Greetings to all fellow professionals.
First and foremost, thank you to all SAJUTA members for your participation and support during the recent SAJUTA 31st AGM elections held on 08th April 2021. Allow me to extend my congratulations to all elected executive committee (EXCO) members. We are honored for the opportunity and trust to lead our association, especially through this trying times.
Like everyone everywhere on earth, the pandemic has severely affected our profession the past year and a half. Health concerns and movement restrictions have forced us to adapt to new norms of working from home (WFH) and the adoption of new technologies such as ZOOM or online meetings, sharing screens, etc. Despite this current pandemic situation, however, life must go on and the profession must move forward.
One of the key issues that the present SAJUTA EXCO must address and initiate is a revision of the survey fees to account for new technologies such as the charges on the use of drones e.g. for LIDAR (light detection and ranging) and photogrammetry. New requirements from the authorities such as the EPP (e-Planning permit) requirements that impact all submission of development plans and proposals to local government and imply more responsibilities to the profession, must be accounted for and provisioned in the revised rates; members input on this will be essential.
We shall also ensure that SAJUTA EXCO works closely with all industry players in the state and country to overcome all challenges and create more engaging activities and programs for the 2021-2023 term. As soon as is practicable we will organize seminars and ensure the continuation of the CEPD programs, for our members and our technicians’.
We seek the support of all members to ensure the association remains a professional body, that provides a platform for all members to share experiences, knowledge, and other issues that affect us. More importantly, whatever we do must benefit society for it is the reason we exist.
Our beloved land surveying profession has survived a few millennia of pandemic and at times, violent human history. It has always survived and even thrived. There is every reason to be hopeful for the future. There is thus much to be accomplished and I call upon all members to participate and engage in the programs that will be organized by SAJUTA EXCO. Stay safe. Thanks.
President Of Sajuta
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