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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, Nandie Coetzee at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Carien Botha Pr Eng