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The South African civil engineering industry remains in disarray, according to data from the 2019Q2 survey as well as independent data sourced from organisations such as Industry Insight, Stats SA and the Bureau for Economic
Research (BER). The SAFCEC civil engineering confidence index remains at near rock bottom, with a nett satisfaction rate of -96.3, a marginal improvement from -99.9 in the first quarter (the worst it can be is -100).
Employment in the 2nd quarter fell by 13.8 percent y-y and has fallen sharply over the last few years. Since 2014, employment has fallen by just over 45 percent according to the survey, which is a serious cause for concern, and
evidence of the tough conditions faced by the industry. Data from the current survey shows that the civil construction industry remains highly competitive, with an oversupply of contractors in the market competing for fewer work opportunities.
WHAT IS ENGINEERING?
Engineering is the practice of science, engineering science and technology concerned with the solution of problems of economic importance and those essential to the progress of society. Solutions are reliant on basic scientific, mathematical, and engineering knowledge. Solutions rely on analysis and synthesis, underpinned by sound techno-economic analysis. Solutions must consider the needs of society, sustainability, and the protection of the physical environment. Engineering work requires management and communication and must be conducted ethically and within the bounds of applicable legislation. Engineering work is essential to both economic activity and to national development. Engineering work, while offering such benefits also involves health, safety, environmental, economic and sustainability risks that must be managed. Effective, safe and sustainable engineering work is founded on the competence and integrity of engineering professionals.
Engineering thus involves activities or contributions to activities that serve economic, social or human needs, including: