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Fixed infrastructure investment vital in dealing with issues of globilisation and urbanisation avers BUSA

Business Unity South Africa Vice President Dean Mogale says that the country cannot afford the mistakes that it is making in terms of the infrastructure challenges.“The construction industry is a substantial driver of economic development and has an effect in a country or region. Fixed infrastructure investment is vital for the country in dealing with issues of globilisation and urbanisation,” Mogale told the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) annual conference held in Durban this week.

Urbanisation expected to bring more infrastructure requirements

The disclosure by Census 2011 that more people are moving to the Western Cape and Gauteng as a result of urbanisation is cause for concern, avers Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) CEO Graham Pirie.“It brings new dynamics into play in terms of new infrastructure spend and will come with added costs, which calls for more infrastructure investment and innovative funding models,” says Pirie.

CESA Pleased that Government Recognises Weaknesses

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) was invited to participate in the Presidential Infrastructure Conference that took place last Friday.Infrastructure investment is a key priority of both the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path, which is expected to transform the economy, directing national growth and driving job creation by implementing a long-term, government-led infrastructure investment programme.

CESA's Response to Moody's Downgrading

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has noted Standard and Poor’s (S&P) decision to downgrade South Africa’s long term foreign currency credit rating to “BBB” from “BBB+” and the long term local currency credit rating to “A-“ from “A”. CESA Graham Pirie, CEO commented: “The downgrading by Moody’s of South Africa will increase the cost of doing business and as a consequence may also impede the government infrastructure programme so necessary for creating economic growth and an enabling environment for business to flourish.”

CESA Concerned about Auditor General's finding on Department of Public Works

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has expressed concern about the Auditor General’s (AG) findings regarding the woes plaguing the Department of Public Works, which led to the department getting another disclaimer for the 2011/12 financial year.

FIDIC Gearing Up to Meet Global Sustainability Challenges

A South African delegation representing Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) recently attended the world conference of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) held in Seoul, Korea during September with the theme “Beyond Green: A New Paradigm”.  800 of the world’s leading engineers from 75 countries met to discuss pressing issues with a major focus on sustainability and its practical implementation.At the conference FIDIC outlined its priorities that are to focus on the concept of sustainability, integrity and quality.

CESA Consulting Industry not firing on all cylinders

The results of Consulting Engineers South Africa's (CESA) bi-annual Economic and Capacity Survey for the period January to June 2012 just released indicate that the industry is not firing on all cylinders while they eagerly await Government's planned Infrastructure Programme rollout. Government is not spending and although there appears to be a lot of planning taking place the physical manifestation is just not happening.  Consequently many firms are looking north for work across our borders. Procurement standardisation, Public Private Partnerships, Maintenance and Quality Management all remain challenges for the industry.

2012 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards

Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (CESA) prestigious CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards held at Vodacom World in Midrand on the 15th August this year are a celebration of innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism in the industry. CESA is proud to host this annual event, sponsored by Aon, as a platform to showcase the important role that infrastructure plays in the sustainable development of our country. The Awards focus on consulting engineers and their clients who participate in or initiate projects that promote the advancement of our nation and the people of the continent.

CESA Opposes State Owned Construction Company

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), strongly opposes the call by Minister Tokyo Sexwale to create a state owned construction company.

Speaking on behalf of their 470 member firms, employing in excess of 22 000 employees, President of CESA, Naren Bhojaram states, "The budget for subsidised housing does not allow for adequate construction supervision by experienced people. Hence contractors take a chance and get away with poor workmanship either due to no supervision or supervision by inexperienced people".  He goes on to explain, "The State should not set up structures in competition with the private sector. They should be creating a platform and a conducive environment for the private sector to excel." He contends that this is what will grow the economy and create jobs.  

CESA Appalled by Government

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is appalled at Governments poor performance in relation to the non payment of suppliers resulting in many companies in the industry going into liquidation and out of business.  Just recently Sanyati Holdings has been forced into provisional liquidation due to Government incompetence in not paying timeously. Graham Pirie, CEO states, "If Government wants to create jobs then this is very poor behaviour".  Key priorities included in President Zuma's New Growth Path are job creation and improved service delivery. Non-payment is having a serious impact on SA's ability to deliver infrastructure.