Agrément South Africa

Contact Details

Physical Address: INFOTECH Building, 1090 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria
Postal Address: PO Box 72381, Lynwood Ridge
Telephone: 063 792 8403
Web: https://www.agrement.co.za
Email: agrement@agrement.co.za

Industry

Construction

Organisation Profile


Introduction

Agrément South Africa was established in terms of a delegation of Authority from the then Minister of Public Works in July 1969. The organisation is an entity of the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (NDPWI ), and its mandate is within the built environment domain. As such, the legislation and mandates that impact the built environment and public works guide the functioning and operations of Agrément South Africa. The organisation is a schedule 3A public entity under the Public Finance Management Act and is established under the Agrément South Africa Act No 11 of 2015.

Vision

To be the leading regulator on non-standardised construction products and systems in South Africa.

Mission

  • To enhance ASA’s position as an impartial and internationally acknowledged South African centre of excellence to:
  • Support and promote integrated socio-economic development in the Republic as it relates to the construction industry.
  • Support and promote the introduction and use of certified non-standardised construction related products or systems in the local or international market; and
  • Support policymakers to minimise the risk associated with using non-standardised construction related products or systems.

Values

ASA’s values are aligned with the values espoused in the Constitution. The core values that underpin the culture of ASA are:

  • People – Respect people for who they are, their knowledge, skills and experience as individuals and team members.
  • Reputation – Upholding ASA’s brand through excellence, integrity, and quality.
  • Innovation – Inspire the introduction of sustainable, innovative solutions.
  • Diversity – Embracing a dynamic and multi-cultural environment that respects the individual.
  • Accountability – Assume ownership of what happens due to one’s choices or actions.

MANDATE OF AGRÉMENT SOUTH AFRICA

The core mandate of ASA is the technical assessment and issuing of approval of certificates for non-standardised construction-related products and systems for which there are no South African National Standards.

The Constitutional mandate of ASA is derived from its EA, the NDPWI. The Constitutional mandate for the NDPWI is provided in Schedule 4, Part 4 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996). The NDPWI is mandated to be the custodian and portfolio manager of the national government’s immovable assets. The NDPWI is further mandated to coordinate and provide strategic leadership in job creation initiatives through the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme and the transformation and regulation of the built environment sector.

In executing its mandate, ASA must observe the principles of good cooperative governance and intergovernmental relations, as provided for in section 41 of the Constitution.

FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF AGRÉMENT SOUTH AFRICA

Assess and, if satisfied, certify the fitness-for-purpose of a non-standardised construction-related product or system;

  • The issue, amend, suspend, reinstate, withdraw or renew an ASA Certificate;
  • Enter into an agreement with a person, entity or organ of the State whose services are required to achieve an object or perform a function of ASA or the Board;
  • Provide services about the objects of ASA to a person, entity or organ of the State;
  • Exercise any other power as may be prescribed or necessary to achieve the objects of ASA;
  • The recognised South African National Government Body that issues eco-labels for building materials and products; and
  • The recognised South African National Government Body that issues Green Building Ratings for Government Buildings

STRATEGIC OUTCOMES OF AGRÉMENT SOUTH AFRICA

This shift in strategic focus has been captured in this Plan and focuses on four outcomes for the 2020-2024 period:

 

  • Ensuring that ASA is appropriately structured, staffed and financed to meet its legislative and political mandate and render effective professional service in a cost-efficient manner;
  • Ensuring that ASA has an appropriate cost model and develops new products and services to enhance its own revenue-generating capacity;
  • Ensuring that ASA is more visible in the built environment sector and that the organisation develops strategic partnerships to pursue its mandate and expand its impact; and
  • Identifying and supporting appropriate projects and interventions in pursuit of the broader built environment transformation objectives

AGRÉMENT SOUTH AFRICA PROGRAMMES

Sub-Programme 1: Technical Services.

Purpose: The certificates granted promote improved construction methods, thereby contributing to the impact of innovative non-standard construction-related products and systems for which no South African national standards exist. Sub-Programme comprises the core service delivery functions of ASA. It includes Products / Systems Certification, Quality Audits and Research and Development.

  • Products / Systems Certification: The purpose is to promote the introduction and use of innovative and non-standardised construction-related products and systems through technical assessment of fitness-for-purpose and subsequent certification.
  • Quality Audits: The purpose is to ensure that good-quality materials and satisfactory standards of design, manufacture and, where appropriate, erection, installation or application of all ASA’s certificate holders and licensees’ systems or products are consistently maintained within defined ASA parameters.
  • Research and Development: The purpose is to encourage and support the business activities of ASA, in partnership with other sector stakeholders, and encourage the development of non-standardised construction-related products and systems.

Sub-Programme 2: Financial Services.

Purpose: To provide overall financial and supply chain management, strategic leadership, operational efficiency and service excellence and provide organisational support services to operate and function as an organisation with a track record of quality, effective delivery and professional service.

Sub-Programme 3: Corporate Services.

Purpose: To provide overall strategic leadership, operational efficiency and service excellence and provide organisational support services to operate and function as an organisation with a track record of quality, effective delivery and professional service.

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