April 10, 2018

3 Tips on How to Write a Good List

Lists are useful, but you have to do them right. I have much to say on the topic of lists, but today I am going to limit myself to my most recent experience. This past week, I was asked by a client to clarify a section of a document that…
April 09, 2018

EI: Today’s Soft Skills are the Hard Skills

Every year, Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, sits down to write a letter…in fact, 400 of them. In each one, she tells the parents of her senior executives what their child is doing for the company, and why they are a gift to the company. The response from her…
April 05, 2018

A time for everything

I have a guest from Finland visiting at the moment who has just finished a medical student exchange at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. Last night over dinner we were talking about the different ways people write the time. She was asking what the standard is in South Africa…
April 04, 2018

Construction Sector Tops Jobs Losses In the Last Quarter

The recent release of Statistics South Africa’s Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) for the last quarter of 2017 indicates a decrease in employment in the construction sector towards the end of last year compared to the similar period of the previous year. Furthermore, the construction sector has lost significantly more jobs…
April 03, 2018

SA Civil Engineering Skills Slippery Slope

The skills shortage is threatening to erode one of the core elements of what civil engineering stands for in modern society, making it more vital than ever that all stakeholders commit themselves to the highest possible standards of professional excellence. We should remember that the original meaning of ‘civil engineering’…
March 29, 2018

Densification defines Africa’s urban trends and infrastructure in 2018

Why do we need to talk about infrastructure investment and delivery in sub-Saharan Africa? Business spending in Africa will grow from $2.6 trillion in 2015 to $3.5 trillion by 2025. It is estimated that over the same period an additional 187 million Africans will migrate to cities, drastically redefining urban…
March 28, 2018

4 Tips to creating a good Hardhat professional CV

 A CV is the most flexible and convenient way to make applications. It conveys your personal details in the way that presents you in the best possible light. A CV is a marketing document in which you are marketing yourself. You need to "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience…
March 27, 2018

Finding your Work-Work Balance

 One of the biggest challenges in my life is working on several projects simultaneously. I find myself having to constantly resist prioritising the scariest one at the expense of the others. It is very tempting to get into a “stress-based” workflow where you do whatever is going to keep you…
March 26, 2018

South African Engineers are World Class

In South Africa, we are never short of stories grabbing front-page headlines, from the new President of the ruling party, who has now taken the helm of the Republic and appears to be a firm favourite, to the dreaded ‘D-day’ water shortage in Cape Town being averted (for the time…
March 22, 2018

My experience with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

The EPWP is a South African National programme meant to create employment opportunity for the unemployed women, the youth and people with disabilities in areas were government infrastructure projects are taking place. This initiative is monitored and overseen by the National Department of Public works with the assistance of the…