The 2019 Presidential delegation, SAICE President Brian Downie, Acting CEO Steven Kaplan and SAICE Head of Communications and Marketing Nadeena Le’Tang kicked off the first leg of the 2019 branch visits in Durban earlier this month.

The branch committee engaged in discussions around initiatives and campaigns which would push value add to its members. Their main focus for the year will be to raise the profile of civil engineering within the public space in lieu of the extensive infrastructure plans in the pipeline for the region.

President Downie addressed the members on some of the challenges currently plaguing our country and gave insight into how SAICE intends making a difference to education; entrepreneurship; employment and empowerment.

Former Durban Chairman, Josh Padayachee handed over his reigns to Nathen Moonsamy who will spearhead the region over the next two years. “We need to place the proper emphasis and attention on mentorship to be able to bridge that daunting gap in industry. It is vital that we grow awareness of civil engineering in schools. Collaboration with university students needs to happen. There is much to be done!” – Nathen Moonsamy spoke out on his plans for 2019 and 2020: Skills development, knowledge transfer and radical economic transformation being his drivers.

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