Swaziland Architects wants Infrastructure Development for economic growth



BY : ZWELI MARTIN DLAMINI

JOHANNESBURG: The Swaziland Association of Architects, Engineers and Surveyors (SAAES) recently hosted a workshop under the theme “Engaging Research in Developing Infrastructure for Social and Economic Growth. The workshop that attracted participants from countries across Africa that include Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda among others took place at the Swaziland Water Services Corporation (SWSC).

Rev Mcebo Sigudla , the SAAES Secretary told this Swaziland News publication that the workshop was sponsored by Inyatsi Construction with breakfast, lunch and supper, the SWSC that provided venue and tea and Buhleni Farm Chalets that provided accommodation. Others are Swaziland Consulting Engineers that provided transport and fuel

“Without the support from the sponsors, the seminar would not have been free or possible” he said.

Sgudla said students from Tswane University of Technology (TUT) and their mentors were the main organizer of the seminar. “There were 38 attendees including five presenters. Prior to the workshop, fifty people confirmed attendance. The theme of the workshop was Engaging Research in Developing Infrastructure for Social and Economic Growth” he said.

Sgudla said the seminar was a follow-up to monthly seminars that are held at TUT when students usually travel from eSwatini to attend the seminars in Pretoria to build research capacity and knowledge pool. The Secretary further mentioned that it was resolved that these seminars could be held in the country.

On another note, Mr Lwazi Mthimkhulu, the Registrar for Council for Registration of Architects Engineers, Surveyors and Allied Professionals (AESAP), delivered the first presentation that lasted for about twenty minutes. He highlighted the work of AESAP and encouraged people to register as the new law requires that adding that being registered enables the organizing of seminars to be more effective.