ICOLD formed a young Engineers’ Forum in Lucerne in 2011 and has encouraged National Committees to form National Fora which will link into the ICOLD Forum. SANCOLD during its Annual Event in 2012 in Hilton called a meeting of SANCOLD Young Engineers to discuss the matter and to determine a way forward. SANCOLD Vice-Chairperson Ivor Segers, as a Young Engineer, took the lead in this matter. A “Young Engineer” is defined as a person below the age of 35 years. The purpose of the Young Engineers’ Forum is to ensure that they are incorporated into ICOLD and National Committee structures (eg SANCOLD). For instance ICOLD gave prizes at the last Congress in Japan for the best papers by Young Engineers and also in Seattle in 2013. Substantial discounts on registration fees are provided. SANCOLD was pleased that Young Engineers submitted papers and made presentations at the SANCOLD Conference in 2013. A new SANCOLD YEF Chairperson was elected during the SANCOLD Conference 2013. The new Chairperson is Motebele Moshodi of the Department of Water Affairs. Congratulations Mo! The SANCOLD Constitution has been changed to include the SANCOLD YEF Chairperson on the SANCOLD Management Committee.
SANCOLD YEF Chairperson Motebele Moshodi
SANCOLD has been encouraging the participation of Young Engineers in the organisation and as an incentive, a prize (Apple Ipad mini) was given to the best paper prepared and presented by a Young Engineer during the SANCOLD Conference 2013. The recipient was Mfundo Vezi of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town for his paper on Dynamic modelling of arch dams in the ambient state.
Mfundo Vezi receiving the prize