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2017 SAIIE Awards: Announcement of Nominees

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 15:36

The SAIIE Awards honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to industrial engineering in Southern Africa and the 2017 SAIIE Awards nominees in the following categories are as follows:

Prof Kris Adendorff Award for Prominent Industrial Engineering Professional

  • Dr Hannelie Nel – Director, Tennelli Industries (Pty) Ltd.
  • Mr Ben Peters – Snr Project Manager, City of Cape Town
  • Prof Corné Schutte – Chairperson Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Arno van der Merwe – CEO, Mercedes-Benz

SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Educator

  • Prof James Bekker – Snr Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
  • Ms Teresa Hattingh – Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand
  • Mr Tshifhiwa Nenzhele – Lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Dr Karl van der Merwe – Snr Lecturer, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Prof Liezl van Dyk – Research Director & School Director, School of Industrial Engineering, North West University

SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Researcher

  • Prof Khumbulani Mpofu – Head of Department & Research Chair, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Prof Thomas Tengen – Associate Professor, Vaal University of Technology
  • Prof Liezl van Dyk – Research Director & School Director, School of Industrial Engineering, North West University
  • Prof Jan van Vuuren – Professor, Stellenbosch University

SAIIE Award for Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Researcher

  • Mr Makinde Olusambo Ayodeji, Part-time lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Ms Louzanne Bam, Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Wouter Bam, Researcher, Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Jean-Claude Baraka, Full-time Doctorate student, Durban University of Technology
  • Ms Imke de Kock, Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr Jacomine Grobler, Snr Lecturer, University of Pretoria
  • Mr James Magombo, Business Systems Analyst, CO3 Technologies
  • Mr Brian van Vuuren, Researcher/Lecturer, Stellenbosch University

The winners of the SAIIE Awards in the above categories will be announced at the SAIIE Awards and Gala evening scheduled for Friday, 21 July 2017 at 18:30 at The Capital Moloko in Sandton. A three-course meal will be served and some exciting keynote speakers, still to be confirmed will be addressing the audience. To book your table, please contact lynette.pieterse@up.ac.za before 13 July 2017. The cost is R750 per person and sponsor opportunities are available. Please refer to the attachment for the sponsor opportunities. 


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Visit to Bogota, Colombia: 25 - 26 May 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 12:46

Facts about Colombia:

Christopher Columbus landed on the west coast of Colombia in 1499.

Spanish rule ( the Viceroyalty of New Granada)  lasted until 1819, when the Republic of Colombia was founded after the War of Independence  with Simón Bolívar as first President and Francisco Santander as Vice-President.

Since the 1960’s there has been a low intensity conflict between the government and guerrillas from the left and the far right. Formal peace was signed in 2015. The President Juan Manual Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for concluding the peace process, which still needs to be ratified by referendum.

Today Colombia has the fourth largest economy in Latin America with a per capita GDP of US$ 6 104. The total area of Colombia is 1,14 m km² and a  population of  49,1 million.  It is situated in the north-western corner of South America, with Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Panama as neighbours.

The country is divided into 33 Departments (provinces) and Bogotá, with a population of 7 million,  is the capital city and situated at 2 600 m above sea level geographically in the centre of the country. The official language is Spanish (Castilian), but there are 68 indigenous languages spoken.

Industrial Engineering in Colombia:

Dr Henk van Tonder (SAIIE Executive Director) was invited by the Institute for International Cooperation (CERI) of the District University Francisco José de Calda (UD) to attend the first conference of the Colombian Institute of Industrial Engineers (ACII) at the Catholic University Santo Toma in Bogotá and the Engineering Week Seminar at Universidad Distrital.

From left to right:

Alexis Adamy Ortiz, the Director of CERI, at Universidad Distrital JFC, Bogotá & Dr Henk van Tonder (SAIIE Executive Director)

  • CERI is tasked with the internationalisation of the University UD and has a programme to formalise relationships with universities worldwide to exchange students and lecturers and to cooperate in research programmes and the standardisation of curricula.

At present there are 126 students in the exchange programme and 44 visiting lecturers. The first chapter of IISE in Latin America was established at the University UD (Chapter #985) in 2001.

CERI is actively seeking an agreement with a South African university. 

  • ACII was founded in 1984 and has a membership of approximately 100 graduate industrial engineers. It has formal recognition agreements with similar bodies in Latin America and has approached SAIIE for such an agreement.                                                                          

After seven decades of conflict in the country, the theme for the two day conference was “The role of IE’s in a post-conflict society”, with invitees from Latin America and South Africa.

The 18 presentations over the two days covered the role of the IE’s in the reconstruction of the society in Colombia with reference to agriculture, health services and infrastructure capacity building.

The Department of Industrial Engineering at Universidad Santo Toma acted as hosts for the conference.

Back: Members of ACII Council and Henk van Tonder (SAIIE)

Front: José Ramiro Bertieri (Director ACII), Beatriz Lorena Rodríguez (Dean IE, Universidad Santo Toma), Guillermo Gala Picon (President ACII)


  • The final year IE students organised their annual Engineering Week Seminar at the Universidad Distrital JFC (UD) and invited international speakers to address the topic “Smart cities, Productivity, Sustainability and Humanity”.                                                       

The key note address was delivered by Dr Eduardo da Cota, a member of the BRICS committee on Smart Cities. 

The final year IE class at Universidad Distrital José Francisco de Calda, with invited speakers

Invited Speakers from left to right:              

Jesús Velásques (Chief Scientist, D O Analytics), Dr Eduardo da Costa (University Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), Henk van Tonder (SAIIE), Guillermo Real Flórez (UD) and Juan Carlos Guevara (UD – absent)




Last updated Tuesday, 6 June 2017 10:46

SAIIE April 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:17

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE April 2017 Newsletter.


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 23_ April 2017_Final.pdf 1.4M 11 Apr 17 10:17

SAIIE March 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 10 March 2017 11:51

Refer to the attachment for the SAIIE March 2017 Newsletter. 


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 2 _ March 2017_Final.pdf 1.0M 10 Mar 17 11:51

First Call for Papers: 28th Annual SAIIE Conference: 25 - 27 October 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:09


Please find attached the First Call for Papers to the 28th Annual SAIIE Conference scheduled from 25 - 27 October 2017 at Riverside Sun, Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.


SAIIE28 1st Call for papers.pdf 341.7K 15 Feb 17 09:07

Last updated Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:09

SAIIE February 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 11:54

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE February 2017 Newsletter


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 1 _ Febr 2017_ final.pdf 1.1M 8 Feb 17 11:54

SAIIE December 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 11:52

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE December 2016 Newsletter.


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 11 _ Dec 2016_Final.pdf 1.0M 8 Feb 17 11:52

AGM: 18 February 2016: President's Report and Financial Report

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 7 March 2016 00:07

Please find attached the following documents:

  • President's Report
  • President's Report: Power Point Presentation
  • 2014/2015 Financial Report


President’s Report_18 Feb 2016_LP edit.pdf 397.7K 6 Mar 16 21:36
President’s Report_18 Feb 2016_Waldo Viljoen PRES.pdf 604.3K 6 Mar 16 21:37
Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2015 rev 1.pdf 461.9K 6 Mar 16 21:37

Last updated Sunday, 6 March 2016 22:07

Changes on the SAIIE website

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 1 July 2014 14:42

The SAIIE team has created a:

1. Career Module (jobs, vacancies)

By the click of a button, this will allow:

  •          Companies to advertise positions available
  •          As a member you can apply for these positions

Select the option for

  •          Companies to view your CV

 For the effective operation of this function, SAIIE members are requested to PLEASE complete their CVs online – the service is Free and GRATIS!

2. Knowledge-share Platform

If you have ever faced a situation where you were seeking industry information with

  •          no one to talk to
  •          no forum to consult

this is the answer!

 You can

  •          add links
  •          post videos and
  •          images
  •          subscribe to interesting topics being discussed
  •          share what you have learned or experienced

3. Two events calendars

  •          SAIIE annual conference
  •          Online training and smaller seminars/workshops

View these and register to attend!

PS Where applicable events will be linked to the CPD Manager!

4. CPD Manager

The SAIIE team realised they could assist the members by managing their CPD points. The

CPD Manager will:

  •          track your CPD points
  •          pro-actively advise you when points are needed, and
  •          in which category, plus
  •          where you can find the necessary seminar/workshop, etc.

 5. Secure online payment

  •          options, and
  •          up to date information

Please view your statement online and update your personal details and become part of the SAIIE online community!

SAIIE has walked the extra mile to add value for our members. Now it is your turn

  •          to make use of the initiatives, and
  •          please provide feedback to enable us to cater for your needs!


Meeting the Demand for SIPs Scarce Skills: Industrial Engineering: Occupational Team Feedback Report 2

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 14 April 2014 13:30

Refer to the attached file.


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