Kimberley is the latest region to have been visited by the SAICE delegation as part of the presidential expedition.
Between 26 and 27 May, SAICE President Stanford Mkhacane and CEO Manglin Pillay visited six vested stakeholders who represented the spectrum of local private and public sectors in the region.
Interactions with the engineering industry in Kimberley indicated that most engineers found professional registration procedures with ECSA difficult to meet. The consensus amongst most was that good mentors were hard to find. “The lack of qualified PrEng’s is the main reason there isn’t much mentoring taking place within our organisation and that in turn means delayed professional registration for most of our engineers” said Mr Jaco Roelofse, Directorate of Roads, at the Department of Public Works.
Interactions with the Sol Plaatjie Municipality revealed that they were keen to employ engineers to increase technical capacity, but could not find a qualified PrEng to fill a vacant post. To promote the professionalisation of the public sector in the region, the municipality committed to pay SAICE membership fees on behalf of their civil engineers.
Michelle van Zyl, Project Manager of the Municipal Training and Development Institute, revealed that much was being done to help alleviate the mentorship challenge and fast-forward the professionalising of the industry in the region. The institute has devised a working mentorship model which places unemployed graduates into a 3 year internship programme. These programmes are arranged in collaboration with the local private sector and are strategically devised to expose them to the 3 required fields for ECSA registration.