No agenda to keep black engineers out

Abram Rakau's letter that the engineering council is deliberately dragging its feet on transformation refers.

Abram Rakau's letter that the engineering council is deliberately dragging its feet on transformation refers.

It is unfortunate that Rakau perceived the longer than usual assessment of his application for registration as a civil engineer as evidence that Ecsa is racist and is hampering of the development of black engineers.

Nothing is further from the truth.

Ecsa is committed to helping South Africa address the shortage of engineers and to facilitate black engineers' access to the profession.

The last few years has seen a marked increase in the number of black engineers being registered. In 2005, for the first time in the country's history, more black than white engineers were registered. In 2006, 1011 blacks compared to 832 whites where registered.

The council has statutory obligations to ensure public safety through maintaining standards so the registration process requires full compliance. This was the only reason for the delay in processing Rakau's application.

He had the academic qualification but his submission did not show evidence of the required experience. This led to an unfortunate, but necessary, delay in granting accreditation.

ECSA did not reject his application but worked with Rakau to facilitate the process, which is ongoing.

Ravi Nayagar

CEO: Engineering Council of South Africa

Johannesburg

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