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Sasol Commits To Support Engineering Practitioners To Comply With Engineering Profession Act

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) and Sasol hosted an information sharing event on the 19th and 20th of February 2007 in Vanderbijlpark and Secunda respectively.

The Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 2000, Act 46 of 2000, and its requirements concerning registration with the ECSA, were discussed as well as all the activities that have been put in place to effectively facilitate the introduction of compulsory registration and renewal of registration. The audiences in excess of five hundred engineering practitioners at each venue, listened attentively as the following topics were addressed: Identification of engineering work, the role of voluntary associations and the registration and continuing professional development (CPD) process.

Mr Willem Louw MD, Sasol Technology, shared with the audience the resolutions adopted by the committee of MDs at Sasol concerning compliance with the EPA. Some of the resolutions listed included Sasol’s support in full of the rationale of the (further) implementation of the Act’s intent and commitment to contribute to the success of the associated change process; support and promotion of professional structures within its sphere of influence and action the accreditation of developmental activities for CPD where Sasol is the provider of such development activities.

The support expressed by Sasol at this event for its engineering practitioners, sets a crucially important example for the industry as a whole. Sasol has a large contingent of engineering practitioners in its employ and ECSA CEO Prof Ravi Nayagar expressed his profound gratitude to Sasol for generously sponsoring the event. In his address, Prof Nayagar made a passionate call to industry stakeholders to work in partnership with ECSA to support the registration drive in the light of impendent legislation.

The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering, in an effort to create awareness of the activities of the discipline specific voluntary associations, was also instrumental in coordinating this event. The institution was one of the associations hosting a stand at the exhibition after the information session.

The Engineering Council of South Africa appeals to all engineering practitioners whether registered or not to please visit the ECSA website to read up on the registration, renewal of registration and CPD procedures which are clearly explained. There are also information documents and forms that can be downloaded from the website.

There will be similar events taking place in other regions of the country throughout the year. For more information, please check the Engineering Council of South Africa’s website and the local press for upcoming events.

21 February 2007​