Profession in the spotlight

March is the national awareness month for the Engineering and Geoscience Profession.

National Engineering and Geoscience Month is a celebration of engineering and geoscience held every year in March. This month-long event promotes awareness of engineering and geoscience professions, highlights career choices in these fields and reminds the public of the many ways in which engineering and geoscience touch everyday lives.

About Engineers and Geoscientists

The engineering sector in South Africa is extremely lucrative, particularly for those fortunate enough to land a government job in that field. According to the 2019 salary scales published by the Department of Public Service and Administration, entry-level salaries for engineers in the public sector can start at R720,000 a year, and go as high as R2.2 million.

According to The following specific issues prevent engineering professionals from joining the public sector:

  • Over-politicisation of infrastructure departments;
  • Diminished decision making roles of technocrats;
  • Lack of systems, processes and structures for efficient administration;
  • Lack of training, development and career paths;
  • Unwarranted interference of HR and Finance divisions in the work of infrastructure engineering professionals.

The South African Institute for Engineering and Environmental Geologists (SAIEG) is a national voluntary group which represents natural scientists practicing in the field of engineering and environmental geology. SAIEG holds technical meetings, workshops and conferences to support the continuing education of its members.

Click here to visit the website of the South African Institute for Engineering and Environmental Geologists.