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ECSA pledges to work closely with industry to bring back professionals

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has come out in full support of the call by Consulting Engineers of South Africa (CESA) to bring in engineers retrenched as a result of the global financial crisis.The amount of work in progress far outweigh the number of engineers at our disposal expected to carry out the work and South Africa has to go on a massive drive to lure professionals to address the shortages.

According to Consulting Engineers of South Africa the current global crisis that has seen many engineers being laid off is an ideal opportunity to bring those skills back to South Africa.“As a regulatory body, we are committed to work with all relevant parties to ensure that the much needed skills in the engineering sector are sourced. Currently we are looking beyond our borders to register individuals to fill up the gap the industry is facing,” said ECSA acting CEO, Professor Hu Hanrahan.“The case of engineers getting retrenched in some regions is going to be a case of one region’s loss being South Africa’s gain and we would like to absorb them,” added Hanrahan.

Currently figures by the National Department of Labour indicate that there are severe shortages in the civil, chemical and mechanical and other engineering sectors, and unless urgent intervention measures are sought, the problems plaguing the industry will persist.​