In accepting the chain of office, Hanlie said that she was honoured to accept the responsibilities that went with it and, at the same time, thrilled that in some small way she is a part of the industry that shapes our skylines and in many aspects defines our civilization.
“It is a task I will not take lightly, as I cherish what the Concrete Society stands for, and that sense of belonging”, Hanlie continued. “The Concrete Society ticks all the boxes of what a professional interest group is all about, the real value-add being the networking opportunities created at both branch and national level.”
“Members’ personal level of involvement with the Concrete Society will determine the value they can add to their job, their personal and professional development, and the strategic insights they could gather. I urge all members to leverage their membership of the Society at all these levels”.
Hanlie continued by thanking the Concrete Society Board for their faith in her in electing her as President; Retselisitsoe Maliehe, the outgoing President for leaving her with a strong, fully functioning Board; Concrete Society CEO, John Sheath, who together with Natasja Pols and Marike van Wyk, runs a professional and efficient head office, making the role of the President really seamless, and all the Branch Chairs and committees, for their enthusiasm and commitment.
In conclusion, Hanlie thanked PPC for making it possible for her to accept the position and allowing her the time it will take to fulfil certain duties of this position.
The newly elected Vice-President of the Society was also confirmed at the AGM in Francois Le Roux, of Nyeleti Consulting, Pretoria. Francois is Technical Director of Nyeleti Consulting, Pretoria.
Francois is Technical Director at Nyeleti and is very active and well-respected in the concrete consulting field, his expertise being in pavement engineering: rehabilitation and new pavement design, pavement condition assessment, traffic analysis, material investigation, concrete materials design and industrial flooring.
Francois has been part of the Nyeleti management structure since 2006 when he was made an associate, and became a technical director heading up the construction and pavement section from 2009. His roles include the financial management of his division, tendering, technical works and staff mentoring.
He developed and implemented Nyeleti Consulting’s mentorship programme for which they won the CESA award for the mentoring company of the year for 2014.
Upon his election Francois said, “It is an honour to be elected by the Concrete Society of South Africa as the Vice-President, and a privilege to be part of such a dynamic organisation”.
“Concrete and materials are the areas of engineering I am very passionate about, and to be able to be part of a Society also having a passion for this field is inspiring", he continued. “The Society strives to educate and facilitate everything that is concrete”.
“Even though the future is uncertain for the construction industry, we must remember that infrastructure will always remain a vital part of the country’s development. I therefore, see the organisation expanding in the future, as innovation and technology in the field of concrete is ever-growing to meet the needs of our industry”.