The role of engineers in building the future of South Africa – Are we doing enough?
This evening sparked some wonderful conversations with the panel that was on the floor discussing the NDP. Amongst the panelists were Trueman Goba, Yunus Ballim, Mike Marler, Douglas De-Bruyn, Vannessa Naicker, and Naren Bhojaram. The discussion was chaired by Wiebke.
Thanks to IEEE for the sponsorship of the food and drinks for the evening as well as to Wits University for using their facilities.
Some comments & questions from the floor :
… ‘is there something in place to manage the shortfalls of the NDP. There is a lack of professional guidance’
Yunus Ballim on point! Infrastructure & engineering shouldn’t be seperated from SA’s social issues…
Some interesting quotes from the panel:
Trueman Goba: … The system is not working when knowledgeable professionals don’t want to mentor younger engineers …
Naren Bhojaram: ‘get engineers back in government… ‘… ‘… mentorship is needed…’
Naren Bhojaram on corruption … All leaders should have IQ, EQ, PHQ and NB on high ethical balance …
Trueman Goba “…part of the problem is not only the shortage of engineers but skills and leadership in our society ..
Yunus Ballim “… a university is for knowledge development …”
Vanessa Naicker “… we are global citizens…”
Mike Marler “… What can engineers do to make this a success? …”
Douglas De-Bruyn “… What is enough? …”