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
“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
• Capacity required to assist small emerging as well as
established industry players with process engineering and advanced
• 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
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
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