A delegation led by SAICE CEO Manglin Pillay and Past President Dr Martin van Veelen are currently in Italy, Rome representing South Africa at the World Engineering Forum – WEF2017 & WFEO General Assembly. The forum which commenced on 26 November and will run to 2 December 2017 is an international event that will aim to analyse recent developments in different engineering sectors and the best practices of the most relevant mainstream technological applications linked to the general topic: “Safeguarding the heritage of mankind: a great challenge for engineers”.
During the WEF2017, innovative developments, technological applications and the best engineering practices related to the general topic of the forum, will be explored and analysed.
Public speakers of high-level, national and international organisations, academic world, businesses and professionals will meet and confront each other.
Exhibition spaces and high-level conferences will take place to discuss and share innovative ideas, solutions and practices from all over the world.
Over the past two days SAICE has participated on various panels representing South Africa. SAICE Young Members, Munya Mutyora and Lorato Ntsie represented SAICE and the country at the WFEO Young Engineers Future Leaders Committee where they shared the kind of projects young engineering professionals are involved in, in South Africa in relation to student chapters, Young Members Panel, Water and Bridge Building Competitions and leadership development. Lorato also delivered a technical presentation on exploring groundwater resources in KZN Midlands at a separate event at the conference.
S’thandile Ncube participated on the WFEO Committee for the Environment and discussed food security. Dr Martin van Veelen, also presented on the same committee where he discussed South African challenges in relation to acid mine drainage, drought and water restrictions in Cape Town. He also spoke about the poor capacity in local government in terms of water treatment and its broader negative impact on water quality.
The delegation also shared how South African politicians are embracing the advice of engineers and how great exploits have been achieved when (civil) engineers and politicians work together, a good example being the unprecedented water supply to +11 million people in the country.