2014 Constitution

The Institution

Name 1.1 The name of the Institution is “THE SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING” or translation thereof as provided in the By-Laws.
Mission 1.2 The mission of the Institution is to promote the justifiable interests of its members and to ensure that society is well served in its civil engineering needs, with particular emphasis on improvement of the quality of life, protection of the environment and conservation of resources.
Objectives 1.3 The objectives of the Institution are the growth and development of its members and the promotion of the science and practice of civil engineering and the advancement of the civil engineering profession.
Official Languages 1.4 The official languages of the Institution shall be those of the Republic of South Africa and the business of the Institution may be conducted in any of those languages.
Ethics 1.5 A member and participant of the Institution shall practice civil engineering within the value system established in the Code of Ethics of the Institution, as set out in the By-Laws to this Constitution.
Interpretation 1.6 For the purposes of interpretation, the English text of the Constitution shall be accepted as the official version of the Constitution or any By-Law or Rule made there under. In the event of any doubt or dispute as to the meaning or import of any portion of the Constitution, a By-Law or a Rule , then the interpretation of Council based on the English text shall be final and binding on the members of the Institution.

2005 Bylaws


Preamble 1.1.1 Civil engineering is the application of science and technology in the control and use of forces and materials of nature, for the progressive benefit of all the peoples on planet Earth. Construction is an essential human activity that rivals few in its consumption of resources and its potential to harm the Earth. Many decisions have environmental and ecological consequences, which may not immediately affect any of the primary actors in a project, but which still require wise ethical judgment. Codes of conduct established by the Built Environment Councils regulate the behavior of professionals. They do not inculcate a value system within which choices between rival goods or ills can be made. A code of ethics is therefore required to provide a framework within which decisions between alternative courses of action can be made.
1.1.2 Ethical decisions are not just decisions about the best way to meet a given brief or objective, but are concerned with:

    • the quality of our decisions;
    • justice;
    • equity;
    • the consequences of all affected by the decision;
    • the personal and collective responsibilities which lie beyond the contractual obligations entered into;
    • the “good” and the “right”; and
    • conflicts between rival goods or ills.
Ethical Values 1.2.1 Members must discharge their professional responsibilities with integrity and not undertake work in areas in which they are not competent to perform.

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