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.…

Vuk’uzenzele Get up and do it yourself

I find recent calls for Benni McCarthy and Siyabonga ‘Bhele’ Nomvethe to be part of the national football team again, quite interesting. Their recent performance records at Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows have shown their spectacular abilities. McCarthy’s goal, a classic overhead kick, against Maritzburg United in the PSL recently tells you that he old…

SAICE Civil Talk

National Development Plan (NDP): “A plan is only as good as its delivery mechanism is viable” This gathering of minds happened at SAICE House in April. Piroshaw Camay chaired the meeting and introduced the panellists. They were Trueman Goba (National Planning Commissioner, Executive Chairman of Goba Consulting and President of SAICE in 2002), Malani Padayachee-Saman…

A Succession plan for SA civil engineering

INTRODUCTION On 11 November 2011 the National Planning Commission (NPC) unveiled the National Development Plan: Vision for 2030. The core objective of the Plan is to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by creating opportunities. The Diagnostic Report that preceded the Plan, and that was published by the NPC in June 2011, identified nine challenges, namely:…

Let’s go pick a fight

I share a relationship with my mother that I think our readers may identify with. I am allowed to criticise and complain about her, but God protect you if you aim criticism in her direction, and you are not her off spring. I share the same relationship with South Africa. I am allowed to complain…

Meet our Winners!

The Awards event took place at the Premier Hotel OR Tambo on the evening of 11 October 2011. We announced our winners to a ballroom packed to capacity with civil engineering guests, clients and dignitaries. For more info contact Zina Girald at SAICE National Office on +27 (11) 805 5947 or e-mail: zina@saice.org.za The SA…