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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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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!

 

Meeting the Demand for SIPs Scarce Skills: Industrial Engineering: Occupational Team Feedback Report 2

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 14 April 2014 13:30

Refer to the attached file.


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SIPs Scarce Skills in Industrial_Engineering - Report 2 - version 4.pdf 1.4M 14 Apr 14 13:30

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.

SAIIE SIG talk on: ‘Improving the Public Health Care Sector

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 5 April 2012 10:20

The SAIIE SIG focusing on the Service Sector hosted an evening dialogue on Improving the Health Sector on the 29thof March 2012. The event was held at the Tshwane University of Technology and attracted 42 delegates.


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SAIIE SIG talk on Improving the Health Care Sector.zip 6.6M 5 Apr 12 10:19

Last updated Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:06

Black engineers up, but not enough

Posted by Bernadette Sunjka on Friday, 17 September 2010 16:50

Black engineers up, but not enough

Written by defenceWebWednesday, 15 September 2010 16:24

A new study has found the number of black engineers registering with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has increased. But the study, by a think tank of the trade union Solidarity, says the total number of engineers registering is down. It blames this on a decrease in the number of white engineers.

Solidarity spokesman Paul Joubert said in a media release that “the number of professional engineers who registered with … ECSA decreased by 40.4% between 1994 and 2008. This drop can be attributed to a 54.1% drop in the number of white engineers who registered with ECSA. By contrast, the number of black engineers who registered rose by 111.6%. The number of Africans registering as engineers increased by 126.1% over the same period. Coloured South Africans registering increased by 80% and Indians increased by 100%.”

More widely, the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) says the number of qualified black South Africans in the professions, including accounting, information technology and the medical industry, rose by between 30% and 507%. SRI head Johan Kruger says the number of black South Africans (Africans, Indians and Coloured South Africans) who are registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) increased by 248% between 1994 and 2008.

In the information technology industry the number of black graduates rose by 507.6% between 1996 and 2005. Furthermore, the number of black medical practitioners increased by more than 30% in only three years (between 2007 and 2010) and the number of black attorneys admitted, increased by more than 78% between 1999 and 2008.

These findings form part of the SRI’s fifth report of the SA Transformation Monitor (SAT Monitor). The SAT Monitor is designed to determine the extent to which black South Africans have benefitted from black economic empowerment (BEE) since the start of democracy in South Africa. “The number of employees in the professional sector rose considerably between 1994 and 2008, with the representation of black South Africans and especially Africans showing the biggest increase,” says Kruger. “By contrast, the representation of whites in accounting professions, legal professions and engineering decreased sharply, which could probably be attributed to the constant migration of white professionals to other countries,” according to Kruger. In addition, white young people are discouraged from pursuing careers in the medical sector, as the selection criteria often promote racial transformation. The criteria that are set for white students are more stringent than those for black students,” Kruger said.


Chartered accountants

The number of Africans who are registered with SAICA increased by 477.4%, from 301 in 2002 to 1 738 in 2010. The number of Coloured South Africans and Indians increased by 267.3%, from 208 to 764, and 173.9%, from 986 to 2 701, respectively in the same period.

Furthermore, the number of black trainee accountants increased by 68.8% between 2002 and 2007. Africans in this profession increased by 90.3%, from 1 248 in 2002 to 2 375 in 2007. The number of Coloured South Africans and Indians increased by 327.5% and 19.4% respectively. By contrast, the number of white trainee accountants decreased by 9.1%, from 6 310 to 5 733, over the same period.


Attorneys
The number of white attorneys admitted decreased by 36.8% between 1999 and 2008, while the number of Africans, Coloured South Africans and Indians increased by 37.1%, 179.4% and 185.7% respectively.


Information technology

Graduates in the information technology industry increased by 727.4% between 1996 and 2005. Black graduates (Africans, Coloured South Africans and Indians) increased by 507.6%, while white graduates in this industry increased by only 34.4%.


Medical industry

The number of medical practitioners (doctors and specialists) increased in all racial groups between 2007 and 2010. The biggest increase occurred among Coloured South Africans, who increased by 51.1%, from 481 in 2007 to 727 in 2010. The number of Africans in this industry increased by 38,8%, from 5 143 in 2007 to 7 140 in 2010, and the number of Indians and whites increased by 17.5% and 7.8% respectively. 


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