oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Do engineers in a developing country have additional responsibilities?

Volume 7, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Can engineers continue to ignore or abdicate their socio-economic responsibilities? Richard Maasdorp considered the situation in an article printed in 'The Zimbabwe Engineer' early last year. In my view, engineers in Zimbabwe continue to hold onto traditional conditions of tender and adjudication as a convenient barrier against change. They pontificate thus: * We must uphold the tender procedure * Price carries the greatest weight * Politics and engineering should not be mixed * If we are given new rules of affirmative action parameters, we will reluctantly adhere to them but when contracts go wrong/late we will say 'I told you so'

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