MESSAGE FROM THE LOC CHAIRMAN:
Dear Prospective Delegate / Exhibitor / Sponsor,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to Gauteng for the yearly IMESA Conference, which will be hosted at Emperors Palace from the 25 to 27 October 2017.
We are proud to announce that the IMESA Conference has been endorsed by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) who is also one of our Professional Affiliate members. This is a huge milestone in the history of the institute.
2017 IMESA Conference theme : SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING: BACK TO BASICS FOR THE FUTURE. Has technology in design made us forget the basic principles of engineering design?
With all the challenges facing our industry today, whether these are economic, social, environmental or political, we need to adapt and be innovative. This starts with the local authorities, where most of us perform some function to serve our communities. It goes beyond the government corridors – it stretches into the ideas and solutions for taking municipal engineering into the future as envisaged and created by the engineers in South Africa.
With this in mind, we will focus on the following sub-themes:
- Political, Legal and Regulatory
- Ecological and Environmental
- Financial and Social
- Transport and Traffic
- Water and Sanitation
- Roads and Storm Water
The IMESA Trade Exhibition has grown steadily over the past 81 years and has become a very important feature of our conferences. The exhibition is always one of the major reasons why delegates attend IMESA conferences.
For the Exhibitors and Sponsors there are benefits in promoting their products and services directly to those people who formulate the recommendations and make the decisions. It also provides an opportunity to network with clients as well as other influential people in the industry.
To show our appreciation we have decided to include all Exhibitors in the Opening Function on Tuesday evening, 24th October 2017. We encourage all Exhibitors to have their stands open at this function to maximize their opportunities for contact. The cocktails will be served in the exhibition area at Emperors Palace. Exhibitors are also welcome to join in the other social events during the IMESA Conference, at a reduced cost.
CHAIRMAN : LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa, but also the richest and most crowded. In Sesotho, the name “Gauteng” means “Place of Gold” and was used for Johannesburg and surrounding areas long before it was adopted in 1994 as the official name of a province.
Situated in the Highveld, it is the smallest province in South Africa, accounting for only 1.5% of the land area with a unique geography, offering a combination of natural beauty and mineral wealth. The province is also the site of coal and diamond extraction operations, but it is best known for its gold deposits.
Gauteng is highly urbanised, containing the country’s largest city, Johannesburg, its administrative capital, Pretoria, and other large industrial areas such as Midrand and Vanderbijlpark. It is the economic powerhouse of South Africa, accounting for a third of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Politically, the three metropolitan municipalities, the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane (Greater Pretoria) and Ekurhuleni (East Rand), have come together to build a globally competitive city-region.
Heritage sites include the impressive Union Buildings, numerous sites associated with liberation leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, the historic township of Soweto, an impressive collection of historic mining towns and villages as well as one of the world’s largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings. The province also has leading cultural institutions such as the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Freedom Park (the largest heritage development project of its kind in southern Africa), the Market Theatre, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, the State Theatre and numerous other cultural centres and art galleries.
There’s never a dull moment in Gauteng! Whether you enjoy exploring heritage spots, absorbing arts and culture, trawling the markets and malls for interesting memorabilia or simply soaking up the sunshine in the great African outdoors, Gauteng’s sure to have something to suit your tastes. Sample traditional cuisine, enjoy local theatre or music or get your sports shoes out for some more vigorous activities. Visitors to the province will not be short of activities to fill their hours.