The annual Civil Universities Head of Department Meetings (HOD) hosted and facilitated by SAICE will be held on Monday, 27 January 2014 at the SAICE House, Midrand. The meeting will once again provide a platform for prominent HOD’s to engage in discussions about the future of the civil engineering profession, which rests squarely on the quality of the education system and the integrity of esteemed members of the educational institutions.

The meeting will host six Civil Engineering Head of Departments from leading universities around the country.  These are the University of Johannesburg, University of Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Pretoria as well as Stellenbosch University, other prominent individuals expected to be part of the discussions include SAICE’s CEO Manglin Pillay and SAICE’s Vice President Tom McKune amongst others.  The discussions will include attempts to solve challenges within the civil engineering fraternity in an integrated fashion using SAICE’s influential network of government, consultants, engineering professionals, teachers as well as students. SAICE being at the epicentre of the civil engineering hub brings all these interested parties together. More specifically, SAICE aims to use its position of influence to provide the circumstances necessary to produce the  outcomes required for the continued success and growth of the profession and industry.

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  1. I have submitted to both the CEO and the COO of SAICE an extensive analysis of how I see the profession at the present time together with detailed proposals for consideration about the way forward. I also requests comments to enable me to gauge where I an wrong. To date all I have received is silence. When members of parliament see SAICE as an employment agency there is a great deal wrong and the claims of being at the hub of things rings very hollow. How does a meeting with universities (which I fully support as they are key players in the initial training of our engineers) solve the real problems that the profession is facing? One of the greatest needs is to make the public much more aware of what professional engineers do and in that we are in the dark ages. Is ECSA not (illegally in my view) usurping the claimed position of SAICE? As an engineer with over fifty years of experience I believe that I can still provide ideas worth considering in the short time left to me? But if no one at high level cares to even acknowledge, let alone comment on my ideas, am I wasting my time in trying to grow the profession? I hope not.

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