The 86th IMESA Conference was held at the Boardwalk Hotel in Gqeberha (PE) on 25-27 October 2023 with the theme “Resilience is the Future”. This conference included an inspiring keynote speech by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman of Gift of the Givers, 17 papers covering a range of engineering related topics, technical tours and a panel discussion.

The conference brought together municipal staff, provincial authorities and national government representatives, consulting engineers and professional bodies to exchange knowledge and information on the latest developments and challenges in all aspects of infrastructure engineering.

IMESA would like to thank all who made the 2023 Conference such a huge success. We thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Speakers, Delegates and Service Providers. Conference highlights and photos will be loaded on our Social Media platforms.

2023 President’s Address

At this halfway mark for my term as IMESA President, it is encouraging to see that progress has been made in the objectives I set out to achieve, although there is still a lot of work to be done.

Click here to read the full address.

Papers presented at the 2023 IMESA Conference:

No. Title Author(s) Download
Paper #1 Legal impediments to providing water services to informal settlements on private land Nick Graham PDF 243 kb
Paper #2 The new SA Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Guidelines Neil Armitage PDF 559 kb
Paper #3 Regional-scale planning for municipal water to support transformative adaptation Andri√ętte Combrinck & James Harvey-Ewusi PDF 966 kb
Paper #4 Next Generation Sanitation Technologies, a solution for in informal settlements Ednah Mamakoa PDF 683 kb
Paper #5 An early warning approach for droughts, using the Standardise Precipitation Index Professor JA du Plessis PDF 480 kb
Paper #6 How to get a realistic Operations and Maintenance budget in place to prioritise essential maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure Johan Bester PDF 680 kb
Paper #7 Emerging Micro Enterprise (EME) Engagement: Insights through Practical Experience Jean-Pierre Blignault PDF 509 kb
Paper #8 A case for trenchless technology – Mahatma Gandhi Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation Phase 2 Reudebaker Nel PDF 1.3 mb
Paper #9 Advancing Water Supply and Sanitation System resilience through improved Risk Management Approaches Phillip de Souza &
Joseph Barnard
PDF 879 kb
Paper #10 The impact of environmental legislation and social responsibility on the infrastructure maintenance Langeriwa Mthombeni &
Tshipane Mashiloane
PDF 896 kb
Paper #11 Faecal Sludge Management – What do you need to know? David Still PDF 617 kb
Paper #12 Data Modelling and Infrastructure Profiling in Local Municipalities Christopher Chinonge PDF 492 kb
Paper #13 Causes of leaks and leakage management in water distribution network Khothatso Hlalele &
T. D. Ilunga
PDF 320 kb
Paper #14 Improved Municipal asset data capture and management using GIS applications Matt Braune &
Nichal Rajnandan
PDF 764 kb
Paper #15 Revising the Municipal Infrastructure Grant to Improve Expenditure Outcomes Luntu Ndalasi &
Lubabalo Luyaba
PDF 435 kb
Paper #16 The Bulk water supply journey Chandre Barnard PDF 716 kb
Paper #17 How to Become Mentally Resilient in a World of Disruption – Relying on the Work of Steve Peters Gerhard Fritz PDF 644 kb
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