n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Guest editorial

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-277X



Industrial Engineering was introduced to the South African higher education market in 1961 at the University of Pretoria and thus 2016 marks the 55th year of Industrial Engineering in South Africa. The feature article in this edition of the South African Journal of Industrial Engineering provides a comprehensive overview of the steady growth of the discipline in South Africa. It also illustrates the fact that Industrial Engineering as a discipline has matured to the point where employment of IE's occurs in various industries from industrial (manufacturing) to services. However, complacency about the current role of IE's in the South African economy should be avoided since the research supporting the article indicates that the potential for IE's in numerous other industries exists and hence these industries should be targeted as potential employers of industrial engineers.

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