Saturday, April 08, 2006

Engineering: Zimbabwe's engineers head to South Africa

The Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE), have warned the country faces a shortage of engineers as many head to South Africa for higher wages.

IE vice president Winfield Vengesayi,"The situation is very very bad. We cannot match salaries that companies in South Africa pay. The economy has to improve."

He described 2005 as a difficult year as inflation wrecked the industry. Inflation, he said, forced builders to abandon properties midway as prices of materials escalated, and clients could not cope with increasing costs.