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Science, Policy and Society - Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: 14 Aug 2018: Pretoria Botanical Garden

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 10:25


Last updated Tuesday, 7 August 2018 08:25

Wits University, Lean Healthcare Management: 10 - 14 September 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 3 August 2018 14:09

Aims of the Course

The course aims to provide a foundation level understanding of Lean within a healthcare environment. It also aims to introduce students to basic Lean philosophy, terminology and tools. Students will be equipped with problem solving tools which will enable them to identify and analyse opportunities for improvement within a broad range of healthcare environments. The benefits and challenges of implementing Lean within a South African healthcare environment will also be discussed.

Course Content

We look at operations management in healthcare from a systems perspective, aiming to understand the context and challenges of this unique environment.  This course will refresh the context and background of Lean, leading into problem solving methods with particular emphasis on root cause analysis. We will equip you with skills aimed at taking good lean ideas and implementing them, and once implemented, to measure their impact and evaluate whether the goals were met.

Who Should Attend 

This course is aimed at operational staff and management in private and public healthcare. The course will also be valuable for key members of government and non-profit organisations and consultants to the healthcare industry.

For more information refer to the attachment. 


Wits Lean Healthcare 2018.pdf 2.1M 3 Aug 18 11:17

Last updated Friday, 3 August 2018 12:09

Leadership Development Workshop: NMU

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 6 July 2018 13:41

For more information and to register contact:

Dr Ann Lourens
HoD Industrial Engineering

Project Leader: wela
Department of Industrial Engineering

Summerstrand Campus North

Tel: +27 (0)41 5049124
Fax: +27 (0)41 5049246

Cell: 083 658 1084



Last updated Friday, 6 July 2018 11:41

INVITATION: Transport Forum SIG 7 June 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 1 June 2018 20:04


I N V I T A T I O N to a S p e c i a l   I n t e r e s t   G r o u p event, Bus Rapid Transit, on Thursday 7 June 2018 in Johannesburg

Proudly hosted by:

University of Johannesburg's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa), or ITLS (Africa)



School of Tourism and Hospitality (Click here for map)
Bunting Road Campus
Auckland Park
GPS coordinates: Latitude: -26.189144   Longitude: 28.016683 


Attendance is for free, but booking is essential

Click here for the website and to reserve your seat


12h00 - 13h00



13h00 – 13h15


Harry van Huyssteen
Transport Forum

13h15 – 13h40

Opening Address

Prof. Jackie Walters
Head: Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management
University of Johannesburg

13h40 – 14h05

DOT’s view on BRT

Mr. Ibrahim Seedat
Director: Public Transport Policies
Department of Transport

14h05 – 14h30

Future trajectories for BRT in South Africa

Prof. Christo Venter
Associate Professor
Centre for Transport Development/ Department of Civil Engineering
University of Pretoria

14h45 - 15h05

Reforms to the Integrated Public Transport Networks’ Plans and Budget

Mr. Michael Kihato
Public Transport Lead: Cities Support Programme
National Treasury

15h05 - 15h30



15h30 – 16h00

Panel Discussion


16h00 - 16h10

Closure and Lucky Draw (Winner must be present!)


Cancellation Policy:
Please take note that a penalty fee of R570 (Including VAT) will be charged, should you book and do not attend without cancellation at least 24-hours prior to the event. Substitution is acceptable. Cancellations should be done by email to:  harryvh@transportsig.com or fax at: 086 530 6431.



Last updated Friday, 1 June 2018 18:04

Call for abstracts for ORSSA 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 4 May 2018 15:00

Registration for the 47th Annual ORSSA Conference is now open. The conference will be taking place at the CSIR's International Convention Centre in Pretoria from 16 – 19 September 2018. Prospective delegates may register online here: http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.Register.

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers are Prof. Liezl van Dyk (Dean of Engineering at North West University) and Mr. Charles Malack Oloo (President of AFROS - African Federation of Operations Research Societies). Both are outstanding OR practitioners and we look forward to their keynote addresses.

Abstract submission

We are very excited to announce that there will be a poster session at this year's conference. Members are invited to submit abstracts to be presented in the form of a presentation or poster, and delegates may submit these online here: http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.SubmitAbstract.  Only a limited number of posters will be accepted, and submission of abstracts closes on 22 July 2018.

Optional tutorial

An optional tutorial is scheduled for the Sunday afternoon from 14:00 – 17:00. The tutorial will be presented by Carmen van der Merwe from Visualitics and will cover customer churn probability and customer clustering models in R.

The cost of attending the tutorial is R500 per person. This cost covers the hire of an exclusive, separate venue to allow for a hands-on, uninterrupted, workshop environment, as well as light snacks and refreshments served mid-way through the tutorial. Please note that there are only 30 spaces available in the tutorial session. For further details on the tutorial, please follow the link http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.Tutorial.

Travel and accommodation

Please note that delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The local organising committee has negotiated special rates with City Lodge Hotel Lynnwood and Casa Toscana Lodge for delegates for the duration of the conference. For more information on accommodation bookings, please follow this link: http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.Accommodation.

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at sumarie.koetsier@gmail.com.

The Pretoria Chapter is looking forward to welcoming you in Pretoria in September.


Kind regards,

Sumarie Koetsier

Chair: Local Organising Committee 


INVITATION: Transport Forum SIG hosted by Transnet Port Terminals in Durban on Thursday 10 May 2018 : 08h00-16h00

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 13 April 2018 11:15



“Ports Facilitating Trade and Driving Economic Growth”

The Chief Executive: Transnet Port Terminals, Ms. Nozipho Sithole


Ms Nozipho Sithole, the first female Chief Executive of Transnet Port Terminals was appointed in July 2017


Nozipho Sithole, who is Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT) first ever woman Chief Executive, a major feat for the recognition of women in this male-dominated sector.


Nozipho holds a number of degrees and these include a BCom and an LLB degree from the University of Witswatersrand as well as an MBA degree attained at the Milpark Business School.


Being no stranger to Transnet, Nozipho joined TPT after vacating her role at Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to that, she held various General Manager positions at Transnet National Ports Authority Operations, TFR’s National Command Centre as well as Iron ore and Manganese Business Unit, where she was passionately known as “The Iron Lady”.


An attorney by qualification, she joined Transnet as a Legal Adviser. Possessing extraordinary work ethics, Nozipho is a leader that demands high levels of accountability, proactivity, speed of delivery, discipline, teamwork, agility and quality. 


cordially invites you to this special Transport Forum SIG. A full day event with great presentations, panel discussions and many communication
desks staffed by professional bodies from the transport sector.


Thursday 10 May 2018




Old Durban Airport


GPS coordinates:  Latitude: -29,9659   Longitude: 30,9456


Attendance is for free but booking is essential
Please be kind to our sponsors and presenters and stay for the duration of the event
(Please book promptly to avoid disappointment)

(Click here to make your booking)


Note the cancellation policy to the bottom of this page



08h00 - 09h00




09h00 – 09h15


Harry van Huyssteen
Transport Forum

09h15 – 09h25


Ms. Nozipho Sithole
Chief Executive
Transnet Port Terminals

09h25 – 09h50

Opening address

To be confirmed


Ports Efficiency
Chair – To be confirmed

10h00 – 10h20

Transnet Port Terminals: How far have we moved in 12 Months?

Ms. Nozipho Sithole
Chief Executive
Transnet Port Terminals

10h20 – 10h40

A perspective on throughput productivity at South African Ports

Mr. Malte Kersten
Board Chairman
South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents (SAASOA)

10h40 – 11h00


11h00 – 11h45

TEA/COFFEE and visiting the exhibitions


The Symbiosis: Ports and our Economy
Chair: Ms. Nozipho Sithole: Chief Executive: Transnet Port Terminals

11h55 – 12h15

Projected Positive Growth in the Container and Automotive business: The impact of this on our ports and how should the transport sector react to this?

Mr. Willie Coetsee
Head of Strategy
Transnet Port Terminals

12h15 – 12h35

Stimulating the KZN Economy

Mr. Kayalethu Ngqaka
Chief Operating Officer
Dube Tradeport Corporation

12h35 – 12h55

Why Invest in KZN?

Mr. Neville Matjie
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal

12h55 – 13h15


13h15 – 14h15

NETWORKING LUNCH and visiting the exhibitions

14h15 – 15h25

Digitization in Transport
Chair:  Ms. Makano Mosidi: Group Chief Information Officer: Transnet Limited

14h25 – 14h45

Eco-systems Centricity

Ms. Sharla Chetty
Chief Information Officer
Transnet Port Terminals

14h45 – 15h05

Connected logistics and the 4th Industrial Revolution

Ms. Adele van Tonder
Lead Enterprise Architect
T-Systems SA (Pty)Ltd

15h05 – 15h25


15h25 – 16h00

TEA/COFFEE and visiting the exhibitions

16h00 - 17h10

Important Ethics in Transport
Chair: Ms. Katherine Bhogal: Auditor: Transnet Port Terminals

16h10 - 16h30

Ethics in Transportation

Ms. Thandi Sabelo
Executive Manager: Procurement
Transnet Port Terminals

16h30 – 16h50

To be confirmed


16h50 – 17h10


17h10 - 17h20

Closure and Lucky Draws (Winners must be present!)

The lucky draws, sponsored by Transnet, include the following:

  • Free tickets for two for a trip on the Blue Train
  • Free tickets for two on a MSC cruise

Cancellation Policy:

Please take note that a penalty fee of R570 (Including VAT) will be charged, should you book and do not attend without cancellation at least 24-hours prior to the event. Substitution is acceptable. Cancellations should be done by email to:  harryvh@transportsig.com or fax at: 086 530 6431. 


How to become a sponsor and get great exposure:
Download the Transport Forum Sponsorship Agreement from “Sponsorship Documentation” available under “Downloads” on the Transport Forum’s website: http://www.transportsig.com


Transport SIG Background:
The state-owned arivia.kom established a Transport Forum in 2005 with the main goal of enhancing the transport process in South Africa.  This necessitated the establishment of a Transport Special Interest Group within the organisation to address challenges with participants who are passionate about the transport sector. At the end of 2009, arivia.kom was acquired by T-Systems SA (Pty)Ltd who now acts as the Platinum Sponsor of the Transport Forum. 

Kind regards


Harry van Huyssteen

Custodian: Transport Forum

Fax: 086 530 6431

Mobile: 082 654 6736






Last updated Friday, 13 April 2018 09:15

Road to Registration: Public Courses for 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:43

Please find attached the schedule for various Road to Registration Courses (Public courses) during 2018. Please contact Lizelle du Preez from Candidate Academy at lizelle@ally.co.za for more information and to register. Please notify Lynette at the SAIIE office if you have registered for one of the public Road to Registration Courses. SAIIE will assist SAIIE members with securing a mentor as well as the Discipline Specific Training Guidelines upon request. 


CANDIDATE ACADEMY CALENDAR 2018 (incl Fees).pdf 248.9K 17 Jan 18 08:43

Last updated Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:43

ORSSA Lean Analytics Meet-ups

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 08:36

A new type of ORSSA event – a meet-up - was launched mid-2014. Meet-ups bring people together to learn something, do something and share something. These meetings are arranged through a site called Meetup (www.meetup.com), and follow an agenda-less format developed in Seattle called Lean Coffee. The core idea is to be able to host peer discussions of between 5-10 people without necessarily requiring anyone to prepare or be in charge of the meeting itself. At the start, attendees submit topics they would like to discuss with the group. Each person then provides a short introduction to their topics, and then everyone votes on them in order to prioritise the order in which they will be discussed. The discussion then focusses on each topic in turn and runs for about 5 minutes, after which a quick visual poll is conducted to establish if the group should continue the discussion or move to the next one. This allows time to be spent on topics that people are finding the most interesting during the course of the 1.5-2 hour long meeting. This simple lightweight format provides a forum for people involved in Operations Research and Data Analytics to make contact with people who share a common curiosity and passion for the fields in which they work. Given the current hype around big data and the increasing sophistication of tools available, ORSSA decided to take advantage of the current interest in these fields by hosting and facilitating a series of meet-ups around the country. This enables people to find out about the role ORSSA plays in both academia and industry, and for ORSSA to understand and receive feedback on the issues faced by people engaged in problems which fall under its scope.

ORRSA has so far registered and launched 2 such meet-ups; in Rosebank (Jhb) and in Cape Town. They have been very well received and the networking and mentoring opportunities amongst attendees of different ages and both backgrounds are endless. The topics discussed so far have been quite varied and have included the use (or lack thereof) of different tools and technologies, issues related to client management in projects and even book recommendations. The meetings are really very cost effective since there is no venue fee and the attendees buy their own drinks and food.

We would like to invite SAIIE members to join us at these events so that many more contacts will be established in future between people who share a passion and curiosity for this field of science. So far, coffee and ideas have come together quite well! Check out http://www.meetup.com/Lean-Analytics-ORSSA-JHB/ for more info or contact David Clark (david.clark@opsi.co.za) or Angela Rademeyer (angela.rademeyer@gmail.com).


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