From the President’s Desk

Being at the helm of an organisation of professionals and intellectuals is quite an interesting
and a challenging phenomenon. It is even more
interesting and challenging when one is tasked
to preside over an organisation that is trying to
redene its role and purpose in society which in
itself is in an unstable and changing environment similar to the one we are currently experiencing.
I took oce at the time of a worldwide
economic down turn which our country did not
escape unscathed, as a result, a time when
down scaling and downsizing was becoming
the norm to most big international corporates
and organizations. Contrary to the aforementioned picture, I took oce at the time whereby
SAIA had spent almost ve years working on a
programme to reconstitute itself so as to be
able to reclaim its rightful space within the
country’s economic activity and within the built
environment at large; a time therefore,
absolutely critical for SAIA to nally put this
plan into action.
This monthly report serves as a summary of my
annual report that l presented at the last Board
meeting on the 29th August 2013, which
captures my main activities as President during
the past year.
Sta Retirements, Resignations and New
It is in this term that SAIA bid farewell to one of
its longest serving national oce pillars, Ms Su
Linning, around which the entire Institute’s
activities were pivoting. Ms Su Linning’s nal
day at SAIA was the 31st July 2013, as she had to
wrap up her outstanding tasks and also hand
over to the new CEO. On behalf of the entire
SAIA, we once again wish her an enjoyable and
a well-deserved retirement.
As Su was the coordinating gure of the
national oce administrative activities, it
became prudent to nd an urgent replacement
to full this gap, thus presenting an opportunity for SAIA to implement one of its rst strategic moves towards redening itself. After a due
recruitment process conducted by an external
professional HR company, on the 1st June 2013,
SAIA welcomed its rst Chief Executive Ocer
Mr Obert Chakarisa, whom I believe will have an
enjoyable and fruitful period at our national
Board of Representatives (BoR) and Interim
Management Committee (IMC)
It should be remembered that the term of the
majority of the current Board of Representatives was extended by twelve months, which
technically should be coming to an end at this
AGM, however it should also be remembered
that only the position of the President and that
of the Vice President were not extended, as Ms.
Nina Saunders and I were nominated to the
positions of Vice President and President
One of the main focus areas this term, was
meant to be the slow implementation of those
strategic realignments in our national oce
operations, which were not entirely dependent
on the nalization of the constitutional reform
process. This process sought to achieve quick
wins towards service delivery to the general
membership. The rst step was to get each
manager to prepare a business plan for its
portfolio, which in tern would form part of the
main SAIA Finance Business Plan.
• This process enabled each manager to
determine the portfolio needs in a prioritised
• To budget for the portfolio needs and to
identify other possible nance sources other
than just the normal SAIA funds obtainable
from membership fees.
• To enforce accountability on the part of the
manager concerned with respect to the tasks
assigned to them to perform.
• To demonstrate how each portfolio will
Mr. Sindile Ngonyama PrArch MIArch
South African Institute of Architects (SAIA)