • The delivery of the first phase of the two new universities: September 2011 to March 2016 (Ron Watermeyer) provides a descriptive overview of the project and draws some conclusions and observations.
  • The procurement arrangements for delivering two new universities: July 2012 to December 2014 (Ron Watermeyer, Alain Jacquet A and Emannuel Prinsloo) outlines the procurement arrangements and provides a detailed analysis of procurement outcomes.
  • Fast track approach to delivery 2016 facilities for the two new universities (R Watermeyer) describes the approach in detail which enabled facilities for the third intake to be fast tracked without compromising time, cost and quality.
  • Procurement strategy and outcomes of a new university in South Africa (S Laryea) examines the procurement strategy used to deliver a new universities project in South Africa