Attention to members’ concerns paid off for Sanire’s North West branch. Attendance increased significantly during the year. Read branch chairman Lourens Scheepers’s report to find out how it was done.

North West went from low to high

The year started on a low again with poor attendance at the first quarter branch meeting. Time was spent on trying to understand why so few rock engineers attended the branch meetings. This problem had been discussed in 2009 as well, but obviously was not sufficiently addressed.

Insufficient advertising of the meeting was raised as a concern by the company representatives. The rock engineers indicated time as an issue. Lack of fun and socialising was also mentioned as a possible deterrent. It was decided to try and add more social interaction, so the next meeting was coupled with a golf day at the West Wits Mashie, and yes, more people attended...

In October the branch experienced a high with the successful hosting of the SANIRE local seminar. The theme was Shake Rattle and Roll. With hard work and dedication from all the branch committee members, the event was well advertised and arranged and therefore was well attended and concluded without setbacks or glitches.

The only negative issue was that some late registrations had to be refused as the venue was fully booked by that time.

A balanced group of presenters were chosen and a number of good presentations were given by rock engineers, seismologists as well as support product company representatives. The event generated good income.

A new branch committee will be chosen at the last meeting for the year.