While the data on science, engineering, and technology (SET) graduates in South Africa may suggest that women will be equally represented among engineering professionals, the data from the latest annual report (2021) from the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) indicates that women are severely under-represented. For instance, they represent 23% of candidate engineers (also known as Engineers in Training or EITs) and only 5% of candidate certificated engineers. Candidate certificated engineers are those who hold a recognized Government Certificate of Competency (G.C.C.).
Among professional engineers (or PEs) and technologists a similar trend of under-representation is also observed. Indeed, only 1% of professional certificated engineers are women and 6% of professional engineers are women.
- Engineering Council of South Africa. (2021). Annual Report 2019-20.