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.
Johannesburg 12 June 2018 “Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” proclaimed the late Former President Nelson Mandela.
In a quest to promote engineering as a career of choice, it is against this background that Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and its Young Professionals Forum (YPF) are hosting their Job Shadow Initiative. In addition, CESA's YPF is also hosting its Annual Imbizo as well as a series of 'School Talks' aimed at promoting Engineering as a career of choice within schools.
Johannesburg, 01 June 2018, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is concerned about the 75% increase in irregular municipal expenditure, from R16, 212 billion in the previous year to R28, 376 billion in the year under review, as reported in the recent Auditor General's report.
While CESA acknowledges the significant effort made by Municipalities in 2016-17 to identify and transparently report on irregular expenditure incurred in previous years, the organisation believes that there still remains a lot to be done.
Consulting Engineers South Africa's CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards celebrates and showcases the innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism in the industry.
This year the CESA Aon Awards will take place on 15th August 2018 at Vodacom World, Midrand.
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Two Day Seminar Specifically for Public Sector Procurement
Infrastructure procurement and delivery management is increasingly becoming an area of focus in improving infrastructure project outcomes in South Africa. Two significant publications in this regard are the National Treasury Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management (2015) and the University of the Witwatersrand and Engineers against Poverty's Client Guide for Improving Infrastructure Project Outcomes(2018).
The results of Consulting Engineers South Africa's (CESA) Bi-annual Economic and Capacity Survey for the period June to December 2017 recently released indicate that expectations relating to industry confidence levels for the first six months of 2018 are still very positive increasing in the last six months of this year. This despite the slowdown in investment by Government and general economic conditions not facilitating growth in the sector with investment by government showing the biggest decline in 2017 since the financial crisis of 2009/2010.
Day 2 of the 7th Annual CESA Infrastructure Indaba, taking place at Southern Sun, OR Tambo International, focused on Leadership and the Politics of Infrastructure. In his closing remarks, Neresh Pather, CESA's President, summed up the outcomes of the conference stating, “A strong theme of Collaboration for Infrastructure Delivery emerged from the conference with Government calling on the private sector to assist in providing both leadership, knowledge and capacity to Local, Provincial and National Government levels. There is a definite need for CESA and our over 540-member firms to provide support to ensure that as a country we get 'value for money' in rolling our infrastructure projects aimed at providing cost effective solutions.”
MEC for Infrastructure Development in Gauteng Jacob Mamabolo, Keynote Speaker at the 7th Annual CESA Infrastructure Indaba, taking place at Southern Sun, OR Tambo International, told the conference that it gives him pleasure to spend time with fellow industry players especially consulting engineers and built environment professionals “as we seek ways to improve our work in the delivery of infrastructure projects that are a key anchor and an enabler to a growing a thriving economy”.
Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) welcomes the recently announced changes to the cabinet and executive of President Cyril Ramaphosa. In particular, CESA welcomes the return of highly respected and competent ministers to the critical portfolios of Public Enterprises and Finance. Both Minister Gordhan and Nene have a challenging task ahead of them to get both South Africa's SOE's as well our economy on an upward curve again. CESA is confident however that under the stewardship of both these ministers, positive international sentiment and hence investment will begin to flow once again.
Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) welcomes Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's comments during the 2018 Budget Speech that “we must act with urgency to make tangible progress on issues of public governance, inclusive growth and economic transformation.” CESA is calling on Government to show decisive leadership aimed at unlocking the project stream and revitalising State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). CESA also welcomes the renewed focus on the National Development Plan (NDP) as key to growing the economy of the country.
Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is encouraged by the impassioned call from President Cyril Ramaphosa for commitment to ethical behaviour and ethical leadership, a call which resonates strongly with that expressed by its own leadership. The organisation further commends President Ramaphosa for stating that infrastructure investment is key to growing the economy. CESA welcomes the intervention to decisively stabilise and revitalise state owned enterprises (SOEs) as well as those implicated in State Capture.