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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!

Carien Botha Pr Eng
SAIIE President

Last updated Friday, 31 July 2015 13:20


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.


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.


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


Nomore Musikavanhu

Best IE Student 2013


JM Kingsburgh

Best IE Student 2013


Liezl Koornhof

Best IE Student 2013


Hilde Volschenk

Best Poster 2013


J Durbach

Best Presentation 2013


M Fienberg

Best BTech 2012


TJ Ramaleba

Best NDip 2012


EW Esterhuizen

Best Final Year Student Project 2013


Hugo Bierman

Best Final Year Student Project 2013


Mthobisi Dlamini

Best Final Year Student Project 2013


Annaleen Mouton

Best IE Student 2012


Kim Jo-Ann Sattary

Best BTech 2012


Jason Deon Meyer

Best NDipt 2012


Luke Wait

Best IE Student 2012


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 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”


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. 


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. 


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)


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. 


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!


Engineering Professionalism and a ten-year plan (Earn CPD credits)

Posted by System Administrator on Sunday, 23 March 2014 23:26

Louis (LSJ) Krüger teaches Engineering Professionalism, a 4th year subject as per ELO10, at the University of Pretoria. 

As part of the course, each student has to compile a personal development plan for a period of at least ten years after graduation, of which three to four years have to be as Candidate Engineer and then the rest as a Professional Engineer.

As each discipline has its specific requirements, it would be more advantageous for a specific discipline to assess the assignments of their discipline. Generic specifications for the assignment and a score sheet will be provided.

Members of SAIIE who would like to participate in the assessment of the assignments and in the process, should please contact Louis at 084 215 3275 or llsjk@lakruger.za.org. These members also earn CPD credits.

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