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Meetings Africa 2020, advancing Africa’s tourism interests

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321 exhibitors from 20 African countries,  313 buyers from across the globe, and delegates welcomed to the “largest” Meetings Africa convention in Johannesburg – with 100 per cent of the exhibition floor sold out.

Taking that Africa’s tourism is growing each year, with buyers all over the globe looking to invest, buy and explore what the continent has to offer. Meetings Africa has for 15 years created a platform for key business tourism sector players to come together to advance the tourism interests of the African continent. 

Delegates from all over the globe were welcomed by the Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane at the  Sandton Convention Centre, to share in the experience of Africa’s tourism.

” Meetings Africa is a Pan-African Business Events trade show, which has been in existence for 15 years aimed to showcase Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can partner to help transform our continent.”

Tourism contributes greatly towards Africa’s economy and it has grown to be an inclusive space where large and small communities, big businesses or start-ups and individuals can benefit as well help contribute towards economic growth.

This year we see the tourism industry directly and indirectly sustaining more than 250 000 jobs, contributing an estimated R115 billion to South Africa’s economy.

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SA tourism gearing up to open the industry

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South Africa’s move to level 1 allows for the countries tourism sector to open up and exploring what the country offers has been put high on the list.  

As the tourism industry recovers, South African’s and international visitors gear up to start exploring the country’s attractions, province at a time. The path to recovery began with this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations hosted at Maropeng’s Cradle of Humankind.

Under the theme, ‘Rural Development and Tourism’, the focus is to drive development towards rural communities through tourism.  A plan by the department of Tourism to use domestic tourism market to  reignite the sector, by driving tourism to lesser-visited rural communities in all nine provinces.

“As we navigate a path to recovery, and gradually re-open our borders to safely welcome international visitors, we urge South Africans to travel and explore their country responsibly,” said Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

The department of Tourism looks to continue to embrace South Africa’s rich culture and heritage as borders gradually re-open and prioritise safety as it welcomes international visitors.

“Our authentic heritage and cultural experiences have been a draw card for international visitors for many years. Although a large number of employment opportunities have in the past been driven by international tourist arrivals, we believe that these jobs, and those yet to be created, will be sustained by the renewed strength of our domestic tourism markets.”

 

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Engineering World Cup, helping SA’s Engineers Reach International Standards

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Engineering has been pushed beyond South Africa’s borders, creating partnerships which allow South Africa’s engineers to reach the international bench-marked standards.

The annual International Engineering Alliance Meeting (IEAM), brings together IEA members to discuss ways to equip them, improving engineering standards to enable them to be compatible according to international standards.

Initiatives such as the “Engineering World Cup” put engineering at the forefront, discussing “strategic issues relating to best practice in accreditation be considered, policies and procedures, accreditation reviews be reviewed and decisions on applications for membership be made.”

To meet international bench-marked standards, IEA members are equipped through engineering education and getting aquainted with the expected competence for engineering practice through the serial of Educational Accords and Competence Agreements.

The “Engineering World Cup”, hosted by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) brings together delegates from various jurisdictions and countries/regions.

“South Africa is represented in all three accords, namely the Washington, Dublin and Sydney Accord. The broad representation of South Africa in these Accords results in the mobility of professional engineers across the countries where these multi-lateral agreements are in place.”

This allows professional engineers to gain recognition and work in these countries based on the agreements which are put in place.

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ECSA guiding SA’s future engineers, lecture at a time

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The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has taken the initiative to provide students, professional engineers, professional Engineering technologists and mentors with the necessary guidance and preparation they need to be compatible within the Engineering industry.

The Tswane University of Technology has been one of the institutions which ESCA extended their initiative to.

To become successful within the engineering industry requires forming effective networks, access to mentorship, connecting with industry experts, associating with certain voluntary associations, and building a marketable profile.

One of the problems identified was the lack of mentorship within the work environment, which ECSA has provided a solution through its support system for registered professionals. It allows professionals to access questions and answers regarding registering as a professional.

Training extends to engineering students, professional engineers, professional engineering technologists,mentors, and reviewers. This has been achieved through discipline specific guidelines.

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