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The department of Public works in Mpumalanga province has a requirement to oversee the construction of a community hall as per regulations received from the department to set a project team to be involved in a construction and provide tem with responsibilities.

Project Scope

Project Statement

This project portfolio will follow these aspects: communication process with the team and communities, Project preparation and planning, project execution, WBS, management of progress and time frames, supporting aspects e.g. roles and responsibilities, risks , control measures, execution, controlling and monitoring, time management and financial control.

Project Objectives.

The objectives of building a community hall requested by department of public works, also setting up a project team that can be involved in the whole project,. To set up a team that will follow rules and procedures, deliver the project in time. To sensitise the community on a different way of building using sustainable and eco friendly materials and professional design. To deliver a quality project on time with without exceeding the project is to set up a project team that can build members names and their responsibilities.

Matrix Organisation and responsibilities
Project title and responsibilities
Project Title| Responsibilities|

Client (Department of Public works)| Their responsibility is to approve strategies, implementation plan, project scope and milestones, resolving strategic and policy issues. Driving and managing change through the organisation, they prioritise project goals with other ongoing projects, communicating with other key organisational representatives “(2012) principles of management “| Project Manager (Elmi Hattingh)| They managing and leading the project team, recruiting project staff and consultants, managing co-ordination of the partners and working groups engaged in project work.

Developing and maintaining a detailed project plan, managing project deliverables in the line with the project plan, managing project issues and escalating where necessary, monitoring project progress and performance, providing status report to the project sponsor Managing consultancy input within the defined budget and final approval of the design specification and working closely with users to ensure the project meets business needs.” 2012 principles of management”| Consulting engineer(Godfrey Lou)| Ensure that there are clear communication paths within the project team and the organisation.

Ensure the mandatory engineer’s requirements are met, ensure that the work done meets the required standard.” 2012 principles of management”| Contractors Main (Magasana Construction)AndSubcontractors ( Murray & Robert Construction and Magasane Construction)| Ensure that the contractor work more closely with the project manager to deliver good services. Ensure that they have good quality record of performance.” 2012 principles of management”| Project team(Joe, Mike, Tony, Isaac, Pat, Jerry, Edward, Curtis, Nicky, Eric, and mike| I identification and mapping of information needs, defining requirements for reporting and interfacing, documentation and analysis of current and future processes, work with users to ensure the project meets business needs.” 2012 principles of management”

| Project CoordinatorMpo Masete| Sets up and manages support functions covering planning, tracking, reporting, quality management and internal communication. Produce consolidation reporting to the project board, including milestone summary, key issues, risks, benefits, summary of costs incurred. Establish standard tools and procedures for use on the project, including issue, risk, and change and information management. Manage project library, reviews project activities for compliance with procedures and standards, manages data security, software and license control.” 2012 principles of management”|

Project Team

Department of Public Works

Project Manager
Nokuthula Nyathi

* Project Coordinator
Pammy Legana

* Consulting Engineer
Gladstone Shirindza

* Contractor
Magasana Construction

* Contractor Plumbing
Drain surgeon
Contractor Steel
Amana construction

Contractor Building
Murray & Robert Construction

Roles Of the project team

Project Manager

Project Manager is responsible for managing the work of consultants, allocating and utilising resources in an efficient manner and maintaining a co-operative, motivated and successful team and ensure that the project is delivered on time, to budget and to ensure required quality standard with agreed specifications. Project sponsor

Is responsible for overseeing the progress of the project and reacting to any strategic problems.

Contractor Construction

They are hired to build the community hall, their job is to ensure that the building is done according to the design / or plans. Working with project manager on a definition of development requirements and priorities. To complete the project in time according to the scope of the project, timelines.

Project engineers

They are selected to ensure that all the building and warring is properly done and the building is done according to a design. To work with the project manager on defining and executing development requirements.

Project Coordinator

To provide administrative support to the project managers, maintenance of the project, to manage the project library and manage the support and provision of project tools and equipment.

Contractor plumbing

To ensure that the plumbing is done properly, all the pipes are well connected and the water is flowing accordingly. Advantages and disadvantages of a matrix Organisation

Advantages of Matrix organisation

Better coordination and control; project manager has got responsibility to establish better coordination and control system in organisation.” Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)” Adaptable to dynamic environment; the project manager have functional independently and they can get quickly feedback with information related with project.”Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)” Effective utilisation of resources; project structure makes very much effective utilisation of resource available. The whole staff along with project manager is specialists in various arrears and has to make maximum utilisation of resources. “Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)” Particular Management; in the organisational structure people work in a project as a team, they participate in decision making and problem solving activity.

They make joint team effort, they have authority to carry out day to day activity, frequent sharing ideas and opinion with project manager is common.” Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)” Sufficient time for top management; project managers are responsible for operation of the project, they have authority to take decisions about day to day activity of project.” Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)” Development of team work; Team work is facilitating project organisation or matrix organisation itself is team work.” Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)”

Disadvantages of matrix organisation

Violation of unity of command; they get command from two supervisors, functional or departmental manager and project manager. “Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)” Costly structure; Matrix organisational structure involves huge overhead cost, there will be much paper work and information collection that involves heavy cost. Problem of overspecialization; matrix organisational structure create problem of over specialization in some situations. Specialist from both functional project works gather to show many complex problems of the organisation.

“Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)” Difficult to balance; there will be two types of specialist functional; and project specialist, to make a balance between these two specialist is a difficult task, high level of interpersonal skill or specialist is required to balance these two types of experts and maintain balance between project authority and functional authority is also difficult task. “Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)” Feeling of insecurity; those people who are specially appointed for the projects they feel a sense of insecurity after the completion of the project.” Gaurav Akrani (2011:05)”


Resources involved in the execution of project activities may interact with staff and representatives directly involved in functions related to the activities being performed. Project Coordinator together with project team will compile a monthly project progress (status) report, which will reflect the status of the project for the relevant reporting period. The monthly reports will be submitted via the relevant channels to the project team. The following official communication tools will be used; reporting template, minutes of meetings, work sessions, memos and letters, telephone or Cell phone calls, e-mail messages and fax Messages.


This portfolio is to give direction and process that will be followed by the Project Manager to implement the team to be involved in the community building process for the department of public works. A project team member was appointed and their defined responsibilities. The list of Advantages and disadvantages of Matrix organisation has been discussed.


Copyright (c) 2012 principles of management by: Corporate office; http://management-at-sight.blogspot.com/2012/08/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-matrix.html

Ms Word document for project managers – http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_26397_en.pdf

MatrixOrganisation http://kalyan-city.blogspot.com/2011/05/matrix-organisation-meaning-features.html

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