oa Specifier - SAICE's open letter to President Jacob Zuma : perspective

Volume 44, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0007-344X



The outcome of the National Development Plan hinges on the appropriate use of scarce priority skills still available in South Africa. In the case of civil engineering professionals, these are in the large group of aging pale males, who are currently semi-retired or on the verge of retiring. This fact was highlighted in Allyson Lawless' comprehensive 'Numbers & Needs' research publications of 2005 and 2007, during which she estimated a window-of-opportunity-period of between five to ten years in which to use this group. We are closing in on the ten-year mark.

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