EES - December 2009

December 2009


From My Pen

South Africa's euphoria accelerates

The tangible buzz and excitement as South Africa gears up for the 2010 World Cup accelerated dramatically last week with the high-security arrival of the FIFA World Cup trophy on Tuesday night at Cape Town International Airport, and then of course with the much-anticipated draw, surrounded by much hype and elation on Friday!

Proud to be an integral part of this historic event, we at EES have been working around the clock at Cape Town International Airport and the Cape Town Stadium, project managing the intelligent infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is a once in a lifetime experience to have met and be working amongst so many competent people in one place!

As this year is now drawing to a close, it is an apt time to thank some of these people. Firstly, thank you to the construction companies and service providers with whom we are working. You have in fact become partners, which is exactly as it should be – facilitating that much needed construction integration, and helping South Africa to show the world that we do stand up there with the best globally when it comes to our technical expertise.

It seems that this is a perfect example demonstrating that the role of ICT in the South African construction industry is now at last slowly being understood, particularly with regard to the management and installation of intelligent infrastructure. It is being seen as the fourth utility vital to the building industry right from the planning and implementation phase of construction – not simply as an afterthought.

Last but certainly not least, I would like to extend a big thank you to the EES team for all their long and devoted hours to the industry and their loyalty to EES. I can assure you it is much appreciated and valued.

May you all in this extended family have a safe and happy festive season with family and friends, as well as a prosperous, exciting and certainly unique 2010.

Bradley Hemphill
Managing Director