Public Works

National Department Budget for 2017-18

Vote purpose

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.


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 government’s immovable assets. Following the creation of the Property Management Trading Entity in 2015/16, the department’s role now consists of policy formulation, coordination, regulation and oversight relating to the provision of accommodation and expert built environment services to client departments at the national level; and, through the Property Management 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 the national and provincial spheres of government.

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