Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is a voluntary association of Consulting Engineering firms with a member base across the country totaling in excess of 560 companies. CESA is the custodian of the wellbeing of the industry supported by member firms who employ approximately 21 000 people. CESA members are compelled to subscribe to upholding the integrity of the industry by adhering to a professional code of ethics providing quality and cost effective professional consulting engineering services. The organisation serves as a channel for Clients to address industry concerns while at the same time providing a platform for the sharing of information with the aim of assisting in optimising the planning and delivery of infrastructure projects both in the public and private sector.
CESA 2012 Conference and Exhibition – ICC Durban – 4 to 6 Nov
CESA recently hosted a successful conference at the ICC in Durban attended by close to 200 delegates and 17 industry speakers.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.