managerial and administrative in terms of advising and providing insight in the running of projects. Additionally, department architects also enforce and administer that certain compliances are met in projects with regards to certain regulations such as the National Building Regulations (NBR) and local laws. Mr Mampura also informed the audience that department architects also participated in some of the NBRâ€™s sub-committees and aided in updating the regulations. The implementation of security requirements are also of concern and department architects inform what are known as security committees that consist of department professionals, the national intelligence agency and the South African Police Services (SAPS). South African heritage buildings are also highly valued and protected and thus the department architects monitor compliances with the South African Heritage and Resource agency. In order to maintain a specific quality of building, the DoPW consistently monitors works and this is implied by their departmental studies and a document of a comprehensive list of specifications that prescribes what materials, components and finishes are to be used. Mr Mampura also highlighted other key aspects in the role of department architects, which included cost monitoring, sustainability and life cycle ramifications of a project. Energy efficiency has also been of the departmentâ€™s focus and while it hasnâ€™t been legislated
Report on the Flemish/South African workshop on Architectural procurement held at Wits University on March 24 2011.