SAICE Infrastructure Report Card 2017

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) launched its long-awaited third Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) for South Africa on 26 September 2017 at SAICE House in Midrand. The current IRC, following on the initial 2006 and the follow-up 2011 IRCs, extended the sectors assessed to ten, comprising 29 sub-sectors. These include water supply and…

Durban branch visit leaving a favourable taste

The SAICE Presidential delegation, 2017 President, Sundran Naicker PrEng and SAICE CEO, Manglin Pillay PrEng, with Mishka Khan from SAICE PR visited the Durban branch between 13-15 September where they met with various industry leaders, consultants and bright young minds who will one day lead this country. The aim of the visit was to engage…

From the CEO’s Desk

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel. Horace Walpole, English politician in a letter written in 1776 Andrei Sakharov, the famous nuclear physicist who gave the world the atomic bomb, once said: “I’ve always thought the most powerful weapon in the world was the bomb and that’s…

Blooming Bloem

Last month, SAICE’s presidential delegation comprising of President Sundran Naicker PrEng and CEO Manglin Pillay PrEng touched down in Bloemfontein to meet with various stakeholders and industry representatives within the fraternity. The two day visit enabled the delegation to engage in interactive discussions with industry around some of the most pertinent challenges. The most prominent…

Ladies celebrate in style

SAICE’s Johannesburg Branch celebrated Women’s Month in style with their second Women in Hard Hats event that took place on 31 August 2017. This year’s event included a magnificent High Tea and was held at the Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate in Midrand. The Master of Ceremonies was S’thandazile Ncube who represented the SAICE…

Drakensberg members take President to task

The SAICE Presidential delegation led by SAICE President Sundran Naicker and CEO Manglin Pillay visited the Drakensberg region on 18 August 2017. The delegation accompanied by members of the local branch committee went on a site visit of the Cornelius River Dam. The approximately R100 million project is scheduled to be complete in 2018 and…

The Pied Piper

I recently gave somebody a ride to Diepsloot, which is a neglected township outside of Steyn City and Dainfern, two larney, well secured, northern Johannesburg suburbs. When we arrived to where my hitchhiker was headed, I could not believe my eyes when I saw several rats the size of cats scurrying amongst the squalor. I…