In a press statement, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) said it laments the resignation of Nazir Alli as CEO of SANRAL. Alli is a longstanding, valued member and Fellow of SAICE. “It is indeed a privilege to salute him for the significant leadership role he has played since 1998 with the establishment of SANRAL, an implementing agency of the Department of Transport,” SAICE said. Alli was also a recipient of the SAICE Transportation Division Chairman’s Award for excellent service to the industry. “Under Nazir’s leadership a 16 000km road network across South Africa, that can compete with the best in the world, was developed, operated and maintained. In the SAICE Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa 2011 these national roads received a B+ grading, one of only a few infrastructure systems awarded this ‘Fit for the Future’ grade. This is of major importance to our country’s economic growth and development and could only be accomplished because Nazir was a highly competent, motivated and technically sound civil engineering and business manager – a rare combination. It could be said that he was a visionary leader who propelled the civil engineering industry into the 21st century, while working in a complex and very technical environment.