Question for oral replyQuestion no.: 127Date of publication: 24 October 2012127. Mr T E Chaane (ANC-NW) to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises:Whether his department has established an Integrated Project Office as he announced in his budget speech in May 2012; if not, why not; if so, (a) to what extent is such an office operational, (b) what is its (i) mandate and (ii) terms of reference and (c) what benefits will be derived from the establishment of such an office? CO741EReply:(a) The institutional and operational arrangements for establishing the Project Office are currently being finalised. (b)(i) The mandate of the Project Office is to monitor and support the investment programmes of State-Owned Companies (SOCS) reporting to the Department.(ii) The office will have the following five responsibilities: monitoring and advising on risks; facilitating coordination across relevant Government agencies to remove project bottlenecks; knowledge management pertaining to complex project procurement; supplier industry research and Africa expansion coordination. (c) The SOC investment programmes are large and complex and require the Department to carefully monitor the risks involved in an accelerated SOC investment programme roll-out. Therefore, a mechanism to both systematically oversee and support the roll-out of large SOC capital projects is needed.