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EVENTS Providing platform for all industry stakeholders Held over three days, the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) conference was held at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre from 18 to 20 October 2017. By Ntsako Khosa | Photos by Ntsako Khosa The Birchwood Hotel Conference Centre was filled with professionals ready to engage about the sector. H osted under the theme ‘growth, development and transformation’, the fifth annual conference featured sessions, panel discussions and speakers offering insightful information about the current and future happenings of the sector. Day 1: Learning sessions Officially opening the conference where master classes that offered focused learning sessions presented by experts in the area. Master Classes 1 to 3 were held in the morning and Classes 4 to 6 in the afternoon. Celestine Jeftha from mentoring4success’s class dealt with structured mentoring in the workplace. Those who were in the session learnt more about how to attract, develop, motivate and 6 FEBRUARY 2018 RESIDENTIAL // COMMERCIAL // INDUSTRIAL retain excellent engineering and construction talent; support, drive and fast track successful professional registration; share and transfer scarce and critical skills and knowledge; fast track graduate development; empower and enable effective transformation; the Knowledge Sharing App for the modern learner called My Knowledge Mentor; how the formal structured mentorship in the engineering and construction sector has become a strategic imperative; and learnt about how the loss of knowledge and expertise in the sector is a national crisis. Mark Anderson from NOSA, held the second session giving an overview of safety, health and environmental (SHE) management. The Master Class encompassed an overview of modules offered during the construction, health and safety (CHS) training which provides professionals with the foundations of CHS management. The course contains content aligned to the requirements of the South African and international construction industries. It also focused on the role of CHS in tender submissions and cost estimations; controlling employee wellness in the construction environment; accurate Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) programmes and control; and site or camp establishment risk. The mediation, arbitration and conciliation masterclass followed presented by Marietjie Botes from RICS. Master classes 4 to 6 were presented by Vaughan Hattingh from MDA Construction & Technology Attorneys and discussed construction