2017 HEFMA President
HEFMA is a non-profit association with members from higher education institutions, primarily universities, in Southern Africa, generally functioning in the field of facilities management.
An Association of choice for higher education institutions in Southern Africa, for the enhancement of best practice in facilities and infrastructure management.
To empower Facilities Managers to develop, maintain and sustain high quality facilities and infrastructure for Higher Education Institutions.
The 5 (five) core values were developed to enhance and accentuate the achievement of living up to the vision and mission:
Professionalism embraces proficiency, competency and reliability in all that is undertaken and encompasses having a sound knowledge of what is done and ensuring that it is done right the first time. It is a core value that is unique and makes the Association wanting to do a little more, to do something different, and that something is everything.
ii. Ethical integrity
Ethical values embrace Integrity. One of the biggest challenges facing ethical integrity is "reporting"- the fear by leaders that their leadership positions or image would be badly reflected by a poor report. The difference between standards and actual practise is a challenge to ethics and also to leadership. The system is sometimes blamed because it appears to force unethical reporting and practises. While the system does provide certain pressures on the leader, ethical integrity is a human character and this moral responsibility lies with leadership and cannot be shifted.
All stakeholders must understand the ethical standards expected of them and a code of ethics and conduct should be included in the Associations policies. Compliance with the ethical code should be reviewed annually by the leadership as part of their appraisal process and updated to reflect new circumstances that develop.
The Association needs to subscribe to principles of sustainability at the highest levels: from mitigating environmental impacts and actively engaging with our communities. Sustainability is so important that all parts of SADC meet the stringent standards of ISO 14001, the internationally-recognized environmental management standard.
The Association therefore needs to be committed to core sustainability principles in all facets of planning and operations so that all environmental impacts can ensure a healthy community and contribute to global solutions. This includes all issues around Energy Management, Carbon Management, Water Management, Waste Management and Environmental Planning.
Given the fundamental purpose of the Association, an underlying belief statement needs to embrace a concept of “With education, anything is possible”.
The Association resides within a community of students, staff, and faculty in which cross-cultural and international knowledge, attitudes, experiences and action are part of the present and a heritage for the future. This principle is therefore intended to develop a world view, see and analyze issues from various perspectives, understand the broad range of human experience and recognise the diversity within an integrated society.
Quality based performance is proficiency in our professional vocation and competency in whatever is done and reliability an output of actions taken. It is the recognition of our services to our stakeholders and the respect gained as a result of leadership and operational readiness attained through perseverance and determination. Quality and performance thereof, not only is a commitment to zero defect but is also a continuous improvement through productivity.