oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Strategies to address the skills shortage in the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure in South Africa : a civil engineering perspective : infrastructure delivery

Volume 20, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The engineering profession plays a critical role in the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure. It is involved in:

  • the detailed planning, design, construction and optimisation or condition assessment of infrastructure
  • the development of short-, medium- and long-term infrastructure plans at both a portfolio and project level, and the administration of works contracts for the acquisition, refurbishment, rehabilitation and maintenance of infrastructure
  • the strategic planning and management of the operation and maintenance of infrastructure, and
  • specific duties relating to health, safety and environmental aspects of infrastructure as provided for in legislation.
The civil engineering discipline currently accounts for just less than half the number of professional engineers and professional engineering technologists registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). A major portion of the work undertaken by civil engineers involves public infrastructure.

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