Paragon Architects South AfricaABC OF BEE
About Paragon Architects South Africa
Paragon Architects South Africa (PASA), part of the Paragon Group of architecture and interior architecture companies, has been awarded a Level 1 rating for 2018, in accordance with the Construction Sector Code issued under Section 9(1) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act No. 53 of 2003.
The latest accreditation was verified by Siyandisa Verification Services, PASA Director Thulani Sibande confirms. Reviewed on a yearly basis, it reflects PASA’s ongoing transformation and development in the key areas of ownership, skills development, and preferential procurement and supplier development.
“It is going to be a good year. We have never had so many enquiries,” Sibande comments. He attributes the uptick due to an improved political and economic environment, which has resulted in renewed confidence in the South African construction industry in particular.
The Paragon Group, with the assistance of PASA, has been streamlined to take maximum advantage of the current situation, with the latest accreditation playing a major role in positioning itself as a market leader. “This is a major achievement for a company of our size. With some of the larger players struggling to retain traction, we have achieved a critical mass that has allowed our expansion and growth to continue apace,” Sibande elaborates.
The achievement is a reflection of the culture of inclusivity at the Paragon Group, which strives continuously to set a new benchmark for the industry and the country as a whole. “It is definitely a team effort. There is no doubt about that. I am very happy we are able to make our own ongoing contribution to meaningful improvement in the lives of the previously-disadvantaged,” Sibande affirms.
For example, the Paragon Group has committed to funding five bursaries for 2018 as part of its skills development programme. It forms part of its larger obligation of contributing a certain percentage of its annual turnover to such initiatives. “Many companies see B-BBEE as an added expense, rather than as a business imperative.”
Who we are
Paragon Architects South Africa (Pty.) Ltd. is 51% black South African-owned, and is under effective 100% day-to-day management control by Thulani Sibande as a codirector of the business. Strategic decision-making rests with all shareholders, but day to day operations, human resources, planning and management are the responsibility of Thulani Sibande.
The company is a full-service architectural practice offering a complete range of design, documentation and contract management services across a range of project types. Our work range includes corporate head offices, retail, industrial and residential. Some of our most complex and challenging projects have been building refurbishment projects in the inner city of Johannesburg and surrounds.