Vol 39 No12 January 2014
Germinating a Legacy...
Mandela’s vision for South Africa was once again in the public mind – and drawn into sharp focus against a backdrop of the most palpable dissatisfaction with the current ANC leadership in government the country has ever known. The contrasts were too severe to ignore. While we mourned and celebrated, the spectre of the hundreds of millions spent on President Zuma’s homestead, the announcement of R30 billion lost to wasteful and unaccounted-for spending, and the continued plight of those citizens still living without proper housing, sanitation, electricity, water, transport and education, was simply too much to ignore. The magic of Mandela was always in his ability to unite the most disparate of South Africans, and his death saw this miracle happen once more.
But even prior to 5 December 2013, the need for a better life for all was already uniting previously disparate voices, and with it a sense that perhaps the certainties of previous elections were no longer so certain. This year is important to us all. It is an election year, and the dynamics of late 2013 have, of course, spilled into 2014, along with some important initiatives aimed at improving the processes of the infrastructure development that is so central to delivering the reality of equality and dignity. Most of IMIESA’s readers will have heard – or read – about SAICE’s Civilution Congress, which is scheduled for this coming April. This is a broad initiative, supported by IMESA (and with IMIESA as media partner), with the efficient, logical and sound practice around government infrastructure tenders is at its core.
Manglin Pillay, president of SAICE, has been nurturing this initiative for some time now and identifies Civilution as a time to regain the esteem and respect due to engineers in South Africa, as custodians of the environment in which the vision of a fair and equal society can evolve into a reality. “Have you identified your role in Civilution? Is it business as usual, or have you noticed that South Africa is currently fertile ground to germinate a legacy?” asks Pillay. At IMIESA, we are asking: How can we best serve you, our readers, and how does the vision of excellence, ethics, sustainability and making a difference realise itself in the pages of this magazine?
While we contemplate this and make decisions about what we must do to live up to this vision, we work to deliver content that is meaningful and helpful to the practise of municipal engineering. At the IMESA conference in Nelson Mandela Bay last year, asset management was identified as critical to the core of maintaining and delivering municipal infrastructure and services, along with total sustainability, efficient practise and education. In this edition we cover all these topics and more.
We have an exciting year of content planned, and as editor, I anticipate more interaction with IMESA at both national and branch level. I am also happy to announce that we are currently working towards offering our ECSA-registered engineers CPD points for reading the journal. Please be sure to sign up for the newsletters by either emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.infrastructurene.ws.
We wish all our readers the very best for 2014 and remind you that we are at your service and welcome all correspondence