Increasing engineering capacity in Southern Africa

South Africa's high-quality engineering education is producing top graduates whose skills are attractive to the global engineering market. Developing and retaining key technical skills is essential if South Africa is to meet the challenge of building massive new infrastructure, while at the same time upgrading existing services.


The state of the engineering profession in Southern African will be high on the agenda of the fourth Africa Engineering Conference, which will be held at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein on 18 and 19 October 2017.


The conference aims to educate the youth and the public about engineering through outreach activities such as educational workshops, public awareness events and mentoring activities that show how important engineers are for economic growth and service delivery, and in finding solutions to global challenges like climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Hosted by the Department of Science and Technology, together with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and CUT, the two-day event will create a platform for discussing opportunities, challenges and solutions experienced in engineering in Africa.


The Director-General of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara; the Free State MEC for Education, Mr Pule Makgoe; the ECSA president, Mr Cyril Gamede; and the ECSA CEO, Mr Sipho Madonsela, will be among the speakers addressing delegates around the theme "Engineering: A Catalyst for Socio-Economic Development".


The details for the event are as follows:

Date:       18 and 19 October 2017 (the programme is attached).

Time:       09:00 – 16:00

Venue:   Japie van Lill Auditorium, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein Campus


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