SAICE Spreads Warmth on Mandela Day

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice” – Nelson Mandela. On November 10, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring July 18 as “Nelson Mandela International Day”. Globally on this day we acknowledge and celebrate Nelson Mandela’s contribution to peace through his active involvement in…

SAICE calls for effective infrastructure spend

SAICE welcomes President Ramaphosa’s announcement that the state has set aside R100 billion to start an infrastructure fund which will be administered by the state-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa. Speaking at the SONA, Ramaphosa said that the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure will play an oversight role of the infrastructure fund.  He also…

Construction – an ecosystem in crisis

By Werner Jerling Pr Eng, Pr CPM SAICE Fellow werner@jerling.co.za   INTRODUCTION Recent media coverage of appeals by SAFCEC, CESA and others to government to intervene and save our industry has caught the attention of many a Civil Engineer. We work and ply our trade in a sensitive ecosystem that is a jewel in the…

KZN Floods: What the Engineers have to say

Residents in KwaZulu-Natal are still feeling the aftermath of the torrential floods. This follows unseasonable rain that hit the region earlier this week and resulted in severe damage to infrastructure and roads. Many residents have lost their homes and Government has instructed a task team to assist in the rebuilding of affected areas as well…