Main image: Left: Outgoing SAIA president, Ruben Reddy Right: Elected incoming SAIA President, Dr. Amira Osman

The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) continues to champion the need for a constant pipeline of projects in both the public and private sectors, according to SAIA President Ruben Reddy, who was officially inaugurated by the Institute in June. The new term of office for elected incoming President Dr Amira Osman commenced on 1 July 2022.

SAIA’s continued vision

“SAIA’s vision has not shifted since democracy. We remain a member-based civil society advocacy organisation vehemently defending the wellbeing of our members and the delivery of a quality built-environment,” says Reddy.

He sees SAIA’s ongoing task as providing for a consistent quality service “that defies the challenges we face as a nation. We will join the struggle with our fellow built environment colleagues and engage the government in providing a better life for all.” The need to retain developed skills locally continues.

Delayed inauguration

Reddy’s tenure encompassed Covid-19 and saw the untimely passing of SAIA CEO Mthembeni Mkhize on 24 July 2021. “We delayed this inauguration due to the respect that we all had for this wonderful human.”

Despite the subsequent industry slump and global economic downturn resulting from the pandemic, SAIA has successfully navigated this difficult time and continues to attract leading talent.

The president’s inauguration will be followed by the 2019-2020 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit & for Excellence.

Looking back on his difficult tenure, Reddy concludes: “I have attempted to serve this profession to the best of my ability, providing protection to our members against the constant onslaught from the authorities and industry. We need to continue this struggle without fear and never be afraid to speak truth to power, whatever form it might take.”

For more information, contact SAIA:
Tel: +27 11 782 1315

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