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06 October 2014 – Mr Sipho Madonsela has been appointed to the position of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), with immediate effect.

Madonsela, a qualified Mechanical Engineer, is currently the Chairman of Emzansi Engineers, a multidisciplinary engineering firm which he founded and has managed for over 16 years. His core discipline areas include roads infrastructure, water applications, air-conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration and general industrial services. He has a wealth of management experience in the engineering discipline, having served as president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) of South Africa for five years. NSBE is one of the Voluntary Associations (VA’s) which is recognised as a partner to ECSA. In addition to this, Madonsela serves as member of SANRAL Board and Chairperson of its Contracts Sub-committee.


“As a past-President of ECSA, Madonsela brings solid management and industry credentials to ECSA as the new CEO,” said Mr Cyril Gamede, current President of ECSA. “He has served on ECSA’s council in the past, and shares a vision for the continued growth of the profession that has positioned him as ideal to take over from his predecessor,” Gamede added. He added that Mr Madonsela also served as the chairman of the Council of Built Environment (CBE), from 2006 to 2010.


“As an engineer registered with ECSA since 1996, Madonsela has contributed greatly towards shaping the strategic plan of the council, and as we welcome him into this full-time role, we will give him all our support in steering the profession to new heights”, said Edgar Sabela, who has served as acting CEO of ECSA since 1 July 2013.

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000. The ECSA's primary role is the regulation of the engineering profession in terms of this Act. Its core functions are the accreditation of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in specified categories, and the regulation of the practice of registered persons.