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engineeringcouncilCity Press reports that Cuban engineers may need to be registered with a council responsible for holding engineers accountable for shoddy workmanship before embarking on their duties in the country. Alternatively, they may need to be supervised by an engineer registered with the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA).

This was revealed by ECSA CEO Sipho Madonsela on Friday. He said the engineers had to be registered because Cuba was not part of the International Engineering Alliance accords. The alliance comprises members from 41 jurisdictions within 29 countries across seven international agreements. Those agreements govern the recognition of engineering educational qualifications and professional competence. Although Madonsela said the applicable law had not made registration mandatory in SA, he pointed out that not being registered limited the scope of work an engineer could perform, as he or she was not permitted to sign engineering projects and designs. That could only be done by ECSA-registered engineers. In the absence of compulsory registration of engineers, Madonsela said it was incumbent on any institution performing engineering work to make use of quality-assured engineers in the interests of public safety. “The ECSA is mandated to regulate and account for work done by registered persons and, if required, it can hold registered engineers accountable for unsound engineering work through the code of conduct and practice,” Madonsela indicated. This advice came after Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu welcomed 24 Cuban engineers to the country on Thursday, in what she explained was a move to transfer skills to local engineers.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Msindisi Fengu at City Press


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