Corporate Profile of Refilwe Buthelezi Pr. Eng.
President: Engineering Council of South Africa
FAEO: Chairperson Membership
SAIEE: Senior Member (SMSAIEE)
UTC/ AUTC: Outgoing Board Member
Ms Refilwe Buthelezi is the current President of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Ms Buthelezi has over 5 years working with the Council. Her previous roles with the Council include serving in the Fifth Term Council of ECSA and held the positions of Vice Chairperson of the Central Registration Committee as well as Member of the Audit and Risk Committee. She has also served as an accredited Assessor, Reviewer and Moderator for professional registration.
Ms Buthelezi is a qualified engineer with over 16 years, business leadership experience in diverse management environments within the water, power and energy utility industries. She holds multiple qualifications including a BEng in Electrical and Electronics, MEng in Engineering Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership.
Her numerous accolades include the 2021 Women in Engineering Award from the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), the Mover and Shaker of the Year 2017 Award under the Rand Water COO portfolio. In 2017, she led a team that won the 2017 Team of the Year Award under the same portfolio. Furthermore, in 2013 she was the recipient of the Keith Plowden Young Engineering Achiever Award, conferred annually by SAIEE. In 2012, Ms Buthelezi was a national finalist in the UJ-Group Five Excellence in Engineering and Technology awards under the category: Most Promising Young Engineer or Built Environment Professional.
Ms Buthelezi is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Council, charged with the responsibility of protecting the institutional autonomy and the academic freedom of its employees while upholding public accountability, and deliberates on the nature, roles and participation of all stakeholders.
Ms Buthelezi's leadership as the Vice-President and Acting President of the ECSA Council has significantly impacted achieving its objectives during the financial year 2021/2022.
With regards to the educational mandate of the Council, the Standard for Accreditation of Online Programme was approved and successfully implemented, clearing the backlog of engineering programme accreditation visits due in 2020 because of the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, online accreditation has been approved to continue in 2022 and will undoubtedly remain a critical modality of programme accreditation for the future in South Africa. In support of the ECSA accreditation effort, Ms Buthelezi, led by example in taking active part in a couple of virtual accreditation visits as an assessor of electrical engineering programmes.
Ms Buthelezi is a firm believer in Pan-Africanism. She is fervent champion for ECSA to play a critical role in assisting African Engineering Institutes to become signatory members of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) educational accords, including Washington, Dublin and Sydney. She has been instrumental in finalising and revitalising several memoranda of understanding with SADC countries, including Mauritius, Zambia and Botswana, in 2021 and 2022. This ECSA endeavour is close to her heart and set to continue and be expanded in the near future for the benefit of the African Engineering fraternity.
Under the leadership of Ms Buthelezi, ECSA is steering up the consultation of stakeholders to implement the Identification of the Engineering Work gazette. This critical and long overdue legislation published in March 2021 will become a significant game-changer for Engineer practitioners and educators in South Africa that will restore engineering integrity and foster the economic development of South Africa.
Ms Buthelezi's tenure has also coincided with the successful implementation of the new ECSA CPD framework. Several Voluntary Associations and Higher Educations Institutions have enthusiastically welcomed the framework by becoming licensed bodies and being submitted to ECSA audits in 2022. This is the first in the history of continuing professional development in South Africa to promote quality engineering training courses. ECSA is addressing Candidacy phase and it has certified one company as an Academy. This will address the issue of ensuring that Candidates can be mentored and registered in a more efficient manner.
Finally, Ms Buthelezi's no compromise with regards to governance and the required high standard work at ECSA has provided a conducive environment and leadership directions that have resulted in the successful ISO 9001 certification in 2022. This stamp of quality approval together with the governance overhaul initiative is a testimony of the effective oversight role of the ECSA Council led by Ms Buthelezi in the last two years.
Corporate Profile of Thembinkosi (TC) Madikane Pr. Eng
Vice President: Engineering Council of South Africa
Professional Reg. ECSA: Vice President
UJ: Member of Industry Advisory Board
UKZN: Member of Industry Advisory Board
SAAE: EXCO Member
SAIEE: Council Member
Thembinkosi Cedric (TC) Madikane Pr Eng is the Vice President of the Engineering Council of South Africa`s Sixth Term Council.
Engineer Madikane boasts over 25 years in the engineering industry and specializes in energy management, power engineering and project management.
His contribution to the industry has been recoginsed by various organisations earning him accolades from the engineering fraternity including Engineer of the Year Award by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) in 2006, the 2017 Honorary Fellowship Award from the Mangosuthu University of Technology as well as the 2019 SAIEE Engineering Excellence Award.
Engineer Madikane has served on various ECSA structures over the years including facilitating the mentorship programme from 2018 to date, he is a Moderator and Trainer, represents engineers at the International Engineers Alliance (IEA) Meetings, he was previously a Member of the Central Registration Committee and currently serves as the Chairperson of Continuing Professional Development Committee.
In addition to his representation on the ECSA Council, Engineer Madikane sits on various boards including the Industry Advisory Board for the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment for the University of KwaZulu Natal and University of Johannesburg. He is a Council Member at the University of Zululand and Chairperson of Planning and Infrastructure Committee of Council. Council Member for the Human Resource Development Council. He further sits on the SAIEE Council and Vice President of the South African Academy of Engineers (SAAE).
Engineer Madikane is currently the Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee at Igoda Projects (Pty) Ltd.
The consummate professional is an MBA candidate, holds a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering, a Diploma in Project Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.