SAPAC: CIDB Grading (How it works)

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Understanding CIDB Grading, for who is it and how does it apply? 

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CIBD For who is it?

CIDB stands for the Construction Industry Development Board, which requires construction companies to register for various types of construction work with provincial departments and municipalities. If you own a construction company and are applying for government tenders, you must be registered with CIDB to meet the necessary requirements. It is common in the construction industry for municipalities to require CIDB registration as a tender requirement. CIDB has approximately twenty different classes of construction works.

CIDB Builders thus is only for state entities to partner with and not for Private Construction or Commercial Builds. These fall under the Bank requirements.

Class of Construction Works

  • GB – General Building
  • CE – Civil Engineering
  • EB – Electrical Engineering Works – Building
  • EP – Electrical Engineering Works – Infrastructure
  • ME – Mechanical Engineering
  • SB – Asphalt Works (Supply and Lay)
  • SC – Building Excavations, shaft sinking, lateral earth ear support
  • SD – Corrosion Protection (cathodic, anodic and electrolytic)
  • SE – Demolition and Blasting
  • SF – Fire prevention and Protective systems
  • SG – Glazing, curtain walls and shoplifts
  • SH – Landscaping, irrigation and horticulture works
  • SI – Lifts, escalators and travellators (installation, commissioning and maintenance)
  • SJ – Piling and Specialised foundations for buildings and structures
  • SK – Road marking and signage
  • SL – Structural steelwork fabrication and erection
  • SM – Timber buildings and structures
  • SN – Waterproofing of basements, roofs and walls using specialised systems
  • SO – Water Supply and drainage for building (wet services, plumbing)
  • SQ – Steel security fencing or precast concrete

CIDB gradings.

  • CIDB 1: R 0 – R 200.000
  • CIDB 2: R 200.00 – R 650.00
  • CIDB 3: R650.00 – R 2 Million
  • CIDB 4: R 2 Million – R 4 Million
  • CIDB 5: R 4 Million – R 6.5 Million
  • CIDB 6: R 6.5 Million – R 13 Million
  • CIDB 7: R 13 Million – R 40 Million
  • CIDB 8: R 40 Million – R 130 Million
  • CIDB 9: R130 Million Plus

CIDB How it applies 

The Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) - a Schedule 3A public entity - was established by an Act of Parliament (Act 38 of 2000) to promote a regulatory and developmental framework that builds: The construction delivery capability for South Africa's social and economic growth. The cidb is an agency of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) under the Executive Authority of the Minister. The Minister also appoints the cidb Board.

Okay, that was quite a mouthful. The Class of Construction works is basically an indication of what the construction business does. And the grading has to do with the type of contractor level. The CIDB is then therefore for contractors that want to perform business with state entities. 

Note: The Company grading is established by the CIDB

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