The Limpopo Department of Education (LDoE) has more than 4 200 school facilities in its infrastructure asset portfolio that need to be maintained.
Current backlogs, in terms of education norms and standards, need to be identified and, subsequently, programmes have to be developed and implemented to address this backlog. Moreover, these programmes must align with the LDoE’s project priorities and budgets for every financial year.
The Aurecon JV is the appointed Programme Manager for the LDoE to assist in all aspects of planning and implementation of its annual school capital expenditure budget of approximately USD 100 million. This programme maintains and monitors the life-cycle maintenance of all the school facilities in the Department’s infrastructure asset portfolio and plans as well as the implementation of some 250 (plus) new projects per annum.
The Programme Management Unit (PMU) assistance to the LDoE was developed in terms of the Infrastructure Delivery Management System (IDMS) which was developed by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
To align the activities of the PMU with the IDMS model an organogram was developed based on the extent of work (number of projects and budget) and the list IDMS activities that required the assistance of the PMU.
All procurement and payment of service providers and contractors is managed directly by the LDoE.
During the peak of operations, a dedicated team of some 35 engineers, programme and project managers, construction monitors and occupational health and safety officers were employed on the project.
In order to monitor and report against programme and project objectives, Aurecon implemented a web based tool – the Education Facility Management System (EFMS):
Other significant achievements of the PMU
Benefits to the Department
Some of the benefits to the department of the project have been the following: