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Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 3 December 2018 13:03


INVITATION: Transport Forum SIG: ETC Road Funding Working Group: 6 Dec 2018: Pretoria

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 3 December 2018 11:55

You are invited to join Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) and the Transport Forum at the very first session of the ETC Road Funding Working Group. This is the first of four planned sessions where we will be discussing the future of roads in Gauteng and South Africa. Earn 1 CPD point. See attachment for more information and to register. 




Transport Forum on Road Funding - 6 December 2018 in Pretoria - CPD points - Attendance for free but booking is essential.pdf 254.4K 3 Dec 18 09:52

Last updated Monday, 3 December 2018 09:55

Road to Registration: Public Courses for 2019

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 3 December 2018 09:59

Please find attached the schedule for various Road to Registration Courses (Public courses) during 2019. 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 2019 (incl Fees).pdf 283.9K 3 Dec 18 07:59

Last updated Monday, 3 December 2018 07:59

Invite: Water-Energy-Food Nexus - towards efficient national planning #WaterEnergyFood  

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 14:03


Email: enquiries@nstf.co.za | Tel: +27 12 841 3987


Water-Energy-Food Nexus – towards efficient national planning

23-24 October 2018, Pelindaba, Hartbeespoort


The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a Discussion Forum in collaboration with its representatives from national science councils, on the ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus - towards efficient national planning’.



Join the conversation.

Click here to register

The water-energy-food nexus means that the security of supply in these three critical resources tends to be intricately linked. Actions in one area tend to have impacts in one or both of the other two areas. The United Nation’s UN-Water notes that the water-food-energy nexus is central to sustainable development.
In South Africa, there is a lack of a clear elevated plan to manage the water-energy-food nexus and to inform decision-making processes in support of the National Development Plan. In light of the recent severe droughts, it is essential to have a national dialogue by the relevant experts, affected communities, and government departments.

Event objectives:

·         To assess the extent government policy takes account of challenges related to water, energy and food security, and whether there is alignment

·         For researchers to present their research, thinking, and innovation regarding the interrelatedness of water, energy and food

·         To facilitate exchanges and solution-driven deliberations around the nexus

·         To discuss and respond to issues that should influence policy-makers to align the national water, energy and food strategies for the purpose of attaining security of supply in all these areas

Questions for consideration:

·         How can South Africa’s planning for energy resources be optimised to support increased fresh water and food security?

·         Is the current national water strategy adequate to deal with future shortages due to changing climate?

·         How can the agriculture industry support efficient use of water and energy resources?

·         In light of the above, what are the prospects of establishing a national task team on the water-energy-food nexus?

Envisaged outcomes

·         Collating recommendations for government, which will be publicised and sent to the relevant authorities

·         Identifying issues for further discussion and determining possible follow-up actions

Outputs will be available on the NSTF website: Speakers’ PowerPoint presentations, video clips of presentations, media release, set of detailed proceedings including audience discussions, summary and recommendations, concept document, reading list, and photos.

Necsa Science Tour: On Wednesday 24 October at 14:00-16:30, the Discussion Forum will be followed by a tour of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) at Pelindaba, Hartbeespoort. (Necsa is close to the Discussion Forum venue.) For security, the tour requires a separate registration process. The tour programme will be emailed to you by the NSTF Office. For enquiries, contact Mr Wiseman Tseisa at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-3349/3987.
About the NSTF: The NSTF is the stakeholder forum representing the science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation community in South Africa. This ranges from research institutions, universities and state entities to business, professional societies (known as proSET) and civil society. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among the broad range of stakeholders. NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence government policies.
The committee of the Science Councils and Statutory Bodies Sector discusses ways to improve coherence among science councils and identifies areas of common interest. The latter is achieved through this annual Discussion Forum where a range of topical SET and innovation issues are discussed by various experts and key role players in the science community and councils.



 Delegate registration information

 Dates & times: 23-24 October 2018: 8:30 for 9:00-16:30

 Venue: Amanzingwe Lodge & Conference Centre, Portion 199, Pelindaba Road,
 Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort
 Programme: Click here
 Registration: Register online by no later than Thursday 18 October 2018. ***Terms and
 conditions apply.

 Tour: Send an email with your full contact details (including valid SA identification details) to
 enquiries@nstf.co.za to register for the Necsa science tour. Note: For security reasons, you
 must register separately for the tour.

 We invite you to join us for lunch and use the opportunity for further discussion and

 This event is FREE for all media (journalists), government representatives and the
 diplomatic corps.


Registration information***
Non-Member Organisations of the NSTF: Attendance is open for anyone interested but resentatives from non-member organisations pay an attendance fee of R2000 (all fees are excluding VAT). The registration fee includes attendance, documentation relating to the event, conference stationery, refreshments and lunch.

Please note that if you do not register online, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the NSTF website. As such, all registrations are automatically subscribed to the NSTF database which are confidential to the NSTF only.

***Non-members of the NSTF – Please note, your registration fee for this Discussion Forum contributes directly to the non-profit mission of the NSTF, as a collaborative consultative forum and watchdog for influencing the formulation and delivery of science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation public policy in South Africa. Furthermore, the NSTF:

  • Provides information
  • Promotes SET and innovation
  • Hosts platforms for networking and debate on current SET issues
  • Engages with government on SET-related policy



INVITATION: Transport Forum's month of transport celebrations: 11 October 2018: Johannesburg

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 28 September 2018 18:07


The Transport Forum will be hosting the annual Month of Transport Celebrations Event under proud sponsorship of The University of Johannesburg’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa).

DATE:    11 October 2018

THEME: Rail Day

VENUE:   University of Johannesburg
               School of Tourism and Hospitality
               Bunting Road Campus
               Auckland Park

TIMES: 08h00 – 16h30

Over the years, this prestigious annual event has grown from strength to strength and has contributed to the Transport Forum becoming an aggregator for networking and content provision to industry decision makers within the transport sector.

The event will take on a complete networking function and will be transformed into a round-table conference room with more than 20 communication desks strategically placed around the perimeter of the room to optimise engagement and networking. 

The preliminary agenda currently stands as follows: 


Registration, networking and visiting the communication desks






Introduction to Communication Desks



Forwarding and Clearing in the Rail Industry

Chair: Mr. David Logan: CEO: SAAFF


Topic to be advised

David Logan: CEO: SAAF


Topic to be advised

Marcus Balzereit: CEO: Kuehne-Nagel





Panel discussion


Diversification and Expansion

Chair: Mr. Ravi Nair: Chief Executive: TFR


Transnet Freight Rail Diversification and Expansion

Mr. Ravi Nair: Chief Executive: TFR


PRASA diversification and Expansion

Mr. Mr. Pieter Sebola: Head: Strategic Asset Development: PRASA


Integration of Marine Ports with Rail and Dry Ports

Mr. Saleem Peterson: Head of Strategy: TPT


Panel Discussion


Refreshments, networking and visiting the communication desks



The Future of Rail in South Africa

Chair: Mr. Jan-David de Villiers: Acting DDG: Rail
Department of Transport


The Future of Rail in South Africa

Mr. Jan-David de Villiers: Acting Deputy Director General: Rail: DOT


Gauteng MAP and plan for Rail

Mr. Jack van der Merwe: CEO: GMA


The future of Commodities and Rail 

Dr. Roger Baxter: CEO: The Minerals Council South Africa 


Topic and presenter to be confirmed



Panel discussion



Lunch, networking and visiting the communication desks



Rail and the 4th Industrial Revolution

Chair: Mr. Tommie Snyman: ITS Solutions Expert: Huawei Technologies South Africa


IoT and Future Rail

Mr. Tommie Snyman: ITS Solutions Expert: Huawei Technologies South Africa


Topic to be advised

Mr. Evert de Ruiter: Enterprise Solution Sales Executive: GE Transportation


Topic to be advised

Mr. Kevin Pillay: Vice President: Siemens Ltd


Panel discussion


Closure and lucky draws


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, 28 September 2018 16:07

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

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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