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SAIIE Newsletter June 2014

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 July 2015 15:23

Please refer to the attachment for the June 2014 SAIIE Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 5_June 2014.pdf 411.5K 1 Jul 14 15:20

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SAIIE Newsletter May 2014

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 July 2015 15:23

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE May 2014 Newsletter.


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 4_May 2014.pdf 461.8K 6 Jun 14 12:13

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Newsletter March 2014

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 July 2015 15:21

 

Dear Members

Carien had a very successful presentation tour of Stellenbosch, Gauteng, Durban and Port Elizabeth preaching the news of the importance of professional registration with ECSA, as well as being a member of SAIIE. Attendance varied between 30 and 60 people per session.

Key issues regarding SAIIE during and after the sessions were raised and included:

  • The value of being a member of SAIIE 
  • Confusion between SAIIE membership, and being registered with ECSA (either as Candidate or Professional)
  • Lack of activity outside of Gauteng
  • Lack of awareness as to what SAIIE is, does, stands for
  • How does one become a member of SAIIE?

The focus of these sessions were twofold – an overview of the focus of SAIIE Council in the current year (averaging 30 minutes) and Registration, with extensive Question and Answer sessions lasting two to three hours. The interest in Registration support has been overwhelming, with an average of one individual submitting a request for registration support daily, subsequently.

Carien intends getting the Road to Registration courses on track as from next month. It would most likely entail establishing a separate company, working in partnership with the SAICE/CESA Candidate Academy, and endorsed by SAIIE.

Carien is currently looking for individuals who may wish to become involved in this venture on a sub-contractor basis. If you are such a person, please contact Carien. http://www.saiie.co.za/road_to_registration

We received excellent feedback from two University of Pretoria students, Heidi Barends and Candice Hodgson, on the SAIIE OR SIG event on Cloud collaboration for the supply chain of tomorrow held on 20 February 2014.Click here for feedback.

The 26th SAIIE Annual Conference with the theme Making the Connection will be held atGlenburn Lodge in Magaliesburgfrom 14 to 16 July 2014. We are looking for wise old men, bright-eyed youngsters, scientists, free spirits, leaders, dreamers, entrepreneurs, thinkers, realists to attend and/or submit abstracts for industry presentations showcasing innovation and excellence! Please click on SAIIE26 to submit an abstract or register your attendance. Be there! It is said that the world belongs to those who turn up!

Apart from this exciting venture, various other very interesting events, conferences and workshops came to our attention, the first of which is the SAIIE OR SIG and ORSSA Western Cape Achievements and Opportunities in Freight Transportation Modelling with presenters Johan Joubert from the University of Pretoria and Jan Havenga from the Stellenbosch University, to be held on 10 April (17:00 for 18:00) at Die Bergkelder Wine Estate, George Blake Road, Stellenbosch. For more information click on SAIIE OR SIG. Attendance is for FREE, but booking is essential. RSVP online at http://saiie-or-10apr.eventbrite.com/.

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) will communicate its repositioning and strategic initiatives to various stakeholders with vested interest in the affairs of ECSA on 10 April 2014 at the Fusion Boutique Hotel in Polokwane, Limpopo from 17:00 to 20:30 with registration at 16:30. There is limited space, so please register by 16:30 on Friday 4 April 2014. Contact Vatiswa Dondashe on vatiswa@ecsa.co.za or Tel; 011 607 9507.

There is a FREE workshop Holistic solutions to the education crisis for employees and members of NSTF Member Organisations at Emperors Palace, Convention Centre, Kempton Park, Gauteng on 2 April 2014 starting at 09:00. To reserve your seat and for catering purposes, it is essential for all to book. In terms of the Basic Education Accord, all stakeholders in education are encouraged to work together, to make far-reaching and dramatic improvements to the education system. The principle of partnerships is emphasised by the National Development Plan (NDP).  The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has produced an Action Plan (2014) as overarching strategy. There are a number of other initiatives that tackle SA’s education woes in a holistic and inclusive manner, rather than, e.g. working on a few selected schools at a time, or on improving the teaching and learning of particular subjects only. During this NSTF discussion forum, we will be hearing about projects which implement the principles of partnerships and collaboration, in a manner that can be rolled out to the entire country, in order to effect substantial change, and lift our country out of the education quagmire that it has been in for far too long. Click here for more information.

Please note that if you do not RSVP, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the NSTF website – www.nstf.org.za

For those interested in Technology Innovation for Transport the Transport Forum hosts this event on Thursday 3 April 2014 from 12:00 to 16:00 at the T-Systems Auditorium, International Business Gateway (IBG), New Road in Midrand. Attendance is for free but booking is essential www.transportsig.com. Click here for more information.

Civilution supports NDP for the future of South Africa. Civilution is about the process of mobilising South Africa’s engineering capacity to support government in its aspirations for an improved South Africa. Trevor Manuel, the Minister in the Presidency and the Minister in charge of the NDP, Nazir Alli (CEO of SANRAL), Trevor Fowler (City Manager of Johannesburg) and Ketso Gordhan will lead this discussion at the Civulution Congress on Monday 7 April 2014 with the view of uniting the engineering and construction industries and to foster collaboration with the aspirations of national government. Earn 2 CPD credits. For more information Click here.

ECSA will launch its Decades of Engineering Excellence, a prestige 216-page hardcover coffee table publication. For more information Click here.Attend this function on Friday 11 April 2014 (14:30 for 15:00) until 17:00 and earn point two CPD (0.2 CPD) credits. The event will be held at The Venue, Melrose Arch,17 The High Street, Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Please contact Sandisa on 011 607 9542 or email sandisa@ecsa.co.za.

A workshop that could interest some members is the Heap Leaching Engineering Workshop, to be held on 23 and 24 April 2014 atThe Hackle Brooke Conference Centre in Johannesburg. CallKhloe Houston on 011 455 5184 and Click here for more information.

Another interesting conference is the SAAMA Conference 2014 with the theme Fifty five ― the way to integrated asset management, to be held from 12 to 14 May 2014 at the CTICC in Cape Town.Attention will be focused on the impact of aspects such as ISO 55 000, GFMAM and the 39 subjects on asset management globally. Related asset management developments, methodologies, best practices and case studies will be presented through a range of conference sessions and interactive workshops.More information is obtainable from Beatrix Lourens at info@saamaconference.org.za or Click here.

Dr Henk van Tonder with his Mentorship Programme for Final Year Industrial Engineering Students, is challenging 16 SAIIE members who are professionally registered with ECSA to each become a mentor to six University of Pretoria students. The students involved will benefit by learning how to develop a professional early career plan and much more, and the mentor by earning ONE CPD credit for every ten hours spent with the students. If ever there was a win-win situation, this is it!  And, an added advantage is that your company can get to know the students, making it easier should you want to employ one of them in future. The student, on the other hand, will gain knowledge of different companies, simplifying his/her choice for which company to work. Should you be interested, please contact Henk van Tonder at henkvtonder@gmail.com, Nandie Coetzee at nandiecoetzee@gmail.com or Lynette Pieterse at Lynette.Pieterse@up.ac.za before 15 April 2014.

Here is an in interesting opportunity! Engineers from South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries are invited to enter a major new prize which rewards innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering. The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) today announced the launch of the first Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation and called for entries from engineers connected with universities and research institutions in sub-Saharan African countries.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is Africa’s biggest prize devoted to engineering innovation, covering all disciplines from mechanical, civil and computing to biomedical, oil and gas, mining and electronic engineering.  For more information Click here.

Please keep your comments coming, until again!

Sincerely

Carien Botha Pr Eng

SAIIE President

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Newsletter 6 Feb

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 July 2015 15:21

2014 Newsletter 6 February

Dear Members

Time is flying and we are already in February. Exciting things are happening regarding your 'Road to Registration'. Carien Botha has undertaken the first road-show to assist you in obtaining professional registration with less stress and over a much shorter period of time. Very positive feedback came from a number of people attending in Cape Town. Carien will be in Durban on 27 February 2014 at the Durban University of Technology from 18:00 to 20:00 and on 28 February she will address the students. Don't delay, attend this worthwhile presentation and put your future on the right path. Please fill out the form under 'Road to Registration' on the SAIIE website! http://www.saiie.co.za/road_to_registration

Other exciting events are on offer from as soon as 19 February (and again on 24 February) when the University of Western Cape School of Business and Finance facilitates a workshop for the Metals, Engineering and Related Industries (on behalf of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism) on the Infrastructural expenditure by Government, State-owned Enterprises and parastatals in excess of R800 billion over the next eight years, at the Pinelands Library Hall from 10h00 to 14h00. (Behind Howard Centre off Forest Drive).

Another event 'Cloud Collaboration for the Supply Chain of Tomorrow', presented by SAIIE or SIG, ORSSA Pretoria and Resolve, takes place on 20 February 2014 at 17h00 for 18h00 at the Jupiter Building, 47 Landmarks Avenue, Kosmosdal, Samrand, Centurion. RSVP online at SAIIE or 20feb.eventbrite.com

From far-off shores you will find interesting conferences under Events on our website. A new entry is the 2nd Annual International Conference on Industrial, Systems and Design Engineering, 23-26 June 2014, Athens, Greece - just in case you need to get your passport in order.

Closer to home the University of Pretoria put out an 'Announcement and final call papers' for the 9th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management, 28-31 October 2014 at the CSIR ICC Pretoria. Furthermore, AfricaRail Conference will have "Africa's largest rail, transport and infrastructure show" on 1 and 2 July 2014 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The SAIIE Service Sector will present Industrial Engineer the Entrepreneur on 27 February 2014 at the PwC Business School, 7 Kikuyu Road, Sunninghill, Johannesburg from 17h00 to 19h00.

Very seldom does one get anything for free, but the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) will host a workshop for employees/members of NSTF Member Organisations, of which SAIIE is a member, for free. The topic: Energy Workshop: Does the Government's Energy Planning take full account of the available technologies, environmental impact, and the required Research and Development? This event will be held on 4 March 2014 at the President Hotel in Mangaung (Bloemfontein). Please see the website under Events.

Still in March, for the first time worldwide, Brian Barr and Leo Grutters, the authors of the FIDIC Users' Guide 3rd Edition, will be personally lecturing at three workshops. Both authors are members of the FIDIC's President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators, and bring over 40 years' in-depth FIDIC experience, as well as conducting training courses on how to use FIDIC in various contexts. This is a comprehensive update of the well-known standard reference work of Brian Totterdill, taking into account newly published forms of contract, case studies and FIDIC's expansion into a more international arena. This 1,6 kg publication, (get a free copy if you attend), stimulates better contract administration, highlights accountability and addresses contentious issues with relevant conclusions on dispute avoidance rather than dispute resolution. (Midrand on Monday 3 March 2014 at the Bytes Conference Centre; Durban on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the Garden Court, uMhlanga; Cape Town on Friday 7 March 2014 at Belmont Square Conference Centre).

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), with the support of various other voluntary associations, will host the Civilution Congress at Emperors Palace from 6 to 8 April 2014. Speakers such as the Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel and Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector, will address delegates on the National Development Plan and on corruption, tenderpreneuring and ethics in the infrastructure engineering sector, respectively. More information on www.saice.org.za

Just a final note - we have come some way with our website and Online Platform but we're not there yet. Please read Annexure A to get up to date with the latest developments and benefit with the online platform.

We look forward to your comments and views, posted on our new online platform!

Sincerely

Carien Botha Pr Eng

SAIIE President

Annexure A: Online Platform Update

SAIIE has previously mentioned that we are enabling more functionality on our online platform. Please find some of the highlights on the current platform and an overview of the roadmap that is still in the pipeline.

  1. The member management portal - This has gone live last year in June, and most of our members have been using this function to update their personal profiles and pay membership fees. If you have not seen this, please log onto the platform and view you profile, your account status and certificate. http://www.saiie.co.za/
  2. Conference registration platform - SAIIE has also implemented our integrated platform that will allow our members to book a place at the yearly conference; it also provides all the information required to submit a paper or to present at the conference - http://www.saiie.co.za/saiie26. This function will also be enabled for our Special Interest Groups (SIG) events in due time.
  3. Knowledge Share - Please make use of the knowledge share function. This will allow only our members the privilege to share and view knowledge with one another. The tool allows the sharing of videos that is already posted on YouTube. We can make a difference in our IE community by making use of this function - http://www.saiie.co.za/client/knowledge-share
  4. Engineering Companies database - The launch of our first-of-a-kind:
    • Industrial Engineering Product and Service Provider Online Database, featuring companies/entities ,which either:
      • Ø Offer Industrial Engineering-related services;
      • Ø Employ Industrial Engineering practitioners;
      • Ø Require, from time to time, professional services offered by Industrial Engineering practitioners; Offer products and/or services relevant to the Profession, or
      • Ø Offer products and/or services that Industrial Engineering practitioners may use in practicing their Profession, or in a professional capacity.
      • Ø Offer white papers/case studies specific for professional community
    • Access to employment opportunities, including:
      • Ø Opportunities for undergraduate/vacation work;
      • Ø Opportunities for contract work ,and
      • Ø Opportunities for work related to academic research and/or dissertation topics (both undergraduate and postgraduate students).
    • Access to potential Industrial Engineering practitioners seeking employment
    This function is already available online to all SAIIE members, we are still in the process to upload information from the Industry.
  5. Career Portal - This will allow the Industry to advertise vacant positions, student work and allow our members to upload their electronic CVs. These CVs will be available in the market (Platform) for companies to identify potential new employees - all information will only be shared based on the members' preference and security settings. This function will be available on the platform in the next week.
  6. Online training - SAIIE has implemented the online training function, we have started to engage with various market leaders on relevant training content. For Members that are registered with ECSA, most of these courses will also be accredited to earn you CPD credits.
  7. CPD Manager - This function is still in development, and will be integrated with the conference (CPD Credits), online training (CPD Credits) and will allow members to upload their CPD certificates and events for compliance to ECSA. CPD Credits will be stored/ uploaded and reminders for renewals will be sent to members who would like to use this facility.
  8. Mentor Connector - This function is still in development. SAIIE has recognised that our members, at times, require Mentors in their current environments and we have a list of Mentors who wish to guide other members on this career path. This function will allow these members to link, using the mentor connector function. This will be available shortly.

SAIIE has more additional benefits that will be shared in due time. But as you can see, we have made some excellent progress with the implementation of the new platform. Any comments can be sent to us or logged onto the contact form - http://www.saiie.co.za/contact-us

Waldo Viljoen Pr Eng
SAIIE Treasurer &
Platform Deployment Team


Attachments:

SAIIE OR - 20 Feb Cloud Collaboration for the Supply Chain of Tomorrow.pdf 738.8K 26 Sep 13 15:52
INVITATION_ Transport Forum SIG - Discussing a Structure for the Gauteng Transport Authority.pdf 165.7K 26 Sep 13 15:52
PGWC Invite to companies 19 Feb 2014.pdf 103.9K 26 Sep 13 15:52
SAIIE 27 Feb 2014 finalv2.pdf 103.9K 26 Sep 13 15:52
2014 Civilution - building Sa water security 112.pdf 55.1K 19 Feb 14 15:46

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2014 Newsletter January

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 July 2015 15:20

Dear Members

Before we start with 2014 issues, allow me to do something I neglected in my rush towards the end of 2013. A sincere thank you to all who have supported SAIIE in the advancement of our Profession, and our Institute.

I introduced the slogan “A vibrant society, a vibrant future”, in my inaugural talk in August last year. Behind the scenes, all stops are being pulled out in realising this vision. We trust that you would become as excited as we are about the initiatives that we have planned for this year, which we will share with you as they are launched.

The SAIIE website is the primary interface amongst us, and for promoting our Profession to the public at large. After a frustrating period during which the SAIIE website was down due to hacking more often than it was working, we have re-launched our web-presence, as an integral part of the on-line membership management system that we have implemented last year. Having been relatively close to the development of our online portal, it was exciting to experience its (rather unofficial) launch on 15 January. I was even more excited to learn that the first comment was posted on the website within hours after its launch, seeing that the chat function working exactly the way in which it was intended. Ultimately, this function would be expanded to offer you even more opportunity to interact with one another on specific topics, and with the Council and other SAIIE leadership bodies. Thanks for breaking the ice Imre, posting the comment on 10:00 hours towards mastery!

The Council is working with our technical and other partners towards creating a dynamic and interactive communication platform, filled with meaningful information. We will keep you posted as we upload new content, and as we launch new functionality, such as career pages, a supplier catalogue, membership management, CPD manager, and many other features that are currently in the making. One of the key features that was launched during the third week of January is an application for online registration for the SAIIE 26 Conference, that is due to take place later this year.

An initiative close to my heart is that of offering better support to Industrial Engineering practitioners who have made a resolution to pursue their Professional Registration. A road show, which would focus on Professional Registration, and how to plug into support to help you achieve this important career milestone is in the pipeline for February. Subject to interest, I am visiting the major centres, talking about the Road to Registration for both younger candidate engineers, as well as mature practitioners who wish to get Professional Registration behind them with the least pain involved. Kindly revert to Lynette Pieterse, SAIIE Office Bearer, should you wish to reserve your place, or if you know of colleagues in other engineering disciplines that may be interested.

We are approaching the end of an era where it did not really matter whether Industrial Engineering practitioners were professionally registered. Times are changing however. For example, all spheres of Government insist on a Professional Registration designation when appointing engineering contractors or consultants, regardless of discipline or category of registration. Furthermore, the SETAs and Department of Higher Education are waking up to the fact that their emphasis on skills development for the roll-out of The National Development Plan need to embrace the development of engineering practitioners, even more so than the artisans that they have traditionally focused on. The SETAs are now increasingly funding Engineering Candidate development programmes, in the context of many of the engineering disciplines (including Industrial Engineering) featuring on the NationalGovernment’s Priority Scarce Skills list. Accessing SETA funding in support of the development of engineering candidates would be one of the topics I will address in the talk on Registration.

You may recall that many of the communique you received in the past year was about Industrial Engineers seeking mentors for Professional Registration. As part of the initiative on registration, I would like to call on all experienced and registered Industrial Engineers who would be interested in pursuing mentoring of registered candidates, on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Mentoring could be a viable exit career for experienced retired individuals who wish to supplement their income whilst staying involved with the Profession. Kindly direct your interest to President@SAIIE.co.za, should you, or anyone you know, wish to find out how to become involved.

One of the highlights we ended on last year was the Workplace Readiness drive, hosted by the Tshwane Branch, and organised by the dynamic Keabetswe Mpane and her team. A video that captures the highlights of the event is available on the website. Well done Kea for initiating this important event!

Congratulations to Jacques Faure, who recently joined the Council as a co-opted Member. Jacques will partner Grace Mukondeleli in the development of student branches, focusing on membership growth and the specific needs of our student cohort.

In conclusion, although things on our website are not totally the way we want it, we are working really hard to rectify the situation. Please bear with us.

We look forward to your comments and views, posted on our new online platform!

Sincerely
Carien Botha Pr Eng
SAIIE President

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