REPORT TO JIPSA ON ACADEMIC STAFF SHORTAGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION ENGINEERING FACILITIES – The report covered the challenges faced by higher education institutions offering engineering qualifications, in terms of the availability of experienced academic staff and facilities and made recommendations on funding, attraction and retention strategies and registration of academic staff.

NUMBERS AND NEEDS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT – The paper looks at systems which worked in the past, the present challenges and makes suggestions about future models to redevelop civil engineering skills and professionalise local government.

NUMBERS AND NEEDS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT – The paper looks at systems which worked in the past, the present challenges and makes suggestions about future models to redevelop electrical engineering skills and professionalise local government.

AN ESTIMATE OF THE NUMBER OF ENGINEERING PRACTITIONERS IN SOUTH AFRICA – This paper was developed to inform Minister Patel and others on the PICC of the estimated number of engineering practitioners in South Africa using various scenarios, in the absence of detailed research data.

STANDARD FOR DEVELOPING SKILLS THROUGH INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRACTS – Significant contributions were made to the development of the CIDB Skills Standard. This is an important document which any public sector department may append to a tender to ensure that training of apprentices, interns and/or candidates takes place on projects as part of the tender.

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE AND STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE TO SKILL SOUTH AFRICANS TO DELIVER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS –  This paper captures the 21 STEP PROCESS developed out of the research carried out to prepare the publication ‘Skills for and through SIPs’. The entire process from determining the project pipeline and associated skills required, to providing education and training, and developing specialists is outlined as a possible model when contemplating major infrastructure development.

NUMBERS AND NEEDS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT – UPDATE 2015 – This paper outlines the changes in civil engineering capacity in 2015 local government when compared with the original research of 2005. The drop in the number of experienced engineers was of concern and the need to develop junior staff along with many other recommendations were highlighted.

ENGINEERING NUMBERS & NEEDS IN THE SADC REGION – The paper covers the results of 21 months of detailed research on engineering capacity in all 15 SADC States. Challenges ranged from poor schooling, through tertiary education and workplace training, to the lack of parity of qualifications and professional registration approaches in the region where highlighted and many recommendations were outlined.