Call for submissions for the pilot phase of the CSAM designation

Background and objectives

In November 2016 the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) approved SAAMA’s application to register a professional designation – “Certified Senior Asset Manager” (CSAM) – in terms of the national qualifications framework. This emanated from collaboration of leaders in AM from countries across the globe, including South Africa, linked to the preparation, and launch in 2014, of the international standard (ISO55001) on the management system requirements for Asset Management (which was also adopted in SA as a SANS). Leveraging collective global experience, the document sets out principles to be adopted by asset-intensive organisations to most effectively and efficiently manage assets.

The formalisation of AM designations aims to recognise the essential role that PEOPLE perform in ensuring that any such system is appropriate and enabling it to deliver. This applies to the public sector – providing basic services that support social well-being and facilitate economic growth; as well as the private sector – enhancing business performance and maximising job opportunities.

Importantly, this initiative of SAAMA presents an opportunity to:

Raise the profile (and therefore pride and motivation) of people responsible for the foundational performance of infrastructure (that may often be over-looked until things go wrong); and

Provide a cross-sectoral and multi-layered career structure in which young people can enter and confidently grow according to their capabilities, or in which domain specialists can be equipped to better contribute to overall organisational objectives.

Indeed, successful delivery is the result of effective integration of the contributions of the various members of the AM team…..each applying their specific competencies, aware of the impact of their contribution to the whole.

Naturally, the shape and form of any given AM team will be dictated by the nature and scale of the organisation’s business, as well as its operating environment. It could comprise, for example, engineers, accountants, financiers, planners, project managers, operations and maintenance managers, change managers….and their respective support teams.

A Working Group comprising volunteers from SAAMA has prepared a general framework of key asset management roles considered to be typical of asset-intensive organisations, large and small.

Designations framework

Typically, such organisations would have domain-specific teams led by a person competent in that field. They would inform organisation-wide policies, strategies, and plans with respect to that domain (and who may in turn adopt aligned domain-specific policies, strategies and plans). In small organisations, these may not be teams, but individuals, and indeed domains could be combined in different ways. In the following figure, this role is depicted as the CPAM – the “Certified Practitioner in Asset Management”.  And members of the CPAM’s team are depicted as CAAMs “Certified Associate Asset Managers”. A CPAM could, for example, be in charge of a team responsible for project management, asset accounting, or maintenance management.

Importantly, the contributions of the respective CPAMs need to be effectively integrated, covering the whole ambit of AM (as contemplated in the ISO)…..and this is the role of the CSAM – “Certified Senior Practitioner in Asset Management”. It is not a requirement that the CSAM role is performed by a person who is an expert in all domains, but rather by a person who has insight and clearly understands the essence of the contribution of each domain to overall performance. The CSAM takes professional responsibility for the overall management system (for the organisation’s entire portfolio, …..or, in large organisations, at least a significant part of it).

The CFAM “Certified Fellow in Asset Management” does not reflect an operational or management role per se, but is rather recognition, by the industry, of strategic leadership contributions in the field of AM – new applications or development of the AM body of knowledge, or in its application in complex operational environments.

The above framework provides general context to the role of the CSAM, the first designation to be approved by SAQA. And, has contributed to the formulation of the hierarchy internationally. The hierarchy has been informed by the “LARF” framework that provides general guidance on linking roles, levels of responsibility, NQF levels and years’ experience.

There may be refinements or changes to the framework going forward (for example consideration of a fifth designation – executive manager role). However, SAAMA considers it important to move forward, and to rather refine progressively than delay the process.

Interested volunteers are invited to be assessors.

SAQA’s requirements for individuals to be allocated the CSAM designation can be viewed by visiting this link, as well as the draft submission requirements. Please note the deadline for applications, volunteer assessors and comments are 27 April 2018.

Click here to access the online application form.

SAAMA Certified CSAM Practioners

Helder Morais Sarment Belmonte

Cell phone number: +27 78 747 6804

Email Address:

Company name: Aurecon

Registration number: CSAM1806003

Date of registration: 01 June 2018

Expiry date :31 May 2021

Hal is a materials specialist that has developed his expertise in infrastructure asset management. Recently he has been working in the municipal sector, compiling asset registers and infrastructure asset management plans (covering all the key sectors: water, sanitation, roads, storm-water, electricity, solid waste, buildings and municipal facilities) and comprehensive municipal infrastructure plans.  He has been involved in many multi-disciplinary projects and has acted as project manager and project leader on several key projects for Aurecon.

Hal obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, in 2002.  He is a registered member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) in the UK and a registered Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council (UK).  He is also a registered chartered scientist with the Science Council (UK), a member of the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) and a certified asset management assessor (CAMA) with the World Partners in asset management.

Francois Jean Joubert

Cell phone number: + 27 82 585 2572
Email Address:
Landline number: +27 21 526 9400
Company name: Aurecon
Registration number: CSAM1806002
Date of registration (initial grant date): 1 June 2018
Expiry date :31 May 2021

Francois is an experienced Asset Manager who has supported asset owners with strategic advice and support over many years. He is a Certified Asset Management Assessor with the World Partners in Asset Management. He is also a Councilor of the Southern African Asset Management Association.
Francois is Aurecon’s Asset Management Service Leader in Africa. He is experienced in all aspects of physical asset management including asset assessments and valuations; asset management planning and portfolio optimisation; asset care, operations; as well as implementing asset management enablers such as gap assessments and bench-marking, training and capacity building, processes and workflow development, organisational design, use of technology and systems integration.

Loganathan Reddy

Cell phone number: +27 82 770 8279
Email Address:
Landline number: +27 11 800 5178
Company name: Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd
Registration number: CSAM1806001
Date of registration (initial grant date): 1 June 2018
Expiry date :31 May 2021

Logan Reddy is a Professional Engineer responsible for Life Cycle Planning for generating plant in Eskom and a SAAMA Council Member since August 2017. Logan has been closely involved in plant engineering and later physical asset management processes on power stations for more than 20 years. Logan is driven by the goal of seeing asset management being practiced as a ‘business-as-usual’ capability amongst large asset owners. Having been privileged to engage with a broad group of pioneers and thought leaders on the subject of asset management both internal and external to Eskom, has led to Logan participating in the local mirror committee that developed the ISO 55000 standard. In his role at Eskom, Logan has been part of a team that advises on maintenance process improvement and continues to work to entrenching effective life cycle management strategies for the power generation fleet. Logan believes that disciplined and practical application of asset management is a vital contributor to realize growth in the energy sector and the broader Southern African region.

Logan lives in Pretoria with his wife and 2 children and puts a lot of energy into trying to talk less and instead listening more.

Louis Boshoff

Full name and Surname:               Louis Boshoff

Cell phone number:                        082 788 9132

Email Address:                        

Landline number:                            012-001-0500

Company name:  i @ Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Louis is the managing director of i @ Consulting, the leading asset management consultancy in the public sector.  He is a Certified Senior Practitioner in Asset Management, a Certified Asset Management Assessor and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional.  Louis has won local and international awards for his contributions to the practice of infrastructure asset management.  He is widely considered to be the foremost public sector infrastructure asset management specialist in South Africa.  He was the main author of the CoGTA Local Government Infrastructure Asset Management Guidelines, he authored the National Immovable Asset Maintenance Management Standard, edited the National Immovable Asset Maintenance Management Planning Guidelines and is a contributing author of the International Infrastructure Management Manual.   He is the project manager and lead developer of the Cities Infrastructure Delivery and Management System (CIDMS), for the National Treasury.  The CIDMS is a fully SANS 55001 compliant system for cities that has been peer reviewed through the World Bank and considered to be representative of global best practice.  For this, Louis received the SAAMA 2018 Project Award.   He regularly serves as asset management policy advisor to National Government and entities such as the World Bank and the Financial and Fiscal Commission.