The Sponsors of WiEBE

Group Five and UJ are partners in developing women in engineering and the built environment in Africa.

South Africa is facing a critical shortage of engineering talent. Latest labour department figures show that the skills shortage in the industry had surpassed the 10 000 mark by the end of last year. As the need for engineering professionals grows, educators and industry leaders are increasingly endeavouring to attract and retain women to a traditional male career.

“Great difficulty is experienced in attracting and retaining female engineers who comprise 30 per cent of the available workforce in the sector. Only one in 10 engineers in South Africa is a woman.” This view, held by Ms Hannelie Nel, Director of WiEBE and is supported by Group Five.

Group Five CEO, Mike Upton, adds that unless a concerted effort is made by the industry towards creating meaningful opportunities for women; transformation of the sector will be difficult to achieve.

As a key player in the engineering and built environment, Group Five is the main sponsor of the faculty’s annual Women in Engineering and Built Environment (WiEBE) Summit which is held every August at The Venue, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

Group Five continues to play a key role within the industry and supports a range of programmes which encourage the development and empowerment of women. The Group Five UJ partnership in the Women in Engineering and the Built Environment Summit is one of the key initiatives which will provide targeted development and networking opportunities for women in the sector. 

Group Five and UJ are partners in developing women in engineering and the built environment in Africa.


The Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS)

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment University of Johannesburg

The Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) is a non-profit government initiative at the Department of Engineering Metallurgy, University of Johannesburg. MCTS is the leading provider of technology transfer assistance to SMME's in the metal casting industry. The Metal Casting Technology Station supports and assists foundries in terms of industrial project and technology transfer of metal casting. Through this initiative, we are instrumental in increasing the global competitiveness of South African Foundries, expanding job opportunities and stimulating growth in the metal casting industry.

Specifically, our objectives are:

To provide access of new technology to foundries through a technology transfer process.

To strengthen and accelerate interactions between the University and the foundry industry.

To involve staff and students in the transfer and dissemination of foundry technology.

To conduct exhibitions, seminars and workshops to disseminate information to foundries and industry.

To provide personalized technical assistance in the assessment and advisory services for foundries.


Mining Department

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

University of Johannesburg

The Department is the only contact institution offering formal tuition towards the National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology mining engineering programmes, and is uniquely career-focused.

It is closely aligned with the mining industry and mining organisations in South Africa, enabling many students to link with potential employers prior to graduation.

The Department is involved with the ongoing development of mining education within UJ as well as more broadly, running professional development courses for industry and providing technical expertise outside of South Africa for the development of mining education in southern Africa.

Graduates have the knowledge to run production sections of mines at managerial level and to make technical contributions to the economic and operational aspects of mining. They are trained to select and manage the correct method of mining in specific geological environments.

Programmes offered by the Department are currently accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).