The South African Facilities Management Association is a self sustaining body recognised locally and internationally for its meaningful role in the South African Facilities Management Community. SAFMA defines Facilities Management as “an enabler of sustainable enterprise performance through the whole life management of productive workplaces and effective business support services”.
The members of SAFMA enjoy the benefits of sharing expertise with other facilities management professionals in South Africa and internationally. SAFMA offers it’s members many benefits including an advisory service, networking events, establishing contacts overseas, keeping uptodate on local and international facilities management trends.
What is Facilities Management?
The definition of Facilities Management is always evolving and many people and Organisations have different views. Your feedback and thoughts on the definitions below would be appreciated.
The SAFMA definition of Facilities Management is “Facilities Management is an enabler of sustainable enterprise performance through the whole life management of productive workplaces and effective business support services.
The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) definition is “Facilities Management is the integration of multi-disciplinary activities within the built environment and the management of their impact upon people and the workplace”.
The definition provided by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is: “The practice or coordinating the physical workplace with the people and work of the organization; integrates the principles of business administration, architecture, and the behavioral and engineering sciences.”
Some educators define FM as “a strategically integrated approach to maintaining, improving and adapting the buildings and supporting services of an organisation in order to create an environment that strongly supports the primary objectives o that organisation.” Peter Barret 2003
A simple definition of Facilities Management is “the integrated management of the work environment and supporting services of an organisation to provide an environment that enables the business to achieve its primary objective. “
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