Sanral firm on seeking redress following breach of trust, says Alli

South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli this week confirmed that Sanral remained firm in its intent to seek restitution from the local construction industry for collusion on a number of road projects, although the form of this restitution was “still to be discussed”. “We will not leave it. We will pursue the matter.” Alli emphasised that the constructionindustry must…

PPC boss wants fast track for state building projects

CEO of PPC Ketso Gordhan has called for the reform of South Africa’s infrastructure procurement processes and proposed the creation of professional oversight bodies to fast-track infrastructure projects. Existing processes were cumbersome, expensive and "frustrating" for both the public and private sectors, he said. They also allowed corruption to flourish, as well as black economic…

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…

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 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…