Infrastructure is a means to an end. It supports quality of life and the economy if it delivers accessible and reliable services that individuals and institutions need. Access and reliability imply several issues, including that the service must be sustainable – if not, the infrastructure (water pipes, for example) may continue to exist, but the service will cease (the water will no longer flow). Clearly, in order to achieve its purpose, the college infrastructure must be effectively operated and maintained.
From an economic development point of view, the college witnessed best practice in infrastructure management in 2015. This led to lower costs of production and consumption, thereby making it easier for participants in the delivery of college services to perform their mandates effectively and efficiently. The department however expects to increase the efficiency of infrastructure through improved growth performance, service provision and development of outcomes.
In 2015 EFM department focused itself much in providing a framework for the planning of major capital construction projects and the planning, development and implementation of all other College construction and maintenance projects, for the day-today operations and maintenance of buildings, grounds and campus facilities. Among others the following objectives were enunciated during the 2015 performance year:
- Capacitated individual College sites for effective provision or facilitation of training
- Providing adequate systems and infrastructure for improved teaching and learning
- Developing a five-year overdue maintenance implementation plan that included funding allocation plans
- Developed process work flows to support the efficient delivery of overdue maintenance projects.
- Identifying College EFM structure that assured the success of increased overdue maintenance delivery at all College sites.
- Developed a process to prioritise overdue maintenance needs
- Provided quality management of College building and facilities through proper planning, scheduling, and preventive maintenance.
- Established paper, power and water conserving strategies