What happened in Bloem?

The SAICE presidential delegation led by President Stanford Mkhacane and CEO Manglin Pillay made their way to the Bloemfontein region between 30 and 31 July 2014.  During their visit they met with various stakeholders representing the engineering industry. At a breakfast meeting, the presidential delegation and committee members engaged in discussions around some of the…

Beat the drum

Who planned, designed and constructed Hitler’s gas chambers? Being an avid amateur musician, I have been fortunate, on occasion, to engage with world-renowned musicians at an intimate level. A few years ago I befriended one – Ricky Lawson. Grammy award winning Lawson collaborated with artists like Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston.…

IStructE President meets with SAICE

On 7 August the visiting president of The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in the United Kingdom, Nick Russell, accompanied by Tony Smith, chair of the SAICE Joint Structural Division (JSD), and Spencer Erling, education director at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), met with Stanford Mkhacane, 2014 SAICE president, Malcolm Pautz, SAICE…

SAICE UCT Aqualibrium Competition and Outreach

The University of Cape Town Civil Engineering Department along with the SAICE UCT Student Chapter are proud to have hosted the local and regional stages of the 11th annual SAICE Aqualibrium competition. Both rounds were held in the teaching laboratory of the recently developed UCT New Engineering Building.  On Saturday 3 May, the 100 Grade…

DOES SAICE EXIST FOR ITS OWN SAKE?

Leon, 33, is a PrEng, working for XYZ Consultancy which is based in Bloemfontein. Leon is a member of SAICE and various other voluntary organisations in the industry. Whilst he recognises the role each of these membership organisations have to play in industry, he cannot sometimes help to think how his memberships to these organisations…

SAICE Presidential Visit – North West

“Clients are using engineers who are not professionally registered.” “Why doesn’t anyone do anything about corruption?” “There’s no strategic planning for infrastructure.” “Online courses for CPD accreditation would help greatly.” “There’s no volunteer spirit in the branch.” SAICE members in the North West Province   Can you identify? Are you waiting for someone else to…

In honour of our legend

Every year, on Mandela Day, people around the world celebrate the legacy of a phenomenal man by devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr Mandela’s public service.  Madiba frequently stated that he does not want a legacy cast in copper, concrete or marble, no monuments or highways, but…