SAIA Reaches Out To Government
Given the continued dysfunction of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), SAIA had to resort to engaging the National Department of Public Works, offering its expertise in resolving the SACAP impasse. Officials from the Department of Public Works have promised swift action in dealing with the SACAP challenges and we wait with bated breath regarding the extent of the anticipated government intervention.
Internally, the interim recruitment of the SAIA Previous Executive Officer, Su Linning to care take the Practice Portfolio is bearing fruit. Many long-standing actions and initiatives in the Practice Portfolio are progressing well and more detailed feedback will be communicated in due course. However, our members would be noticing a constant flow of important Practice Advisories being disseminated which will assist in effectively running our Architectural Practices. Meanwhile, the recruitment of the substantive Executive Manager: Practice is underway and an appointment should be made within the next few weeks.
The rest of the SAIA Portfolios (Marketing & Communication, Transformation, Finance & HR and CPD & Education) have also made tremendous efforts in concluding pending actions. The Management Committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer and CEO) have realised that there are numerous advocacy forays being undertaken by SAIA with different stakeholders, which are not being timeously communicated. To that end, there will be more regular President’s notes that will be distributed giving out updates in this regard.
The nomination and election process of the incoming Vice President and Deputy Treasurer is now underway and we encourage members to nominate persons who have the ability and gravitas to take our Institute forward in this increasingly difficult economic environment for the profession and country in general.
We, however, remain positive in our resolve that our efforts will continue to derive the expected results, which should result in creating a more conducive practicing environment for our members.