SAICE inaugurates youngest-ever President

17 February 2015

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) inaugurated its 2015 President, Malcolm Pautz, on 12 February 2015. Pautz is the youngest-ever president since SAICE’s establishment in 1903.

Pautz challenged Generation Y engineers to be bold, to have courage, to never be afraid of taking initiative, or to be involved ― while judging themselves on self-integrity and accountability.

To the engineers stemming from the traditionalists and the 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 and the Millennium Development Goal, a reality.

Pautz concluded by adapting a phrase from Reverend Martin Luther King’s historical 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”

The full version of the Presidential address is available on SAICE’s website:

More information from Marie Ashpole, Tel: (0)11 805 5953 / Email: [email protected]

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