The Reason Behind GirlCAD

It was February 2014. It was Thursday afternoon. I was seated in the tutorial room along with the rest of the first year engineering students. There was a cumbersome board in front of me. To my left another girl frantically sharpened her pencil. The girl in front of her looked on the verge of tears. […]

My First Vac Job  

My first vacation job was for David Brown, an engineering company that specialises in the design and manufacture of industrial gears and gear boxes.

Pay Packages and Job Hopping

There is substantial demand for a disproportionately low supply of young engineers but newly-qualified and talented young engineers often gravitate to higher-paying positions

The Importance of Student Chapters

SAIMechE Student Chapters have long been a part of the SAIMechE family and universities around the country. For the University of Johannesburg, this relationship began in 2016 and for me, SAIMechE UJ Student Chapter became a large part of my life in 2018. After having failed some modules in my first year, my entire view […]

Young South Africans Should Study a Trade

Learning a trade can open many doors for young people and deserves to be higher on the “what do I do after I leave” lists of both parents and learners. This is the view of Zizile Lushaba, Human Capital & Skills Development Executive at SEIFSA who believes that innovative, self-driven, self-starters, who are technical and enjoy […]

Immersive Leadership Programme 

Leadership development will never be an isolated event, but rather a journey of meaningful connection, deep conversations, rigorous debate, realistic business challenges peppered with fun, larger-than-life personalities and an attitude of making a difference for the greater good of the business,” says Shamenthree Naidoo, Learning Experience Leader, Zutari, whose team has successfully pioneered the Adaptive […]

African-first Hydrogen Course  

With a mandate to anticipate, build and strategically plan and manage skills development in South Africa, the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta), strives to close the scarce and critical skills gap as per the requirements of the National Skills Development Plan 2030. One of the new training programmes just launched by […]

New MD for Engineering Products Firm

Voith Turbo South Africa has announced the appointment of Themba Baloyi as its new Managing Director. The company is active in the marketing, assembly, service and sales support of engineering products in mining and metals, paper, rail, commercial vehicles, power, oil and gas. As MD, Themba will provide leadership, support, and guidance. His appointment follows […]

Lack of Qualified Artisans

“A functioning economy must have a sufficient number of artisans if it is to fulfil its economic potential. From energy and water to transport and logistics, all key sectors of the economy are dependent on a ready supply of artisans,” says Zizile Lushaba, Human Capital & Skills Development Executive, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of […]