The needs of young engineers

by Tania Wannenburg
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Celebrating the Presidential inauguration of one of its youngest leaders who has an embedded passion for his role going forward.

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) inaugurated its 2015 President, Malcolm Pautz, at the SAICE Presidential Inauguration and Gala Dinner at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on 12 February 2015. Malcolm is the youngest President ever since SAICE’s establishment in 1903.

Various high-profile guests, including Engineers Chidi Isuwah Snr and Ademola Olorunfemi, representing the Nigerian Society of Engineers, champions of the infrastructure industry, government officials, engineering clients from both the private and public sectors, as well as SAICE members from across the country, attended the event.

In his address, Malcolm challenged Generation Y engineers to be bold, to have courage and never be afraid of taking initiative, or to be involved ― while judging themselves on self-integrity and accountability. For engineers from the Traditional and Baby Boomer eras, the challenge is to listen to the young engineers, to guide and mentor them, and to identify future leaders who will have the task of making the National Development Plan, as well as the Millennium Development Goal, a reality.

Paul concluded his moving address by taking some poetic licence in adapting a phrase from Reverend Martin Luther King’s historic speech:
“I have a dream that one day all civil engineers will be judged not by their inheritance, but by their skill and competence, and by the value they create for society. You, the young engineer, need to rise up and ensure that transformation is met on a balanced basis, and without hindering economic and social development within the confines of our resources.”

Acknowledgement and thanks go to http://www.specifile.co.za for the information contained in this article.

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