“The upsurge in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the current “building boom” rippling through our country is providing huge opportunities for the Facilities Management (FM) industry and companies need to capitalise on the expert services of this 11 years young industry”

Construction IndustrySo says Bonang Mohale, CEO of Drake & Scull Facilities Management (DSFM) and key participant in this year’s SAFMA Facilities Management Expo. The FM industry’s services and products will be showcased at the SAFMA Facilities Management Expo, taking place on 22 and 23 August 2007 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

“Outsourcing in general and Facilities Management in particular is recognised as the emerging area for high business impact and increasing shareholder value; commands increasingly high levels of interest at all organizational levels in all industries and in all market segments; senior management is becoming more involved in the Facilities Management outsourcing decisions; etc. Success in the leading FM companies  of today has been achieved through delivering on Customer fundamentals such as predictable and falling unit costs; added value without additional costs; zero risks or surprises; guaranteed results; minimum fixed and maximum variable costs; etc. and the good FM companies have responded by demonstrating through deeds not just an intellectual understanding of issues, among others, that quality and cost reduction are fundamental; asset and risk transfer have a price that must be understood; innovation is a prerequisite; seamless ‘one team’ integration is required; best in class customer service is a must; no performance, no pay, no future; etc.” adds Mohale.
 
The local construction industry is expected to grow at an average rate of 6.41% between 2007 and 2010. According to Statistics SA, the Gauteng province (including Johannesburg and Pretoria) accounts for 38.8% of the value of recorded building plans, with the Western Cape following close behind with 29.8%.

“The demand for facilities management is increasing as the FIFA 2010 World Cup draws nearer, during and long after”, says Mohale. “With new stadiums being built and existing ones being upgraded there are great opportunities for South African companies and especially FM professionals as these “construction marvels” will need to be appropriately designed, professionally project managed and efficiently maintained in a sustainable manner in the way of mechanical engineering equipment, security, cleaning and other services to ensure they robustly stand long after the Soccer World Cup. “

The Government has set aside an estimated R846 billion for infrastructure developments over the period 2006/07 to 2011/12 and the value of the construction industry is forecast to reach R633 billion in 2010 contributing 2.74% to the gross domestic product (GDP). “With the understanding we have gained, we can identify a significant role for facilities management in developing best in class infrastructure”, concludes Mohale.

SAFMA Facilities Management is an exhibition for suppliers and service providers offering assistance in the effective planning, integration and operation of the many different elements which make up the work environment. Now in its second year, the event aims to be the definitive meeting place for all those involved in facilities management, workplace management, occupational health and safety, energy management, security, etc. 

SAFMA Conference
As part of the SAFMA Facilities Management Expo, the SA Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) will host a two-day Conference on “Facilities Management – a strategic enabler”. The Conference will consider issues such as the impact of:
• Accommodation policy and practices on your bottom line
• Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) scheduling on your asset value and productivity
• The workplace and environment on staff and equipment productivity
• Energy and utilities management on your profitability
• Property and facilities management decisions on your balance sheet
• Facilities Management on your image and branding
• Statutory compliance and associated risks on your business

For more information on the conference contact Heidi Gouws at SAFMA on 086 516 3821 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.safma.org.za.

For more information on the SAFMA Facilities Management Expo 2007, please contact Bette McNaughton of Fair Consultants SA on (021) 713 3360 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Catherine Larkin for any media queries on (011) 789-7327 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Outsourcing of non-core business functions continues to show substantial growth as companies seek to rein in unnecessary costs and to improve the bottom line.

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