Govt to clamp down on bogus engineers

Molefhi (left) with Permanent Secretary Dikagiso Mokotedi at the press briefing. PIC: TSELE TSEBETSAME
Molefhi (left) with Permanent Secretary Dikagiso Mokotedi at the press briefing. PIC: TSELE TSEBETSAME

The Engineers Registration Board (ERB), which regulates the engineering profession, plans to crack the whip on individuals who offer engineering services to the public without proper registration.

The Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Nonofo Molefhi warned at a press conference on Monday that the board would take action against any engineer who operates without a practicing certificate. Concerned about the constant costs overruns, late delivery and poor quality of public infrastructure projects, government decided to come up with a number of legal instruments, which are meant to regulate the construction industry.

These include the Engineers Registration Act, Architects Registration Act, and the Quantity Surveyors Registration Act. The government also approved the formation of the Contractors Registration Board and the Construction Industry Board.

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