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Annual Review
                                   Civils dynamic gijima - a message from the
                                   Executive Director                         3

                                   2008 President’s annual report              4

                                   @ home @ SAICE House                        6

                                   SAICE on top                                6

                                   Capacity building                           9

                                   Topical talk                                10

                                   Latitudes and longitudes                    11

                                   Governance and structures: branch visits,
                                   divisions, committees and                   11
The South African Institution of   Sincerely yours                             12
Civil Engineering
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Civils dynamic gijima - a message from the Executive
Newton’s Laws according to Civils
The year 2008 was business as usual but for SAICE there is never a dull moment. It is
always business unusual. And as usual the annual review can only constitute a brief
look at activities. It is difficult to create a balance in our highly complex and politicized,
money systems as well as ice cap meltdown environment. It is also easy to miss a bigger
picture when one concentrates on detail and my review is to get out of the box for once
and in a somewhat lighter vein, use this opportunity to ponder on the Laws of Nature as
experienced in 2008.

Newton’s first and second laws talk about inertia and motion: “A body at rest remains at rest,
and one moving in a straight line maintains a constant speed and same direction unless it is
deflected by a force”. Both these laws are patently correct if one applies it to the events
around draft CBE bill by the Department of Public Works which mobilized and galvanized
SAICE members into action as never before. The call to duty and beyond duty resulted in
hundreds of e-mails, scores of letter, thousands of hours of discussion and deliberation.
SAICE lobbied tirelessly and about 12 Cabinet Ministers, 30 Portfolio Committee and
about 40 Council of Provinces members received letters,statistics, materials and calls.
Once this SAICE machine was in motion it accelerated and ultimately only slowed down
when the Bill was withdrawn albeit temporarily.

Newton’s third law talks about action and similar reaction. In terms of the CBE Bill this law is
patently wrong since the reaction from a small mass represented by the Built Environment
professionals made a big mass representing government machinery stagger.

The laws of gravity can also be applied in South Africa. This law is true for some, at least
for planet earth and its passengers, but it is not well understood by many citizens. The
deterioration in the fields of water, sanitation, roads, streets and local authorities,
currently shows free fall and accelerating of the deterioration of levels of service,
breakdowns, vacancies and little or no good governance at all. The gravity of these issues
are well recognized at Central Government, but at local authorities the free fall will result
in landing at rock bottom with more force, than that postulated in this law. Cholera,
blackouts and going back to gravel roads is not an option for South Africa as a well
respected member of the global village

But back to Newton one and two - the SAICE reaction and now also pro-action in terms of
Infra structure Report Cards, media releases and presentations are well known by now.
The pro-active Numbers and Needs and the subsequent roll out of interventions by SAICE,
with funding from National Government, from the DBSA, LGSETA and many others
proved that IT CAN BE DONE.

At the end of the day, when the moon is already in the sky and the weary SAICE volunteers
and employers struggle through the traffic to get home, a recent letter from the Minister
of DWAF, Ms Lindiwe Hendricks, makes the struggle worthwhile. In reaction to the media
reports that the untreated Welkom sewage was allowed to run into the pans around the
town in June 2008, I wrote to the Mayor and the Minister offering help from SAICE Section
21 Energys team. We did not get a reply from the mayor but the minister wrote: “I have
enormous respect for the South African Institution of Civil Engineering and would be very
happy to meet with you in person to discuss the skill challenges we are facing in our country
and the contribution you believe you can make in this regard.”
SAICE has been making THAT difference.

In closing, my sincere appreciation to our 9000 members, my staff, the Executive Board,
Council and other governors, for making it possible to report on a positive-plus year.

And finally, a word of thanks to my wife, Ria, family and friends who made it possible to be
such a privileged member of the Civil Engineering team.

Eng David Botha
                               2008 President’s Annual Report
                               2008, not business as usual……
                               The year 2008 was a watershed year, not only for the engineering profession as a
                               whole, but also for SAICE. We had outgrown the limits which we had previously
                               set ourselves. Our membership numbers had grown beyond the 9 000 mark for
                               the first time towards the end of 2008, and our gross income passed the R14,4
                               million mark. Merely four years after having moved into our own SAICE House,
                               we had outgrown it. We came to the realization that we need to change our
                               strategies to grow into an even more dynamic and transformed Institution. At
                               the same time innovative ways had to be found to accommodate and involve
                               the new generation of civil engineering graduates. Special strategic planning
                               processes were put in place to help achieve these goals.

                               The theme of the 2008 presidential address, “Growing Together as an
                               Institution”, seems just as relevant now that the year has passed. At the October
                               Council meeting, we unveiled a plaque commemorating the merger in 1994
                               between the old SA Institution of Civil Engineers and the SA Institute of Civil
                               Engineering Technicians and Technologists, forming our present SA Institution
                               of Civil Engineering. This merger was so successful and the growing together
                               so seamless that the plaque had become necessary for all our members to
                               be reminded that once we were divergent organisations. It should be noted
                               that the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, (ICE) has extended feelers to
                               enhance the existing agreement between SAICE, ECSA and ICE by also including
                               professionally registered Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists. This
                               possibility is presently being followed up.

                               During 2008 several opportunities arose for SAICE to strengthen ties with our
                               international colleagues. In August, SAICE hosted David Mongan, president
                               of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and his party. Through the
                               efforts of SAICE’s History and Heritage panel, ASCE bestowed International
                               Landmark status on the Woodhead Dam on top of Table Mountain. Also
                               during August, Sarah Buck, president of the Institute of Structural Engineers,
                               London, visited South Africa and we were honoured to have the presidents of
                               ASCE, IStructE and SAICE together at a splendid banquet hosted by our Joint
                               Structural Division to commemorate IStructE’s centenary year.

                               SAICE’s Executive Director, President-Elect and President, reciprocated by
                               visiting ICE, IStructE and ASCE during November, attending the inauguration
                               of Dr Jean Venables, ICE’s first lady president, and the International Round
                               Table at the ASCE Congress in Pittsburg, USA. For the first time the President-
                               Elect joined the Executive Director and the President on their visit to the ASCE
                               Congress, i.e. just before the new President’s tenure started, so that ideas
                               gleaned from the visit could be introduced during her term of office.

                               Although Branch and Division visits take up a great deal of the president’s time,
                               I look back on these visits with fond memories. During the visits I saw another
                               of the many faces of SAICE - that of the hundreds of dedicated members
                               who proudly show off their prize projects and technical achievements. Some
                               Branches even had school children accompanying us on the site visits, using the
                               opportunity to grow these pupils’ interest in and knowledge of civil engineering.
                               Since the JSD and JCD are unique structures within SAICE and as such require
                               unique treatment, these Divisions were invited to be represented on the
                               Executive Board. It is hoped that this move will pave the way for greater unity
                               within the Institution.

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The Department of Public Works introduced the draft Bill
on the Built Environment Professions in March. This Bill
proposed centralised control of the professions through the
Council for the Built Environment, replacing the control of
the professions through their independent Councils. The           Johan de Koker at the SSI SAICE Awards event in 2008
preparation of considered response to the Bill brought the
engineering societies much closer together, growing a level
of unity never experienced in the profession before. Within
SAICE there were many discussions and divergent views
on the subject. The Bill was eventually referred back to
Parliament and the Department of Public Works, in part due
to the lobbying of SAICE members.

The untimely death of the ECSA CEO, Prof Ravi Nayagar,
caused serious upset in a very difficult time for ECSA, and
our members who serve on ECSA committees were seen to
do more than was expected of them to resolve the problems

•   In order to unravel the controversy around the SANS
    Building Regulations, Codes of Practice are being
    written for Structural and Geotechnical Engineering in
    ECSA subcommittees, where SAICE members are doing
    sterling work.
•   The work on the documentation for the Identification of
    Engineering work was completed at ECSA, but met with          Johan de Koker and his fellow office bearers at a council
    resistance at CBE level. It is hoped that this impasse will   meeting in 2008
    be resolved soon.

I would like to thank SAICE for the opportunity to stand at
the helm of our Institution during 2008. Being president
of SAICE is a horizon-broadening experience afforded a
fortunate few only, and one that offers the opportunity to
serve the profession while growing personally in unexpected
ways. Once the magnitude of the honour is fully grasped, one
realises that there are many members better qualified and
more able for the task of president. This is a sobering thought
and one that stays with you for the whole of your tenure as

Johan de Koker Pr Tech Eng
SAICE President 2008

                                                                  Johan de Koker giving the             Johan de Koker and Dawie
                                                                  students advice at the Bridge         Botha addressing the crowds
                                                                  Building Competition in 2008          at a SAICE function

                                                                  Johan de Koker encouraging civil engineering students in their
                                                                  chosen profession                                             5
                                             @ home @ SAICE House
                                             SAICE’s conference facility falls under Administration and has proven to be very
                                             successful. SAICE House provides a small but excellent conference, workshop or
                                             meeting facility with data projectors and an adequate sound system. A well-
                                             equipped kitchen makes for easy catering for in-house and outside caterers.
                                             The well-appointed offices provide an environment conducive to productive
    SAICE House                              and happy working hours. This year there were 22 conferences, workshops and
                                             courses that spanned two days or more.

                                             SAICE house is getting smaller as our staff contingent increases. We’ve had
                                             to expand to the top floor of the building to accommodate our Education and
                                             Training department.

                                             SAICE on top!
Theo P C van Robbroeck receiving his         Members’ Function
honorary fellowship
                                             Johan de Koker was inaugurated at an intimate cocktail function, that was held
                                             at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand on 21 February 2008. His address,
                                             ‘Growing together as an Institution’, was presented to an attentive audience and
                                             set the pace for SAICE and civil engineering for the year.

                                             Honorary Fellow
                                             In reviewing his distinguished career and huge contribution to the profession
                                             of civil engineering in Southern Africa, Theo P C van Robbroeck was awarded
Winners of the community -based              honorary fellowship at the SAICE orientation session before Council on 14 April
project, ‘Construction of the R300           2008.
Kalkfontein Pedestrian Bridge’ and
their winning plaque                         Awards: Excellence and innovation in civil engineering
                                             There was an excited buzz in the air on 30 September 2008, the evening of the
                                             SSI SAICE Awards. Awards finalists, their clients and special guests made their
                                             way to the Bytes Conference Centre and waited with bated breath to see who
                                             would be winners.

                                             The winners of the Wiehahn SAICE Project Awards were announced as follows:

                                             The winner of the Community-based category was ‘Construction of the R300
The winning team from the ‘Berg Water        Kalkfontein Pedestrian Bridge’
Project’ at the SSI SAICE Awards event
                                             ‘Ethekwini Zibambele poverty alleviation programme’ received a

                                             In the Technical Excellence category the commendation was received by
                                             ‘Mkomaas River Pedestrian Bridge’

                                             The winner of this category was the spectacular ‘Berg Water Project’

SMART Award winner, Luuk
Hepkema, with his trophy
sponsored by Sanlam Cobalt

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The SMART Award                                                      The competition creates awareness of the importance of
                                                                     sound skills required by the professional engineer to produce
The SMART Award was initiated in 2006. The winner for                safe structures for the community. It also focuses on the fact
the 2008 award was Luuk Hepkema from Africon with his                that infrastructure, makes life easier for all.
innovation, ‘Collapsible Guard Rails’. He walked away with the
generous prize money of R20 000.00 sponsored by Sanlam               SAICE-DFC Water ‘ Centenary Schools Water’
Cobalt. A consolation prize went to Job Kordom for his               Competition 2008
inventive entry, ‘Blocked Cable Solution’.
                                                                     The SAICE-DFC Water Centenary Schools Water
Photographic competition                                             Competition’s regional competitions were held in a number
                                                                     of branches. This competition affords SAICE branches and
We received some amazing entries in the SSI SAICE                    members the opportunity to use these events as career
Photo competition. Winning the competition with his                  guidance tools and to encourage learners to become the civil
photograph entitled ‘Dawn of 2010’ was Philip Bateman.               engineers of the future. The finals were held at the Sci-Bono
The first runner-up was Marc Jermain with his photographs            Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg on Friday, 5
‘Greenpoint daylight’ and Nightshift at Greenpoint’. The             September 2008.
second runner-up was Larry Mills for ‘Instructions’ and
a commendation went to Alf Yssel for ‘Never give up’.                The 2008 champions were the Brackenfell High School, Cape
Substantial cash prizes were received by all the winners in this     Town, who came first with 30 penalty points, the best result
section.                                                             since the start of the competition in 2003. Second was the
                                                                     team from Lofentse Girls High School in Soweto with 260
The ‘Most supportive advertiser award’                               points and in the third spot the Cape Academy of Maths,
                                                                     Science and Technology with 280 penalty points. The prize-
This award went to Autodesk, in recognition of their                 money for the winning teams, their schools and teachers
continued and loyal support of our PICA Award winning                amounted to R23 000-00.
magazine for two years running, Civil Engineering.
                                                                     Winners of the regional competitions came to Johannesburg
                                                                     from as far as Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Richards Bay and
Bridge Building                                                      Upington to battle for top honours. Learners were flown
                                                                     to Johannesburg and accommodated in a good hotel - an
The BKS/SAICE International Bridge Building Competition              experience that these young people and some of the
2008 started off with the ‘Amazing Mystery Ghost Bus Tour’           educators will never forget! For most this was their first
after registration on the evening of 28 August. The learners         experience of the ‘big city’. The teams were also taken to
were returned safely to the venue, St Alban’s College in             Montecasino, with its distinctive architecture, for dinner.
Pretoria, to prepare for the grueling Bridge Building the            Without the generous sponsorship of DFC Water (Pty) Ltd
following day.                                                       this event would, of course, not have been possible.
On Friday 29 August, 18 teams, including teams from                  During the finals, Kim Mather, a civil engineering technician
Namibia and Zimbabwe, completed their masterpieces by                from Pietermaritzburg, presented his ‘Fun Physics’ show to
15:30 and came back later that evening to test their work.           the delight and entertainment of everybody!
The atmosphere was exhilarating as bridge after bridge was           Good news is that Professor Kobus van Zyl and the graphics
loaded with weights and tested to destruction.                       department at the University of Johannesburg are currently
                                                                     finalising a ‘new look’ for the ‘grid’ used in the competition.
The three top scorers were Domino Servite High School with           This grid, depicting the entire water cycle, could then be used
a total score of 84 points. just ahead of them was Bellville         on any table, which will make the competition accessible to
Technical High School with a score of 85 points. The winners         many more schools.
for the second year running was the team from St Johns
College, Zimbabwe with a score of 103 points.                        The competition creates awareness regarding the issues
                                                                     surrounding water in South Africa. It spreads the message
SAICE now has its own ‘light weight ‘ portable, easily               that water is a precious commodity, which should be
assembled rig for testing. This year we would once again             conserved, recycled and re-used. Through this competition
like to focus on bringing on board previously disadvantaged          SAICE and DFC Water (Pty) Ltd, the current sole sponsor,
schools in rural areas to participate. The competition will          took the responsibility of spreading the news that water
soon have its own website for information and downloads on           should be used wisely, that infrastructure should be

  ‘Dawn of 2010’ Philip Bateman                  ‘Greenpoint daylight’ Marc Jermain         ‘Instructions’ Larry Mills ‘Never give up’ Alf Yssel

                                              maintained and that new infrastructure should be created to provide potable
                                              water to those without water.

                                              Both the Bridge Building competition and the Water Network Competition
                                              strengthen government’s initiatives aimed at encouraging learners to take
                                              Mathematics and Science at school and to follow a career as a science or civil
                                              engineering professional. Only in this way can we assure that the quality of life
                                              of all South Africans will be better in future!

                                              Civil Engineering career DVD: ‘The road to your future’
                                              The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and
                                              SAICE embarked upon the making of this very well received DVD and a CD with
    The bridge building team from St
                                              career guidance information. The idea was for civil engineering professionals
    John’s College, Zimbabwe, at work.
                                              and contractors to present the DVD to a school, targeting a specific grade as
                                              the DVD is divided into Grades 8, 9 and 10 to 12. The DVD is configured to
                                              play on a television using a standard DVD player or on a PC. The DVD has been
                                              successfully used at Science Expos, open days, etc. both SAFCEC and SAICE
                                              have distributed large numbers of these free DVDs on request from individuals
                                              and institutions. The DVD covers the entire career spectrum in civil engineering
                                              and construction. The approximately 30 interviews with workers on site are
                                              exciting to watch and they inspire learners as almost all these people are
                                              passionate about what they are doing, from the engineer to shutterhands, site
                                              managers, crane operators, and so forth.
    Winners of the BKS SAICE Bridge
    Building Competition for the second       BKS-SAICE ‘Take a Girl-child on site’-day
    year running, St John’s College.
                                              Since 2007 SAICE and BKS have taken the liberty to change Cell C’s ‘Take a
                                              Girl-child to work’ to ‘Take a Girl-child ON SITE’-day in support of the Cell C
                                              initiative. Thirty girl learners from the Umqhele Secondary School in Ivory Park,
                                              Midrand, had the opportunity to visit the BKS offices, as well as going to the BKS
                                              construction site at UNISA.

                                              The girls were exposed to presentations on civil engineering and projects
                                              such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer stadiums. Judging by the questions
                                              that followed the girls had gained real insight into infrastructure and civil
    Kim Mather, a civil engineering
    technician from Pietermaritzburg,         This joint venture is a continuation of the launch in 2007 and we trust that the
    entertaining the teams and guests         initiative will be adopted countrywide. The opportunity to inform learners about
                                              the exciting world of civil engineering has to be utilised if we are serious about
                                              addressing the skills shortage and making a difference in future.

                                              This initiative contributes greatly to the understanding of what infrastructure
                                              is, why it should be maintained and why South Africa, and the world for that
                                              matter, needs civil engineering professionals.

                                              Youth in Construction Week (8 to 12 September 2008)
                                              SAICE was involved in the exciting, first ever initiative ‘Youth in Construction’
    The water competition winning team        along with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), the SA
    from Brackenfell high School with Brian   Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), the Gauteng Master
    Holford of DFC Water, the sponsor for     Builders Association (GMBA) and FET Colleges in support of the National
    the event                                 Construction Week of the Department of Public Works, to give young people in
                                              Gauteng the opportunity to experience a wide range of exciting opportunities
                                              in civil engineering and construction. The week focused on the importance
                                              of the construction industry as a national asset and its critical link to skills
                                              development, infrastructure, job creation and service delivery.

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The then Minister of Public Works, Ms Thoko Didiza, officially     printed and electronic media. Following on the submission,
launched the ‘Youth in Construction’ Week at the Sci-bono          the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) made
Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. During this             a presentation at SAICE House about their forward planning
week approximately 4 000 learners had been exposed to the          initiatives. The issue of water quantity and quality is ongoing
world of construction. The Construction industry displayed         with the media sensitised to water-related issues.
many of the career paths that the industry offers.
                                                                   Both the SAICE bridge building and the water competition,
The initiative was supported by major industry players,            received substantial coverage on radio, as well as in various
colleges, institutions, as well as the trades. Learners were       newspapers and magazines and the SAICE-DFC Water
exposed to the world of the civil engineering team. They           Centenary Schools Water Competition was featured on
experienced the excitement and diversity the industry has          SABC1 on Tuesday, 9 September 2008. Luyanda Maome
to offer, as the construction industry literally has a place for   covered the event and had interviews with almost all the
everyone. Furthermore, they also had hands-on experience           finalists.
on how to lay a floor, fix the plumbing gone wrong or install
a new system, lay bricks, etc. Hopefully this initiative would     SAICE received some coverage in the regional newspapers
contribute towards alleviating the severe scarce skills            on the presidential visits, enhancing SAICE’s image in our
shortage in South Africa.                                          branches.

Many role players in the industry exhibited and committed          The BKS-SAICE ‘Take a Girl-child on site’-day also received
time and effort to this event, where learners could talk           coverage in the media.
to ‘real’ people in the industry and to find out what the
possibilities are, where to get bursaries and learnerships, etc.   The very valuable ‘SAICE Infrastructure Report Card for
For more information, visit         South Africa’, continued to have a major response from
The 2009 event is already being discussed.                         the media, individuals and other organisationsis. It is still as
                                                                   relevant as the day it was launched. At this stage, more than
Media coverage                                                     a year after its launch, Sam Amod, Dr Kevin Wall and Dawie
                                                                   Botha are still answering questions and more often than not,
SAICE once more experienced a particularly interesting             people enquire about the next Report Card.
media year in view of the exposure which ‘Numbers &
Needs in local government: Civil engineering – the critical        Capacity building
profession for service delivery’ continued to generate. The
lack of civil engineering skills at all levels and the resulting   SAICE is fully committed to the quest for enhancing,
lack of appropriate service delivery continued to be an            developing and maintaining civil engineering as a pre-
issue of concern in interviews on radio and articles in the        requisite for sustainability and there has been much activity
print media, as well as reaction from national and provincial      on the capacity building scene. A number of programmes and
government, testified to the concern about the lack of skilled     initiatives are underway.
civil engineering professionals in all spheres of the industry.
This year again had its share of protests against the lack of      Addressing the low standards of maths and science in schools
or inadequacy of service delivery in various towns, which          is now a reality. The Numberwise game for improving
created more media interest in the situation.                      numeracy skills at school level is currently being considered
                                                                   for roll-out in schools in the RSA. Since the Africa World
As Lawless stated, “This document covers extensive research        Soccer Cup in 2010 attracts so much attention, this project
on the challenges of service delivery in local government and      will be called Laduma which means goal or score.
the suggested interventions that will effect a turnaround,
which are both feasible and achievable.” She asserted, “There      The DWAF, WISA, BIGEN AFRICA and SAICE capacity
is no alternative for South Africa but to build a strong third     building programmes for water and sanitation in SADC saw
tier of government – local government.”                            further roll-out when a double session of “Train-the-Trainer”
                                                                   was presented at SAICE House. A country by country roll-out
According to Lawless South Africa has a limited window of          is being planned once the workshops have been completed
opportunity of five to possibly ten years to turn around the
skills decline and transfer expertise. This period relates to      The Capacity Building committee of the World Federation
the fact that the majority of experienced civil engineering        of Engineering Organizations met over a period of 5
professionals are in their late fifties and older. South Africa    days in Brazil in December 2008 to develop a manual and
must harness their expertise to transfer skills to the younger     compendium of programmes for capacity building under
generation whilst they are still active, able and willing          the leadership of SAICE and IPENZ – New Zealand. This
                                                                   document will be launched as a guiding tool at the WFEO
The Water Engineering Division of SAICE and WISA’s                 event in Kuwait at the end of 2009.
submission to the Portfolio Committee on Water and                 The Africa Engineers Forum has been admitted as an
Forestry on the ‘water crisis’ caused major interest in the

                                associate member of the WFEO as well as to the World Council for Civil
                                Engineering. This is a manifestation of the credibility of this network of
                                Institutions from SADC, including Ghana. The AEF also now has its own modest
                                but growing website. The functions envisaged for the AEF has been severely
                                restricted because of the lack of full time administrative capacity. This need has
                                been taken to heart by the Royal Academy of Engineers in the UK and they have
                                sourced the first 25% of the funding to establish a secretariat from the Anglo
                                American Foundation.

                                The need for capacity building for sustainability is greater than ever. It is clear
                                that the cooperation of the various stakeholders in SADC and beyond is making
                                a real difference. We have to persevere and keep contributing towards a better
                                future for all we serve.

                                Topical Talk
                                SAICE Education and Training department
                                The introduction of compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD), in
                                terms of the Engineering Professions Act of 2000, continues to have an impact
                                on the activities of the SAICE Education and Training Department.

                                During 2008 73 lectures, 110 courses, 21 conferences and 17 workshops
                                were validated by the SAICE Education and Training Panel. In terms of the
                                rules of CPD, any course validated by SAICE and other recognised voluntary
                                associations, must be re-validated after a period of three years. To this extent
                                a total number of 26 courses were re-validated, indicating the significant
                                value these courses have made to the continuing professional development of
                                professional engineering practitioners.

                                SAICE had been facilitating Professional Reviews as part of the Engineering
                                Council’s process for registering professional engineers since 1999. During 2008,
                                93 Professional Reviews for Candidate Engineers were conducted.

                                After consultation with a number of role-players, a new list of essay topics were
                                introduced. The list will be used until the end of 2009, whereafter the essay
                                topics will be reviewed again.

                                The Education and Training Department has recognised the need to continually
                                broaden its scope of available courses and to this effect requested that the
                                SAICE technical divisions assist in developing more courses that can be
                                facilitated by the Education and Training Department.

                                The SAICE Income Share Model, agreed to during 2006 was implemented
                                for the first time during 2007, and, despite some teething problems, made a
                                significant contribution to the income base of participating branches. Branches
                                were urged to liaise more vigorously with its members about their needs in
                                terms of the presentation of courses in their regions, as this would contribute to
                                their income and improve their financial positions.

                                SAICE Turnover: Financial Report
                                During the 2008 financial year of the South African Institution of Civil
                                Engineering the income exceeded the expenditure by R3 149 366 of which R187
                                165 accrues to the Special Purposes Fund (SPF), and R1 655 632 to SAICE’s
                                Branches and Divisions.

                                SAICE’s retained income has increased by 52%, to just above R9, 1 million.
                                The accumulated surpluses of the entities are as follows:
                                •       SAICE National Office              R3 478 223

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•        SPF                                 R1 741 621            with the theme of “Reinventing Delta Life” held at the Delft
•        Branches and Divisions              R3 972 733            University.
Surplus funds are held in investment accounts that earn            WFEO In Brasilia
market related interest rates. Due to the rise in interest rates
during 2008, the finance income has increased with more            Another milestone achievement on the SAICE International
than R200 000.                                                     Outreach projects list took place during 2008 in the
                                                                   somewhat frustrating but very interesting city Brasilia,
Membership subscriptions comprised just over 45% of the            capital of Brazil in South America. This occasion was the
National Office’s income. The early bird discount enable           workshop of the Capacity Building Committee of the WFEO,
members to realize a reduction of more than 14% overall on         in conjunction with the World Engineering Conference, which
the subscriptions payments.                                        took place in the first week of December 2008 in Brasilia, to
                                                                   develop a “Guidebook for Capacity Development”.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has lifted the unallocated deposit
qualification that was raised during the 2007 financial year.      This effort was spearheaded by Dawie Botha, Executive
This leaves only one qualification on the 2008 financial           Director of SAICE in South Africa and Andrew Cleland,
statements, as the auditors felt that they did not have            Executive Director, IPENZ, of New Zealand, and actively
sufficient evidence to properly audit all of the Branches and      supported by Mike Sanio, Director of International
Divisions. A resolution of this matter will be pursued in 2009.    Alliances at ASCE, Tony Marjoram from UNESCO, and Dan
                                                                   Clinton, Chair of WFEO-CCB. The workshop was attended by
During the year the Finance Department expanded with               Dawie Botha, Tom McKune, Alec Hay and Dr Kevin Wall, as
three new members. Under the guidance of the Financial             well as Ms Kgomotso Rabalao, a senior official from the South
Manager, the staff has been actively engaged in improving          African Department of Science and Technology, who privided
the accounting systems and procedures, contributing to the         SAICE with a generous partial sponsorship for the event.
financial health of SAICE. Similarly the committee members
have acted prudently in managing the finances of the               The delegation was also very privileged to have the
Branches and Divisions. We owe them all special thanks for         opportunity for a very pleasant and fruitful meeting with the
their dedication to SAICE.                                         Head of the Mission at the South African Embassy in Brasilia,
                                                                   Minister Counsellor Annabel Haslop
Latitudes and Longitudes
                                                                   Governance and structures: Branch
ASCE                                                               visits, Divisions, committees
SAICE once again attended the annual ASCE conference in
2008 in Pittsburgh, USA, and the President, Johan de Koker,        During 2008, the annual Presidential visits to SAICE units
President-Elect, Prof Elsabé Kearsley and Executive Director       on a National basis once again created opportunities for
Dawie Botha ensured that the SAICE banner was flown high           interaction between the SAICE membership base on their
as usual in recent years. At the international round table         home turf and the SAICE management team.
event, Dawie Botha made a very well received contribution
entitled: “Engineering and global public policy – A growing        Each Branch, Division and committee has their own
partnership for climate resilient development – Questions          distinctive character and local circumstances, but numerous
and Answers”.                                                      shared issues, affecting the profession as a whole, are also
                                                                   discussed. After March 2008, the topic of many concerned
                                                                   and even heated discussions was the introduction of the draft
ICE and IStructE                                                   Bill on the Built Environment Professions by the Department
                                                                   of Public Works. The scope of this proposed Bill touched
With co-operation agreements now firmly in place, SAICE            engineering professionals and it was encouraging to see how
was invited to the Inauguration of the 2008 ICE President, Ms      many of our members were prepared to take a stance for our
Jean Venables, in London. The SAICE delegation attended            profession.
this event on route to the ASCE conference. Attending this
auspicious event, as well as several other courtesy meetings,      These visits provide an excellent forum to convey messages
including a meeting with IStructE at their offices, to discuss     affecting the Institution and the civil engineering profession
shared issues, once again strengthened ties between                and also to bring home matters needing attention from
organisations.                                                     National Office.
KIVI-NIRIA                                                         Although the levels of participation at Branches and Divisions
                                                                   are still not at optimum level, due to the high intensity
At the end of October 2008, Dawie Botha once again made            of activity in the industry and subsequent lack of enough
a courtesy call to civil engineering counterparts in the           volunteers to drive SAICE initiatives, the positive attitude and
Netherlands at the Koninklijke Instituut voor Ingenieurs.          input of volunteers is evident.
He attended their very enlightening annual conference,

                                SAICE is governed by the Council which meets twice annually and the Executive
                                Board, chaired by the President, which looks after the affairs of SAICE and
                                meets at least six times per year. Reporting to the Executive Board, the Finance
                                and Administration Committee and Membership Committee ensures that all
                                SAICE services run efficiently.

                                Sincerely yours
                                The SAICE Editorial Panel oversees the publication of eleven issues of Civil
                                Engineering per year. During 2008 more pages per edition, increasingly
                                attractive magazines continued to be the norm. In November the magazine won
                                the prestigious PiCA Award as best magazine in the category “Construction,
                                Engineering and Related Industries” for the second year running. The judges
                                commented as follows:

                                “Containing a wealth of information, Civil Engineering is a ‘must-read’ for the
                                professional in the built environment. The content is interesting and relevant –
                                with a proven influence on decision-makers in the field. Moreover, this valuable
                                magazine has significantly grown its advertising revenue, volume and market

                                After eight and a half years as editor of the magazine, Sarie Moolman resigned
                                to take up another position. SAICE staff member Verelene de Koker, who had
                                served as magazine and journal secretariat for many years, took over as editor
                                from July. This move brought the magazine back in-house after a period of close
                                on forty years during which time SAICE’s editor had always been a contractor
                                based outside the National Office structure.

                                The publication of technical papers on civil engineering is one of the core
                                functions of SAICE, and the Institution’s archives boast hundreds of papers
                                published since 1903. The peer-reviewing of technical papers is administered by
                                the Journal Editorial Panel.

                                The Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering is accredited
                                with the Department of Education, and is also internationally listed (ISI-listing).

                                Due to rising production costs, the frequency of the journal was changed from
                                quarterly to biannually, effective from 2008. The number of papers published,
                                however, remains unchanged (with continued growth always remaining an

                                Electronic Versions
                                Both the magazine and the journal are available in electronic format on the
                                SAICE and Sabinet websites, resulting in enhanced local and international
                                visibility of the Institution.

                                SAICE Website
                                The website keeps the members, industry leaders and the public up to date
                                with SAICE news, issues and events. The site fulfils a crucial role in SAICE’s
                                communication process.

                       receives an average of 10 000 visits per month resulting
                                in approximately 40 000 hits. Most popular days of the week for access are
                                Mondays to Thursdays. One of the most popular pages after the home page is
                                the ‘SAICE classifieds, find a job’ page.

12   SAICE Annual Review 2008
                                                                                                                                                        Membership by categories - Oct 2008
                                                                                                                                                                         1%         3%
                                                                                                                                                                                           4%                           Associate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Graduate 0-5 Years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Graduate 5+ Years
                                                                                                                                                  27%                                                                   ICE/ISE
                                                                                                                                                                                                          15%           Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Senior Member
                           Membership by age - Oct 2008                                                                                                                                                 3%              Student
      88                                                                                                                                                     5%                                                         Technician
      82                                                                                                                                                                                    26%                         Honorary

            0            50                100                  150                  200                     250                   300   350
                                Students     Associate      Members        Fellows/Honoray         Retired         Foreign Member

                                                                                                                                                        Membership by branch - Oct 2008

                                                                                                                                                                  Foreign Members                                   104
                   Membership by race and gender - Oct 2008                                                                                                                                                             Lowveld
                                                                                                                                                                                   North-West        Wits
                                                                                                                                                                                                     2018           Highveld
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vaal Triangle
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Drakensberg                  Zululand
                                                                                                                                                                     Kimberley                              109                    166
           60.00                                                                                      58.64                                                                              Welkom
                                                                                                                                                                        56               49                          Pietermaritzburg
           50.00                                                                                                                                        Upington                                                     Durban
                                                                                                                                                           25                                                            917
           40.00                                                                                                                                                                                                 Transkei

                                  26.00                                                                                                                                                                Amatola
           30.00                                                                                                                                                                                        344

           20.00                                                                                                                                                                         Algoa
                                                                                                                                                              Southern Cape               286
                                                                                                                                         Western Cape              153
                           5.94                          3.71
            0.00                                 0.66                                                                       Male
                                                                      00.33                    2.86
                      African                                                                                      Female

                                    Rubbing shoulders
                                    Looking back on 2008, it will be remembered as a year of knocking on doors
                                    of government and passionate lobbying for the cause of the civil engineering
                                    profession. It gives great hope for the future of the Institution and profession to
                                    report that those doors have opened at national level. SAICE is now being called
                                    on for input where it matters most and where decisions are taken. The third tier
                                    of government in South Africa remains a serious concern.

                                    SAICE features high up on invitation lists for both public and private sector
                                    events and is most certainly on the contact lists for the South African electronic
                                    and printed media.

                                    SAICE has its own civils “world wide web” and has strong ties and links
                                    with organisations here in South Africa, on the African continent and
                                    internationally. The meaning of the term “global village” during this past year
                                    was emphasized when it became more evident that there are so much common
                                    ground internationally and that SAICE is literally a click away from colleagues

                                    Financial summary

                                                                                                Branch Assets
                                                                                 Algoa                     R 68,264

                                                                                 Amathole                  R 119,776
                                                                                 Bloemfontein              R 54,400

                                                                                 Durban                    R 305,419
                                                                                 Drakensberg               R 8,927
                                                                                 Highveld                  R 12,449
                                                                                 Kimberley                 R 11,839
                                                                                 Lowveld                   R 6,280
                                                                                 North West                R 18,975

                                                                                 Limpopo                   R 13,704
                                               Division Assets
                                                                                 Pietermaritzburg          R 94,722
                                                                 R 604,794
                                                                                 Pretoria                  R 43,296
                                                                 R 688,657
                                                                                 Southern Cape             R 33,464
                                Information Technology           R 40,974
                                                                                 Transkei                  R 61
                                                                 R 159,640
                                                                 R 500,525       Upington                  R 5,969

                                Project Management               R 7,953         Welkom                    R0

                                                                 R 227,655       Western Cape              R 318,029

                                Joint Civils                     R 188,360       Witwatersrand             R 213,121

                                                                 R 220,258       Zululand                  R 5,223

                                Total                           R 2,638,816      Total                     R 1,333,918

                                                     National Office Income and Expenditure statement
                                                         2007                                       2008
                                Income                      R 16 245 014       Income                      R 14,331,329
                                Expenses                    R 15 836 181       Expenses                    R 12,837,595
                                Net surplus                 R 408,833          Net surplus                 R 1,493,734

14   SAICE Annual Review 2008
                          SAICE Mission Statement
To advance professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering.

In support of SAICE’s mission, SAICE strives:

•   to be a learned society for all those associated with Civil Engineering;
•   to enable our members, through consultation and accountability, to provide the
    community with environmentally and economically sustainable infrastructure;
•   to cater for the interests and needs of our members by creating an effective
    communication channel in a strong, dynamic and stable organisation;
•   to provide our members with continuing education in technical, managerial and
    communication skills;
•   to advance and uphold the professional ethics of the civil engineering
•   to enhance the recognition of civil engineering as a highly respected profession
    and a desirable career; and above all, to encourage our members to strive for
    excellence in civil engineering.

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