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Lifetime Achievement Award - 2016
Prof Gaye le Roux
Lifetime award for building industry
Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying at the then University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), has spent a lifetime making her mark in what has been a predominantly male environment.
When she took up her appointment as Head of Quantity Surveying at UPE in 1983, she became the first woman worldwide to head up a tertiary Built Environment Department.
She is the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA), at the gala dinner of the Association’s 10th Built Environment Conference, hosted in Port Elizabeth on 1st August, and themed “Towards a Renaissance”.
Leadership Award - 2016
Vikashnee Harbajan is the Executive Director of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, the leading voice in the KZN building industry.
She has held senior positions in both the public and private sector, has a Master’s degree in law and is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa.
She commenced her career at the University of Durban–Westville and Technikon Mangosuthu in the faculties of Law and served her articles with the Legal Aid Board. Ms Harbhajan also practiced as an attorney for her own account and served at the Free State Department of Education as Director: Legal Services and Labour Relations, before taking up a position with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) as the Programme Director.
ASOCSA Repeats Calls For Moratorium
Despite ASOCSA having been unanimously mandated by its members and other institutions attending its last Heads Forum calling for a moratorium on all future accreditation visits by the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) this call has gone unheeded. ASOCSA has repeated its call and threatened to meet with the Ministers of Public Works and Higher Education and Training if it is again ignored.
Most of the institutions offering quantity surveying degrees are either busy recurriculating or have already re-curriculated their offerings in response to the new unitary higher education landscape in South Africa. With effect from 2016/17 the previously offered degrees by mainly Universities of Technology will be replaced with new qualifications from which there have as yet not been a cohort of graduates...
Beat it, impact factor! Publishing elite turns against controversial metric
"Senior staff at leading journals want to end inappropriate use of the measure.
The tide is turning against the impact factor —one of publishing’s most contentious metrics — and its outsized impact on science. Calculated by various companies and promoted by publishers, journal impact factors (JIFs) are a measure of the average number of citations that articles published by a journal in the previous two years have received in the current year. "...
Decolonisation involves more than simply turning back the clock
"South Africans have been appalled during 2016 by images of graduates “begging” for jobs at traffic lights. Their pleas are a stark depiction of the country’s grave youth unemployment crisis. This, and the broader economic crunch, has probably at least partly driven the student protests that began in early 2015. During their protests students have raised critical questions about the structural causes of growing inequalities"...
Global academic collaboration: a new form of colonisation?
"Higher education in Africa is as old as the pyramids in Egypt. But the continent’s ancient institutions have long disappeared. The type of higher education that’s delivered in Africa today, from curriculum to degree structure and the languages of instruction, is rooted in colonialism. This has led many to question whether African universities are still suffering from a sort of colonisation – of the mind"...