SAICE Vaal Branch revived

Good news! The long-dormant Vaal Branch of SAICE is formally active again! During the presidential visit of Peter Kleynhans, 2013 SAICE president, and Manglin Pillay, SAICE CEO, to the Vaal Branch a number of members put their names forward to participate in the branch activities. A democratically elected committee consisting of a chairperson, chairperson-elect, secretary,…

DEng awarded to Peter Day

Motivated by what Peter Day calls curiosity, he followed a career in geotechnical engineering practice during which he contributed extensively to the advancement of the field. The exceptional nature of his contributions was recognised by the University of Stellenbosch when Peter was awarded the senior doctorate degree DEng in March this year. The degree is…

Obituary: Arthur Clayton

Highly respected former Cape Town City Engineer Arthur Clayton passed away at the age of 77 on 29 September 2012, while on Municipal Pension Fund business in London. Arthur was born in 1935 in Windhoek and grew up there. He loved the bush, and it taught him the importance of trustworthy relationships – such as…

Civilution, E = mc2

Everything great that has ever happened to humanity since the beginning has begun with a single thought… Yiannis Hryssomallis known as Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer and music producer The inspiration of Civilution seems to be occupying that subliminal space in the minds and consciences of our engineers. Have you constructed your own definition and…

A call to do things differently

To quote a very clever man, Einstein: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Civilution is a call to do things differently. We have an urgent and pressing need to…

True grit

President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency President Jacob Zuma Minister in the Presidency: The National Development Plan Honourable Minister Trevor Manuel Minister of Public Works Honourable Minister Thulas Nxesi Minister of the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs Honourable Minister Edna Molewa Minister of Economic Development Honourable Minister Ebrahim Patel Minister of…

Water Affairs faces dire civil engineer shortage, says SAICE

Ideally, engineering teams should reflect the accepted international municipal and utility ratio of six engineering professionals per 100 000 inhabitants. However, in South Africa’s best case scenario  – larger cities and towns – municipalities had access to three engineering professionals for each 100 000 inhabitants.  “This is not nearly enough to address our country’s service…