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2014 Newsletter 6 Feb

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 July 2015 15:21

2014 Newsletter 6 February

Dear Members

Time is flying and we are already in February. Exciting things are happening regarding your 'Road to Registration'. Carien Botha has undertaken the first road-show to assist you in obtaining professional registration with less stress and over a much shorter period of time. Very positive feedback came from a number of people attending in Cape Town. Carien will be in Durban on 27 February 2014 at the Durban University of Technology from 18:00 to 20:00 and on 28 February she will address the students. Don't delay, attend this worthwhile presentation and put your future on the right path. Please fill out the form under 'Road to Registration' on the SAIIE website! http://www.saiie.co.za/road_to_registration

Other exciting events are on offer from as soon as 19 February (and again on 24 February) when the University of Western Cape School of Business and Finance facilitates a workshop for the Metals, Engineering and Related Industries (on behalf of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism) on the Infrastructural expenditure by Government, State-owned Enterprises and parastatals in excess of R800 billion over the next eight years, at the Pinelands Library Hall from 10h00 to 14h00. (Behind Howard Centre off Forest Drive).

Another event 'Cloud Collaboration for the Supply Chain of Tomorrow', presented by SAIIE or SIG, ORSSA Pretoria and Resolve, takes place on 20 February 2014 at 17h00 for 18h00 at the Jupiter Building, 47 Landmarks Avenue, Kosmosdal, Samrand, Centurion. RSVP online at SAIIE or 20feb.eventbrite.com

From far-off shores you will find interesting conferences under Events on our website. A new entry is the 2nd Annual International Conference on Industrial, Systems and Design Engineering, 23-26 June 2014, Athens, Greece - just in case you need to get your passport in order.

Closer to home the University of Pretoria put out an 'Announcement and final call papers' for the 9th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management, 28-31 October 2014 at the CSIR ICC Pretoria. Furthermore, AfricaRail Conference will have "Africa's largest rail, transport and infrastructure show" on 1 and 2 July 2014 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The SAIIE Service Sector will present Industrial Engineer the Entrepreneur on 27 February 2014 at the PwC Business School, 7 Kikuyu Road, Sunninghill, Johannesburg from 17h00 to 19h00.

Very seldom does one get anything for free, but the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) will host a workshop for employees/members of NSTF Member Organisations, of which SAIIE is a member, for free. The topic: Energy Workshop: Does the Government's Energy Planning take full account of the available technologies, environmental impact, and the required Research and Development? This event will be held on 4 March 2014 at the President Hotel in Mangaung (Bloemfontein). Please see the website under Events.

Still in March, for the first time worldwide, Brian Barr and Leo Grutters, the authors of the FIDIC Users' Guide 3rd Edition, will be personally lecturing at three workshops. Both authors are members of the FIDIC's President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators, and bring over 40 years' in-depth FIDIC experience, as well as conducting training courses on how to use FIDIC in various contexts. This is a comprehensive update of the well-known standard reference work of Brian Totterdill, taking into account newly published forms of contract, case studies and FIDIC's expansion into a more international arena. This 1,6 kg publication, (get a free copy if you attend), stimulates better contract administration, highlights accountability and addresses contentious issues with relevant conclusions on dispute avoidance rather than dispute resolution. (Midrand on Monday 3 March 2014 at the Bytes Conference Centre; Durban on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the Garden Court, uMhlanga; Cape Town on Friday 7 March 2014 at Belmont Square Conference Centre).

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), with the support of various other voluntary associations, will host the Civilution Congress at Emperors Palace from 6 to 8 April 2014. Speakers such as the Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel and Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector, will address delegates on the National Development Plan and on corruption, tenderpreneuring and ethics in the infrastructure engineering sector, respectively. More information on www.saice.org.za

Just a final note - we have come some way with our website and Online Platform but we're not there yet. Please read Annexure A to get up to date with the latest developments and benefit with the online platform.

We look forward to your comments and views, posted on our new online platform!

Sincerely

Carien Botha Pr Eng

SAIIE President

Annexure A: Online Platform Update

SAIIE has previously mentioned that we are enabling more functionality on our online platform. Please find some of the highlights on the current platform and an overview of the roadmap that is still in the pipeline.

  1. The member management portal - This has gone live last year in June, and most of our members have been using this function to update their personal profiles and pay membership fees. If you have not seen this, please log onto the platform and view you profile, your account status and certificate. http://www.saiie.co.za/
  2. Conference registration platform - SAIIE has also implemented our integrated platform that will allow our members to book a place at the yearly conference; it also provides all the information required to submit a paper or to present at the conference - http://www.saiie.co.za/saiie26. This function will also be enabled for our Special Interest Groups (SIG) events in due time.
  3. Knowledge Share - Please make use of the knowledge share function. This will allow only our members the privilege to share and view knowledge with one another. The tool allows the sharing of videos that is already posted on YouTube. We can make a difference in our IE community by making use of this function - http://www.saiie.co.za/client/knowledge-share
  4. Engineering Companies database - The launch of our first-of-a-kind:
    • Industrial Engineering Product and Service Provider Online Database, featuring companies/entities ,which either:
      • Ø Offer Industrial Engineering-related services;
      • Ø Employ Industrial Engineering practitioners;
      • Ø Require, from time to time, professional services offered by Industrial Engineering practitioners; Offer products and/or services relevant to the Profession, or
      • Ø Offer products and/or services that Industrial Engineering practitioners may use in practicing their Profession, or in a professional capacity.
      • Ø Offer white papers/case studies specific for professional community
    • Access to employment opportunities, including:
      • Ø Opportunities for undergraduate/vacation work;
      • Ø Opportunities for contract work ,and
      • Ø Opportunities for work related to academic research and/or dissertation topics (both undergraduate and postgraduate students).
    • Access to potential Industrial Engineering practitioners seeking employment
    This function is already available online to all SAIIE members, we are still in the process to upload information from the Industry.
  5. Career Portal - This will allow the Industry to advertise vacant positions, student work and allow our members to upload their electronic CVs. These CVs will be available in the market (Platform) for companies to identify potential new employees - all information will only be shared based on the members' preference and security settings. This function will be available on the platform in the next week.
  6. Online training - SAIIE has implemented the online training function, we have started to engage with various market leaders on relevant training content. For Members that are registered with ECSA, most of these courses will also be accredited to earn you CPD credits.
  7. CPD Manager - This function is still in development, and will be integrated with the conference (CPD Credits), online training (CPD Credits) and will allow members to upload their CPD certificates and events for compliance to ECSA. CPD Credits will be stored/ uploaded and reminders for renewals will be sent to members who would like to use this facility.
  8. Mentor Connector - This function is still in development. SAIIE has recognised that our members, at times, require Mentors in their current environments and we have a list of Mentors who wish to guide other members on this career path. This function will allow these members to link, using the mentor connector function. This will be available shortly.

SAIIE has more additional benefits that will be shared in due time. But as you can see, we have made some excellent progress with the implementation of the new platform. Any comments can be sent to us or logged onto the contact form - http://www.saiie.co.za/contact-us

Waldo Viljoen Pr Eng
SAIIE Treasurer &
Platform Deployment Team


Attachments:

SAIIE OR - 20 Feb Cloud Collaboration for the Supply Chain of Tomorrow.pdf 738.8K 26 Sep 13 15:52
INVITATION_ Transport Forum SIG - Discussing a Structure for the Gauteng Transport Authority.pdf 165.7K 26 Sep 13 15:52
PGWC Invite to companies 19 Feb 2014.pdf 103.9K 26 Sep 13 15:52
SAIIE 27 Feb 2014 finalv2.pdf 103.9K 26 Sep 13 15:52
2014 Civilution - building Sa water security 112.pdf 55.1K 19 Feb 14 15:46

Last updated Friday, 31 July 2015 13:21

2014 Newsletter January

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 July 2015 15:20

Dear Members

Before we start with 2014 issues, allow me to do something I neglected in my rush towards the end of 2013. A sincere thank you to all who have supported SAIIE in the advancement of our Profession, and our Institute.

I introduced the slogan “A vibrant society, a vibrant future”, in my inaugural talk in August last year. Behind the scenes, all stops are being pulled out in realising this vision. We trust that you would become as excited as we are about the initiatives that we have planned for this year, which we will share with you as they are launched.

The SAIIE website is the primary interface amongst us, and for promoting our Profession to the public at large. After a frustrating period during which the SAIIE website was down due to hacking more often than it was working, we have re-launched our web-presence, as an integral part of the on-line membership management system that we have implemented last year. Having been relatively close to the development of our online portal, it was exciting to experience its (rather unofficial) launch on 15 January. I was even more excited to learn that the first comment was posted on the website within hours after its launch, seeing that the chat function working exactly the way in which it was intended. Ultimately, this function would be expanded to offer you even more opportunity to interact with one another on specific topics, and with the Council and other SAIIE leadership bodies. Thanks for breaking the ice Imre, posting the comment on 10:00 hours towards mastery!

The Council is working with our technical and other partners towards creating a dynamic and interactive communication platform, filled with meaningful information. We will keep you posted as we upload new content, and as we launch new functionality, such as career pages, a supplier catalogue, membership management, CPD manager, and many other features that are currently in the making. One of the key features that was launched during the third week of January is an application for online registration for the SAIIE 26 Conference, that is due to take place later this year.

An initiative close to my heart is that of offering better support to Industrial Engineering practitioners who have made a resolution to pursue their Professional Registration. A road show, which would focus on Professional Registration, and how to plug into support to help you achieve this important career milestone is in the pipeline for February. Subject to interest, I am visiting the major centres, talking about the Road to Registration for both younger candidate engineers, as well as mature practitioners who wish to get Professional Registration behind them with the least pain involved. Kindly revert to Lynette Pieterse, SAIIE Office Bearer, should you wish to reserve your place, or if you know of colleagues in other engineering disciplines that may be interested.

We are approaching the end of an era where it did not really matter whether Industrial Engineering practitioners were professionally registered. Times are changing however. For example, all spheres of Government insist on a Professional Registration designation when appointing engineering contractors or consultants, regardless of discipline or category of registration. Furthermore, the SETAs and Department of Higher Education are waking up to the fact that their emphasis on skills development for the roll-out of The National Development Plan need to embrace the development of engineering practitioners, even more so than the artisans that they have traditionally focused on. The SETAs are now increasingly funding Engineering Candidate development programmes, in the context of many of the engineering disciplines (including Industrial Engineering) featuring on the NationalGovernment’s Priority Scarce Skills list. Accessing SETA funding in support of the development of engineering candidates would be one of the topics I will address in the talk on Registration.

You may recall that many of the communique you received in the past year was about Industrial Engineers seeking mentors for Professional Registration. As part of the initiative on registration, I would like to call on all experienced and registered Industrial Engineers who would be interested in pursuing mentoring of registered candidates, on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Mentoring could be a viable exit career for experienced retired individuals who wish to supplement their income whilst staying involved with the Profession. Kindly direct your interest to President@SAIIE.co.za, should you, or anyone you know, wish to find out how to become involved.

One of the highlights we ended on last year was the Workplace Readiness drive, hosted by the Tshwane Branch, and organised by the dynamic Keabetswe Mpane and her team. A video that captures the highlights of the event is available on the website. Well done Kea for initiating this important event!

Congratulations to Jacques Faure, who recently joined the Council as a co-opted Member. Jacques will partner Grace Mukondeleli in the development of student branches, focusing on membership growth and the specific needs of our student cohort.

In conclusion, although things on our website are not totally the way we want it, we are working really hard to rectify the situation. Please bear with us.

We look forward to your comments and views, posted on our new online platform!

Sincerely
Carien Botha Pr Eng
SAIIE President

Last updated Friday, 31 July 2015 13:20

ECSA NOTICE - CPD SCAM

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:25

ECSA warns professional registered persons off a company which is sending false information on Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training courses. The company is copying CPD training courses from other companies’ brochures and attach it to their emails so that it looks legitimate. ECSA also discovered that this company make people pay for CPD courses which do not exist. See attachment for more information.


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ECSA NOTICE - CPD SCAM.pdf 269.5K 25 Mar 15 14:25

SAIIE Annual Report 2012 - 2013

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 16 January 2015 16:46

Refer to attachment for the Annual Report 2012 - 2013.


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SAIIE Annual Report 2012 - 2013 docx.pdf 741.0K 12 Jun 13 07:53

Last updated Friday, 16 January 2015 14:46

SAIIE Student Awards: 2012 - 2013

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 16 January 2015 16:30

SAIIE Student Awards

The SAIIE Council would like to congratulate the following remarkable individuals on the achievements obtained during their graduate studies. It is a true pleasure to have individuals of their calibre assisting us in moving Industrial Engineering forward!

Best BTech Student 2013

TUT Christo Semmelink

Best NDip Student 2013

TUT EM Mawela

Best BTech Student 2013

NMMU Cibin Thomas Mathew

Best NDip Student 2013

NMMU

Nomore Musikavanhu

Best IE Student 2013

WITS

JM Kingsburgh

Best IE Student 2013

UP

Liezl Koornhof

Best IE Student 2013

SUN

Hilde Volschenk

Best Poster 2013

WITS

J Durbach

Best Presentation 2013

WITS

M Fienberg

Best BTech 2012

TUT

TJ Ramaleba

Best NDip 2012

TUT

EW Esterhuizen

Best Final Year Student Project 2013

Overall

Hugo Bierman

Best Final Year Student Project 2013

Overall

Mthobisi Dlamini

Best Final Year Student Project 2013

Overall

Annaleen Mouton

Best IE Student 2012

WITS

Kim Jo-Ann Sattary

Best BTech 2012

NMMU

Jason Deon Meyer

Best NDipt 2012

NMMU

Luke Wait

Best IE Student 2012

UP

Kirsten Matthews

 

We caught up with some of them to hear how post-student life has been treating them.

 

Marc Feinberg

1)      What is your current occupation?

I am currently working for Mercedes Benz South Africa, on their graduate development programme.

2)   Future plans and aspirations?

Sometime in the future I would like start my own manufacturing business or turn-around a struggling manufacturing business.

3)   In your opinion, what is the best invention to date that has benefited mankind, and why?

The internal combustion engine as it has enabled global mechanisation and the growth of numerous industries that have changed the way all people live.

4)   Why are you passionate about Industrial Engineering?

I am passionate about Industrial engineering as provides me with a general tool box of principles that can be applied to improve any process or system. I enjoy the element of creativity often required in finding a solution.

5)   Your life motto?

 KAIZEN: Today more than yesterday, better tomorrow than today!

 

Jarred Durbach

1)    What is your current occupation?

I am currently working for OIM as a consultant in their Operations Improvement Department.

2)   Future plans and aspirations?

In the short term I hope to learn as much as possible in a less formal way, especially from my colleagues and the work I am doing. After gaining some work experience (and capital) I plan on doing some world travelling, maybe head east to explore the world and learn from other cultures.

In the long term I aspire to start my own business, hopefully in the manufacturing industry. I want play my part in growing South Africa's economy but also believe working for yourself is the closest to being free a person can be.

3)   In your opinion, what is the best invention to date that has benefited mankind, and why?

I would say probably the printing press, kind of like a medieval internet, I think it fundamentally changed humanities ability to record and share knowledge. 

4)   Why are you passionate about Industrial Engineering?

I am passionate about Industrial Engineering, because its principles and tools are applicable to any, industry, process or organisation. I think of Industrial Engineering as taking a step back from any situation and then applying logic to make improvements. I believe Industrial Engineering provides a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to support you in anything you wish to do.

But mostly, I am passionate about Industrial Engineering, because nothing is more satisfying than finding an "obvious solution" to what others see as an insurmountable problem!

5)   Your life motto?

- "There are no such thing as problems, only hidden solutions" -  Go to the Gemba

 

Mthobisi Dlamini

1)     What is your current occupation?

“Logistics Planner”

I am responsible for the identification, implementation & monitoring of continuous improvement opportunities/ initiatives within logistics environment

 2)      Future plans and aspirations?

My immediate goal is to obtain a Baccalaureus Technologiae (BTech) in Industrial Engineering, and obtain a Fit for level certification in Business leadership with Rhodes Business School (Training Reflects and assess ones professional situation and clarify prospects to become aware of the requirements and expectations towards a leader) upon Baccalaureus Technologiae (BTech) and Fit for level certification completion;

I plan to obtain a Lean Six Sigma Training Certification. I am also looking forward to registering with ECSA as a professional Industrial Engineering Technologist.

 3)      In your opinion, what is the best invention to date that has benefited mankind, and why?

“Internet”

Internet is not just a computerized library but also a conceptual approach to solving the problem of data management.

I am still amazed with what the Internet will bring in future by just looking at what's been accomplished during my lifetime.

 4)       Why are you passionate about Industrial Engineering?

IE is exciting, fun, and a big challenge. It's never boring because it's constantly changing, and very much growing field.

IE’s are always thinking about how they can improve systems, products and technologies they’re working on

 “My analytical-thinking skills are applicable to my whole life, which is an important part of my life and it recharges me”.

 5)      Your life motto?

“To advance in life you must be seen and be heard”


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Last updated Friday, 16 January 2015 14:30

ECSA New Registration System

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:38

The development of the New Registration System is in its final stages. Its development, testing, training of users (personnel, volunteers/assessors) and its internal readiness is scheduled to be completed by 29 August 2014. For more information refer to the attachment. 


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NRS Website Announcement.docx 605.2K 26 Aug 14 11:38

Best IE Project for 2013 for Universities of Technology

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 15 August 2014 17:54

The SAIIE Award for the Best IE Project for 2013 for Universities of Technology was awarded to Nadeem Sheik from the Durban University of Technology at the 26 Annual SAIIE Conference on 14 July 2014. SAIIE Council Member, Teresa Hattingh, presented the award to him. 


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Last updated Friday, 15 August 2014 15:54

Fresh Connection Supply Chain Game Winners: WITS

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 15 August 2014 16:10

A WITS Student Team was crowned as this years Fresh Connection Supply Chain Winners. As winning team the five members', attendance and accommodation at the 26 Annual SAIIE Conference, that was held from 14 - 16 July 2014 at Glenburn Lodge, were sponsored by SAIIE.

From left to right: Grace Kanakana (SAIIE Council), Thabang Motaung, 

Maanda Mulaudzi, Kutlwano Khumalo, Eduan Stoop, Ashail Maharaj,

Jacques Faure (SAIIE Council)


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Best IE Project for 2013: Universities

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 15 August 2014 15:43

The SAIIE Award for the Best IE Project for 2013 for Universities was awarded to Martin Kingsburgh from the University of Witwatersrand at the 26 Annual SAIIE Conference on 14 July 2014. SAIIE Council Member, Teresa Hattingh, presented the award to him. 


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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!

 


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