by Cesa

CESA Conference

Engineers exchange notes

Some of the delegates
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The Consulting Engineers of South Africa(CESA) recently hosted a successful conference at the ICC in Durban, attended by close to 200 delegates and 17 industry speakers. Graham Pirie opened the conference by welcoming delegates and special guests that included keynote speaker Dean Mogale from Business Unity South Africa (BUSA); Craig Lemboe from the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University; Enrico Vink, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC); Chris Campbell from the Engineering Consulting Engineers of South Africa (ECSA) and Frank Stevens, President of the Institute of Municipal Engineering of South Africa (IMESA).

In his welcome address CESA President, Naren Bhojaram stated that the welfare of our planet, continent and profession is in our hands and that many issues have been created by us, but the good thing is that collectively we have the ability to fix them and hence the conference theme, “Unlocking Infrastructure Delivery and Restoring the Ethical Balance in Construction”. 

He stated that greed in the industry had a direct impact on the growth, social wellbeing and financial health of our economy. 

Dean Mogale from BUSA, of which CESA is a member, stated that the Construction Industry was the main driver of economic development which is vital in building a winning nation. The recent census has shown a dramatic increase in urbanisation particularly in Gauteng and the Western Cape and our current infrastructure is not geared for this influx.  He went on to state that we cannot afford infrastructure mistakes and that the time for action is now. 

The Presidential Infrastructure Committee keeps on talking, but we see no action and the reality is that professionals need to be at the core of making this a possibility.  BUSA is partnering with CESA in order to articulate the need for decisive leadership. He concluded his presentation by stating that South Africans had to stand up and become involved by asking the question: , “What are we going to do for South Africa?”

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