Presidential Speech 2013

REFLECTIONS There are pressing short-term imperatives, which dominate our thoughts and actions, and there are long-term adaptations we need to make to protect our own futures together with the inheritance we leave for generations to come. By their very nature short-term imperatives take precedence over long-term adaptations. Examples of short-term imperatives that impact on civil…

Engineers, a national asset, moving towards ‘Civilution’

  The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) inaugurated its 111th president at the SAICE Presidential Inauguration and Gala Dinner at Montecasino in Johannesburg on Tuesday 12 February 2013. The event, attended by various high-profile guests, including environmental professionals, champions of the infrastructure industry, government officials, engineering clients from both the private and public sectors, as…

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If in general conversation we were asked to name prominent modern world leaders, we inevitably mention the names of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. I was reminded by Professor Mitch Gohnert, the Head of the Wits School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, that both these famous leaders were groomed on South African soil. This is…

Spending without skills is futile

The CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), Manglin Pillay, is an incorrigible optimist but believes the spending of trillions of rands in infrastructure the government promises, including R840-billion by the end of next year, is not going to happen any time soon. The government simply does not have the capacity, he…

Civil engineering – an endangered species?

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) was dismayed to learn that the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality could soon be without its only remaining professionally registered city engineer. According to The Herald, Walter Shaidi’s five-year contract comes to an end this month and his contract has not yet been renewed.  How can this be…

Q and A with the C.E.O

1)  The pace of government infrastructure delivery.  Has it failed to live up to expectations in 2012? How so? It hasn’t started yet, has it? No, it has definitely not lived up to expectations. The commitment was made at the top, from the president, the Minister of Economic Development, the Finance Minister and other infrastructure…