Engineering fit for royalty

You will be aware that her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has instituted a biennial prize for exceptional advances in engineering. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a global £1 million prize that aims to raise the public profile of engineering and inspire young people to take up the challenges of the future and become…

Start at the top

I like Gwede Mantashe – for entertainment purposes. I like him for his political rhetoric and talent for charm, camouflage and counterfeit intelligence. But sometimes his rudder abandons him. And the tongue is already a slippery place. At the ANC’s NEC meeting at Luthuli House a few weeks ago, Mantashe flaunted the ANC’s humility over…

A Journal that stood the test of time!

Since 1903, members of SAICE’s forerunner congregated monthly to share knowledge and technical papers which were documented in the form of meeting minutes. Throughout its long history (which included various name changes), the organisation has continued to publish technical papers in its monthly magazine, until 1993 when it created a separate journal for the publication…

The future of Railway and Harbour in South Africa

SAICE Railway and Harbour Division hosted a networking breakfast lecture at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand last week. President Stanford Mkhacane opened up the lecture by thanking the division for the efforts they make within the industry and also reiterated that they should continue pushing forth as the engineering “salt and light” of South…

Numbers and Decrees

Clever black people, like the obtuse politician, shall always be among us. Over the past few weeks I contemplated the intrinsic disposition of engineers. The premise upon which Civilution is founded, assumes that all engineers are ethical, professional, innovators, are servants of the disenfranchised and are custodians of the natural environment – that we are…