ECSA eBulletin | June 2016

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Message from ECSA President


Dear Valued ECSA Member,

The 2016 clock is already winding fast and business is in full swing! As the clock unfolds, the current Council structure is preparing to change its form. The nomination process is still in progress for conclusion by the Minister of the Department of Public Works.

This is therefore a time to reflect on the achievements of the past four years, the lessons learnt going forward. A legacy report that will detail all the progressive milestones is in the process of compilation and will be released in due course. This is a report that will journal a successful journey towards a direction of endless possibilities at the level of advocacy, regulation and policy making impact with key stakeholders within the built environment.

In this edition, we bring you feedback on a series of events in which ECSA partook to profile its regulatory functions and activities, together with the benefits of registration.

In celebration of youth month, we call out to young engineering practitioners to become Engenius role models and carry the baton of educating fellow young South Africans in all corners of South Africa about engineering. To the ones that are currently active in the programme, know that your efforts do not go in vain. We are inspired and encouraged by your commitment to spread the Engenius message.

We are proud to announce that the third Africa Engineering Week conference will take place from the 27th to the 29th of September 2016 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. We invite the engineering community to take part in this global platform of thought leaders who are shaping the future of the fraternity.

Happy youth month! We look forward to the continued support of all our members.

Yours truly,

Cyril Gamede, Pr Eng

ECSA President

ECSA CEO champions path for budding engineers.

ECSA CEOEngineering Council of South Africa chief executive, Mr Sipho Madonsela lauded Mangosuthu University of Technology for its efforts to advance engineering education in theory and in practice. Madonsela was honoured by MUT’s Faculty of Engineering at this year’s graduation ceremony held at MUT’s Dr Pixley- ka-Seme hall on Friday, 22 April.

The departments of Chemical and Electrical Engineering chose Madonsela for his vast experience in engineering spanning 16 years. He has a wealth of management experience in the engineering discipline, having served as president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) of South Africa for five years prior to joining ECSA in 2014.

Madonsela reminded graduands of the huge role that as engineers, they are going to play in society.
He said: “The world needs engineers. Our country needs you. Engineers and engineering have made an enormous contribution to the growth and development of the global economy and society.

If we list some of the great engineering achievements of the 20th  century, we have to conclude that our world, without engineers, would be very different – certainly everyday life would be a lot more  uncomfortable and less productive.

“In the current climate of a declining economy, low unemployment rate in our country, one is inclined to wonder as to how engineers, in a global scale, have achieved the space and budgets to innovate.”

Transformation is a subject that is close to Madonsela’s heart. After taking up the reigns at ECSA, he has introduced a number of initiatives that have changed the course of engineers in the country. He shared: “The strength of a nation lies in the hands of its people, and its success on their brains.

The world has brought a significant change to your careers. Isn’t it time to bring a change to the world? Our country needs you at the vanguard of technical innovation and leadership.”

Madonsela continued: “The South African engineering landscape can’t remain the same after today because the statistics of engineers, technologists and technicians are also going to change. We can’t remain at the mercy of imported skills as long as days like this one are still reckoned in the passages of time.”

ECSA hosts first Presidents Forum meeting – 2016.

On Wednesday 20 April 2016 ECSA invited the VA’s to a President’s Forum meeting. The meeting was convened to deliberate the revision of the existing VA recognition framework, which was last updated in 2013.

Presented by Advocate Rebaone Gaoraelwe, the proposed revision seeks to ensure that the functions and processes of administration, committees and VA’s provide a seamless cohesion and create a shared understanding that has no duplications. It also strives to certify that all parties have a clear understanding of the strategic objectives of the Council, which in turn will translate to a strengthened relationship with the recognised VA’s to achieve engineering development and excellence in South Africa.

In summary, some of the pertaining issues that were proposed in the revision were identified but not limited to the following:

  • In checking the compliance of VA framework, ECSA could do audits at pre-determined intervals.
    These would ensure that all recognised VA’s remain active and compliant to the recognition framework at all times.
  • Fee exemption for VA members should be by application to ensure compliance and activity within VA’s to achieve the ECSA mandate.
  • ECSA needs to engage employer bodies to ensure that the code of conduct is always enforced in as far as engineering work regulation is concerned.

ECSA was requested by a majority of the VA’s to revise the timelines for the delivery of the proposed framework due to consultations that each of the VA’s would follow to gather inputs from their Board or Council representatives.
A consultation workshop has been suggested to fast track the inputs and comments for the review of the framework.

Following ECSA’s unsuccessful application for the approval of the Identification of Engineering Work (IDoEW) with the Competition Commission, an appeal process has been supported to review the application. It was deemed necessary that as an engineering industry, there needs to be a call to outline the aim that the fraternity seeks to achieve with this application.

ECSA wishes to make a call for co-operation during this transition period. The aim is to ensure that there is added value between the Council and the strategic mandate of the VA’s so that engineering fraternity is developed and remains relevant to the communities that it serves and protects.

The date of the next meeting will be communicated to all VA’s in due course.

Promotion of the ECSA brand:

Engenius spreads its wings to Diepsloot.

The ECSA Engenius team visited Itirele Zenzele High School on 22 April 2016 in Diepsloot Ext-2, to promote engineering as a career choice to learners.

Through the Engenius hands –on technical workshops, learners are encouraged that regardless of being females, previously disadvantaged, they can also become engineers. Learners design and build the bloodhound car using a specialised kit; this stimulates their interest in engineering.

Engenius managed to reach 121 learners who are studying Maths and Science, from the 121 learners, 51 were from grade 10, 42 from grade 11 and 28 from grade 12.

The Engenius team also visited another school called, Sunrise Secondary School in Diepsloot. The programme aims to encourage, support learning of Maths and Science whilst aligning the learners with the right career choices in engineering.

Sandisa Maqubela made a presentation to learners about the Engenius project. She explained the 9 disciplines of engineering and emphasized that learners need to ensure that if they want to pursue their career in engineering, they need to obtain at least 60% pass rate or above in Maths and Science.

711 Sunrise Secondary School learners from grade 8 to 12 attended this presentation.

ECSA promotes benefits of registration @ Totally Concrete Expo, 2016.

ECSA attended the annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo which was held at Gallagher Convention centre, Midrand from 10 – 11 May 2016.

ECSA participated as exhibitors in this event, with the intention to make ECSA visible and accessible to its stakeholders and promoting the benefits of registration. This provided a platform to market the ECSA brand to unregistered persons and those who do not know about ECSA.

Mr Du Toit Grobler made a presentation “The A-Z of registration with ECSA”  to stakeholders and prospective registered persons.  The presentation showed how essential it is to have such workshops and engage potential registered persons and those already registered who seek clarity.

The growing success of this event over the past 3 years has illustrated the great need for a single platform where industry issues can be shared and debated. Such issues as infrastructure investment and roll-out, new technology, improved construction techniques, growth challenges and many more.

For exhibitors there is a great opportunity for companies to display their latest products and services available to the African market. Also a chance to meet the right people from 40 countries and nurture key relationships, which will to help their businesses to expand to new heights in the concrete and construction industries.

ECSA advocates for registration @ the Africa Utility Week, 2016.

ECSA participated in the African Utility Week event, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, from 17 – 19 May 2016. This was the 16th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa event which is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals, and offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike.

The event was aimed at seeking suitable solutions, best practices and case studies to the challenges around power generation, metering, clean energy, finance, reliability, water supply and energy efficiency.

ECSA participated as exhibitors in this event, with the intention to make ECSA visible and accessible to its stakeholders and promoting the benefits of registration. This provided a platform to market the ECSA brand to unregistered persons and those who do not know about ECSA.

ECSA also conducted a workshop “The A-Z of registration with ECSA” which was conducted by Rod Harker.
Attendance to this workshop was overwhelming and showed how essential it is to have such workshops and engage potential registered persons and those already registered who seek clarity. Rod Harker dealt with a lot of questions, seeking clarity on the registration process.

Engenius educates learners about engineering @ Sci-Bono Science Week, 2016.

ECSA attended Sci-bono engineering awareness week, which was held at Sci-bono from 23 – 27 May 2016.
The Engenius team participated as an exhibitor in this event, with the intention to educate learners about engineering and demonstrate how engineering affect their daily lives.

Learners visited our stand seeking clarity on what are the minimum requirements if they want to study engineering and what are the relevant subjects they need to choose at high school.

The Engenius team further emphasised that learners need to study maths and science and obtain 65% pass rate if they want to pursue their career in the engineering field.

Learners attended mechanical engineering “hands-on workshop”, conducted by the Engenius team, where learners shared their skills by posing as mechanical engineers just for 30 minutes to build a bloodhound car.

These hands-on workshops helped Engenius to reach 410 learners from grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 in different schools.

Engenius promotes engineering @ Irene youth camp, 2016.

A youth camp was convened on 17 May 2016 by Ms. Xitsundzuxo Ntlhamu, a Financial Systems Support Specialist at Sasol at the Altelekker Youth Camp, Irene. Engenius was invited to participate specifically in the careers programme which took place.

This event hosted several institutions such as the Department of Water and Sanitation, Civil Aviation Authority and the South African Council for Quantity Surveyors with the aim to inform these learners who are mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds about the opportunities that are available to the post matric. It consisted of a group of 78 grade 12 learners from EPP Mhinga High School from Malamulele in the Limpopo Province.

As part of the offerings from the various presenters, the learners were equipped with information on post- matric opportunities, the different bursaries that are offered and grades required, the different type of careers catered for and what they entail, learnerships, internships etc.

We are glad to have imparted knowledge on engineering careers to the learners who expressed a great sense of appreciation for the Engenius workshop.

ECSA participates @ Gauteng Youth opportunities Expo, 2016.

The Gauteng Provincial Government hosted the second Gauteng Youth Career, Jobs and Entrepreneurship Expo at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto, from 10 – 19 June 2016.

ECSA participated at this event with the intention to encourage learners to focus on pure Mathematics and Physical Science and should get an average of 65%, in order to pursue a career in engineering. This will in future help increase the number of engineering practitioners in the country, as engineering is a scarce skill.

ECSA was able to communicate with the learners about engineering and the different categories of engineering as well as provide information on where they can study.

youth-expo2MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi opened the youth expo during a ceremony and wished all participants the best of value from the event. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula encouraged unemployed youth who have matric to apply for the SA Army Military Skills Development Programme and also to enquire about available bursaries, learnerships and apprenticeship the exhibiting organisations will be offering.

More than 200 exhibitors attended the Youth exhibition, with about 40 000 young people – high school learners; higher education institution; young workers, professionals and unemployed youth.


Farewell to Mr Philippus Matthys Erasmus.

Mr Philippus Matthys Erasmus officially retired from ECSA committees on 5 May 2016 and was celebrated at his last Central Registration Committee Meeting.

He was registered with ECSA in 1986, as a professional Engineering Technologist, whilst still employed by Tshwane electricity, until he retired 10 years ago. He then dedicated his full commitment in giving back to the profession, by becoming an active committee member of the professional Engineering Technician for the past 20 years; he represented this committee at the Central Registration Committee for 10 years.

He was also involved as a member of the Joint Implementation Committee, a committee that develops ECSA operational policies. He developed almost all the applications and supporting documents in most of the ECSA registrations categories. He was involved in the revision process of the regulations of IDoEW, which took him five days of typing and review.

He has been a member of the ESGB and Strategic Advisory Committee, and he retires from his work at ECSA as a Council member for the last 4 years.

Upcoming events:

Southern African Transport Conference, 04 – 07 July 2016 @ CSIR, Pretoria.

ECSA will be exhibiting at the SATC event, with the intention to promote the brand as well as educate stakeholders on the benefits of being registered. It is essential that ECSA continue to be visible through these stakeholder relations events.

The SATC annual transport conference has always received strong support from the Department of Transport with the Minister of Transport.

Last year the conference celebrated its 31st anniversary and over the last 30 years has become an important contributor to and influencer in the national debate about transport in Southern Africa.

ECSA Registration statistics as at 31 May 2016.


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