From the Presidents’ Desk January 2018

February 1, 2018adminMedia
Maryke Cronje, President, SAIA

Maryke Cronje, President, SAIA

From the Presidents’ Desk January 2018

Compliments of the season to all and your families.

I have a friend that has four good rules to live by:

  1. Be impeccable with your words
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

My husband then added a 5th rule: “Filing”. This is what I did during the first quiet week of January 2018 before the Construction Industry officially started. When I came across my SAIA folder, I stumbled upon SAIA’s Ballot Form from the year 2015 for a membership vote on acceptance of the proposed SAIA constitution.

This made me realise again that we as SAIA, have come a long way since 2015.

As mentioned in my inauguration speech, SAIA’s constitution states, “…it is its mission to act as the collective voice serving the interest of its members in pursuit of excellence and responsible design. It aims to uphold the dignity of the Architectural profession and contribute meaningfully to the enhancement of society and the environment. The fundamental principles of equality and justice are implicit in the constitution.”

This message we, as ManCom, Board Members, VAs and employees of SAIA, should always keep in mind when we act, make decisions and communicate on behalf of SAIA.

After fulfilling the role as Vice-President of SAIA for the past year, I have no illusions of the work required and the challenges that lie ahead for this coming presidential year, and will continue our Past President’s initiatives and systems that have been put in place, always keeping good governance in mind.

We had our first successful ManCom meeting on Thursday 25 January 2018. The following is a summary of what was discussed:

SAIA Offices:

After my inauguration in November, I attended our CEO’s staff meeting which took place on 30 November 2017. Being based in Gauteng gives me the opportunity to attend staff meetings and it is my intention to attend our CEO’s staff meetings to better understand the various tasks administered by SAIA personnel and to assist in streamlining processes and issues where required.


The Honourable Minister of Public Works attended the inauguration, and has welcomed and opened the doors to discuss the concerns and current state of our profession, and how we can make Architecture a career of choice. This will enable transformation of our profession.

We ended last year on a high note, but with some contradictory issues to be resolved in 2018.


  • Quorate: The issue of the current 4th term Council being quorate or not remains a recurring subject in discussions, whether you are a Regional VA member, SAIA member or non-member.SACAP is of the opinion that they are quorate, as per their website and press release, but many members feel it is not the case.Building a strong relationship with the 5th term Council will be a priority for SAIA.
  • MOU: A response from SACAP on SAIA’s letter regarding our objections to the introduction of the additional requirements to sign an MOU (drafted by Cliffe Decker Hofmeyr), is required and will be followed up.
  • IDoW and Fees: As a practicing architect, I share the architectural profession’s concerns regarding our current position in terms of the IDoW and Professional Fees Structures. I do hope that by the end of my term it will be resolved. Discussions with the CBE regarding professional fees and the Competition Commission should be followed up vigorously to establish an amicable way forward.

Competitions Commission:

The draft Competition Amendment Bill, 2017 for Public Comment Government Notice #134 was issued for comments on 01 December 2017 with a 60-day period allowance for comment. SAIA has expressed their concerns regarding the unfortunate timing of the call for public comment in the form of a letter addressed to Ms MT Mushi of the Economic Development Department on 29 January 2018 and await their feedback accordingly.

SAIA Member Investments Limited / CCN:

We had a productive meeting with Trish and Ivor regarding the SAIA Members Investments Limited and their investment in Construction Communication Network (CNN). We should communicate to investors by end of February where we are and advise on the way forward.

New Look and Feel of SAIA:

On a more positive note, we are on the verge of launching SAIA’s new Corporate Identity. It is a refreshment of our current brand.


As President of SAIA I have the privilege of acting as convener in two award programmes:

  • AfriSam SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture +Innovation.
  • SAIA Corobrik Award of Merit for excellence

I wish you all the success in 2018 and look forward to the opportunity to be of service to SAIA.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi