We live in a changing world. What was law or accepted practice yesterday is now taboo. This world-wide phenomenon has reached South Africa as well. Statutory regulation of the engineering profession, as elucidated in a background article on the next page, is a current and important topic. A number of challenges will soon have to be faced by the engineering profession, such as: Achieving unity of purpose and a high level of mutual trust and respect so as to be able to identify nominees for appointment to the Engineering Council without the luxury of a seat for a representative of every recognised society, institution or other group
For almost 30 years now the engineering profession in South Africa has been subject to statutory regulation. Few of us can remember with certainty how this was motivated and how the issues were debated . It is true, however, that the profession itself was the main protagonist, that there were widely different opinions on the matter and that the interest of the public was pre-eminent. That the profession itself would benefit from statutory regulation was always a major argument in favour of statutory regulation .
The Afrikaans/English language policy of the Institution has become a debating point in recent years. The following article analyses this sensitive issue and reports on proposals and policy decisions. Mutual respect and harmony is the underlying principle.