Amathole Registered Professional Making Waves in the Male Dominated Space.

Amathole Registered Professional Making Waves in the Male Dominated Space.

Preeya Singh joined DPW in 2007 and took up her current post as Chief Architect in 2009. She describes herself as someone who loves to design and is specifically trained to work on the planning and design of buildings. 

“Architecture is beyond just buildings, in my view, it is an art that works hand in hand with science to design places where people can live, eat, work and play” She explains.

Singh is the youngest of three daughters and says her upbringing largely contributed to her following the field Architecture. 

“My late parents raised us to fend for ourselves and taught us not to compete with anyone, as each one of us has our own destinies and will contribute to this world, in our special way”

 “My Mom also said that if you are waiting for someone to recognize the value you bring, you may well be waiting forever” She added.

 She further went on to say that no one will appreciate your contributions until you appreciate them yourself and that, one has to work hard for recognition and be counted in. 

 “My parents instilled values that we are strong young ladies, very capable of achieving anything we put our minds to. 

Singh explains that at an early age, she displayed interest in Art and Technical Drawing and was one of the first two female students (1984), in the history of her school that went against the norms and enrolled in Technical Drawing as an examination subject.

“Even at this stage I never considered myself equal to the male students, but just simply regarded everyone as being the same because I saw no distinction then.”

Singh regards herself as being very fortunate for working with a team of respectable and professional men.

“I was accepted from day one and must highlight that we work extremely well, even under some very demanding conditions” She explained.

She encouraged all young aspiring females within the Architectural Field or any other field to work towards becoming a person of value and integrity.

“Young people should practice to speak with confidence. Now if your communication style seems a bit weak, practice being assertive but that doesn’t mean you have to be rude or hostile. 

“Simply drop the apologies and qualifiers when you speak and others will see you as more authoritative and confident. Know what you are saying and say it with strength” She explained.  

On her highlights as a registered professional in her field of occupation Singh outlined that over the past few years, she assisted with Mentorship Programmes and combined efforts that helped candidates obtain Professional Registration status.

“I am currently mentoring three other Candidates, two of which will write the PPE in October 2019” Singh said.

She added that women across all spheres faced similar challenges and encouraged people not to deal with work related conflict personally but instead find common ground and deal with matters professionally.

“As in any field, there are challenges on a daily basis, so Instead of engaging in conflict rather avoid it.”

“I constantly teach myself and practise how to learn to communicate by acknowledging the conflict and asking, so how do we move past this?” 

“Professional Registration has been  a ‘magic key’ in advancing my career path within the Department , however exposure we receive in terms of the latest technology and training in  most recent Building Standards and regulations needs to be addressed collectively within the Department” She explained.

She added that registered professionals execute their operations in the existence of the Professional Development Programme (PDP) within the department

“The PDP Tool is an excellent platform to identify training needs, however due to budgetary constraints this training is not constant. We also experience challenges with obtaining quotations for such training as they are offered only by a handful of such Service Providers” she alluded.

Weighing in on Women’s month, she viewed it as a time to stop and reflect not only on the workplace but in all aspects of life and recognise how far we have come.

Wrapping things up Singh said she is inspired by the words of late Zaha Hadid (Architect) who was the only woman internationally who won the Royal Gold Medal. 

“Women’s power, and indeed that of any minority, is to introduce different languages, different gestures, and extraordinariness. By ignoring the status quo which focuses on doing things in a pre-empted way, you can be more creative, and are far more likely to normalize female success” Hadid uttered.

Asked about the requirements needed for Architects to be recognised as registered professionals, Singh explained that in terms of the Professional Practice Examination (PPE) Policy, the following requirements must be met before a Candidate is eligible to write the PPE. 

“A Candidate can only apply to write the PPE if he or she has completed the full period of required recognised practical experience and this implies that the Candidate must adhere to a range of conditions, before he/she will be allowed to write the PPE”.

“For persons registered as Candidate Architects the candidates must have been registered for a minimum of two years for” She added.

She went on to say that Candidate Senior Architectural Technologists and Candidate Architectural Technologists the minimum is three years for persons registered as Candidate Architectural Draughtspersons.

“In addition, the candidates must have submitted the required number of Monthly Training Records (MTRs) for the period stated above and then the period of internship shall commence on the date of registration, confirmed to the Candidate in the letter confirming their SACAP registration number”. Singh explained

Traffic advisory | Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch

Traffic advisory | Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that roadworks is scheduled to take place on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch from today, Monday, 30 September to Friday, 04 October.The planned traffic accommodation is as follows:

The left lane between St. Leonards Road and Spondo Road will be closed for 250m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

The right lane between Spondo Road and Johnson Road will be closed for 100m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

The left lane between Johnson Road and Chelsea Road will be closed for 900m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

The left lane between Chelsea Road and Ralo Road will be closed for 900m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

The left lane between Ralo Road and Chelsea Road will be closed for 200m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.

The left lane between Chelsea Road and Johnson Road will be closed for 400m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.

The left lane between Johnson Road and Spondo Road will be closed for 200m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

The left lane between Dyke Road and Chase Drive will be closed for 50m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

Night time closures between 19:00 and 05:00 are expected at the following intersections: The R75 and St. Leonards Road; the R75 and Chelsea Road; and the R75 and Ralo Road.

Roadworks are expected to take place at the following intersections: The R75 and Dyke Road; the R75 and St. Leonards Road; the R75 and Spondo Road; the R75 and Johnson Road; the R75 and Chelsea Road; and the R75 and Ralo Road.

Lane closures are as follows:

The right lane after Mission Road Arterial will be closed when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch, it will remain closed until further notice.

“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager.

SANRAL apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

Amathole Registered Professional Making Waves in the Male Dominated Space.

TNPA supports World Maritime Day 2019

South Africa’s ports under the custodianship of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) rolled out an array of activities to mark World Maritime Day on Thursday, 26 September.

Created by the United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Maritime Day celebrates the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. 

This year’s theme globally, ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’, provided an opportunity for the South African port landlord to reflect on the contributions of women in the sector and to promote its achievements in terms of gender equality in an industry historically dominated by males. 

The Port of East London’s industry gathering at Latimer’s Landing included participation from the Buffalo City Maritime Cluster, African Marine Solutions, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the South African Maritime Safety Authority. Representatives of companies such as Safmarine, Mercedes Benz South Africa, BLG Logistics and TNPA shared their experiences as women working in the maritime industry. Guests then enjoyed a short cruise aboard one of the harbour tugs. TNPA and Southern Cross Cruises also provided boat trips for around 200 future captains of industry – local East London children.

“The International Transport Workers’ Federation estimates that women make up just 2% of the global maritime workforce,” said TNPA’s Acting Chief Executive, Nozipho Mdawe. “For Transnet, as the largest and most crucial part of the freight logistics chain that delivers goods to each and every South Africa, women’s development is a priority. 
“Today women occupy half (50%) of the top management positions nationally within TNPA, three of our eight commercial ports have female port managers and women now fill 36% of all jobs across TNPA, bringing their unique characteristics to the workplace,” she said.

Ms Mdawe said TNPA would continue to keep the women’s empowerment agenda on the table, as encouraged by the IMO Secretary-General at the International Maritime Organization’s 2019 World Maritime Parallel Event in Colombia recently, which she attended alongside the Minister of Transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula and industry principals. She said it was also an exciting development that South Africa would be hosting the 2020 World Maritime Parallel Event in the port city of Durban next year during Transport Month in October. The South African chapter of the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa (WOMESA), would also be relaunched by the Deputy Minister of Transport by the end of this year, to spearhead the advancement of women as a key resource in the maritime sector.

“TNPA will be calling for membership soon and will be closely involved in the re-establishment of WOMESA to promote gender equity, improve women’s access to maritime training and technology and promote their advancement to key decision-making levels in the maritime sector in Eastern and Southern Africa,” she said.

Maritime Heritage 

In further celebration of national Heritage Month, World Maritime Day and National Tourism Month, TNPA also participated at the inaugural Maritime Heritage Institute Conference at Vaal University of Technology this week, held under the theme, ‘Reclaiming our future, advancing our past.’  The event from 25 to 27 September explored and showcased our country’s maritime heritage and related economic opportunities. TNPA’s Captain Naresh Sewnath, Senior Manager Pilotage & Vessel Traffic Services, addressed the event with a message of support and a presentation on the topic ‘Port Maritime History – Legacy, Challenges and Future Prospects’.
Speaking during the busy week for the port authority, Acting CE Ms Mdawe said, “We are reminded of the important role we play as custodian of the South African port system in preserving and building upon the strong history of shipping in South Africa. Yet at the same time, we are focused on carving out a new maritime future that is more inclusive and accessible to all South Africans. This ‘new’ maritime outlook includes a strong focus on the development of women and other previously disadvantaged groups.”

In line with this focus, TNPA’s ports and business units nationally hosted various programmes with key role players in the industry.

Other ports
At the Port of Durban, GM: Port of Durban Moshe Motlohi unveiled #WomeninMaritime floor decals and Wall of Anchors portraits beautifully drawn by the port’s very own Samukelo Gasa, a Civil Engineer at TNPA.

The Port of Durban also supported the inaugural annual Invest in Maritime South Africa Summit held in partnership with SABBEX and other emerging maritime enterprises. The event from 26-27 September in Durban provided an investment platform to potential enterprises to present bankable projects ready for investor consideration.

At the Port of Richards Bay, the programme included a panel discussion on Transformation in the Maritime Sector, featuring the perspectives of Harbour Master Captain Gugu Dube, Tracy Leah of Sturrock Grindrod Maritime, and commercial fisherman Sherief Khan. Wendy Van Blerk of Bidfreight Port Operations also presented a master class on safety in maritime. 

In Cape Town, the Lighthouses and Navigational Systems unit welcomed visitors free of charge to a public open day at Slangkoppunt Lighthouse on Wednesday, 25 and Thursday, 26 September 2019, allowing them to climb the tower and learn more about the rich history and continued importance of this majestic lighthouse that celebrates its centenary this year.

The Port of Mossel Bay hosted a Women in Maritime Business Breakfast, which featured a panel discussion on Opportunities within the Oceans Economy, Engineering, and Oil & Gas Sector, as well as a presentation on Port of Mossel Bay Port Development Future Plans. This was followed by a Port Open Day featuring waterside demonstrations and a port tour.

The Port of Ngqura held a business breakfast and round table discussion on challenges facing women in the maritime industry, led by female industry professionals. Local learners were also treated to maritime career presentations and port tours.

At the Port of Port Elizabeth, TNPA hosted an event at which industry representatives explored topics such as Women in the Bunkering Industry and A Seafaring Career within SAMSA. Various TNPA women spoke about their vocational experiences in roles previously dominated by males, such as marine safety, marine engineering, berthing and vessel traffic control. Bayworld and Extreme Projects presented insights on pollution and its effects on marine life.


Traffic advisory | Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch

Traffic advisory | Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that scheduled roadworks will take place on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch from Monday, 23 September 2019 to Friday, 27 September 2019.

The planned traffic accommodation is as follows:

  • The right lane between St. Leonards Road and Spondo Road will be closed for 100m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
  • The left lane between Spondo Road and Johnson Road will be closed for 200m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
  • The left lane between Johnson Road and Chelsea Road will be closed for 400m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
  • The right lane between Johnson Road and Chelsea Road will be closed for 100m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
  • The left lane between Chelsea Road and Ralo Road will be closed for 900m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
  • The left lane after Mission Road Arterial will be closed for 100m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
  • The left lane between Mission Road Arterial and Ralo Road will be closed for 300m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.
  • The left lane between Ralo Road and Chelsea Road will be closed for 500m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.
  • The left lane between Chelsea Road and Johnson Road will be closed for 900m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.
  • The left lane between Johnson Road and Spondo Road will be closed for 500m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
  • The left lane between Dyke Road and Chase Drive will be closed for 120m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
  • Night time closures between 19:00 and 05:00 are expected at the following intersections:   The R75 and Dyke Road; the R75 and St. Leonards Road; the R75 and Chelsea Road; and the R75 and Ralo Road.
  • Roadworks are expected to take place at the following intersections: The R75 and Dyke Road; the R75 and St. Leonards Road; the R75 and Spondo Road; the R75 and Johnson Road; the R75 and Chelsea Road; and the R75 and Ralo Road.

“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager.

SANRAL apologizes for any inconvenience caused.