The South African Institution Of Civil Engineering
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Manglin Pillay
Chief Executive Officer

Manglin Pillay took over the reigns as SAICE’s CEO in October 2010. He is a civil engineer by profession, with particular interest in environmental engineering. Manglin is a driven leader with a hands-on approach. His depth in leadership and strategic planning are a valuable asset to SAICE's long-term vision.

Manglin Pillay - Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Mugeri
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Sharon Mugeri joined SAICE on 23 January 2006 in the Education & Training Department. Her roles included organising training courses that were run by the Department. In November 2010 she was appointed as the executive assistant to the CEO and her duties include secretarial, administrative and HR supportive functions.

Sharon Mugeri - Executive Assistant to the CEO

Memory Scheepers
Project Manager: Special Projects

Before joining SAICE in 1997, Memory worked as a teacher and then a credit officer in the retail environment. At SAICE she started as the membership officer and has worked in Human Resources, building operations and general SAICE administration. She now heads up the Special Projects Department in the Institution.

Memory Scheepers - Project Manager: Special Projects

Steven Kaplan
Chief Operating Officer

Steven Kaplan, SAICE's first COO, started on 2 April 2013. Steven, who is an exceptional communicator and leader, brings with him many years of project management and consulting experience within the civil engineering industry. SAICE stands to benefit from his skills regarding internal organisation processes, and his commitment to Civilution.

Steven Kaplan - Chief Operating Officer


Isabel Herbst
Chief Financial Officer

Isabel Herbst joined SAICE on 1 August 2007 as the Finance Manager and is now Chief Financial Officer. She completed her B. Comm Accounting and Masters in Business Administration Degrees at Northwest University. She brought valuable experience with her from various industries and corporate organisations.

Paula van Niekerk
Executive Assistant to the CFO

Paula started working at SAICE on February 2012 as the executive assistant to the Chief Financial Officer. She does credit control in the finance department and makes the domestic travel and accommodation arrangements.

Joseph Msiza
Financial Accountant

A self-motived Financial Accountant with a well-balanced etiquette. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting and has provided excellent service to SAICE since May 2011. He currently focuses on the financial aspects of SAICE Branches, Divisions and Student Chapters. In addition, he has been nominated as the Health and Safety Officer, and furthermore provides exceptional secretarial service to the SAICE Finance and Administration Committee.

Magda Bruyns
Bookkeeper: Creditors

Magda started working for SAICE in 1998 as a bookkeeper for creditors in the Finance Department. Over the years she accumulated more knowledge and her duties currently include cashbook, credit accounts payable and drawing bank statements. She also processes debtors and all payments on the system and ensures that all the information corresponds.

Helen Johnstone
Bookkeeper: Courses

Helen Johnstone joined SAICE in March 2007 as a part-time debtors clerk in the finance department. She later took on the responsibility of handling the financial side of all the SAICE courses. On a day-to-day basis Helen is responsible for the invoicing and reconciliation of courses held by SAICE.

Rose Magagula
Bookkeeper: Membership

Rose joined SAICE on 12 January 2009 as a finance-trainee. She became personal assistant to the financial manager and maintains the credit and debit notes, deals with the vendor/supplier forms and opens/loads the new membership schedules.

Magda Smith
Bookkeeper: Membership S–Z

Magda joined SAICE in 2013. She handles all bookkeeping matters relating to members with surnames S–Z.

Magda Smith - Bookkeeper: Membership S–Z

Hermien Moller
Credit Controller

Hermien started at SAICE in October 2013 as Credit Control Officer. She is responsible for debt collecting on all outstanding amounts. She has a background in managing billing, creditors, cashbooks and general ledgers.

Hermien Moller - Credit Controller


Marie Ashpole
Outreach Officer

Marie Ashpole joined SAICE in 2003. With the Media and Events department under her grasp, media liaison and SAICE events administration are set for greater heights.

Brigitte Nell
Assistant: Media and Events

She started working for SAICE in June 2012 in the Media and Events Department. She attained her B.Comm in Industrial Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management. Her responsibilities range from events management to media relation and writing.

Simone Rambarun
Assistant: Communications and Events

Simone joined SAICE in January 2014 as a communications and media assistant after returning to South Africa from the Middle East. A recent graduate, she holds an Honours Degree in Communication Science and will be assisting with communication and media within SAICE.

Simone Rambarun - Assistant: Communications and Events


Mpumelelo Zingitwa
Team Leader: Advertising and Marketing

Mpumelelo joined SAICE on 1 March 2012. He has worked as an Art Director for various advertising agencies and a Communications Manager before joining SAICE. His responsibilities include managing the SAICE brand, advertising and marketing the Institution.

Mpumelelo Zingitwa - Team Leader: Advertising and Marketing

Willandri Louw
Assistant: Marketing and Advertising

Willandri, who received an Honours degree in marketing in 2012, joined SAICE in February 2013 as a marketing and advertising assistant. At SAICE she is involved in strategic marketing focusing mainly on the 2014 Civilution Congress, providing a link between the Finances Department and the public relations function of the Communications Department.

Willandri Louw - Assistant: Marketing and Advertising

Lucas Namuramba
Graphic designer: Advertising and marketing

Lucas joined SAICE in May 2013 and will be focusing on graphic design for advertising and marketing materials.

Lucas Namuramba - Graphic designer: Advertising and marketing

Nadeena le’ Tang
Public Relations Officer

Nadeena joined the SAICE family in September 2013 as a Public Relations Officer. She is responsible for the overall internal processes, assistance and workflow of the PR department. She brings with her previous experience in the engineering field.

Nadeena le’ Tang - Public Relations Officer


Verelene de Koker

Verelene joined SAICE in 1998 at the reception desk. Her dedication to SAICE was soon rewarded by a promotion to the Communications Department and the rest was history. She’s now the Editor of Civil Engineering (SAICE’s monthly magazine) and the Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (ISI-accredited biannual technical journal).

Elsabé Maree
Editor’s Assistant

Elsabé Maree joined SAICE on 17 December 2005 as an assistant to the executive office. She has since been appointed as the Editor’s Assistant and her main responsibility is the administration of the SAICE Journal and assisting the editor with day-to-day magazine tasks.

Rebekka Wellmanns

Rebekka joined SAICE in April 2013 assisting with researching and compiling information for SAICE office bearers and publications. She also plays a creative writing role writing for the communications department and SAICE magazine.

Rebekka Wellmanns - Researcher


Fridah Mahlangu
Career Guidance Officer

Fridah started working for SAICE in 1999 as a cleaner. After showing potential, she was promoted to switchboard operator and receptionist in 2003. She is now involved in office administration, career exhibiting and events. Fridah also runs SAICE's career guidance projects which advises aspiring civil engineers in high schools.


Dawn Hermanus
Course Coordinator

Dawn started at SAICE as receptionist for the seven staff members in 1990. She was later promoted to secretary to the Executive Director and then to the Education and Training Department of SAICE. She's heavily involved with the administration and facilitation of the various informative courses.

Cheryl-Lee Williams
Course Coordinator

Cheryl-lee joined SAICE in February 2011 as an education and training officer. She decided to take on the new venture at SAICE where she is currently involved in organising and coordinating SAICE's training courses and administering the Continuous Professional Development programme.


Angelene Aylward
Sales Administrator

Angelene joined SAICE in January 1999 as Sales Administrator for the bookshop. She has seen the bookshop transformed from small beginnings, with only a few titles, to the beautiful facility at SAICE House where she manages an annual turnover of about R2.6 million. Part of her daily duties include customer service, stock control and the website’s store.

Jefry Gobe
Inventory Clerk

Jefry joined the SAICE team at the end of January 2012 as an Inventory Clerk. His responsibilities range from customer service, sales and inventory dispatch at the SAICE bookshop. His daily responsibilities include administration, stocktaking and customer queries.


Merriam Molefe
Membership Officer (M – Z)

Merriam started working for SAICE in 2004.After working for three years as a cleaner, she was then promoted to reception in 2007 and worked her way to her current position of membership officer. She handles member applications, fees suspension and senior status administration.

Vicky Johnstone
Membership Officer (A-L)

Vicky joined SAICE in December 2013 and is responsible for membership applications.

Vicky Johnstone - Membership Officer (A-L)


Merriam Sethole

Merriam joined SAICE in 2008 as a cleaner and was recently promoted to receptionist in 2012. Her duties also include assisting the staff with various duties when requested.

Daniel Motsiri
Assistant and Maintenance

Daniel Motsiri joined SAICE in 2005 as a part-time worker who assisted in renovating SAICE House. He was promoted to driver responsibile for SAICE deliveries and collections, posting, banking and maintenance work. Currently he is involved in the dispatch department assisting the Inventory Clerk.

Mary Molefe

She joined SAICE in February 2012 as a janitor and is currently being groomed to assist with the SAICE switchboard. Prior to joining SAICE she worked in a publishing company focusing on customer assistance.


Erika Coetzer
Intern: Finance

Erika joined SAICE as an intern in the Finance Department in early February 2012. Part of her responsibilities in her training includes archiving, invoicing members and assisting with their queries.

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