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…

SA has ‘much to learn about respect’

I AM not one of those people who bad-mouth South Africa. In fact, as an African I have spoken up for this continent at many academic and civil society events in Europe and the US. After travelling for two weeks in France, Switzerland and Germany, there is, however, one aspect of this country that really…

Engineering posts difficult to fill, where are we going?

Companies find it hard to fill engineering posts where between ten and fifteen years’ experience is needed, according to the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE). On the other hand many newly graduated engineers are struggling to find employment. When one takes into account the unhealthy position that face local authorities in South Africa,…

SAICE condemns collusive tendering by construction firms

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) emphatically denounces the occurrence of corruption, called by another name in this case, collusion, anti-competitive behaviour and any unethical behaviour. The 15 construction firms that reached a settlement for collusive tendering may be called firms/companies, but a company consists of people. A company cannot collude, only its…