SAICE leadership visits Civil Engineering at MUT

SAICE leadership, and MUT staff and student. Second from right are Nthabeleng Lentsoane,  Asiphe Memela, and Professor Marianne Vanderschuren

Civil Engineering students at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) have a massive chance to benefit from the efforts of the national professional body called South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE). On 1 August 2022, the University’s Civil Engineering students attended a presentation by SAICE President, Marianne Vanderschuren, a Professor in Transport Planning and Engineering, and Deputy Dean: Social Representativeness and Transformation at the University of Cape Town.

In her presentation, Professor Vanderschuren, who is also the President of SAICE, told the MUT and DUT SAICE student leadership about the benefits of being part of the SAICE. She said SAICE members get a chance to share useful information that contributes to their professional growth.  Some of these, as per the body’s website, are CPD courses for all civil engineering divisions. These courses were reviewed, endorsed, and accredited by recognised experts and civil engineering practitioners, thereby offering technically sound and approved training.

Members of organisations also get an opportunity to network with each other. Explained further, the website states: “Increase your professional profile by engaging in our branches, divisions, committees, panels and chapters, and by participating in our events. This is your opportunity to network with clients, government officials, civil engineering executives and fellow engineers.” The website further says that the membership immediately allows members entry into an extended network of like-minded professionals – where they can market their professional services and initiate other commercial and social initiatives.

Professor Vanderschuren emphasized the importance of having enough knowledge of the Excel software that assists users to organise their work. She also stressed the need for the necessary behaviour in the profession. She said members of the profession must be ethical. Together with Professor Vanderschuren, Nthabeleng Lentsoane, SAICE’s Head of Marketing and Public Relations, referred the students to the website, which is for more information.

Asiphe Memela, the student Chair of MUT SAICE, said they were grateful for the visit and that they learnt a lot from it.

Said Memela: “This SAICE presidential address provided us with an opportunity to learn many more things, which gave us the confidence to attend further events. Receiving inspiring feedback from the students who attended motivated me as a student leader to do better and create more opportunities such as these for students in my institution so they can also benefit as I do, so we can all feel whole professionally.”