At its Annual General Meeting on the 30March 2016, Mrs Hanlie Turner was inaugurated as the Concrete Society’s new National President for 2016/2017. Mrs Turner (Hanlie) who is a technical information specialist with cement company PPC, has been a member of the Concrete Society for many years and has held several voluntary positions in the organisation including Chairperson of the Inland Branch and more recently as National Vice-President.
The outgoing President Mr Tseli Maliehe, of Ibhayi Contracting in Port Elizabeth, told members attending the meeting that he was confident that the Society was being placed in good hands under Mrs Turner’s (Hanlie’s) leadership, guidance and enthusiasm for all things concrete.
In accepting the chain of office, Mrs Turner (Hanlie) said that she was honoured to accept the responsibilities that went with it and, at the same time, thrilled that in some small way she is a part of the industry that shapes our skylines and in many aspects defines our civilization.
“It is a task I will not take lightly, as I cherish what the Concrete Society stands for, and that sense of belonging”, says Mrs Turner (Hanlie).
“The Concrete Society ticks all the boxes of what a professional interest group is all about, the real value-add being the networking opportunities created at both branch and national level,” she continued.
“Members’ personal level of involvement with the Concrete Society will determine the value they can add to their job, their personal and professional development, and the strategic insights they could gather. I urge all members to leverage their membership of the Society at all these levels.”
In conclusion Mrs Turner (Hanlie) thanked PPC for making it possible for her to accept the position and allowing her the time it will take to fulfil certain duties of this position.