SAICE Professional Development and Projects (SAICE-PDP) t/a Civils Masakheni, was established by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and has been involved in capacity development since its inception as a Section 21 Company in 2004. Under the new Companies Act of 2008, the company has become a Non-profit Company (NPC).
SAICE is a learned society, established in 1903, to share state of the art technology with members to improve the practice of civil engineering and influence infrastructure development by offering strategic input to decision-makers. As part of its centenary celebrations it was decided to expand SAICE’s influence by forming SAICE-PDP.
Civils Masakheni, meaning “Civils, Let’s Build”, focuses on supporting the development of engineering and built environment professionals associated with SAICE and other Voluntary Associations such as the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and the South African Institute of Industrial Engineering (SAIIE). SAICE-PDP also works with the South African Council of Planners (SACPLAN) on skills development initiatives.
Support offered includes technical advice and trouble shooting, student and graduate training, training programmes for in-house staff, mentoring and supervision to achieve professional registration, supplementary training, succession planning and developing standard operating procedures. SAICE-PDP established the Candidate Academy in 2010 to support individuals in the engineering industry (graduates and those who have gained engineering experience over time) on their road to professional registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).