The rapidly increasing demand for municipal services and the National initiatives for accelerated infrastructure development and maintenance at the local level have increased, and will continue for some time to increase, the scale and value of municipal assets. These assets will require a higher level of expertise and knowledge of asset management and management systems to ensure that the capacity necessary to deliver the required services at the desired standards and efficient levels of costs is achieved. Legislation governing municipalities must ensure improved asset management from an operational and, more importantly, from a financial perspective.
In March 2015 I@ consulting requested the services of ETL, through our CEO Mr Moses Maliba, to assist in various asset management assignments which had been secured in different municipalities around South Africa. ETL then had deployed two civil technicians to assist on those projects where I@ Consulting required technical support. Prior to the deployment, the technicians underwent training on various aspects of the Asset Management process, in line with the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM). After the training they were then taken to various sites to conduct assessment of the assets and also verify some of the assets under the supervision of a seasoned Asset Management specialist. The process included conducting site assessments and then capturing the data on the asset register.
The duties which our technicians were required to perform were:
The feedback from the client has been positive and ETL has gained significant experience in a field of expertise that is becoming more and more important.