HELLO AND THANK YOU
Hi EWB’ers! As the year draws to a close, the importance for reflection and all lessons learned becomes an integral part for the preparation for a 2016 with greater achievements! 2015 proved both successful and significant for the EWB-SA initiative, which could not have been achieved without our team on the ground and the support of our sponsors and members. THANK YOU!
Quick Re-cap on 2015
EWB-SA has expanded to over 1500 members in 2015, and are still growing! We are excited about those who have signed up and look forward to continuing to empower engineers to empower communities!
8 student chapters at tertiary institutions exist to date, with our first university of technology chapter – EWB-TUT – being on the cards for 2016! We couldn’t be more thrilled about students grabbing the opportunity to engage with professionals whilst making a difference in South Africa’s rural and local communities. Explore our website to see what our communities have been up to.
EWB-SA EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES THROUGH ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD
We launched our 1st EWB-SA Empowering Communities through Engineering Excellence Award to recognise and award the hard work that our volunteers put into making their projects happen. A huge congratulation to theKutumela Molefi Project team from EWB-UP for winning the award. We look forward to the competition and entrants next year! Check out one of the 8 sub-projects of the winning community project here.
We celebrated the closing of this year with our Annual General Meeting, held at the OPEN in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg. The colourful evening brought our student leadership, professional members and guests together to reflect on a year of change. Thank you to everybody who came out and mingled, it was a superb evening.
4TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
The AGM was just the beginning to the bigger and better 4th Annual Leadership Summit. Past and present chapter committees got to learn from each other and explore how to reach their potential as young leaders while continuing to build the significance of EWB-SA’s vision and mission – and enjoy the beautiful Magaliesburg!
From the Africities Summit, where we co-hosted a session on Africa’s Infrastructure Build Programme with the Infrastructure Dialogues, to our participation in the Sustainability in the Resources Industry Summit, African Utility Week, and the Symposium for Engineering Education, 2015 has been a busy year with new ground covered by both EWB-SA and our student chapters.
Our 2015 successes could not have been possible without the EWB-SA team and our sponsors and donors: WSP Parsen-Brinkerhoff, MottMacDonald, #cocreateSA and the Alcoa Foundation. We are grateful for your ongoing support.
We will fly to new heights with EWB-SA in 2016. See you there!
From the EWB-SA team