The critical role played by engineers in infrastructure development and growing the economy will be high on the agenda at the 5th annual UNESCO Engineering Week taking place at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Bellville campus in Cape Town on 18 and 19 September 2018.


Hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) together with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and CPUT, the two-day event will bring together role players in various engineering fields to discuss opportunities and challenges and propose strategies for developing engineering capacity in Africa.


UNESCO Engineering Week is a DST and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) initiative to develop engineering capacity in Africa.


In South Africa, it is informed by the challenge of a shortage of engineers and national projects and plans, such as the Square Kilometre Array and the National Infrastructure Plan.


The theme of this year's event is "Enabling the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Sustainability and Economic Growth". 


Among the speakers who will be addressing delegates around this theme will be the Vice-Chancellor of CPUT, Dr Chris Nhlapo, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in South Africa, Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas, the CEO of ECSA, Mr Sipho Madonsela, and the Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement at the National Research Foundation, Dr Gansen Pillay.


Date:          18 and 19 September 2018 (programme attached)

Time:         09:00 – 17:00

Venue:      Auditorium, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville campus


To confirm your attendance, please contact Zama Mthethwa at 082 808 3956 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.