A recent report by Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) shows the collapsing engineering profession in South Africa. Kaizer M Nyatsumba, CEO of Seifsa, explains the roots of this crisis to be the inadequate skills of South Africa’s existing engineers whose quantity is also inadequate, and the inability of the South Africa’s education system to provide knowledge that is competent enough to advance South Africa on the international benchmark among developing countries.
The crisis negatively affects the National Development Plan to carry out R845 billion strategic infrastructure projects. Hence, the crisis calls out for profitable investment projects: to train existing engineers in order to enhance their skills in a ‘much more aggressive’ manner and to build a stronger education system that can create adequately skilled engineers for the future.
To improve South Africa’s school system, potential investors could focus on educational establishments that can increase career guidance to the students in terms of qualifications for professional engineering; learners from all engineering institutions appear to have issues in understanding and meeting minimum entry requirements and duration of higher education courses for professional engineering.
For engineering professionals who are already in the field of duty, investors could aim at training this workforce up to the point where their skills can be measured as cutting edge.
Providing this level of skills to the engineers is described as “essential,” since the effects of this provision will be faster adoption of technology, higher productivity, higher competitiveness and lower production costs in South Africa. The opportunity is guaranteed to yield high investment return.