SAICEs Young Members Panel Gauteng Roadshow

For the past two years SAICE’s Young Members Panel (YMP) has been hosting, nationally and internationally, road-shows that have yielded great success in reaching the young minds in preparing them for the working world. The aim is to provide the student in their third and final years with the necessary tools, skills and mind-set to embark…

SAICE signs MoU with Institution of Engineers India (IEI) in Slovenia

The Committees and Executive Council of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) met in Ljubljana, Slovenia from the 16 to 20 September. The WFEO standing committees  met to review and discuss their activities during the current year, as well as forthcoming programmes. Simultaneously, the World Engineering Forum (WEF) with the theme “Sustainable Construction for…

MoU signed by SAICE and BIE

The Botswana Institution of Engineers (BIE) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and its Annual Gala Dinner on 15 September 2012. BIE invited SAICE to attend these to celebrate the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BIE and SAICE. Peter Kleynhans, SAICE President-elect and Theo Jacobs, SAICE International Officer attended the event, where…

Project and people awards for excellence in civil engineering

The prestigious SAICE Awards gala event for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Achievements for 2011/2012 was held at the Emperors Palace in Gauteng on 11 October. There are three categories for technical excellence in civil engineering. The winners of the 2011/2012 Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Achievements are: ·Community-based projects The joint winners: eThekwini…

A gift by Manglin Pillay

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Stephen Grellet (Quaker Minister) 1773-1855 In a…

Building bridges for the breaking

The finals of the very successful annual BKS-SAICE International Bridge Building Competition organised by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) were held at the St Albans College in Pretoria. BKS has once again provided the major sponsorship for the event – for the fourth year running! This exciting competition attracts the participation of approximately…

Branch visits

SAICE National Office, in close corporation with the SAICE Branches, organises presidential visits to all the Branches around the country, as well as to all the Technical Divisions. SAICE has 18 Branches and 9 Technical Divisions. These visits afford the SAICE President and CEO the opportunity to engage with members and with SAICE student chapters…

Graduation day

Everyone has a landmark day or event that defines a breakthrough moment or turning point in their professional or personal lives. Interestingly, I have never learned the distinction between professional time and personal time; as though the transition between the two was triggered by the flick of a switch – when living becomes a resolute…

You can but you may not – By Manglin Pillay

Despite being in my mid-thirties, I still dread visiting the dentist where, on a recent visit, I noticed that the other teeth and gum conscious citizens, together with the receptionist, liberally referred to the dentist as ‘doctor,’ sometimes in the presence of the dentist herself. Is a dentist a doctor – in the traditional sense?…

How many degrees in a half circle

Civil engineering in South Africa We are constantly confronted with the news that civil engineering is one of the priority scarce skills that South Africa needs to ensure the creation, maintenance and development of infrastructure that would lead to social and economic growth. Simultaneously, South Africa is losing qualified engineers to other countries and disciplines.…