n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - The development of the industrial engineering profession in South Africa (1)

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-277X


One cannot develop an identity, a consciousness, an understanding or a philosophy without an historical awareness or background knowledge of the events and the people who contributed to a particular development. Background knowledge provides perspective on the progress made and of the accelerating rate at which changes are taking place. It must be viewed in the context of the thinking, attitudes, values, and culture at various stages in the past. Recording the past is also an acknowledgement of the contribution to the profession made by various groups and individuals. With this in mind, this article sets out a brief history of the evolution, role, and organisation of the South African industrial engineering profession.

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