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Lifetime Achievement Award - 2016
Prof Gaye le Roux
Lifetime award for building industry
Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying at the then University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), has spent a lifetime making her mark in what has been a predominantly male environment.
When she took up her appointment as Head of Quantity Surveying at UPE in 1983, she became the first woman worldwide to head up a tertiary Built Environment Department.
She is the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA), at the gala dinner of the Association’s 10th Built Environment Conference, hosted in Port Elizabeth on 1st August, and themed “Towards a Renaissance”.
Leadership Award - 2016
Vikashnee Harbajan is the Executive Director of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, the leading voice in the KZN building industry.
She has held senior positions in both the public and private sector, has a Master’s degree in law and is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa.
She commenced her career at the University of Durban–Westville and Technikon Mangosuthu in the faculties of Law and served her articles with the Legal Aid Board. Ms Harbhajan also practiced as an attorney for her own account and served at the Free State Department of Education as Director: Legal Services and Labour Relations, before taking up a position with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) as the Programme Director.
ASOCSA Repeats Calls For Moratorium
Despite ASOCSA having been unanimously mandated by its members and other institutions attending its last Heads Forum calling for a moratorium on all future accreditation visits by the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) this call has gone unheeded. ASOCSA has repeated its call and threatened to meet with the Ministers of Public Works and Higher Education and Training if it is again ignored.
Most of the institutions offering quantity surveying degrees are either busy recurriculating or have already re-curriculated their offerings in response to the new unitary higher education landscape in South Africa. With effect from 2016/17 the previously offered degrees by mainly Universities of Technology will be replaced with new qualifications from which there have as yet not been a cohort of graduates...
40 NMMU students arrested in 3 days - Source:News24
Forty students have been arrested during clashes with police since the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) announced it was reopening its doors on Monday.The university said it would reopen its doors on Monday for lecturers and staff, in preparation for classes to resume on Tuesday morning.It obtained a court order prohibiting students from preventing
Under-funding, not protests, is driving South African universities down global rankings
"The most widely respected world university rankings have all recently published their latest results. The release of the Times Higher Education 2016-17 and Quacquarelli Symonds 2016-17 rankings have coincided with a resurgence in protests at many of South Africa’s universities. Most of South Africa’s universities have dropped down these ranking tables."...
How PhD graduates are battling to break into academia
"Johannesburg - Academics staying in their university positions beyond retirement are good for mentoring younger scholars, but are hogging positions newly qualified researchers need to break into the higher education teaching and research space.
As universities try to strike a balance between making the most of their seasoned academics and “growing green shoots”, doctoral graduates are lamenting the lack of available academic positions."...