In South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand together with management, project and engineering advisors, Engenamic, are driving a newly developed capacity-building programme, called enableAfrica.
enableAfrica programme set to thrive
The objective of the initiative is to establish and facilitate a collaborative and inclusive pan-African network, aimed at building and unlocking broad-based sustainable capacity in infrastructure development, establishment and operation.
The enableAfrica programme will hone in on skills development (technical and non-technical), as key to building sustainable capacity as well as focus on relevant research and knowledge development, focused towards African needs and priorities.
In addition, the initiative will stimulate and encourage confidence building, through facilitating, de-risking and supporting investment and industry, and through facilitating engineering, technical and project support.
Ian McKechnie, CEO of the advisory firm, explained that a key objective of the programme is to build this broad-based sustainable capacity in Africa, for Africa, and (as far as possible) by Africa, and in doing so to synergise with and capacitate existing (and future) organisations, agencies, programmes and projects in a symbiotic manner.
Establishing an inclusive platform
He commented further that the approach adopted in formulating the initiative and associated vision has been an inclusive one. South Africa, the African region (and further afield) are faced by real constraints, including availability of skilled and financial resources as mentioned above.
“It is therefore important that the existing facilities and capabilities across the continent be leveraged and mutually supported, and a holistic approach across the three key attributes is coordinated, integrated, facilitated and supported,” McKechnie said.
He added: “Energy, and sustainable access to energy (in particular electrical energy), is a great development enabler, enabling other infrastructure and development, industrialisation, and economic growth.
“It also facilitates access to the evolving global ‘digital or knowledge-based economy’, which access will be key to future African growth and development within the evolving global economic paradigm.”