Determinants of asset management use and success in a South African state owned enterprise
The objective of this study is to better understand physical asset management in a state owned enterprise in South Africa and what is needed for effective management of the physical assets. A case study approach was taken for this research and the organisation chosen was Eskom, the state owned electricity utility in South Africa. To gather data, nine open ended interviews were conducted with senior management in the utility. These interviews were complemented by internal documents e.g. policies, standards, annual reports, and planning documents. Findings from this study revealed some of the drivers for physical asset management, the broad range of challenges that a state owned enterprise faces in managing its physical assets despite the available asset management tools and enablers its disposal, and consequently the success factors for effectively managing the assets. By implementing some of the recommendations in this report, it is hoped that an SOE will be able to view its assets as a strategic resource and put in place mechanisms to get the most return out of the assets to be able to meet the interests of all the stakeholders. These include the customers (business and citizenry) as well as the shareholder, the state.
Eskom (Firm);Government business enterprises -- South Africa -- Management;Facility management ;Industrial management -- South Africa.