I find recent calls for Benni McCarthy and Siyabonga ‘Bhele’ Nomvethe to be part of the national football team again, quite interesting. Their recent performance records at Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows have shown their spectacular abilities. McCarthy’s goal, a classic overhead kick, against Maritzburg United in the PSL recently tells you that he old dog still has vooma. In my opinion, he is still South Africa’s most lethal striker in the 18-yard area. Veteran striker Nomvethe continues to run circles around younger players and penetrate defence lines with the same alertness and pace he possessed ten years ago.
The invitation of older players to re-join the national team is evidence of the lack of foundational level development; which includes proper resources, administrative structures and systems that give focused attention to the development of young talent. This succession planning challenge is not uncommon to civil engineering. As part of the integrated improvement of the civil engineering pipeline, and with the absence of middle management engineers, young engineers are required to develop in unconventional ways. While we harness the wisdom of retired engineers, and seek other formal avenues of training like the SAICE Candidate Academy, and consultant specific development programmes, graduate engineers are required to go the extra mile to ensure their professional and personal development. Relying on the Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 day is not going to cut it anymore.
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