Corruption in the infrastructure business

Incompetence, mismanagement, collusion, negligence, non-delivery and a side-stepping of rules and regulations are some of the reasons that the infrastructure industry has come under the spotlight in recent times. From poor RDP housing to the most recent Tongaat Mall collapse which claimed two lives and injured 26, the infrastructure engineering industry appears to not be…

DRBF Conference 2014

The regional Dispute Resolution Board Federation (DRBF) Conference took place from 27–28 February 2014 with various presentations and panel discussions exploring the application of contemporary Dispute Boards in southern Africa. Frik van der Merwe, consulting engineer and member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) attended the Conference which drew many interested DRB…

The University Diaries

The presidential delegation led by SAICE 2014 President Stanford Mkhacane and Chief Executive Officer; Manglin Pillay visited the University of Witswatersrand and the University of Johannesburg in March. Universities are an important part of the civil engineering industry for the continuity of the profession in future. During these visits SAICE had the opportunity to meet…

The Royal Academy of Engineering announces the launch of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

The prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. Applications are invited from engineers affiliated with a university or research institution in sub-Saharan Africa who have developed innovations that can provide scalable solutions to local challenges. Engineers from sub-Saharan Africa and from all engineering disciplines are eligible to enter. Shortlisted applicants…

Less “yada yada” more Solutions!

The Eastern Cape leg of the annual presidential visit took place between 3rd to 6th March 2014. A significant event on the SAICE calendar, the presidential visit sees the organisation touch base with its 19 branches situated around the country. The aim is to bring the institution closer to its members in an attempt to…

The President and CEO bring Good Hope!

An influential engineering delegation led by President Stanford Mkhacane of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), arrived in the Western Cape on 25 February 2014 for a whirlwind visit. SAICE CEO, Manglin Pillay, accompanied President Mkhacane during the four-day visit to some of the region’s leading universities, engineering consultancies, as well as prominent…

Lessons to take forward into the Civilution era

Corruption, tenderpreneuring and ethics in the infrastructure engineering sector  Advocate Thuli Madonsela Public Protector of South Africa  Thulisile Madonsela has developed a reputation for being an adversary for unethical practices at the highest level. She is also a human rights lawyer and an equality expert. Madonsela is one of the eleven technical experts who helped…

Draft Identification of Engineering Work Regulations

Dear Stakeholders, Draft Identification of  Engineering Work Regulations. On the 22 November 2013 the Engineering Council of South Africa approved the draft regulations which were submitted to the CBE approval. The South African Council for the Project  and Construction Management Profession(SACPCMP) and The South African Council for the Quantity Surveyors Profession(SACQSP) raised overlaps issues which…