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GeorgeNews24 reports that Atholl Mitchell, the consulting engineer who was overseeing the construction of the apartment block in George that collapsed a week ago, was under investigation by the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA) at the time of the deadly incident.

According to the ECSA, its investigating committee had, in February, recommended that Mitchell be charged with "various breaches of the ECSA's code of conduct". The ECSA regulates the engineering profession in SA by accrediting engineering programmes and registering engineers. The complaint that led to the investigation was lodged in December last year. The ECSA did not provide any specifics about the complaint, who lodged it, or whether it was related to the George development.   "[This decision] has been accepted by the council and the matter will be heard in due course by ECSA's Tribunal," said spokesperson Basetsana Khoza. Mitchell has not been found guilty by the ECSA. He was named as the structural and civil engineer for the collapsed building site by developers Neo Victoria on 8 March. Mitchell's company, Mitchell and Associates, was also named as the development's principal agents. Khoza said another complaint had been laid against Mitchell in 2020 related to a project he had been supervising in 2018 and 2019. He advised that the ECSA's investigating committee determined there was insufficient evidence, based on the investigation, to suggest a transgression of the ESCA's code of conduct.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jan Cronje at News24

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