Who we are

The IDT is a Schedule 2 state-owned entity which manages the implementation and delivery of critically needed social infrastructure programmes on behalf of the government. The organisation reports to the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure who is the Shareholder representative.

The IDT National Office is located in South Africa’s Capital City, Pretoria, and has nine (9) regional offices.


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About the

Independent Development Trust (IDT)

The Independent Development Trust (IDT) is a Scheduled 2 Public entity under the Public Finance Management Act, No.1 of 1999 as amended. The entity reports to the Parliament through its Executive Authority, the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure. It was established in 1990 as a civil society organisation. In 1997, Cabinet decided that the IDT should cease to be a civil society organisation and be reconstituted as a public entity and development agency that supports the government in the implementation of government development programmes.  

Our mandate is to implement social infrastructure programmes and project management services to all three spheres of government through client-specific Service Level Agreements on a management fee basis.

  • Custodianship and management of national government’s immovable assets
  • Leading the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
  • Regulating the industries and associated professions falling under its jurisdiction
  • Transforming the construction and property sector

The IDT takes a special interest in policy positions which are relevant to its mandate. Currently, the most pertinent policy directive is the National Development Plan (NDP): Vision 2030, which is the country’s blueprint for national development. Its strategy is aligned to the government’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) and the seven priorities of the sixth administration.  As part of this, the goal of the entity is to deliver quality accessible social infrastructure that contributes to the realisation of national priorities. As part of realising these goals, the entity will focus on the realisation of four outcomes, namely:

  • Increased access to quality social infrastructure
  • A transformed built environment
  • Decent employment through public employment programmes
  • A financially sustainable entity

The following laws constitute the legal framework governing the work of the IDT:


  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,1996 (Act No.108 of 1996)
  • Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No.1 of 1999)
  • Construction Industry Development Board Act, 2000 (Act No. 38 of 2000)
  • Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004 (Act No. 12 of 2004)
  • Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995);
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)
  • Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998)
  • Pension Funds Act, 1996 (Act No. 24 of 1996)
  • Companies Act, 2009 (Act No. 71 of 2009) as Amended
  • The Trust Property Control Act, 1988 (Act No. 57 of 1988)
  • Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 2000 (Act No.3 of 2000)

Our Vision

[To be] a commercially driven public sector built environment project management enterprise.

Our Mission

The IDT is a built environment project management agency which manages and delivers integrated public infrastructure programmes.

Brand Promise

Assured efficient infrastructure delivery.

Our Approach

The IDT’s approach to social infrastructure development entails all the necessary measures, facilities and networks required to prepare communities to receive, participate in, own and sustain their own development.

Our Strategic Pillars

The IDT’s strategy and related actions reinforce the continuous
interplay between and realisation of the following results:

Quality, speedy and cost effective service delivery

Integrated programme delivery service underpinned by social facilitation and community empowerment

A financially sustainable organisation

Our History


The IDT was established with a R2 billion government grant. Focus: Implementing socio-economic development initiatives to uplift poor communities.


Cabinet decision: The IDT ceases to be a grant funding and civil society-based institution and starts to operate as a government support agency.


The IDT is listed as a Schedule 2 Public entity in terms of the PFMA and focuses its support on social infrastructure.


The IDT is a state social infrastructure programme implementing agency handling over R5 billion worth of programmes focusing on schools, Justice, Welfare and Social development, Health care, Sports, Arts and Culture facilities and EPWP-NSS management.

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Our organisation employs a skilled workforce of over 400 permanent,
fixed term contracts and programme employees.

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We are responsible for delivering social infrastructure and social development programme management services on behalf of the government.

How to get in touch with us

Glenwood Office Park, Corner Oberon & Sprite Street, Faerie Glen, Pretoria, 0043

We are responsible for delivering social infrastructure and social development programme management services on behalf of the government.

How to get in touch with us

Glenwood Office Park, Corner Oberon & Sprite Street, Faerie Glen, Pretoria, 0043

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