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The 5th SAAMA Conference will boasts a number of asset management 'industry firsts'

11th April 2018

The Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) will host its fifth physical asset management conference from 4 to 6 June 2018 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town. The conference will focus on the development of physical asset management in Southern Africa.

An impressive cast of academic researchers, experts, local and international speakers will participate in this unprecedented event which will feature plenary sessions, practical workshops and special roundtables devoted to the most pressing issues relating to enterprise asset management. This year the content will focus on "smarter" approaches to enterprise asset management – doing things smarter and working smarter – and how this will impact on the workforce, our assets and operations. Smarter approaches that will be unpacked at this year's event include: digitalisation, IoT, mobile and technology, maturity principles and assessment, best practice in utilities and public sector, green/circular economy, competency and employee engagement and capital projects.

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"The SAAMA conference remains the premier annual event where asset management professionals gather for meaningful discussions and unrivalled networking sessions with industry peers. The event is most relevant and offers delegates many reasons to attend. The first being the quality of the content. Papers are content driven, relevant to global matters and pitched at the highest standard. The second reason is that we ensure the conference delivers on the needs of our attendees. These include their desire to interact, share, learn and engage with the content and in addition, earning CPD point for attending the conference," says Johannes Coetzee, President of SAAMA.

"We realise that our conference concepts constantly need refreshing, and we therefore go out of our way to ensure we deliver a rich experience that entertains, engages and connects. We have been successful in doing this four years in a row and will continue to evolve in order to remain the premier event on the physical asset management calendar. Our pricing structure remains unrivalled as we kept our pricing below average, making it particularly competitive.. This is to ensure SAAMA delegates receive maximum value for their money. No other industry-related conference offers this much value for money.

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“The SAAMA conference attracts delegates from a wide range of industries, including the private and public sectors, whom are primarily in middle to senior management positions. Delegates attend this event to share knowledge and practical experience gained from various industries and asset management projects. Thus, the SAAMA delegate not only walks away with further insight into pressing challenges but also with innovative solutions to current challenges as well as a renewed focus to ensure the advancement of the physical asset management industry,” says Coetzee.

"For the first time, this flagship conference gives academic attendees the opportunity to share their research. The SAAMA conference will provide a forum for academics to present their research on all aspects of enterprise asset management and we invite all prospective academic authors to submit papers, says Dr Wyhan Jooste, an academic at the University of Stellenbosch and SAAMA Council Member. Dr Jooste will chair the academic and double blind peer review process (in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Higher Education and Training) and will serve as editor of conference proceedings.

"We work in close collaboration with tertiary institutions to ensure we pitch this event at the highest level of relevant and informed academic content. The double blind peer review policy that we will be implementing, is to ensure that the reviewers of the papers do not know the identity of the author(s), and the author(s) do not know the identity of the reviewer(s), ensuring an unbiased review," adds Dr Jooste.

Another 'first' is the launch of a formal recognition programme for individuals and organisations that have excelled in the field of asset management. "This will indisputably be a highlight on this year's conference programme and we look forward to honour the many leaders, innovators and disrupters of our industry," says Coetzee.

This year's event will be hosted at the Lord Charles Hotel due to this venue's location that creates the perfect atmosphere. Here, SAAMA delegates can enjoy the event in an intimate conference setup, away from the distractions of the office, allowing for focused dialogue and discussion.

For more information on the call for papers, exhibition, registration of sponsorship opportunities, please contact the SAAMA Conference Event Organisers: conference@saama.org.za or +27 10 003 3827. 

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