29 September 2016 Volume :4 Issue :45

Boost for Transformation in Built Environment Professions

Boost for Transformation in Built Environment Professions
Mr Ravi Pillay (left) and Mr Roger Govender (right) congratulates staffers Mr Thabani Mzizi, Ms Nompumelelo Kubheka and Mr Rendani Nemavhandu on successfully completing the board exams for professional registration as architects and engineers.

Two Black UKZN-trained Architects and an Engineer in Public Works in KwaZulu-Natal are now registered professionals in their fields.

The two architects, Mr Thabani Mzizi and Ms Nompumelelo Kubheka, both originally from Umlazi, have Masters degrees in Architecture and also PrArch letters after their names.

During the recent KwaZulu-Natal Government Lekgotla, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Mr Ravi Pillay, described their achievements as a ‘real boost for the transformation of the built environment professions’. 

Pillay, who spearheaded the recruitment of scarce skills into the public service by making available bursaries and internships through his departments, congratulated Mzizi and Kubheka at the provincial government lekgotla held recently in Durban.

Their UKZN colleague, Mr Rendani Nemavhandu, a Mechanical Engineer with a BSc degree (Mech Eng), boasts a PrEng registration after successfully completing the Engineering Council of South Africa Board exams. 

Nemavhandu, who was born in Tshisaulu in Venda, said growing up in a remote rural area, he was inspired by Professor Tshilidzi Marwala who went on to graduate with a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. 

Mzizi and Kubheka credit their school teachers for having encouraged them to join the Architecture profession. Kubheka started out with ‘a natural ability to draw’ and honed the skill at Brettonwood High School. She now speaks of using her skills ‘to influence socio-political change in the landscape’. 

That creative spirit is echoed by George Campbell Technical High School old boy, Mzizi who ‘likes to capture the experience of what I see’. 

Their paths were not easy with each having struggled to fund their studies through various part bursaries and parental support.  KwaZuluNatal’s Public Works Head of Department, Mr Roger Govender, said Grade 12 learners keen on careers in the built environment could apply for bursaries funded by the Department. 

Information is available on the Departmental website www.kznworks.gov.za and will be advertised in the media.

author : NdabaOnline
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