Engineer crisis hits govt

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The shortage of qualified engineers in Zimbabwe has resulted in the Ministry of Public Works remaining with just two architects out of the requisite 30, Joel Gabuza, Public Works minister has revealed.

“There are changes being done to try and attract engineers to work in the government departments,” said Gabuza. “However, it is a general problem in the private sector and in the public sector that the remuneration is not attractive.”

“I hope that very soon we will see changes in the salaries of engineers so that we avoid the brain drain,” Gabuza said.

He said the shortages of engineers in the country were so intense that at the Ministry of Public Works head offices they had only two architects. Gabuza said his ministry would begin to work with other ministries to ensure they plugged the brain drain and that engineering jobs were done efficiently.