The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) has argued that the shortage of engineers only exists within the public sector, rather than the country as a whole.
It's not that there is a shortage of engineers in the country. There's a shortage of engineers in the public sector.— Manglin Pillay, CEO at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering
SAICE CEO Manglin Pillay says the shortage will effect work being done on the country's drought interventions and municipal water services planning.
According to Pillay, the public sector is not an attractive space for engineers. Things like poor decision-making, lack of training opportunities, low salaries and political interference are turning engineers off.
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