Once again the SAICE WC Branch Annual Dinner was an evening of exquisite entertainment put together by Marianne Vanderschuren and her team from the WC Branch Committee. John Gilmour the founder, past-principal and Executive Director of LEAP Science and Maths Schools entertained the WC Branch with a very interesting account of his history leading to his involvement with the programme and challenged the audience to take accountability and ask themselves how they can assist too. In a time when any engineer in the country is concerned about South Africa’s schooling system and potential to carry out capacity building, it is great to know that initiatives such as the LEAP Schools exist and are expanding their presence. The WC Branch Committee challenges individuals to take up John’s call and get involved in assisting too.
The SAICE WC Branch Regional Award winners, notably VelaVKE, were also at hand to collect plaques for their entries ‘Buitengragt Pedestrian Bridge’ and ‘Reconstruction of MR 172’ which won the Technical and Community Based categories respectively.
Attendance at the dinner was slightly lower than in previous years, perhaps an indication of the economic outlook we are currently facing in the construction industry, despite this a great time was had by everyone who attended. The WC Branch always appreciates member feedback, so please add your comments below.