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23 November 2017
Engineering Council of South Africa officially launches its first satellite office
The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) in collaboration with the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) this week launched the first satellite office in East London.
“We are very excited as ECSA to be launching our satellite office here in the province. During our annual stakeholder roadshows, this region was the most vocal about the fact that we were not accessible not only to our registered persons but those that wish to register with us,” said Chief Executive Officer of ECSA, Mr Sipho Madonsela.
Mr Madonsela added that ECSA exists to mainly to regulate the engineering profession by registering engineers, setting standards for engineering education, ensuring adherence to the code of conduct and accrediting institutions that teach offer engineering programmes. In this regard, and taking into cognisance amongst others the paucity of engineering skills in South Africa and the need to expand ECSA’s footprint nationally to better  improve  service for current membership.
Speaking at the launch, the Chairman of ELIDZ board Prof. Mlungisi Makalima indicated that guests were gathered under the joint auspices of ELIDZ Science and Technology (STP) and ECSA which was particularly appropriate. “The focus of this event reflects a growing recognition of the power and importance of bringing private sector, academia and government in order to address some of the challenges that the province grapples with,” he added.
Furthermore, the Chief Executive Officer of ELIDZ, Mr Simphiwe Kondlo, stressed the importance of academia working together with professionals in the field for student exposure, alignment of curricular to industry needs and to address skills deficit and drive interest in engineering.  “Professionals in the field should be allowed ad hoc lectures at institutions of higher learning and a sit at curricular review committees in order to allow for synergy between industry needs and curriculum”, he added.
Through the facilitation of ELIDZ the launch created a platform to engage with various stakeholders from manufacturing organisations, Institutions of Higher Learning and Government departments on possible solutions to skills development in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering.
The dialog was meant to create a forum that unpacked issues pertaining science and engineering industries and also to establish collaborations which will enable and implementation of solutions thereof in the form of tangible projects.
The key focus areas for the session were:
           Capacity required to assist small emerging as well as established industry players with process engineering and advanced manufacturing techniques;
           Exploring ways which will ensure these players meet industry standards in mechanization, design and technology with help from local players such as industry bodies, institutions of higher learning and other stakeholders; as well as
           Introducing partners that are committing to advance this course.
The Science and Technology Park (STP) as an integral part of the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) is the leading vehicle for encouraging and supporting ground-breaking innovations that support the development of industry and start-up businesses. ELIDZ established the STP as a vehicle, not only to support high impact and viable innovations, but to also serve as a technology, research and incubation centre for entrepreneurs. It is for this reason that ECSA chose this site for the establishment of the satellite office.
In his closing remarks the President of ECSA, Mr Cyril Gamede said: “It is encouraging to note that the launch of our satellite centre in East London marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration between ELIDZ and ECSA.  We are also optimistic that the launch of our satellite office in this part of the country will enable us to reach our registered persons, and also pave way to all engineers who want to register with ECSA.
Issued by the Engineering Council of South Africa
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