The Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) will host its sixth physical asset management conference from 14 to 16 May 2019 at Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch. The conference will focus on the development of physical asset management in Southern Africa.

An impressive cast of academic researchers, experts, local and international speakers will participate in this unprecedented event which will feature plenary sessions, practical workshops and special roundtables devoted to the most pressing issues relating to enterprise asset management. This year the content will focus on – doing things smarter and how this will impact on the workforce, our assets and operations. Smarter approaches that will be unpacked at this year’s event include: digitalisation, IoT, mobile and technology, maturity principles and assessment, best practice in utilities and public sector, green/circular economy, competency and employee engagement and capital projects.

Professional Body Approval – SAAMA

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Board approved the recognition of SAAMA as a professional body for an initial period of five years starting in 2016.  It also approved the registration of the designation “Certified Senior Practitioner in Asset Management” (CSAM) to be awarded by SAAMA.  This is the first designation that will be developed and awarded, to be followed by further designations indicating different levels of proficiency in Asset Management.

For more information click here.

Notice to SAAMA members: CSAM Designation

One of SAAMA’s main objectives is to uplift the professional status of the maintenance and asset management practitioners by raising the professional standards of maintenance and asset management in industry. As a major step towards achieving this objective, the SAQA Board approved the recognition of SAAMA as a professional body. It also approved the registration of the designation “Certified Senior Practitioner in Asset Management” (CSAM) to be awarded by SAAMA. For more information, click here.

Establishment of the Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) Technical committee

SAAMA has endorsed the establishment of the Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) Technical committee.  The aim of this committee is to guide and shape the RBI methodology in Southern Africa.

The main aim of this RBI Technical Committee would be to develop and maintain standards, guidelines and competencies that will support RBI implementation across industry, as well as to evaluate the suitability within the South African context and introduce these practices into the SA environment.

You are invited to participate to lead a structured and improved capability that supports effective maintenance and asset management.

Click here for more details as well as feedback on the first meeting that took place on 10 October 2018.

SANS ISO 55001 accreditation scheme

On 18th October 2018, SANAS hosted the Pre-Working Group Meeting for the SANS ISO 55001 accreditation scheme at their offices in Equestria, Pretoria.

While a number of interested stakeholders were in attendance the Pre-working Group meeting the objective is to have as broad and diverse participation at the meeting to ensure fair representation and input from all stakeholders.

The next meeting will be the formal Working Group meeting and SANS ISO 55001 Asset Management industry representatives are encouraged to be part of the working group to be established. The objective of the Working Group sessions would be to set the accreditation criteria for the certification bodies that will ultimately audit asset management system implementation by organization in accordance to SANS ISO 55001.

For more feedback on the Pre-Working Group Meeting, please click here.