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Ecsa: 52% of engineers not registered

The Engineering Council of South Africa wants all engineers to register with their body.

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CAPE TOWN - The Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) wants all engineers to register with their body.

It's hoping this will ensure employers appoint competent and skilled individuals, and promote the safety and interest of the public.



The council addressed a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Economic Development at Parliament earlier today.

Ecsa's research shows fewer than four in ten engineers are registered.

"Fifty-two percent of engineers are unregistered."

The ECSA's Thabo Senooane says they are pushing to change this.

And the council has been approached on the matter by senior government officials.

"We are in a dilemma here. Can we please have a law that compels us to employ registered engineers so that the quality of work that we have can be improved?"

They're hoping compulsory registration will boost public confidence in engineers' skills and grant them international recognition.

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