Prof Theo Haupt, the Research Professor at the Faculty of Engineering continues to lead MUT to greater heights. On 6 and 7 August 2018, MUT, under the leadership of Prof Haupt, and eThekwini Municipality, hosted the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa’s (ASOCSA) 12th Built Environment Conference in Durban. The conference which was attended by delegates from Southern Africa, and the UK was themed Sustainable Construction, Transformation and Development: emerging opportunities and Challenges. “We have had to bring academics and students to discuss the main issues for Southern Africa. The conference papers presented are of world class standard and will attract cash from the government,” said Prof Haupt who emphasised the importance of involving students in the conference.
The conference also included Lifetime Achievement Awards. Prof Haupt featured strongly during the awards. He went to the podium thrice, taking an award for being a co-author of the best paper; an award for most reviewed conference paper and an award for bringing in most delegates to the conference. Prof Haupt’s leadership was also recognised on two other fronts – by eThekwini Municipality, who are funders of the three Chairs – MUT, DUT, and UKZN. Dr Andrew Mather, Project Executive: Coastal Policy in the Municipality, said the Municipality recognised the need to assist in developing scarce skills in the municipal area, as well as at the local universities that help develop the region. Dr Mather said they were pleased to be part of the conference, which was MUT’s initiative.
In the same event, Prof Haupt also received a Newton Advance Fellowship from the British Academy, in partnership with the London South Bank University for the next two years. This Fellowship is given to distinguished scholars and researchers in South Africa and the UK. The event also saw Prof Kahilu Kajimo-Shakantu elected new President of ASOCSA. Prof Kajimo-Shakantu is from the UFS. She said she intended to take ASOCSA forward.