oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - SAICE launches its second Infrastructure Report Card : SAICE Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa 2011
The SAICE Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa 2011 was officially launched on 5 April at SAICE House in Midrand. This report on the current condition of infrastructure assets is a collective opinion provided by civil engineering professionals at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) in the manner of "expert witness". In 2006 SAlCE released the first ever Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) on the state of engineering infrastructure in South Africa. The report highlighted "the observations of the professionals responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of our nation's life-support system". Overall, it gave the nation's infrastructure a D+ grade. The 2011 report is an up-to-date assessment of infrastructure in South Africa. Given the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and the projects that were developed around it, the IRC has arrived at the appropriate time. SAICE is uniquely placed to do the report because its membership is drawn from all sectors of the civil engineering community, i.e. all tiers of government, the private sector designers and constructors, suppliers of equipment and materials, and even suppliers of finance. The Institution views this as its responsibility and duty: to report and engage constructively and without hesitation to the benefit of South African society. Leadership requires that we act not simply as a tool to fulfil society's demands, but also to advise society on the wisdom and sustainability of its requirements so that the prosperity, and indeed survival, of future generations is not further compromised.
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