The latest movement in engineering history, termed Civilution, encourages engineers along a path of technical and intellectual revolution in order to achieve the development imperatives of modern South Africa. Civilution drives us to think out-of-the-box whilst striving to become innovators and unconventional problem solvers.

This year, Civilution Congress will be targeting engineering practitioners from sectors such as consulting, contracting and the client base, as well as public sector officials and politicians. The aspiration is also to raise awareness of the importance of engineers and their custodianship of infrastructure, and overall socio-economic development of South Africa.

The theme for the Congress is accountability, risk management and delivering value for money in the delivery of infrastructure.  It is a call for minimising risk by building a culture of accountability, in which it is clearly understood that risk identification, mitigation and management, is everyone’s responsibility. Ethics and conscientiousness is central to the theme.

Food for thought…

South Africa will need at least 30 000 qualified engineers and artisans by 2030 as envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP).  How will the engineering institutions and government develop partnerships to aid in the delivery of these figures, and at the same time ensure that we meet the demands requiring skilled, senior and registered engineering professionals?  How do we work together to make the public sector an employer of choice for engineers and meet short, medium and long term infrastructure and service delivery planning challenges?

Johannesburg – the next big metro station hub?

What is the vision and implementable plans for Gauteng’s integrated transportation systems – considering that people still live far away from central business areas and economic hubs, and that millions of people, 20 years after democracy still spend hours in taxis, trains and buses to get to work? Is public transportation safe, reliable and efficient – when is Johannesburg going to be like London, Tokyo and New York in relation to integrated public transportation and mass mobility of people? What about ‘green’ transportation? In the argument of decentralising Gauteng and retaining the racial geographies versus moving people closer to cities – what is the role of traffic and transportation?

How do we get “back to basics” and ensure that the vision and plans for Gauteng’s integrated transportation systems continue to be on top of the agenda for engineers?

How can engineers partner with government to be part of the solutions going forward?

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to find out what the experts have to disclose about South Africa’s future in transportation development! #JoinTheMovement #CivilutionCongress2016

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