To promote excellence in the engineering profession for the benefit of municipalities and their communities.


The Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) promotes the interests of municipal engineers and their profession, and creates a platform for the exchange of ideas and viewpoints on all aspects of municipal engineering with the aim of expanding the knowledge and best practices in all Local Government municipalities.

From humble beginnings in 1961, IMESA has grown to represent over a thousand individual members and a plethora of companies involved in the field of municipal engineering and the built environment, as well as representing several Southern African countries.

Support for Municipalities

Since 1961 IMESA has played a significant role in municipal engineering, sharing knowledge and acting as a catalyst in developing new initiatives. Municipalities are key role-players in identifying needs, prioritising funding and implementing integrated development planning for community-based programmes. The Institute also advises Councils on municipal engineering matters and serves the broader community through representation on a number of National bodies, where it provides input from the municipal engineer’s perspective.

IMESA Heraldry and Motto

The IMESA coat of arms was designed by Alan Woodrow and was registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry in 1972.

Monumenta Circumspice 

For our monuments, look around you.



IMESA Branches organise regular full- and half-day seminars which feature speakers from both the technical and contemporary arenas. These valuable seminars also provide opportunities to introduce new products in the technical field and to brief members and politicians.


IMESA hosts an annual conference. Opportunities for members to gain valuable information and insight into issues facing the municipal engineering fraternity include the presentation of topical papers, product exhibitions and an opportunity to share and discuss ideas with like-minded engineers, municipal representatives and non-technical associates.


The IMIESA journal is a highly informative monthly publication that serves as a mouthpiece for the entire engineering fraternity by disseminating cutting-edge technical news and developments. The journal has received the prestigious PICA award for the best publication of its kind in the Urban Management, Civil Construction and Infra- structural Development Categories. Members of IMESA receive free subscription to the journal.


The IMESA website offers members and potential members a forum for opinion, news and support relating to the municipal engineering industry.


In 2000 IMESA established a bursary scheme for full-time studies in the field of Civil Engineering. Ten bursaries are awarded each year. The aims of the scheme are:

  • to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise not have been able to afford to study
  • to recognise the achievements of students and prospective students who are dependants of IMESA members


IMESA offers a range of training courses covering all aspects of Infrastructure Asset Management and other priorities relevant to engineering and municipal environments.


The numerous achievements of municipal engineers are all around us, enhancing the beauty and functionality of towns and cities all over South Africa. In order to give due recognition to some of these achievements, IMESA presents biennial awards in association with CESA (Consulting Engineers South Africa) in five categories.

National and International Affiliates

In its constant drive to access and disseminate information, IMESA liaises with other professional bodies within South Africa and assimilates relevant knowledge across the whole spectrum of engineering. IMESA is also a member of the International Federation of Municipal Engineers (IFME). A crucial function of the Institute is to attend international events such as conferences, workshops and IFME board meetings in order to keep track of global developments in the industry.

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