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 offer engineering programmes. In this regard, and taking into cognisance amongst others the scarcity of engineering skills in South Africa and the need to expand ECSA’s footprint nationally to 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.
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 for all engineers who want to register with ECSA.