After putting out a tender in April this year for an asset management system, training on the system and an access control system, Saldanha Bay Municipality announced that the contract has been awarded to Pragma Africa.

To date, Saldanha Bay Municipality (which includes Vredenburg, Paternoster, Langebaan, St Helena Bay, Jacobs Bay, Hopefield and Saldanha) did not have a formal system to manage the electrical network.
One of Pragma’s clients, Johan Viljoen, implemented the On Key software system successfully at the Breedevalley municipality and was keen to implement the system at Saldanha after he moved there in late 2010.
Pragma Africa will be offering the municipality On Key (an asset management software system), optimised to complement the municipality’s unique requirements.
“It will function within a call centre environment where the public and staff can log calls or post enquiries on specific assets," says Louis Volschenk, solutions engineer of Pragma Africa.
"These calls will then be coupled to these specific assets, such as a member of the public reporting on a problem in a park; the stand number and asset will be coupled to the call and will be escalated for maintenance and tracked until the problem has been resolved. Although On Key is a very modern application, it can couple with municipal specific software like SAMRAS.”
Volschenk continues: “Furthermore, the access control system will keep track of the time employees arrive at and leave work sites It will also monitor the movement of contractors and time spent out of the office to complete tasks. The total value of the integrated solution  is R2-million. Implementation started in June and will run for three months. Training of staff will commence once the implementation nears completion.
“The citizens of the Saldanha municipal area can now look forward to improved service delivery and increased reliability on the electrical system and services offered,” Volschenk concludes.
It is expected that the system will be expanded to other functions within the municipality, such as water and civil works, once it has proven successful within the electricity department.