The Society is affiliated to the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and we receive regular updating on events and happenings.
We also have their resources at our disposal to draw from, as far as technical information is concerned. See further details in the 'Links' section.
Technical Meetings, Seminars & Site Visits
Each of the four branches countrywide has their own calendar of events planned for the year. This includes technical meetings and seminars where information is disseminated amongst the members. The topics vary and depend on the availability of speakers on their subjects. Where there are projects of interest that are in progress, they usually manage to arrange site visits. This is well supported since it enables members to see concrete in action.
Continuing Professional Development
In terms of the agreements between ECSA and other international engineering bodies, South African registered professionals are obliged to keep abreast of developments and knowledge in their fields of expertise, in order to maintain and demonstrate their competence. All ECSA-registered persons are required to undertake and record CPD activities as a prerequisite to renewal of their professional registration. CPD runs in five year cycles, during which period every registered person is required to accumulate 25 credits to retain registration. In any one year, the registered person is required to accumulate three credits. Additional credits earned in any one year may be carried over to the subsequent years in the five-year cycle.
Registered persons are required to record their CPD activities annually, either manually on form ECPD, or electronically on the CPD website www.ecsa.co.za, no later than 30 days after the completion of their annual cycle. All CPD credits are electronically recorded and professionals may access their personal records from the ECSA website. In view of the possibility of being audited, registered persons should keep verifiable evidence of all their CPD actitivites for at least five years.
All CSSA meetings and seminars have been granted CPD approval by ECSA. Each approved event will be assigned a unique CPD identification number (which will be printed on the attendance certificate) which the registered professional must cite when claiming CPD credits annually. The Society will keep a record of each delegate's attendance and this information will be relayed to the National Learner Record Database.
Members of the Concrete Society who are registered professionals with ECSA, receive a 'partial exemption' from annual fees payable for their registration.
While we endeavour to provide a forum for sharing knowledge, we also enjoy a wide variety of social events. This can range from the concrete canoe race, held annually, to business breakfasts and golf days.
Inland Branch Boat Race
The concrete cube competition is mainly supported by students and is very competitive, judging by the number of entries which grow steadily each year. Golf days and year-end functions are also held and provide ample time for social interaction and networking amongst members and visitors.
Also see: Branch Programme of Events
The prestigious Fulton Awards are held every second year. These awards, in different categories, honour excellence in the concrete construction industry and have a long history of involvement in many major projects completed in South Africa and also in southern Africa. It is indeed one of the highlights in our calendar to present these coveted awards at the gala function. It also gives recognition to the cement industry that help fund this event through generous sponsorship and to the construction industry for excellence in their work. On a branch level there is also the Annual Concrete Achiever Award, and the Chairman's Award which is presented to the individual or team of a particular project worthy of recognition.
2015 Fulton Award Winners
South African Concrete Organisations demystified
The roles of the three concrete industry organizations in South Africa, CSSA, The Concrete Institute and CMA, are often blurred, especially as they all have similar names and share the common goal of ensuring the optimum use of concrete in the built environment. However, they have specific target audiences, objectives and initiatives that differentiate them. We hope to shed some light on the unique characteristics of each of these three bodies. Read more
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