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Lean Management meets Lean Engineering: 22 - 24 May 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:02


Last updated Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:02

Transport Forum SIG : 2 February 2017 in Mbombela

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:15



Transport Forum Special Interest Group

Mbombela (Nelspruit)

You are cordially invited to attend the monthly Transport Forum Special Interest Group (SIG)

“Is regional Integration really working? A look at the Maputo Corridor.”

With the lack of significant progress being made after nearly 20 years of deliberations (and no, this is not a typo!) continental efforts to harmonize regulations for trade and transport across borders, we are going to take a practical and hard hitting look at what regional integration efforts on the Maputo corridor have yielded in the nearly 13 years of MCLI’s operation: i.e. what has worked and what hasn’t and why. We know that efficient transport corridors are crucial to regional integration and economic growth, but what does this mean on a practical level for those using cross border corridors such as the Maputo Corridor.

MCLI's Twelfth Annual General Meeting will form part of the day's proceedings.

In collaboration with:

· Date: Thursday 2 February 2017

· Time: 08h00-15h30

· Venue: Emnotweni Casino – The Arena
GPS coordinates: 25°26'22.45'' S | 30°58'3.86'' E
Click here for map and directions

· Cost: 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)





09h00 – 09h30

MCLI 12th Annual General Meeting

MCLI Members Only

09h30 -10h15




Mr Harry van Huyssteen

Custodian, Transport Forum

The Maputo Corridor: Why Efficient Transport Corridors are Critical to Regional Integration and Economic Growth

Dr Mathews Phosa


Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative

Moving Into the Future: Why a More Effective Public/Private Sector Model is Crucial for the Maputo Corridor

Mrs Barbara Mommen

Chief Executive Officer

Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative



10h15 – 11h05

· Why is regional integration still so high on the African development agenda?

· Is regional integration important?

· What has worked and what hasn’t?

· What are the real benefits for trade and economics?

· What benefits has regional integration shown on the Maputo Corridor?

· What have been the most likely contributors?

Claire Hassoun (Waza Think-tank, Maputo)

Catherine Grant Makorera (Tutwa Consulting)

Odete Semião (TBC) Ministry of Transport and Communications, Mozambique

11h05 – 11h30





11h30– 12h45

· How do customs regimes contribute to regional integration?

· How has the Single Electronic Window contributed to trade on the Maputo Corridor?

· How has SARS made it easier to trade across borders?

· Progress on integrating information sharing mechanisms on the corridor and why this is important

· An assessment of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia Border Post

Mozambique Revenue Authority

South African Revenue Service

Swaziland Revenue Authority

CTA Mozambique – Kekobad Patel

USAID – Evans Chinembiri (TBC)

OCL - Jorge Ferraz (Private Sector Perspective TBC)




12h45 – 13h30





13h30 – 14h20

· What does it mean for operators when Regional Integration works?

· What works on the Maputo Corridor?

· What is the impact on your operations when Regional Integration doesn’t work?

· What are the most important things that need fixing?

· How can we fix these things?

MCLI Member Companies from the following sectors:

Clearing & Forwarding

Road Transport

Shipping Line

Port Terminal



14h20 – 15h30

· What role has rail infrastructure and rail transport played in integrating the region?

· The benefits of rail on the Maputo Corridor for hinterland cargo

· The prospects for increasing bi-directional cargo flow on rail

· A look into the planning and future demand, capacity and infrastructure development

Transnet Freight Rail

Swaziland Railway


Rail Consultant (TBC)

Rail User (TBC)




15h30 -15h40

Closure and Lucky Draws

(Winners 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

How to become a sponsor of the Transport Forum and get great exposure:
Download the Transport Forum Sponsorship Agreement from “Sponsorship Documentation” available under “Downloads” on the Transport Forum’s website: Click here for link

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.

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Kind regards

Harry van Huyssteen

Custodian: Transport Forum

Fax: 086 530 6431

Mobile: 082 654 6736







Last updated Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:15

Road to Registration: Public Courses for 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 6 December 2016 15:16

Please find attached the schedule for various Road to Registration Courses (Public courses) during 2017. 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.


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Last updated Tuesday, 6 December 2016 13:16

ORSSA: Opportunities and events

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:27


IFORS 2017

The 21th triennial conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS, the umbrella organization comprising ALIO, APORS, EURO and NORAM) will take place in Québec City (Canada). IFORS 2017 will take place in the Convention Centre, conveniently located in the heart of the World Heritage city. Tourist attractions, restaurants and Québec City's nightlife are at close proximity of this meeting place which was declared the world's best convention centre in 2006.

The conference aims at bringing together operational researchers from around the globe to discuss the full spectrum of topics in OR, with a particular emphasis on the theme “OR/Analytics for a Better World”.

All researchers, academics, practitioners, and students interested in all branches of operational research are

invited to participate to IFORS 2017 by submitting an abstract, or organizing a session or a stream of sessions.

IFORS 2017 is an exciting international forum and a great opportunity to meet new and old friends and colleagues from all over the world!

Organizing Committee

Irène Abi-Zeid (chair)

Bernard Gendron

Angel Ruiz

Program Committee

  1. Grazia Speranza (chair)

Ahti Salo

Alberto Franco

Andres Weintraub

Bernard Fortz

Bernard Gendron

Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber

Ignacio Garcia Jurado

Janny Leung

José Mario Martinez

Karla Hoffman

Luce Brotcorne

Marielle Christiansen

Natashia Boland

Peter Bell

Richard Eglese

Roger Rios

Shoshana Anily

Stefan Nickel

Svetlozar Rachev

Theodor Stewart

Important dates

Abstract Submission: From November 1st, 2016 to February 10th, 2017

Conference: July 17th-21st, 2017

We look forward to meeting you in Québec City in 2017!

IFORS June issue now available

The June issue is available from http://www.ifors.org/newsletter/ifors-news-june2016.pdf

Special Issue of INFORMS Transactions on Education

Call for Papers - INFORMS Transactions on Education. Special Issue: Field Learning Methods and Best Practices in OR/MS with guest Editor Michael F. Gorman

Field training – student educational experiences that include participation in a practical setting – with industrial partners, non-profit organizations, government agencies or in other applied settings, have great value for students of OR/MS. Combining the applied and the theoretical gives students a chance to face the challenges of using analytical techniques in the real world. Instructors wishing to use field training face several challenges, however: recruiting projects from and working with local organizations, ensuring academic rigor, and handling the vagaries of real-world client projects. The aim of this special issue is to share experiences and best practices in order to reduce the cost and improve the quality of such field work experiences for students and instructors.

Example topics for potential submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Review or survey of field-based academic courses in OR/MS
  • Detailed accounts of particularly unusual or successful field study courses or programs
  • Best practices for structuring field based coursework
  • Examples of particularly successful field-based student projects
  • Specific methods for ensuring a quality educational experience and limiting risk
  • Practical, legal and logistical issues in field based education

Authors should review the INFORMS Transactions on Education instructions on preparing a paper at: http://pubsonline.informs.org/page/ited/submission-guidelines

Papers must be submitted online at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ite

The editors encourage potential authors to contact them with ideas for papers before a full submission.

  • August, 2016: Target deadline for first round of submissions
  • November 2016: First round of reviews completed, Decisions (and requests for revision, if appropriate) delivered to authors
  • February, 2017: Second round of reviews delivered to authors:
  • May 2017: Final versions of accepted papers to be submitted
  • September, 2017: Target ITED publication date

Publication Contact Information for the Special Issue Editor:

Michael F. Gorman

University of Dayton


Last updated Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:27

CPD Courses at UCT

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 17:17

Please see below the list of short courses to be offered by the EBE Faculty CPD Programme, University of Cape Town. Further information and registration details can be found on the website www.cpd.uct.ac.za/cpd/cpdcourses/2016

Energy Modelling and Analysis: 9 CPD points

A 9-day certificated course commencing 19 September 2016

This course aims to deliver a practical introduction to techno-economic energy systems modelling. Typical applications include national electricity supply expansion planning, municipal energy demand and supply modelling, the analysis of trade-offs in the interlinkage of water-energy-land systems (e.g. biofuels) or Climate Change mitigation action assessment.

Dates: 19 – 23 and 26 – 29 September 2016 (2 modules)

Venue: ERC Seminar Room, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, UCT

Cost: R10750 per module

Heritage Resources Management: 1.8 CPD points

A 6-week, part-time certificated course commencing 10 October 2016

This course is aimed at guiding professionals and lay people who need to engage with the local and heritage authorities; and it is designed to introduce course participants to the history and theory of architectural and urban conservation and to uncover the operation of those ideas in current conservation practice. The course aims to develop the participants’ knowledge of the principles and methods of sound conservation practice.

Dates: Monday evenings, 10 October – 14 November 2016

Venue: Garnet Room, New Engineering Building, Upper Campus, UCT

Cost: R4100

Condition Assessment and Remedial Action on Steel Structures: 2 CPD points

A 2-day certificated course commencing 27 October 2016

Safe and reliable structures are a fundamental aspect of any operation and every structural failure has potential for injuries, fatalities and operational shut-downs, and the risk of structural failures is closely associated with the condition of the structures. This workshop will consider the structural material (which is mainly steel), will present a systematic method for regular condition assessment (inspections) on structures so as to determine the levels of structural deterioration at any given time in the life of the operation.

Dates: 27 – 28 October 2016

Venue: School of Rail, Esselen Park, Johannesburg

Cost: R6200.00

Condition Assessment and Repair/Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures: 5 CPD points

A 5-day certificated course commencing 7 November 2016

The purpose of the workshop is to provide participants with a fundamental and practical understanding on condition assessment of concrete structures and concrete repair and strengthening methods.

Dates: 7 – 11 November 2016

Venue: Emperors Palace Hotel, Johannesburg

Cost: R9150

Valuation for Land Reform and Expropriation

A 3-day certificated course commencing 16 November 2016

This course is designed to equip participants with advanced skills regarding the valuation of property to be acquired by the State under the provisions of the Property Valuation Act 2014 and the new Expropriation Act.

Dates: 16 – 18 November 2016

Venue: Graduate School of Business, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Cost: R7800

ADINA FEM Software Workshop: 1 CPD point

A 1-day certificated workshop on 17 November 2016

The emphasis of the workshop is on hands-on use of the ADINA-AUI system to create and solve finite element models. Participants will be introduced to the basic concepts and principles of the software for the construction of finite element models.

Dates: 17 November 2016

Venue: Newlands Sun Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town

Cost: R4900

Masters Modules available as CPD courses:

Public Transport System Design and Operations Management: 10 – 14 October 2016

Management of Transport Supply and Demand: 7 – 11 November 2016

Integrated Urban Water Management: 3 – 6 October 2016
Geosynthetics Engineering: 24 – 27 October 2016

Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures: 17 – 21 October 2016

For further information on these and other courses, please visit the website: www.cpd.uct.ac.za/cpd/cpdcourses/2016

For further enquiries, please contact Heidi Tait or Sandra Jemaar on tel. 021 650 5793 or email: ebe-cpd@uct.ac.za

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Heidi Tait

CPD Programme

EBE Faculty

University of Cape Town

Tel: 021 6504922

Website: www.cpd.uct.ac.za



Last updated Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:17

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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