South Africa’s three leading civil engineering associations have become the first Associate Members of The Concrete Institute.
Bryan Perrie, Managing Director of The Concrete Institute, announced new Associate Members – who will serve on the board:
- Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA)
- The South African Forum of Civil Engineers (SAFCEC)
- The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE)
The three executives who will represent the new Associate members on The Concrete Institute board are Lefadi Makibinyane (CESA), Webster Mfebe (SAFCEC), and Manglin Pillay (SAICE). The three cement producers, Lafarge, Sephaku, and Holcim, who founded The Concrete Institute in 2013, are the main board members and will now work in closely with the new Associate members.
The addition of the three new Associate members to The Concrete Institute Board marks the start of the implementation of Institute’s mission, stated in 2013 at its establishment following the closure of the Cement & Concrete Institute, to not only concentrate its technical and educational services on the cement and concrete industries, but to broaden its operations to include complementary organisations in the South African building and construction sectors.
Perrie said that The Concrete Institute was delighted to have the three respected and influential South African civil engineering bodies as Associate Members. Civil engineers play a vital role in the building and construction industry. They are responsible for planning, designing and building infrastructure such as dams, bridges, water distribution networks, railways and runways, roads, sanitation systems, even cellphone towers – everything that adds quality to South Africans’ lives.
Having the civil industry on board is a major step forward for The Concrete Institute and its members will be able to speak with one voice to assist government in the implementation of the National Development Plan to benefit employment and the general economy.
Perrie said The Concrete Institute was hoping to also co-opt other building and construction bodies with similar missions on its Board this year.