The 2022 SAAMA Conference will be held at The Maslow Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg on 22 & 23 June. In-person attendance space is limited due to Covid protocols of the hotel and we would love for you to join us in person where you can network with colleagues, visit exhibition stands and interact with speakers in-person.

The SAAMA Awards will only be held in person and will take place after the conference proceedings on day 1 of the conference (22 June) as a cocktail celebration.

A Virtual option is available for delegates who are from out of town or are unable to travel.


TWO DAY PACKAGE: SAAMA Member: R5 000 | Non-Member: R7 000 | Speaker: R2 500 | Student: R1 000
ONE DAY PACKAGE: SAAMA Member: R3 000 | Non-Member: R4 200 | Speaker: R1 500

VIRTUAL TWO DAY PACKAGE: SAAMA Member: R2 800 | Non-Member: R3 800 | Speaker: R1 800 | Student: R750    


  • To get member discount you must use the email address associated with your regular SAAMA account.
  • If you use a new email address a new account will be opened for you, unless you ask the secretariat to update your old account details.
  • Member discount is only offered to paid-up members.
  • You and the billing contact of your organisation will receive invoices a few minutes after you have registered.
  • If you see a red notice on the screen about unpaid invoices please contact the secretariat on to resolve.
  • Please cancel your registration in writing to by no later than 13 June 2022. The full registration is payable for members, non-members, speakers and students who do not cancel in time or are a no-show at the physical conference or on the virtual platform.

Physical Attendance

Virtual Attendance

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Special rates have been negotiated with The Maslow Hotel, Sandton for SAAMA delegates. All accommodation is to be booked and paid for directly with the hotel. Cancellation terms and conditions apply.


Single Luxury Queen Room    R1 617 per room per night
Luxury Twin Room R1 902 per room per night

To book simply contact / 011 780 7800 using the reference SAAMAPB.

The accommodation booking form can be found here 

Other hotels in the area:

  • Hilton Sandton
  • Courtyard Hotel Sandton
  • Villa Sandton
  • Protea Hotel by Marriott, Balalaika
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton
  • Road Lodge Sandton

Vlad Bacalu
Topic: AI and Asset Reliability
Job Title: Senior Vice President, Strategic & Technical Services, Amentum
Vlad Bacalu is SVP leading the technology strategy for Amentum.   He has over 30 years of experience in management, creating and implementing solutions to drive bottom line performance. Vlad is the Past Chair of SMRP, a board member and Past Chair of GFMAM. He has a MS in Electrical Engineering.
Tirwirei Bingudza
Topic: Creating Value and Cost Competitiveness Through Asset Optimisation & Focused Improvement
Job Title: Director & Principal Consultant, Binmak
Tirwirei Bingudza is an experienced Director, Engineer and Strategist with a demonstrated international track record of working in Engineering, IT, Technology Development, Physical Asset Management, Strategy Development as well as Operational and Executive Management in Mining & Metals, Mortgage Banking, Real Estate and Manufacturing. Tirwirei is an accomplished professional who is skilled in Business Management, Business Performance Improvement, Process Engineering, Engineering, Project Management, Technology Development, Digital Transformation, IIoT, Strategy Development and Physical Asset Management. His diverse International experience from USA, Chile, Brazil, The Philippines, Venezuela, Botswana, Madagascar, Namibia, Ireland, Zimbabwe and South Africa gives in insights and perspectives that add significant value to the diverse range of clients that he serves.
Siviwe Bunge 
Topic: De-mystifying asset management, asset value realization, reliability and maintenance management for quick and measurable outcomes
Job title: Reliability Engineer, Ekurhuleni Water Care Company
Siviwe Humelton Bunge holds a BTech Degree in Mechanical Engineering from CPUT since 2012, he also holds a BSc (Honours) Degree in Electromechanical Engineering from UCT since 2015, a Master of Science (MSc) in Oil and Gas Engineering from Wits University since 2019, and various Management Certificates in Operations, Business Management, Business Development, Investment Management. He is a registered candidate engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He is also a member of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) as well as the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA). He is passionate about Capital Investment and Process Optimisation through value realisation, reliability and asset care. 
He has more than 8 years’ experience working in energy, water and mining industries in South Africa.   

Dr Jasper L. Coetzee
Topic: The Seven Assets of Asset Management
Job title: Managing Director, AMTech
Dr Jasper L. Coetzee is the founder of AM-Tech, and the principal of the Terotechnica Asset Management College. They develop Physical Asset Management Leaders, and do training in Asset Management and Maintenance principles for people in industry. He has a PhD in Industrial Engineering, focussing on Reliability Centred Maintenance, he is a fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management.
Andre Jordaan
Topic: Case study in using data to facilitate decision making (which asset be the most cost effective to acquire)
Job title: Partner Consultant, Pragma
André Jordaan has 20 years’ experience in the industry and has a B.Engineer (Mechanical) and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. He consults in AM Strategy, focussed improvement, AM training and using financials e.a. to facilitate decision making.   He is married with 2 young kids and loves participating in sport.
Francois Joubert
Topic: What's next for Asset Management in Southern Africa, "Lessons Learned from Down Under"
Job Title: Director: Asset Management & Performance, Aurecon
Francois is an Asset Management Strategy Specialist who works with his clients to link assets to corporate strategy in order to enable business outcomes.  He is a former SAAMA councillor and has implemented asset management improvement projects in several countries.  He is currently based in Perth, Australia.

Kiren Maharaj
Job Title: Founder and Chairperson: Trenex (Pty) Ltd & Chairperson: South African National Energy Association (SANEA)
Kiren is a dynamic leader and passionate energy professional with over 25 years’ experience at strategic, operational and management level as an executive in Africa’s foremost power utility and in the private sector in construction, engineering and infrastructure.  She has strategically directed, governed, and overseen the safe and effective production of electricity from over 14 000 Megawatts of coal fired power generation. She headed up a R40 bn division, accountable for the management of procurement, contracts, operations, logistics and the associated quality, technical and environmental issues of primary energy inputs for power generation.
Berzel Matiyenga
Topic: Enhancing Asset Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & Safety through Digitalisation and Real-Time Asset Health Monitoring
Job Title: Reliability Engineer, Binmak Corporation
Experienced Reliability Engineer with demonstrated history of working in the mining, manufacturing, power and utilities industries. Has a deep understanding of Digitalization Strategies, AI, Big Data, IoT and IIoT solutions. Skilled in Asset Health and Performance Monitoring, Project Management, Plant Operations, SCADA, Asset Management Consultation, Cloud Analytics, and Energy Modelling.
Christoff Müller
Topic: The Influence of Events on Risk Perception
Job Title: SAMP Operations Lead, Sebenzana
Experienced project engineer with a demonstrated working knowledge of process design, project planning and commissioning. Successfully completed a Masters in Project Management, specialising in knowledge management. Currently working as a business process engineer and operations manager on a knowledge management system for the asset management industry.

Nomaphelo Ndzundzu
Topic: Human-centred design in Asset Management
Job Title: Asset Management, Zutari
A mechanical engineer by profession. Nomaphelo has spent over 10 years in Operations and her passion as a consultant is to incorporate principles of reliability engineering and operational excellence at the highest level of the organization. I believe making policy makers conscious of the impact their decisions make to the people on the shop floor will result in a more integrated and effective organizational strategies for infrastructure asset management. Through human centred design the organizational asset management system can be tailored to the unique culture and needs of the organization as opposed to applying blanket approach to asset management.
Boudewijn Neijens
Topic: Machine Learning Applied to Capital Planning
Job Title: CMO, Copperleaf
Boudewijn holds a MEng from the University of Brussels, and an MBA from INSEAD in France. He is the CMO at Copperleaf in Vancouver, Canada. He chairs the Canada committees at ISO’s TC251 on asset management systems (ISO 55000) and at IEC's TC123 on management of networked power assets.  
Dr Emmanuel Ngcobo
Topic: The Sustainable Outlook 
Job Title: Chairperson of the Centre for Municipal Asset Management (CMAM-SA)
Public Servant in Local Government (16 years-experience) . 7 Years – eThekwini Municipality; 9 Years - iLembe District Municipality.  Chairperson of the Centre for Municipal Asset Management (CMAM-SA) Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Government Finance, Audit & Risk Officers (CIGFARO); Member of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Finance Working Group, Academic Advisory Board Member for the Durban University of Technology (Public Management & Economics) and the Tshwane University of Technology (Public Finance); Chairperson of the Noble Leaders International

Tonyson Nyabote
Topic: The importance of IoT Smart Sensors in achieving operational and maintenance excellence in the 4th Industrial Revolution
Job title: Technology and Application Developer, Binmak Corporation
Tonyson Nyabote is a Senior Engineer who specializes in building Cutting Edge AI Powered Condition Monitoring Technologies at Binmak Corporation.
Juan Pieterse
Topic: High pressure feedwater heaters replacement optimisation
Job Title: Engineer, Eskom SOC Holdings Ltd
Professionally registered Mechanical Engineer with 10+ years’ experience in the South-African power sector. Master of Engineering received from the Centre for Asset Integrity Management at University of Pretoria for research conducted on lifecycle optimisation of indirect contact heat exchangers. Passionate about data driven asset integrity management and aspire to a career this field.
Bianca Rode
Topic: Irrational Risk – The Human Factor in Risk Based Asset Management
Job Title: Senior Engineer,Sebenzana
Bianca Rode is a metallurgical engineer with a passion for data management. Working with consultancies have taken her all over Southern Africa, where she has been involved in a variety of industries. Her current role at Sebenzana APP involves optimizing how organizations perceive and interact with data.

Jeanine Roelofse
Topic: Digitizing metallographic replica intake and evaluation results
Job Title: Senior Metallurgical Engineer, Sebenzana
Jeanine’s work focuses on projects where metallographic replica evaluation results are used in determining the safe, remaining life of high value assets in the petrochemical- and manufacturing industries. Jeanine collaborated with the Sebenzana “SAMP” Team on the structure required to enable service providers to digitize replica intake- and evaluation results using the Smart Asset Management Platform.
Caroline van Heerden
Topic: Reflections on Infrastructure Maintenance Budgeting Tactics in the Public Sector
Job title: Physical Asset Management Engineer, IMQS
Caroline van Heerden started her career at Transnet Port Terminal working at Cape Town harbour, where she gained hands-on experience in maintenance and reliability. She then joined IMQS in 2017 as a Maintenance Management Business Analyst. After becoming a Certified Asset Management Assessor, she moved to the Professional Services team and supports clients in their Asset Management practice improvement initiatives.
Abraham Van Zyl Fourie
Topic: Advantages of using drones and emerging technologies in asset management.
Job Title: Director / Co-Founder, ABEOD
Abraham attained his Civil Engineering degree in 2009. Since then, he specialised in the field of asset management, attaining extensive experience in the day-to-day workings of government institutions. In 2017, he started ABEOD; a company that strives to develop simplistic management strategies that optimise the workflows and financial turnover of these institutions.

Dr Chris von Holdt
Topic: Leveraging lifecycle analytics for cross-asset optimisation
Job Title: Client Director: Advisory, Zutari
Chris’ specialisation is centred around supporting businesses with large infrastructure portfolios enhance their strategy, infrastructure management practices, processes and supporting systems. This typically requires working with management and operations across the breadth of the organisation. He has worked across South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, South-East Asia and the USA.
Abdullah Wahbeh
Topic: Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Predictive Analytics
Job title: Global Practice Leader, GE Digital
Strategist leader with twenty years of experience working in Predictive Maintenance, Asset Performance Management, AI, Digital Solutions & Transformation, Rotating Equipment & troublshooting, Comissioning of Gas Turbines, IOT and Cloud Computing. Responsible for the global go-to-market strategy and launch of Predictive Maintenance, enablement plans, and sales strategy.  

SAAMA 2021 Conference


The first ever SAAMA Virtual Conference was held on 23 – 24 June 2021.