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March 12, 2019
Picture of Women Knitting - Why Infrastructure is important for small to medium business development

WHY IS INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT VITAL FOR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA?

South Africa faces numerous economic and social challenges. High rates of unemployment, poverty and inequality threaten economic growth and social cohesion. Promoting the development of small, medium and micro businesses is one solution to the current employment crisis. Yet, lack of infrastructure and access to basic services remains an important […]
February 12, 2019
Tourism Infrastructure Important for Economic Growth

SA’S GROWTH RELIES ON TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT

The tourism industry is central to the growth of the South African economy. Working infrastructure is a key component in shaping tourist and investor perceptions and experiences. How can digital infrastructure asset management contribute to the growth of tourism in South Africa?
November 30, 2018
Aerial photo of water infrastructure

WHEN INFRASTRUCTURE TURNS TO CARRION – THE COST OF NEGLECT

The most basic relationship between citizens and the state is through the use of public services and utilities. When infrastructure fails, the consequences can be dire. With sanitation infrastructure decay in South Africa in mind, what solutions emerge to overcome key infrastructure management challenges?
May 30, 2018
What is Infrastructure Asset Management

BACK TO BASICS: WHAT IS INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT?

 We can all agree that working infrastructure is the backbone of human development and security, but is this infrastructure being managed properly? It is time to go back to basics and remind ourselves of what infrastructure asset management is all about.
January 30, 2018
Water resource management - every drop counts

WATER RESOURCE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT – WHY STELLENBOSCH WON’T RUN DRY

Stellenbosch, like other municipalities in the Western Cape, has been hard hit by a prolonged drought. Unlike many of its peers, however, Stellenbosch seems to be sitting on a greener wicket. How has Stellenbosch gone about managing risk, and what has been the main resource in this municipality’s water management […]
November 20, 2017
CGFARO and IMESA Blog

IMQS REFLECTS ON IMESA AND CIGFARO

2017 once again saw IMQS showcasing its infrastructure asset management (IAM) software solutions at the annual Chartered Institute of Government Finance, Audit and Risk Officers (CIGFARO) and Institute for Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) conferences. We spoke to IMQS Head of Marketing, Erick Underhill, to hear more about what […]
November 2, 2017
mSCOA Implementation

THREE CHALLENGES TO mSCOA IMPLEMENTATION – AN INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVE

July 1, 2017 has come and gone, and with that, the deadline by which South African municipalities were to successfully implement the Municipal Standard Chart of Accounts (mSCOA) regulation. This retrospective article highlights three main challenges the IMQS Asset Management Team encountered in their efforts to help municipalities become mSCOA […]
August 28, 2017
Maintenance Management

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CORRECTIVE AND PREVENTATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE

Maintenance is the periodic implementation of normal, generally minor, actions that ensure longevity of infrastructure assets in line with their design and operational requirements. What is the difference between corrective and preventative maintenance?
June 8, 2017
Water in Africa

TECHNOLOGY ENABLED INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT IN TIMES OF GREAT PROMISE AND PERIL

The future of the city is defined by inequality, vulnerability and risk. In a context of population growth, urbanisation and aging infrastructure, the principles of infrastructure asset management must be fused with technological innovation to enable organisations to turn great peril into promise.
July 27, 2016
asset verification

DIGITAL ASSET VERIFICATION SIMPLIFIES THE INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT PROCESS

Building and maintaining an up-to-date Financial Asset Register is a complex and time consuming process. Accurate and reliable data on millions of assets, spread across large geographic areas, need to be captured and verified on a yearly basis. Reliable information can better inform stakeholders on the location and useful life […]