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Tuesday, 06 November 2018   (0 Comments)
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IDoEW status

The long outstanding issue of the Identification of Engineering Work (IDoEW) was raised in an article of the October 2018 bulletin from the Council for the Built Environment (CBE). The article summarised progress on this issue to date and also identified the major stumbling blocks in the process. The article also highlighted the urgency of properly identifying the work reserved for registered professionals and invited submissions on the topic in an effort to restart the process. While SAIMechE has not received a formal invitation to engage on the IDoEW, we should certainly bring this issue once again to the fore and revisit our position. We have posted a summary of the article on the News section of our website. Comments from interested members would be welcome there.

ECSA Engineering Awards

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) hosted their inaugural Engineering Awards banquet on 1 November 2018. This glittering gala event recognised the contribution of the engineering profession in the accreditation of qualifications and registration of professionals. The awards highlighted the significant contribution of individual engineering professionals to the achievement of ECSA’s statutory mandates, and reinforced the strong connection between the engineering profession and its regulator.

SAIMechE Student Chapters

2018 Has been a year of phenomenal growth in our Student membership grade, driven by the activities of student chapters, many of which were only formed this year, under the stewardship of Ms Marietjie Jansen van Rensburg. Students are realising that their objectives are much easier to achieve if they work together in a group, and the Student Chapter is an ideal platform for this. Students are realising that they can organise their own site visits, technical presentations, mentoring evenings and social events and are seeing the value of doing so within a Student Chapter.

SAIMechE Training Events

SAIMechE’s National Events Department will cease to exist in its current format at the end of November 2018, in line with the Council decision made earlier in this year. The Council decision aims to shift traditional training activities to our branches and encourage increased participation by local members and industry. At the same time, Council have recognised the need for SAIMechE to develop training activities for online and distance learning and will be focusing resources on the creation of relevant and valuable content. We would especially like to invite members to share their knowledge, experience and insight into creating online content.


As 2018 draws to a close, I hope that many SAIMechE members reflect positively on all those areas where they benefited as a result of their membership, and look forward to increasing that in the new year.

Here’s wishing us all a safe and happy holiday season!


Vaughan Rimbault


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