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EXECUTIVE OFFICE

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VISHAAL LUTCHMAN

Chief Executive Officer

Vishaal has garnered experience from across the globe. He graduated in 1999 from the University of Natal with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and proceeded to achieve his Pr Eng from the Engineering Council of South Africa in 2005. His interests also lie outside of Engineering as he pursued an MBA through the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2008 and recently obtained his masters in Philosophy Leadership from the University of Johannesburg. Vishaal has been a devoted member of SAICE since 1998. His extensive industry experience encompasses various critical areas such as project management, short and long term strategy development, project implementation, capacity planning, viability and business case development, best practice project governance and risk management.

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Sarlette Vermaak

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Sarlette joined SAICE in July 2016 as its Financial Manager. She has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, and will be supporting SAICE by providing real-time financial management information in order to support and enhance senior-level decision-making for a strong, dynamic and stable Institution.

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Nthabeleng Lentsoane

Head of Marketing & PR

Nthabeleng has a seasoned analytical background and is responsible for SAICE’s Strategy development and implementation, digital marketing execution, public relations management and project management.

VACANT

Head of Membership
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Sharon Mugeri

Sharon Mugeri joined SAICE in January 2006 as an Education and Training Officer where she was involved in organising and coordinating SAICE’s training courses and administering the Continuous Professional Development programme.

Following the appointment of the CEO, Sharon was promoted to the Role of Executive Assistant to the CEO In November 2010 where she has effectively served since. Here she manages the CEO’s and COO’s Diary and is also the Secretary for SAICE Executive Board, the F&A Committee and the International Panel.

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Paula van Niekerk

PA to CFO & Travel Coordinator

Paula joined SAICE in February 2012 as Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer.

Added to her duties as PA, Paula also assist the Finance department in a procurement capacity and raises al purchase orders for SAICE NPO and SAICE (Pty) Ltd.

She also acts as travel coordinator for all domestic travel arrangements required by SAICE and its Branches and Divisions.

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Tom McKune

Head of Training

Tom McKune is a registered technologist that has spent almost 49 years working in the Civil Engineering industry. He started his career working for the NPA Roads Department (now KZN DOT) where he was involved in all aspects of roads, but particularly Geometric Design. He then spent thirty years as an academic teaching various subjects in the Transportation field. Tom has always had a passion for education and training and brings a wealth of experience to the SAICE family!

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

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Helen Johnstone

Senior Debtors Controller – General & Courses

Helen joined SAICE in March 2007 as a debtors clerk and later took on the responsibility of handling the financial side of the Education & Training Department. On a day-to-day basis, Helen is responsible for the invoicing and reconciliation of all courses presented by SAICE.

She also assists by handling escalated queries from members and other customers, reviewing accounts receivable batches for posting and coordinating distribution of bulk invoice and statement batches.

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Rose Magagula

Debtors Controller – Membership N to Z and Branches & Divisions

Rose joined SAICE in January 2009 as an intern and was promoted to her current position in 2012.

She handles membership accounts of members with surnames starting with N to Z and is responsible for invoicing of membership fees, implementing approved monthly schedules, updating of member details and dealing with member queries. 

Rose is also responsible for raising revenue invoices for SAICE’s Branches & Divisions

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Magda Smith

Cashbook Controller – Receipts

Magda joined SAICE in 2013 as a Bookkeeper for debtors and cashbook receipts. Her focus was concentrated on Cashbooks receipts from January 2018.

She is responsible for the correct processing and allocation of all cashbook receipts in SAICE NPO and SAICE (Pty) Ltd, including payments received for membership fees and all other non-member invoices. 

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Erika Maraj

Debtors Controller – Membership A to M

Erika joined SAICE in February 2012 as an intern and was promoted to her current position in 2014.

She handles membership accounts of members with surnames starting with A to M and is responsible for invoicing of membership fees, implementing approved monthly schedules, updating of member details and dealing with member queries. 

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Magda Bruyns

Bookkeeper – Branches & Divisions

Magda joined SAICE in 1998 as Bookkeeper: Creditors and was re-assigned to her current position in April 2018.

She is responsible for all financial transactions in SAICE’s Branches and Divisions, including Cashbooks, Accounts payable, Payments, Cashbook Reconciliations and ensuring that good governance and internal control procedures are adhered to at all times.

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Hermien Toerien

Debtors Controller – General

Hermien joined SAICE in October 2013 as Credit Control Officer and was re-assigned to her current position in January 2018.

She handles all non-membership debtors invoicing in SAICE NPO and SAICE (Pty) Ltd, and controls the debtor’s book for Bookshop, Magazine, Website, Events and Inter-entity transactions to SAICE’s Branches & Divisions. 

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Khanyisile Nkuna

Junior Accountant

Khanyisile joined SAICE on 11 April 2018 as Junior Accountant. She was awarded a B Com degree in 2013 and is studying towards an Advance Diploma in Accounting Science at Unisa.

She is responsible for the following duties in SAICE NPO and SAICE (Pty) Ltd: Accounts Payable, Cashbook Payments, Cashbook Reconciliations, various month-end Journals, Balance Sheet Recons and maintaining the Asset Register.

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

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Mishka Khan

Communications and international relations consultant

Mishka joined SAICE after graduating with a BA HONS in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. She assists with Public Relations development, coordination and the implementation of internal and external Communications, Marketing, Events and International related projects.

EDITORIAL

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Verelene de Koker

EDITOR: Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering

Verelene joined SAICE in 1998 as a receptionist. She moved to the Communications Department in 2001, and in 2008 became the editor of Civil Engineering (SAICE’s monthly magazine) and the Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE’s technical journal). She now (since the start of 2021) focuses on the Journal.

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Danielle Petterson

EDITOR: Civil Engineering

Danielle joined SAICE in 2021 as the editor of Civil Engineering magazine. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Pretoria and has a strong background in magazine publishing for the built environment.

CAREER GUIDANCE

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Memory Scheepers

Special Project & Career Guidance

Before joining SAICE in 1997, Memory worked as a teacher and then a credit officer in the retail environment. At SAICE she started as the membership officer and has worked in Human Resources, building operations and general SAICE administration. She now heads up the Special Projects Department in the Institution.

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Fridah Mahlangu

Career Guidance Officer

Fridah started working for SAICE in 1999 as a cleaner. After showing potential, she was promoted to switchboard operator and receptionist in 2003. She is now involved in office administration, career exhibiting and events. Fridah also runs SAICE’s career guidance projects aimed at aspiring civil engineering practitioners in high schools.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

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Dawn Hermanus

Education and Training co-ordinator

Dawn started at SAICE as “Girl Friday” Secretary /Typist/receptionist for the 6 Staff Members. In 1996 she was promoted to Secretary to the Executive Director and then to Education & Training Department of SAICE.  She has seen SAICE grow and become more involved in the process of Professional Registration by conducting professional reviews. SAICE CPD Courses have become popular among engineers, from where they started as small afternoon lectures by Mike Kelly to the current day CPD offerings. Dawn is instrumental in the facilitation of courses which are developed by semi-retired engineers, technicians and technologists.

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Cheryl-Lee Williams

Education and Training co-ordinator

Cheryl-lee joined SAICE in February 2011. She has been appointed as the Education & Training Coordinator where she is  involved in the management and administration of the Continuous Professional Development portfolio. Apart from the CPD activities, she is also responsible for the coordinating and execution of SAICE’s training programme. She also serves as Secretariat to the Education & Training Panel.

BOOK SHOP

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Angelene Aylward

Sales Administrator

Angelene joined SAICE in January 1999 as Sales Administrator for the bookshop. She has seen the bookshop transformed from small beginnings, with only a few titles, to the beautiful facility at SAICE House where she manages an annual turnover of about R2.6 million. Part of her daily duties include customer service, stock control and the website’s store.

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DANIEL MOTSIRI

GENERAL ASSISTANT

Daniel Motsiri joined SAICE in 2005 as a part-time worker who assisted in renovating SAICE House. He was promoted to driver responsibile for SAICE deliveries and collections, posting, banking and maintenance work. Currently he is involved in the dispatch department assisting the Inventory Clerk.

MEMBERSHIP

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Merriam Molefe

Membership Officer

Merriam started working for SAICE in 2004 and worked herself up to her current position as Membership Officer. Acknowledge receipt of membership applications, confirm and sent login details, proof of membership, preparation of minutes of the Membership meeting, fee exemptions, senior status admission, retired members, resignations and members’ queries. Provision of monthly updated membership Branch and Division reports, graphs and statistics

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Vicky Johnstone

Membership Officer

Vicky started working for SAICE on a temporary basis in August 2013, she joined the permanent staff in December 2013 as a Membership Officer. Her duties include, management of the membership department statistics and reporting, membership applications, fee suspensions, senior status admission, retired members, resignations and members’ queries.

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Merriam Sethole

Membership Officer

Merriam joined SAICE in 2009 and was promoted from Receptionist to Membership Officer in July 2016. Her duties include updating returned emails of mailing lists from Branches/Divisions and regular contact with student members to submit proof of registration for fee exemptions. Merriam also prepares monthly updated membership reports, graphs and statistics for YMP and maintains the membership database, certificates requests and returns.

BUILDING OPERATIONS

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Mary Molefe

Receptionist

She joined SAICE in February 2012 as a janitor and is currently being groomed to assist with the SAICE switchboard. Prior to joining SAICE she worked in a publishing company focusing on customer assistance.

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Pearl Moanakwenu

Cleaning Lady

A mother of 1 and a keen athlete from Rustenburg – Pearl works along-side Shakina to maintain cleanliness around SAICE. She is an extremely motivated individual who is currently working on building herself a career at SAICE.

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Shakina Mukandawire

Cleaning Lady

Born and bred in Zimbabwe, Shakina moved to Johannesburg to start working at SAICE to improve herself and the life of her 4 kids. Currently employed as a cleaning lady she aims to further herself through courses which will enable her to one day be the receptionist at SAICE.