oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The civil engineering profession in South Africa - shortage or surplus ?

Volume 8, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The results from a sample survey in 1958 are considered in the light of the main economic and social determinants of the problem. A hypothesis is advanced that the true demand for civil engineers is directly related to the long-term trend in growth of real national income. There is evidence, however, that in South Africa the demand follows the short term trend in economic growth, and this is attributed to the effects of prevailing conditions of restrictive opportunity for civil engineers. The conclusion is reached that a surplus of young civil engineering graduates can be expected in 1963. This surplus could, however, more than be absorbed if a purposeful policy is followed for ensuring South Africa's technical leadership in the field of civil engineering in Africa.

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