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Valentines Day At Bika

Valentine’s Day at BKIA

Makana Brick treated the secretaries and PA staff of BKIA local members to a terrific Valentine’s Day breakfast. This was held at Roco-Mamas, and was greatly enjoyed by the 23 ladies who were able to attend. Besides a super breakfast, we were all treated to roses, chocolates and beauty gift vouchers. A BIG Thank You goes to Makana Brick for a lovely start to Valentine’s Day. This was a great opportunity for the ladies from different practices to make contact with one another, “ concludes Glynis Heger, Executive Officer SAIA Border-Kei.

Newsletter February 2017 – Finance@SAIA


Esther van Tonder
Executive Manager, Finance and Human Resources

Architect Member

Registered as a Professional Architect in terms of the Act.

Letters of Designation:

The initials “SAIA” as a suffix to their names, and the titles “Member of The South African Institute of Architects” and ” Member of the (assigned region) of the South African Institute of Architects


  • Membership fees shall be paid annually to the region within 60 days after the date of the tax invoice issued by the region (incorporating the SAIA levy)
  • The region shall pay the SAIA subscriptions they have received over to SAIA at the end of every month.
  • Members who are at the beginning of the financial year 70 years or older of age and have 40 years or more of continuous membership with SAIA (70/40) shall be exempt from paying membership fees

Life Member

An architect member on whom the honour of life membership has been conferred by the board at its own discretion.

Letters of Designation:

The initials “Life SAIA” as a suffix to their names, and the titles “Life Member of the South African Institute of Architects


Exempt from paying membership fees

Honorary member

A person not eligible to be registered as a professional architect in SA but a person of distinction whom the board so elects.

Letters of Designation:

The title “Honorary Member of The South African Institute of Architects”


Exempt from paying membership fees

Retired member

  • a member who ceased being registered as a professional architect,
  • no longer engaged in the profession of architecture, and
  • Has not a financial participation in an architectural practice in SA.
  • The member must apply in writing to be transferred to this class of membership and cannot join SAIA in this membership category.

Letters of Designation:

The title “Retired Member of The South African Institute of Architects”


  • Membership fees shall be paid annually to the region within 60 days after the date of the tax invoice issued by the region (incorporating SAIA levy)
  • The region shall pay the SAIA subscriptions they have received over to SAIA at the end of every month
  • Members who are at the beginning of the financial year 70 years or older of age (Over 70/Retired) shall be exempt from paying membership fees

Candidate member

  • having passed the examination recognised by the council
  • Engaged in completing such further requirements as may lead to voting membership.

Letters of Designation:

The titles:
“Candidate Member of the South African Institute of Architects” and “Candidate Member of the (assigned region) of the South African Institute of Architects”


  • Membership fees shall be paid annually to the region within 60 days after the date of the tax invoice issued by the region ( incorporating the SAIA levy )
  • The region shall pay the SAIA subscriptions they have received over to SAIA at the end of every month

Newsletter February 2017 – Information@SAIA


SAIA Promotes Youth, Engages with Stakeholders and Celebrates 21st Publication of the Digest

From left: Mr Kevin Bingham, SAIA president, Mr Lindelo Nzuza (student), Ms Nwabisa Madjibi (student), Mr Kgaogelo Mashego and SAIA CEO, Mr Obert Chakarisa.

From left: CEO Obert Chakarisa, Prof Iain Low, Digest Editor, Executive Manager Marketing and Communication, Debbie Kirk.

On 22 February 2017, the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) awarded its first three bursaries to deserving students, following the launch of its bursary programme last year.

All bursary recipients are studying at a Masters level and have made the grade in terms of their marks, while also impressing the panel during interviews. These bursaries were awarded following a very strict selection process conducted by the SAIA Bursary Adjudication Panel headed by SAIA Chair of Transformation Mr Fanuel Motsepe and SAIA Vice President, Ms Maryke Cronje. The recipients are: Ms Nwabisa Madyibi (University of Cape Town), Mr Lindelo Nzuzu (University of the Witwatersrand) and Mr Kgaogelo Mashego (University of Johannesburg).

The bursary recipients are delighted that SAIA is helping them achieve their study goals so they can soon begin their careers. Says Ms Madyibi: “I am very grateful for this bursary and one day hope to work closely with SAIA to help it further its objectives.”

SAIA’s CEO, Mr Chakarisa congratulates the three bursary recipients and wishes them well in their studies: “We trust that the right choice was made and that the recipients will make SAIA proud and one day plough back their expertise into our Institute, so that others can be afforded the same opportunity.”

Stakeholder Engagement

SAIA is fully aware that while government processes and regulations are essential in our built environment, they frequently impact heavily on our member’s business operations and in many cases their livelihood and even survival. That’s why SAIA is working hard at enhancing its engagement with crucial stakeholders within the built environment.

This evening SAIA initiated a stakeholder engagement between SAIA members and key stakeholders in the built environment including, a ward councillor, mayoral committee members, the South African Association of Consulting Professional Planners (SAACPP), the Master Builders Association and others. As SAIA frequently engages at the highest levels of government, the organisation engagements rank from local government to participation at the very highest level of government.

It was agreed this evening that key issues affecting the profession include:

  • Procurement of municipal services
  • Approval processes from local authorities.

The latter encompasses building plan approvals and the professional regulatory context.

Through these stakeholder engagements, SAIA is pursuing all possible avenues to ensure that the interests of members are safeguarded. “We appreciate the willingness of key stakeholders to engage with us to iron out difficulties and make the operating environment more conducive for all, “says SAIA’s CEO, Obert Chakarisa.

Additionally, 2017 marks the 21st year that the Digest of South African Architecture has been in publication. “This is an extremely important celebration as the Digest is published annually and has become respected as an archive of the best work produced by the profession,” says Professor Iain Low, editor of the Digest for the past ten years

“Though these and many other activities SAIA continues to promote the interests of the architectural profession, spanning a multitude of facets,” concludes Mr Chakarisa

Newsletter February 2017 – Transformation@SAIA


Penelope Sebe
Manager: Transformation

SAIA announces its first bursary recipients of the SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme.

The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) launched its SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme in the City of Polokwane, Limpopo during 2016. Amongst the invited guests were the Limpopo MEC of Education, Mr. Ishmael Kgetjepe and the City of Polokwane’s Executive Mayor, Cllr. Thembi Nkadimeng, Professional Architects, scholars and educators from various schools in Limpopo.

In the month of February 2017, SAIA has awarded its first three bursary receipts with an educational bursary to the amount of R50 000.00 per recipient. SAIA received over 20 applications and through a very strict selection process conducted by the SAIA Bursary Adjudication Panel led by the SAIA Chair of Transformation – Mr. Fanuel Motsepe and the SAIA Vice-President – Ms. Maryke Cronje, three deserving applicants were deemed to fit the bursary criteria were selected to be the 2017 SAIA bursary recipients.

Ms. Nwabisa Madyibi (University of Cape Town), Mr. Lindelo Nzuzu (University of the Witwatersrand) and Mr. Kgaogelo Mashego (University of Johannesburg) who are all Masters students studying for their final year in architectural studies, impressed the adjudication panel with their excellent academic record and interview.

Mr. Kgaogelo Mashego (University of Johannesburg)

Mr. Lindelo Nzuzu (University of the Witwatersrand)

Ms. Nwabisa Madyibi (University of Cape Town)

Kgaogelo says: “I was influenced to study architecture because it involves exploring and learning in the process.” Kgaogelo grew up not having direct influence of architecture from architects, but his love for architecture was formed when he discovered that through drawing he could one day build spaces of interest and need for people.

SAIA’s CEO, Obert Chakarisa has stated that currently South Africa doesn’t have enough architects to address the growing built environment demands, and that the SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme aims to produce those numbers that will be able to address these growing demands.
While being born in Soweto, Lindelo grew up in Katlehong. Lindelo expressed how difficult it was growing up: “My father passed away a few years ago and my mother is unemployed. My relatives have assisted in paying for some of my tuition fees, however it has never been sufficient to cover all my educational needs. I’ve even taken up tutoring and other side jobs to get extra money to raise some capital that will go towards my studies.”

SAIA understands the financial strife experienced by many South African students and through its
bursary program it hopes to alleviate some of the financial burdens carried by students coming from historically disadvantaged groups.

Nwabisa says: “I am so grateful for the bursary and plan to work closely with SAIA to help advance its work.”

SAIA’s CEO congratulates the three bursary recipients and wishes them well in their academic year of study. “We trust that the right choice has been made and that the recipients will make SAIA proud and one day plough back into the institution, so that other can also be afforded similar opportunities”.

SAIA is currently soliciting sponsorship and funding through investors to ensure that reserves are built in order for bursaries to be issued yearly. The SAIA CEO calls big corporates, architectural firms, property developers, financial institutions to come on board as investors of the bursary programme by providing funding which will see many young talented South Africans been given the opportunity to become tomorrow’s leaders in the architectural profession.

The bursary is a full-year academic bursary, renewable annually on application (subject to terms & conditions). These bursary opportunities are available for students who are already studying architecture at an accredited Architectural Learning Site (ALS) in South Africa.

The Bursary covers:

  • Tuition fees for a year and/or
  • Accommodation and meals for a year, and/or
  • Study Tools.

For more information on how to donate funds or how to apply for a bursary please email us at or visit

Email:; Website:

Newsletter February 2017 – PracStakeholders@SAIA


Ludwich Ackermann
Executive Manager: Practice and Stakeholder

Practice Making Progress

The past two months have seen a busy time for the Practice portfolio with both the SACAP Code of Conduct and Internal Disciplinary Process Board notices out for public comment.

Copies of the comments can be downloaded at:

SAIA-BLW SACAPCodeComment 20161214 rev5
SAIA-SACAP Internal Disciplinary preocedure 20161214 rev 2

The scrutiny given to these important documents was a national effort with many regions offering insightful and extensive comments to the national office to provide a united and cohesive analysis.

Further to these efforts, the following items enjoyed attention at national level.

Practice Manual Review

At the last Practice Committee meeting the decision was taken to assemble of a team of experts to tackle the review process for remuneration. To this effect a request for proposals was sent to the entire membership for the review. The closing date for these proposals will be the 22nd of February 2017.


One of the major victories within the Portfolio was the issue of a legal opinion to the SKA *(Square Kilometre Array) tender that was tabled in 2015. This was actioned as per the board resolution taken in November 2016. As yet we have not received any formal response from the Department of Treasury or SKA but we anticipate that SAIA’s stance has influenced the way these departments will approach the procurement process, which will be different in future.

Fresh Projects

We are in the final stages of compiling a standard version of the task-based fees calculator with Fresh Projects. We hope to roll this out as a benefit to members within the first half of 2017. This software enables the practitioner to get a clear idea of costs and expenditure within an architectural practice and plan appropriately.


In the period under review, the portfolio has successfully collated and issued SACAP with our regions’ comments on both the Code of Conduct and the Internal Disciplinary Procedure. As strong regional participation was forthcoming this created a strong base to work from in the future as we speak with a single SAIA voice.

Further issues concerning the conduct of the Regulator will be explored after the board meeting to be held in Cape Town at the end of February

Currently the portfolio and committee are seeking legal advice through Michael Bester as to our options on various matters pertaining to SACAP and a meeting with them is imminent. (See matters requiring consideration)

BIM Champion

Shawn Hopkins was approached to fulfil the role as a representative for SAIA on BIM matters due to his involvement with ‘open BIM’. We look forward to a positive working relationship with him and hope that our members’ voices can be heard through this platform.


A feedback session was held with Apigis at the last Practice Committee meeting and we are currently re-affirming our ties with Apigis. We are excited about a legal assistance service that may be added to the services already provided to our members. If you do not have Indemnity Cover with Apigis please get in touch with them through:

Please note that membership of this scheme is exclusively available to SAIA members.

Chartered Architect

A task team has been selected by the Committee to draft the requirements for a Chartered Architect membership. We hope to have this off the ground by middle 2017.


The Portfolio and committee members have been actively involved in the revision of the PROCSA suite of documents and we await a publication of a revision within the first half of 2017. The document has been vetted by an international legal firm and we are confident that this will become the benchmark for the procurement of professional services across all the disciplines.


The revision of the JBCC suite of documents has a high level of involvement from SAIA. A revised version should be available within the first half of 2017. To benchmark the JBCC, and other SAIA documents, there has been an entire suite of documents procured by the portfolio from RIBA to determine International trends with regards to forms of contracting.

Regional Engagement

The Executive has visited the PIA president’s breakfast and a GIfA breakfast to ensure stronger ties between these regions and the national office. These meeting were both very successful in this regard and we hope to continually strengthen ties with other regions.


We look forward to what 2017 may bring and urge all members to become involved in SAIA Practice matters at Regional and National level.

“One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again.”
- Renzo Piano

Newsletter February 2017 – Marketing@SAIA


Debbie Kirk
Executive Manager: Marketing and Fundraising

Marketing: Beefing Up

On 25 January 2017, the first meeting of SAIA’s Marketing and Communications Committee (Marcom) took place. The members of this committee comprise:

  • Interim Chair – Jan Ras
  • Alet Verster
  • Daniel van der Merwe
  • Debbie Preller
  • Dirk Henson
  • Jacqui Barhough
  • Debbie Kirk

While the meeting adhered to a clear format, lively discussion and debate was the order of the day. Most encouraging of all, however, was the stated enthusiasm of members to this committee following the first meeting and their subsequent help and input into various projects. This support from some of SAIA’s most eminent members can only bode well for this portfolio.

Alet Verster

Dirk Henson

Forging Ahead

At a recent meeting of the Marcom Committee, Macom members joined to add weight and engage as Marcom firmly takes SAIA’s re-branding forward. (From left: Kevin Bingham, SAIA President, Johan Uys (Silverrocket), Johan Deetleefs (Silverrocket), Daniel van der Merwe, Marcom Member, Debbie Kirk, Executive Manager, Marketing & Communication, Deborah Preller, Marcom Member, Jacqui Barhough, Marcom Member, Jan Ras, Interim Chair, Marcom and Maryke Cronje, SAIA Vice-President.

Launching the Women in Construction Awards

Sub-Category: “Women in Architecture”

By building a strong relationship with Hypenica, the events company that arranges Totally Concrete, the SAIA National Office was able to negotiate a sub-category to the existing awards for Women in Construction. That is Women in Architecture.

The support for the launch of this award was extremely encouraging as both men and women gave their help and support for this award. This includes President, Kevin Bingham, CEO, Obert Chakarisa, Jan Ras, Chair Marcom and Karuni Naidoo, who designed the criteria.

The chief objectives concerning this award are to place the very best women architects on a platform. SAIA is committed to upholding, celebrating and making known the achievements of its most successful members and will use this award as part of this strategy. Additionally, SAIA also has a clear transformation mandate and agenda and this award, in part, gives life to it.

This graph shows the gender representation of SAIA’s membership and why suitable interventions are needed to even the playing field

On an even brighter note, the winning female architect will walk away with some superb prizes, courtesy of SAIA and Totally Concrete.

The criteria and entry mechanisms will soon be made available to SAIA members through Newsflashes, so keep a watchful eye on your inbox.

Regional and National Awards for Architecture

The current forms for the Regional and National Awards for Architecture (Corobrik SAIA Awards) are currently being reviewed by Marcom. A few changes will be made before these are sent to each regional office to send to members and should be mailed out by the end of February. And, thus begins one of SAIA’s most prestigious award programmes.

A wealth of other exciting Marketing and Communication projects are underway and we will proudly communicate these to you.

Newsletter February 2017 – CEO’s Corner

CEO’s Corner

Challenges in The Regulatory Environment Call For Action

With the slowing-down of both the global and local economic growth, the least an architectural professional would welcome is operating in a practice environment that continues to bring somewhat unnecessary regulatory bottlenecks. In the last few months, we have been engaging with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) in our attempt to amicably resolve pertinent matters related to the various documents promulgated by SACAP that have landed in our architectural practice environment. We as the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) remain committed to vigorously pursuing our advocacy mandate, especially where it relates to our dealings with SACAP. We value the creation of a conducive practice environment as one of the key pillars defining the very reason for our existence.

In the next few weeks, we will be releasing updates through the usual communication channels on the outcome of our deliberations with SACAP. We would also like to indicate that we have sought various legal opinions pertaining to some seemingly procurement misgivings on large scale governmental projects. Again, appropriate feedback will be transmitted in due course. We are mindful of the limitations in the work/ project opportunities for our members and we will leave no stone unturned in at least being instrumental in the creation of an environment that makes it easier for our members to operate in the country and beyond.

In the year 2017, we will continue our SAIA Board & SAIA Regions Stakeholder Engagements so that our general membership has the opportunity to air their views on the various challenges they are experiencing in practicing their profession. To that end, Stakeholder Sessions which will coincide with the SAIA Board Meetings will take place in the following SAIA Regions;

  • February 2017 – ClfA a region of SAIA;
  • May 2017 – SAIA Eastern Cape;
  • August 2017 – SAIA Free State;
  • November – PIA a region of SAIA & GlfA a region of SAIA.

Kind regards
Obert Chakarisa
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Newsletter February 2017 – Leadership@SAIA


From the President’s Desk

Supporting our Members and Promoting Architecture within our Communities

Dear Fellow Architects

I address this message to you from Khartoum, Sudan, where I have been attending a UIA Professional Practice Commission (PPC) meeting, deputising for Simmy Peerutin, SAIA’s Chairperson of Practice. A number of things have struck me over the past three days in the north-east of our continent – these include the wonderful hospitality and gentleness of the Sudanese people I met and of our host UIA Region-V Vice-President, Ali Hayder, and the selflessness and amazing work of the volunteers who serve on these UIA committees for the good of World Architecture.

At this meeting, the PPC committee reviewed international guidelines on Professional Integrity & Plagiarism, Payment for Interns, Pro Bono work by Architects, International Mobility of Architects, the Value of Architecture, Competitions, Gender Equity and Computer Practice, to highlight some of the debate over 2 full days. The meeting concluded with the Khartoum Declaration on Gender Equity in Architecture, motivated by Pei Ing Tan from Malaysia.

Looking Back to Look Forwards

Since donning the presidential chain, I have reviewed SAIA’s 2014 to 2017 Strategic Plan, compiled in Kempton Park in 2013, to crystalise my own goals and vision for my term of office. I realised that much of what we set out to achieve in that document is now in place. This includes the implementation of our new constitution as well as the turning around of our financial viability – I thank all those who have helped achieve these crucial goals. I was also reminded of the following:

Our Mission is:

“A collective Voice Serving the Interests of Architects in Pursuit of Excellence and Responsible Design”;

Our Vision is:

“SAIA Architects to be the Authoritative Leaders in the Built Environment”,

and, in my view most importantly, our Value Statement, stating:

“SAIA’s principal reason for existence is to serve the interests of its members and to ensure that they derive the greatest benefits through their membership with the Institute.”

Better Serving Our Members

Although many of our objectives have been realised I believe we are still lacking in terms of serving our members’ interests. In my quarterly Presidents’ Notes to the Regional Presidents, I requested that each region submit feedback on eight items relevant to their regions. The first item is entitled “Member Matters” and I hope to be able to report back to you on these findings in my next memorandum.

The Relevance of Architecture to our Communities

While SAIA’s primary aim is to promote the well-being of our Members and our Profession, we also need to advance ourselves within our communities and, in proving our relevance, be seen to be meaningful in society. Therefore, for the rest of my presidency I will be focusing on improving liaison with local government, local authorities, academic institutions and communities.

The methodology I have developed to achieve this objective is to request that all of the Regional Offices arrange meetings with their relevant Municipal Leaders and (where possible) a Head of School of Architecture. Together they should identify local communities, in need of architectural assistance. Through arranging meetings with these community leaders or liaison people, positive interventions should result. Project plans of action and budgets would need to be derived and Regions could apply to our SAIA Management Committee for nominal seed funding. Selected university students could be tasked to work on the projects as part of their studies (and cover the other regions without universities), with input from Members.

I see this proposal involving marketing, interaction with other role players in our lives (relying on member engagement), and hopefully in some way addressing the very greatest needs of our communities.

We’ve Come a Long Way

As always, there is room for improvement within our organisation and so I am working closely with our CEO, ManCom Members, Regional Presidents and other leaders within SAIA to make our organisation ever more efficient and effective in serving the interests of our members. However, I welcome input from all of our Membership. Please feel free to email at: should you have any constructive criticism or feedback. I will do my best to respond to all correspondence as soon as possible.

The SAIA Board travels to Cape Town on 22 February to meet local stakeholders related to our profession, as well as our valued Western Cape members. I hope to meet up with as many locals as possible at this occasion.

Til next