University of Eswatini

News 2019/08

News 2019/08

Construction Industry Council partners with UNESWA Consultancy and Training Centre

The University of Eswatini via the Consultancy and Training Centre (CTC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Construction Industry Council (CIC), with the aim of mitigating skills shortages in some areas of the construction industry in Eswatini. These efforts will in turn make the construction industry sector one of the key drivers of the country’s economy.

The Partnership will make immense contributions to the recently launched Strategic Roadmap of the Kingdom of Eswatini in efforts to turn around the economy of the country and make it flourish.

The MoU was signed at the University of Eswatini Main Conference Room on July 11, 2019, at a prestigious event attended by the Vice Chancellor of UNESWA Professor Justice Thwala and the CEO of CIC Mr. Nhlanhla Dlamini.

Making his remarks at the event, UNESWA Vice Chancellor, Professor Justice Thwala, assured the CIC of UNESWA’s commitment to the partnership by effectively, efficiently and timeously delivering as per the agreed MoU. He said “The purpose of this partnership is to roll out a capacity building and skills development initiative directed at provision of services by UNESWA through the Consultancy and Training Centre to CIC and its members.”

The MoU will provide the two entities with a framework for cooperation in sharing expertise, technical information, knowledge and skills among others, to enhance the fulfilment of their respective mandates.

UNESWA is looking forward to the attachment of its students on internship basis at CIC so that they put into practice the necessary skills they have learnt at the institution.

These two parties have mutual interests of providing quality skills training and consultancy services to Swazi Companies and organizations. 

CIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nhlanhla Dlamini, when delivering his speech before signing the MoU said the construction industry in Eswatini is currently faced with numerous challenges which tremendously affect contractors who experience lack of work opportunities and struggle to complete construction projects.

He said “There is need for acceleration of industry development and training. Through the MoU CIC is looking forward to expanding its training and capacity building initiatives in future years to ensure that all industry players achieve strengthened capacity to deliver, growth and sustainability in the short to medium term.”

The signing ceremony was also attended by the UNESWA Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor T. Gadaga, The University’s Registrar Dr. Salebona Simelane, University Deans, Directors and staff as well as representatives from the Construction Industry Council.