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Issue 26 - December 2017
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Engineering Council of South Africa officially launches its first satellite office

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) in collaboration with the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) last month launched the first satellite office in East London. “We are very excited as ECSA to be launching our satellite office here in the province. During our annual stakeholder roadshows, this region was the most vocal about the fact that we were not accessible not only to our registered persons but those that wish to register with us,” said Chief Executive Officer of ECSA, Mr Sipho Madonsela.

Mr Madonsela added that ECSA exists to mainly to regulate the engineering profession by registering engineers, setting standards for engineering education, ensuring adherence to the code of conduct and accrediting institutions that teach offer engineering programmes. In this regard, and taking into cognisance amongst others the paucity of engineering skills in South Africa and the need to expand ECSA’s footprint nationally to better  improve  service for current membership.

Speaking at the launch, the Chairman of ELIDZ board Prof. Mlungisi Makalima indicated that guests were gathered under the joint auspices of ELIDZ Science and Technology (STP) and ECSA which was particularly appropriate. “The focus of this event reflects a growing recognition of the power and importance of bringing private sector, academia and government in order to address some of the challenges that the province grapples with,” he added. Furthermore, the Chief Executive Officer of ELIDZ, Mr Simphiwe Kondlo, stressed the importance of academia working together with professionals in the field for student exposure, alignment of curricular to industry needs and to address skills deficit and drive interest in engineering.  “Professionals in the field should be allowed ad hoc lectures at institutions of higher learning and a sit at curricular review committees in order to allow for synergy between industry needs and curriculum”, he added.

Through the facilitation of ELIDZ the launch created a platform to engage with various stakeholders from manufacturing organisations, Institutions of Higher Learning and Government departments on possible solutions to skills development in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering. The dialog was meant to create a forum that unpacked issues pertaining science and engineering industries and also to establish collaborations which will enable and implementation of solutions thereof in the form of tangible projects.




UNESCO Africa Engineering week 2017


The 4th Annual UNESCO Africa Engineering Week took place at the Central University of Technology (CUT), Bloemfontein in October.  This event was hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and the Central University of South Africa (CUT)

Delegates were invited to attend the conference and were given CPD points for their attendance. Industry specific exhibitors heeded the call to showcase their work and offered visitors at the event, further insight into the world of engineering.

There were a number of topics discussed by various speakers including Dr Allyson Lawless, from the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE), who spoke to delegates about the Engineering Profession in Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States. ECSA’s CEO Sipho Madonsela, highlighted the Engineering Standards in a South Africa.

Mr Jones Moloisane had an insightful interview with Lesedi FM and used the platform to communicate the benefits of registering with ECSA and the plans on the cards to have a satellite office in the region in the near future. ECSA would like to acknowledge and thank everyone including industry role players who contributed to the overall success of Africa Engineering Week 2017





Young female engineers exposed to world stage event

The Engineering Council of South Africa has co-sponsored an international trip for ten young women engineering students in conjunction with SAICE (South African Institute of Civil Engineers). The student engineers had the privileged to attend the World Engineering Forum conference hosted by the National Council of Italian Engineers from Sunday, 26 November - 02 December 2017 in Rome, Italy.

The event, organised with the World Federation of Engineering Organisation (WFEO) focused on the following theme: Safeguarding humankind’s heritage, a great challenge for engineers. During this forum, innovative developments, technological applications and best practices related to the general topic of the forum, were explored and analysed.

"As a regulator of the engineering profession in South Africa, we are encouraged by this participation by South African young students Engineers in the world stage. ECSA will continue to sponsor these opportunities to ensure that South African engineers are able to compete in international platforms", said Sipho Madonsela, CEO of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).




The Engineering Council South Africa Welcomes Engineering Registration Board of Botswana

ECSA welcomed the Engineering Registration Board Botswana (ERB) in November to its premises. The Chief Executive Officer of ECSA Mr Sipho Madonsela welcomed the Registrar and his team to the information sharing session. The visit was requested by the ERB as they wanted to learn more about ECSA’s best practices.

A team of managers from each business unit delivered a presentation which showcased how each unit complements one another. The team shared business processes and resources they have to carry their mandate.




The 8th Annual Women in Engineering Convention attracted hundreds of female Engineers

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) participated in this year’s 8th Annual Women in Engineering Convention in November.  The event was held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways and attracted hundreds of female engineers.

The three-day gathering offered a platform for female industry professionals to network and have discussions on ensuring more women are attracted and retained within the engineering fraternity. “One doesn’t always see so many female engineers in one room so it’s really good to know that there are other ladies who are equally passionate about this industry,” Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) said Vicky Jackson, a Civil Engineer.

ECSA couldn’t be excluded from this event as many female engineers registered with the council were either presenting papers or attending the conference. The ECSA exhibition stand gave attendees an opportunity for interaction with current members and those that have never heard of the council. The common theme that came out from the interactions were issues of getting more involved with ECSA programmes by being part of teams of assessors and the general feeling is that engineers want to see more of ECSA in the public domain.

A wide variety of topics were tackled including a discussion on innovative engineering solutions towards service delivery.  The role of professional associations in promoting the development of women in engineering was also discussed at length and women voiced their concerns on transformation issues but also acknowledged efforts made to promote their presence in the industry.  Guests were given an opportunity to network and share their opinions on how to use their specialised skills to progress within their careers.

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