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 included racism, poor payment records as well as the lack of work.
When asked about the expectations of SAICE’s President Sundran Naicker, members responded that they would like to see him more involved in challenges pertaining to young professionals, such as, professional development, in-service training and career opportunities.
During a trip to the Central University of Technology (CUT), President Sundran Naicker and CEO Manglin Pillay were exclusively interviewed by the Technicon’s in-house radio station (CUT FM), where they were also given the behind-the-scenes scoop on all things radio. Thereafter, the delegation along with the regional SAICE committee were given a private site tour of the upcoming Respublica Student Residence complete with swimming pool, a “chill-zone” and other enticing features.
Interactions with local civil engineering entrepreneurs from Engineering Aces, showcased young talent in winning professionals who together have one idea, vision and goal – Engineering a Sustainable Tomorrow. Managing Director Stephen Mothibi PrTech and Operations Director Eugene Maputha inspired the President and CEO with the story of their journey “from washing (tea) cups to winning tenders”.
The visit ended with a committee breakfast meeting where the delegation encouraged members to continue to partner with SAICE and industry in upholding the banner of civil engineering throughout the nation.
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