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2014 FIDIC GAMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Local involvement in major projects for sustainability

CESA representatives are attending the GAMA conference in Maputo, Mozambique (23-26 March 2014). The GAMA Conference is the biggest annual networking for consulting engineers in Africa. It is a forum where various entities share and exchange ideologies and methodologies for the provision of consulting engineering services. The conference theme: "Local Involvement in Major Projects for Sustainability" provides an opportunity for the delegates to discuss the role of the African Engineers and the contribution of Consulting Engineers in the development of their countries.

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Ms Lynne Pretorius appointed Deputy President of CESA

Consulting Engineers South Africa is pleased to announce that Ms Lynne Pretorius has been appointed as its Deputy-President. She is a professionally registered engineer that holds a B.Sc Eng (Civil), M.Eng (Transportation). Her professional experience includes a working knowledge of the public sector environment (local Government) as well as private sector involvement as a transportation engineering consultant. Approximately 17 years of project planning experience and problem solving skills in the transportation planning/engineering arena. This includes work on various local and national projects within South Africa.

CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards 2014 - Call for Entries

It’s once again time for us to “Call for Entries” to our prestigious Awards function. It is a time when we celebrate and give recognition to our member firms for their innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism that they have contributed to enhancing and uplifting the industry, not only in South Africa but around the around the world.

Our Awards offer member firms of all sizes to gain recognition for their fine work in engineering excellence. It would be greatly appreciated if you would kindly forward this email to your Project Managers and Marketing Departments.

For more information on the Categories, Criteria and submission dates of entries, please click on the link below:

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SUSTAINING CONSULTING ENGINEERING IS KEY TO GROWING THE ECONOMY

Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (CESA) newly appointed President, Abe Thela, recently presented his presidential message and theme for the year at a function held in Johannesburg.   With the theme of ‘Sustaining Consulting Engineering is Key to Growing the Economy’ Thela stated that the National Development Plan (NDP) was created in order to develop the South Africa’s economy. Government through the NDP has identified infrastructure development as key to the socio economic development of the country.  Thela believes that the NDP and its objectives will never come to fruition unless there is involvement of consulting engineers at the forefront of this development.

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Consulting Engineering, although a relatively small sector, has a large multiplier effect on the development of infrastructure as consulting engineers are the designers that create the large scale infrastructure projects that employ large numbers of people during the construction, operation and maintenance phases of infrastructure.

CESA calls for investigation of the abuse of Section 32

Following complaints from its member firms, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has noted with concern the blatant abuse of Section 32 of the Municipal Finance Management Act and therefore calls on the Auditor General, National Treasury and the Public Protector to investigate the deviations.

CESA Directory of Firms 2014

The CESA Directory is published annually and contains the most comprehensive information on South African Consulting Engineers. The CESA Directory of Firms provides an unmatched opportunity for your firm to promote its services in a focused manner to this group of professionals in the A+ income bracket. This publication enjoys the undisputed status of a reference document for consulting engineering capacity in South Africa.

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LEADERSHIP - THE KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY: CESA 2013 Conference and Exhibition – Westin Cape Town

Consulting Engineers South Africa recently hosted a very successful conference at the Westin in Cape Town attended by over 200 delegates featuring 20 industry speakers. Lefadi Makibinyane, CESA CEO opened the conference by welcoming delegates and special guests that included keynote speaker, sustainability expert and author, Jason Drew and the Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Ian NeilsonMakibinyane stated in his welcoming remarks that there were many challenges to Sustainability and that the National Development Plan was key to addressing these challenges that included the alleviation of poverty and inequality. He maintains that although the Public Infrastructure Coordinating Committee (PICC) is to be applauded much work still needs to be done to resolve the lack of capacity in the public sector.  Procurement is another burning industry issue and he contends that quality should be the basis underpinning sustainable development. He believes that what is called for is visionary selfless leadership and hence the theme of the conference – ‘Leadership the Key to Sustainability’.

CESA LAUNCHES SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK

Abe Thela, the newly elected President of CESA launched the CESA Sustainability Framework that has been adopted as compulsory for membership of CESA, at the CESA AGM held at their annual conference in November at the Westin in Cape Town.  All member firms are now required to prepare a sustainability report as part of their annual declarations to CESAThela quoted Lee Scott, Wal-Mart CEO in his presentation, “Sustainability is the single biggest business opportunity of the 21st century….It will be the next source of competitive advantage.”