Minister sticks to her guns with Cubans

Author : Marie Ashpole Replying to a question from the National Council of Provinces, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, defended her department’s decision to continue employing Cuban technicians and engineers to exchange skills within the department’s Water Programme. The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) is perturbed that South African civil engineering…

Announcing the finalists of the Vision 2030 Awards: South Africa’s future makers

The Vision 2030 Awards, hosted for the first time this year, has announced its 2017 finalists. The awards are a groundbreaking first for South Africa, recognising as it does the achievements and success stories of organisations, enterprises and individuals that are actively demonstrating alignment to the government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and achieve…

Avant-garde Forum Objectives

Background The SAICE Johannesburg branch Committee (SAICE JHB branch committee), as part of its annual strategy session, identified the need for a platform to celebrate the engineering excellence that exists amongst our Young Professionals (Professionals who are younger than 35 years of age). It was noted that the Civil Engineering fraternity is very good at…

Avant-garde Submission Process

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: 2 June 2017 CRITERIA: GENERAL NB: The presentation: Must be made by a Young Professional (younger than 35 years of age), with a brief overview of the project The majority of the presentation must focus on their contribution to such project Must portray the art and science of civil engineering to the general public…

National Treasury – (SIPDM) Training

The background to the Seminars is that one of National Treasury’s strategic objectives is to enhance and improve procurement outcomes by designing a procurement system that is better able to deliver value for money, while minimising the scope for corruption. This has resulted in the watershed publication of the National Treasury Standard for Infrastructure Procurement…

Know your SAICE Staff

Author : Debbie Besseling SAICE’s Membership Department is managed by Vicky Johnstone, Merriam Molefe and Merriam Sethole. Vicky Johnstone – Membership Officer Vicky started working for SAICE on a temporary basis in August 2013 and joined the permanent staff in December 2013 as a Membership Officer. Her duties include: management of the membership department and…

The Don

Author : Manglin Pillay PrEng A good name is more desirable than great riches … (Proverbs 22:1) On the morning of Ahmed Kathrada’s death, the renowned and respected cartoonist Nanda Sooben took to social media asking, “Are there any good men left?” After the recent cabinet reshuffle, I asked our members if SAICE should take…