The friendly city proved to be just that when the SAICE presidential delegation visited the Algoa branch on 12 – 13 July 2016.
A university protest caused NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) to be on lock-down for the two days, but that didn’t stop SAICE from meeting with Civil Engineering Head of Department Vincent Danoher where his ‘desired situation’ was discussed at length with SAICE 2016 President Dr Chris Herold and CEO Manglin Pillay. The delegation extended its commitment to support the initiatives. SAICE was then given the chance to address the civil engineering students at the university, they listened attentively as the delegation shed light on professional registration and the comparison between PR Eng and PR Eng Tech.
SAICE was urged to draft an ideal procurement document for the industry during a meeting with engineering consultancy, AECOM. There was also a firm focus on professional registration and the need to see well rounded engineers contributing to the wellness of society and producing constant excellence.
Day two of the visit saw an early morning meeting at Worley Parson’s where SAICE had the opportunity to engage with a bunch of enthusiastic engineers. The delegation then made their way to the offices of Joseph Tsatsire, Director of Water Distribution for Algoa and encouraged him to utilise SAICE to identify more technical staff for his department.
The visit ended off in high spirits with a meeting with young professionals who were eager and motivated about their careers and their futures.