Association calls for government intervention on engineering brain drain


The South Africa Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) yesterday called for urgent government intervention given the “alarming” rate at which engineers are emigrating.

According to Saice, one of the biggest professional voluntary associations in the country with 12 000 members, it has lost 1.73% of its members to emigration in the last three years.

“In 2017 alone, statistics from the Department of Home Affairs showed eight South African professionals left for every skilled foreigner who entered the country.” 

The serious shortage of technically qualified managers in all three spheres of government was of great concern, Saice added.

“This is evident from the lack of structures, processes, systems as well as suitably qualified and experienced individuals in government to manage infrastructure spend.”

In a survey conducted by Saice amongst 1 367 of its members, 68% indicated that they were willing to work in the public sector.


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