The SAICE delegation led by SAICE 2015 President Malcolm Pautz and CEO, Manglin Pillay visited Witwatersrand University on their most recent leg of the presidential visits.
At the visit President Pautz addressed students and extended a call for them to take on the challenges facing industry as future leaders of the industry and country. He further encouraged them to become more involved in SAICE – emphasising engagement in key issues as fundamental as establishing a voice and influencing change, “You as young engineers can become involved in SAICE initiatives, but even if you don’t choose this route, be engaged so that you can help form the future and material base of the culture you wish to serve.”
Manglin Pillay, shared with students his own personal experience as a former student himself in an effort to illustrate the firm grasp he had on student specific issues and SAICE’s commitment to addressing them. He also further encouraged students to make use of SAICEs free student membership benefits and extensive network of influence as they branch out into their respective careers.
The visit was rounded off with a site visit to the low-cost housing concept which Wits students and staff have been working on under the leadership of Professor Mitch Gohnert. The concept design aims at providing a steadier, safer and cost-efficient alternative to the current local RDP design. Manglin Pillay also gave a keynote address and conferred prizes at the faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment Prize giving where the university’s top achievers where honoured for their excellent performance for the 2013/14 academic year.