SAICE in conjunction with AECOM hosted the International AQUALIBRIUM Schools Water Competition Finals on 31 July 2015 at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg.
The comedy pretty much writes itself. The Minister of Water and Sanitation thinks that the Washington Accord is an agreement between Cuba and the USA. The Free State MEC for Police, Roads and Transport agrees with the Minister.
During the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Water Week, this exciting competition also went international with both Swaziland and Zimbabwe participating!
Being a new parent is a rude awakening. Being a new parent for the second time around leaves one feeling like a stream in a Karoo drought. As new fathers, Jason, a mate of mine, and I high-tailed it one evening to a local hang-out den for rain
The 5th Engineers Without Boarders (EWB) Conference took place last month under the auspices of the South African Federation of Engineering Organisations (SAFEO). The Conference is reflective of the growing network of multidisciplinary national engineering societies and/or institutions and was appropriately themed as “Engineering Knowledge Creation, Sharing and Collaboration”.
The SAICE delegation led by SAICE 2015 President Malcolm Pautz and CEO, Manglin Pillay visited Witwatersrand University on their most recent leg of the presidential visits.
SAICE and its sister organisations have an adverse view of the first of a total of forty Cuban engineers that have arrived in the Free State. The decision undertaken by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to go ahead with the appointment of the Cuban specialists to implement their skills capacity drive, illustrate once again the DWS’ disregard for local industry body concerns.
I don’t care whether Rhodes falls (or has fallen). It makes no difference to me. I don’t care whether he walks or stands under pigeon pooh. The narrative is a chaotic concoction of the literal over the allegorical, garnished with the ultimate spice of mob mentality.
On 9 April 2015 another of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s flagship in-house Civil Talk events took place at SAICE House, this time to debate South Africa’s transportation systems.
My first thoughts on service delivery strikes are that our service delivery mechanisms and structures are hopelessly incompetent. They are particularly useless in areas where the aspirations and expectations of the proletariat are high, like Malamulele