For the UKZN Chapter of EWBSA, 2018 has truly been the year of LEARNING! It has indeed been a tumultuous year, filled with many Ups…and more DOWNs than we would like to admit, however, this year allowed us to regroup in order to strategize our path going forward.
Whilst the 2018 may not have been our most vibrant or most busy year, we have certainly not been lazy. We hosted two events, continued our goal of providing our active members the incentive of industrial/community-based vocational work, participated in a Young Professionals Forum Soccer Tournament, claimed many victories at the Consulting Engineers of South Africa’s KZN Relay, and most surprisingly, spent a great deal of time preparing for the future of this chapter – and this is where the learning comes in!
Early on in 2018, our chairperson felt it necessary to form a new chapter committee throughout the year, in order to increase the committee dynamic and to breathe new life into our beloved organisation to create longevity. He was right upon doing so. It has always been us since the very beginning, and our time was soon to run out. To this, we also struggled to find competent members whom would be willing to passionately believe in our vision nor commitment toward community upliftment and its importance to society. None of us have ever been prepared for the inevitable departure from the chapter, and after so many years, we were in the habit of holding onto something with slippery fingers.
With a new committee set, EWB-UKZN plans to inspire community-based entrepreneurial projects, focus on providing our members with the guidance they deserve, and to solidify our brand! Whilst UKZN is and, in more recent years, has never encouraged students to be more patriotic toward joining student-based organisations such as Engineers without Borders. We wish to impact this the most in 2019!