IMESA ENCOURAGES SERVICE DELIVERY
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
As part of promoting and nurturing engineering within Municipalities, the Institute of Municipality Engineering of Southern Africa held a plenary discussion at their 78th conference on Wednesday.
The conference, held at the Durban International Convention Centre, aimed at sharpening the skills of engineers and exchanging knowledge in the fraternity.
Experts from the different fields within the sector shared their knowledge with the attendees.
Under the theme, “ Balancing service delivery,” John Harrison from eThekwini Municipality Water and Sanitation, who was the keynote speaker said, “ Infrastructure is complex in nature and long term invest delivers the maximum value”.
He added, “ The problem is that we wait for something to break before we fix it. We need to change that mentality and fix things before they break for sustainability.”
He revealed that 7% of Municipalities in South Africa are doing well, 30% are reasonably functional, 31% are in Intensive Care Unit and 32% are almost dysfunctional.
Harrison further stated, “It will take dedicated engineers to turn the turn the statistics around.”
“The outcome will be long term sustainability and risk management in service delivery. This will then please the people and reduce service delivery strikes,” he said.
Tshepiso Mokgeti who was one of the attendees said that the topics discussed were enriching.
“It was great to be part of a discussion with solutions. Today, I grasped so much strategic information that has potential to be implemented,” said Mokgeti.
Harrison concluded that to improve, change is essential.
“ Change of the mind set will produce great implementable strategies. Engineers have the power to make South Africa a better place,” he said.