On 11 November 2011 the National Planning Commission (NPC) unveiled the National Development Plan: Vision for 2030. The core objective of the Plan is to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by creating opportunities.

The Diagnostic Report that preceded the Plan, and that was published by the NPC in June 2011, identified nine challenges, namely:

1. Too few people work.

2. The standard of education for most black learners is of poor quality.

3. Infrastructure is poorly located, under-maintained and insufficient to foster higher growth.

4. Spatial patterns exclude the poor from the fruits of development.

5. The economy is overly and unsustainably resource-intensive.

6. A widespread disease burden is compounded by a failing public health system.

7. Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.

8. Corruption is widespread.

9. South Africa remains a divided society.

Engineering and infrastructure development are intimately engaged with socio-economic development and therefore relate to all nine challenges. Three of these challenges, however, have a direct impact on the engineering profession:

• Challenge no 3: Infrastructure is poorly located, under-maintained and insufficient to foster higher growth.

• Challenge no 4: Spatial patterns exclude the poor from the fruits of development (this is actually a transportation problem).

• Challenge no 7: Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.

To this could be added challenge no 8: Corruption is widespread. This challenge was, however, very adequately addressed by our immediate past president, Seetella Makhetha, in his Credo of the African Engineer.

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  1. There is a saying that when the going gets tough the tough get going. If we are approaching or in a downcycle in the industry this would be a good time for local government to start building capacity by appointing the right people on the ground. If necessary borrow the money. It is the right thing to do so that when the effect of the NPC’s vision really takes off towns & cities are not left behind without the services of registered engineers.

  2. I do not think so. That is not a field that is very sensative to the shoocl you went to. MIT would help but a noname state U or online shoocl are about the same.Gurpy is wrong Tests of online shoocls have them averaging much higher than the average college.Quit reading Wikipedia nothing in it is correct.

  3. We all know the South African challenges as highlighted above. The question that needs to be asked, is to how to solve this challanges as indicated? Leadership must prevail.

  4. @Mary, you are correct your “shooci” cannot be found in the Wikke or the Oxford Dictionary. Not even Google has got it.
    Do Beyonce’s women/girls rule the world? What good is the queen bee without the drones?
    You are welcome to study literature and then to come back and to go into politics, but no patient or hospital would let an unqualified doctor operate in their institution. If they did they would soon go out of business and that is what is happening to our municipalities.
    This is an english language site. Please try to be more constructive.

  5. equality is not yet archived, black people are like in a place with lot of interesting things, bt having no cash to buy them, so its stil useless to be on that place.

  6. Martin, Congratulations. My first,second and third comments are – WOW, WOW and WOW again. At last after nearly twenty years of the new era we have someone who is able and has the confidence to put into words the critical essence of our major problem in the attainment of sustainability, poverty eradication and equality of opportunity for all and that is the transfer and dissemination of knowledge and wisdom through the ranks of our profession down to the newest entrants to the engineering fraternity, whether they be engineers, technologists or technicians and further through all school levels to fully develop the greatest asset this country has. As you have noted our resources of wisdom and experience have dwindled drammatically over the last twenty years but with leaders like yourself I do not6 think it is too late yet.

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