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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Bookkeeper: Membership S–Z
Magda joined SAICE in 2013. She handles all bookkeeping matters relating to members with surnames S–Z.
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.
Erika joined SAICE as an intern in the Finance Department in early February 2012. Part of her responsibilities in her training included archiving, invoicing members and assisting with their queries. In 2014 she was promoted to bookkeeper and now handles all bookkeeping matters relating to members with surnames A–J.
MEDIA AND EVENTS DEPARTMENT
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.
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.
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.
Assistant: Media and Events
Lorraine joined SAICE in January 2014 after graduating with an Honours Degree in Communications, Media and Cultural studies at the Centre of Communication Media and Society(CCMS) at UKZN. She will be assisting with communication and media functions within SAICE.
MARKETING AND ADVERTISING
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.
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 and provides a link between the Finances Department and the Communications Department.
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.
Tebogo, who has a BA in Graphic Design majoring in Multimedia and Motion Graphics, joined SAICE in August 2014. As SAICE’s graphic designer, he is responsible for the Institution’s print-related graphics, videography and photography.
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 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 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.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
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 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 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 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.
Membership Officer (N – Z)
Merriam started working for SAICE in 2004 and worked herself up to her current position as Membership Officer. She handles membership applications, fee suspensions, senior status admission, retired members, resignations and members’ queries.
Membership Officer (A-M)
Vicky started working for SAICE on a temporary basis in August 2013 to update and maintain the membership database. She joined the permanent staff in December 2013 as a Membership Officer and handles membership applications, fee suspensions, senior status admission, retired members, resignations and members’ queries.
Membership: Public Relations Officer
Joining SAICE in April 2014, Shawn will be responsible for updating and maintaining the membership database as well as assisting the communications department with ad hoc tasks.
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.
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.
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.