The 2011 Cape Induction Dinner was held at Kelvin Grove in Cape town and it was sponsored by CapeRay. The speaker was Fellow Kit Vaughan, CEO of CapeRay. The topic of his presentation was Breast cancer diagnosis: An opportunity for innovative engineering.
The sponsor of the Gauteng Induction Dinner was Aveng. The speaker was Mr Richard Wade and his topic was Sequence of Fortunate Discovery: Geomythology of a Star Trek at the advent of the Little Ice Age.
The dinner took place in the Lounge of the Pretoria Country Club. An exhibition of photographs of Mexican Heritage Sites was on view through the kind cooperation of Ms Von Wartenberg of the Embassy of Mexico in South Africa.
After seven years since the SAAE last lost a member due to death, 2011 was a very sad year for SAAE as four of its members, who were not only pillars of strength in the Academy but also in the engineering industry, passed away in quick succession. Early in January 2011 the Academy learnt that Fellow Bob St Leger had been seriously ill
in intensive care since Christmas. Shortly thereafter the SAAE was notified that Fellow Alan Kemp’s funeral would take place on Monday 31 January 2011 and on Friday evening 4 February 2011 Fellow Bob St Leger passed away. Fellow Braam le Roux passed away in Johannesburg on 31 July 2011 and Fellow Peter Dunaiski died of cancer on 14 September 2011.
Bob St Leger was a founder member of the SAAE and served as Exco member and Vice President for many years. He will be remembered for his ambassadorial role for the Academy at numerous international meetings. Thanks to his efforts on these occasions the SAAE was admitted as the 26 th member Academy of CAETS in 2009. Braam le Roux was a member of SAAE since 1994 and served two terms as an Exco member. He was an internationally known freight rail expert and represented SAAE on visits to China. Prof Kemp was a member of SAAE since 1995 and he and Prof Dunaiski, who became a member of SAAE in 2009, were both leaders in the field of steel construction,