Civil Engineering December 2021 | Vol 29 No 11

2 December 2021 Civil Engineering other panels, where robust discussions were had. It was great to interact with our members and individuals from industry and government on diversity and inclusivity issues, as well as infra- structure build opportunities, being among the key topics. I was also very fortunate to have attended two fully live events, namely the Durban Branch’s Women’s Day celebration and the Pietermaritzburg Branch’s AGM. This was warmly welcomed, not only by myself, but by those who were in attendance, as it was long overdue considering the restrictions applied during the pandemic. My presidential year would have not been successful without the support of the national office, and, considering that many events were scheduled for the latter part of the year, our staff managed to ensure that events were run smoothly and that our members were exposed to the quality that is expected of SAICE. I was also very proud to hand out the awards at this year’s SANRAL SAICE 2021 National Awards evening. Witnessing a multitude of awards being presented to our very deserving members was amazing. The quality of work that our members produce is world class and we must always celebrate the fact that we have some of the most talented civil engineering professionals in the world. LEADERSHIP There is a saying that, “If you’re not leaving a trail of leaders behind you, you’re not leading – you’re following a leader”. This is so important in defining the traits of a leader and I am confident that during my presidency I was able to inspire our young members to become leaders, not only within SAICE, but in their organisations as well as in their personal lives. I am truly amazed at the calibre of our members, especially our younger members who have taken on leadership roles in our branches, divisions, committees and panels, where they have excelled. The past year has seen a resurgence of impetus among our members and this can only be attributed to good leadership from all structures, including that of the CEO. In conclusion, I must thank the Executive Board for providing me with the opportunity to serve as the President for 2021. It has been a very fulfilling and challenging year, but in the end all the extra effort was for the benefit of our members as well as for the longevity of SAICE. I am truly blessed to have interacted with the many talented individuals who make up the heart and soul of SAICE and I see a very positive future for this great organisation going forward. Vishal Krishandutt SAICE President 2021 president@saice.org.za I am truly blessed to have interacted with the many talented individuals who make up the heart and soul of SAICE and I see a very positive future for this great organisation going forward AutoCAD ® World-Leading CAD Software WaterMate Water Reticulation Design SurfMate Survey & Digital Terrain Modelling AeroTURN Aircraft Movement & Space Analysis RebarMate Reinforced Concrete Detailing & Scheduling Autodesk Civil 3D ® Site Development & Transportation AutoTURN Vehicle Manoeuvre Simulation & Analysis DatumMate Datum Conversion of Drawings RoadMate Urban & Rural Road Design ParkCAD Automated Parking Area Layouts Architecture Engineering & Construction Collection PipeMate Sewer & Stormwater Design and Analysis

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