Provide policy formulation for, as well as coordination, regulation and
oversight of, the public works sector in relation to the accommodation,
housing, land and infrastructure needs of national departments. Enhance
intergovernmental relations by coordinating concurrent public works functions.
Lead and direct the implementation of the national expanded public works
programme. Promote growth, job creation and transformation in the construction
and property industries. Provide norms and standards for the prestige
As set out in the Government Immovable Asset Management Act (2007), the
Department of Public Works is mandated to be the custodian and portfolio
manager of national government’s immovable assets. Following the
operationalisation of the Property Management Trading Entity in 2015/16, the
department’s role will now be policy formulation, coordination, regulation and
oversight relating to the provision of accommodation and expert built
environment services to client departments at the national government level;
as well as, through the Property Management and Trading Entity, the planning,
acquiring, managing and disposing of immovable assets in the department’s
custody. The department is further mandated to coordinate and provide
strategic leadership in job creation initiatives through the implementation of
the expanded public works programme. Public works is constitutionally
designated as a concurrent function exercised by both the national and
provincial spheres of government.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: