Interview - Expert Opinion: Engineering your future - student success matters!

Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM
Digital Event 2021


The Southern African Landscape is facing a severe shortage of engineering skills in Africa. This in itself is threatening Africa’s progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This has been earmarked as a dire issue that needs to be addressed to meet the World Federation of Engineering Organizations Estimate of the need of 2.5 million new engineers that is needed to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals to move Africa forward in a sustainable manner. 

Could this be the lack of support from academia, government or sector itself or the lack of funding for education? 

Join Initiate as we interview the President of the SAIEE (Southern African Institute of Electrical Engineers) and get his take on this. 

Interview with President of the SAIEE (Southern African Institute of Electrical Engineers)   

  • How does SAIEE assist the sector with the current shortage of skilled technicians and engineers or is this just a perception?   
  • What skills are companies currently recruiting for?   
  • What can be done by government, academia, public sector to increase the number of active engineers in the field?   
  • What advice can project developers give for working with the community and sourcing labour locally?   
  • Three things you look for in a new applicant/candidate?   
  • Knowing what you know today, what would you have done differently in your career that is applicable to everyone regardless of their chosen career??  


  • Professor Sunil Maharaj, 2021 SAIEE President