Arguably, the most neglected area of the economy as far as the “general” industrial engineer is concerned is the civil service and local government environment. Municipalities and Metros are all understaffed with the “correct” resources, creating the now famous “capacity building” problem that is used as an excuse (sometimes valid, sometimes less so) for the poor service delivery.
All the areas which IEs have traditionally been involved in private enterprises, at varying levels, are also present in the public enterprises, think Energy, Health, Infrastructure projects, Supply Chain.
SAIIE would like to challenge our members to a take broader perspective, to not only seriously start taking an active interest and responsibility for our public sector, but more than that, to take up Stewardship.
The ISO for 'Sustainability in Events Management' provides this definition: "Responsibility for sustainable development shared by all those whose actions affect environmental performance, economic activity, and social progress, reflected as both a value and a practice by individuals, organisations, communities, and competent authorities"
Stewardship encompasses leadership, management, sustainability, social development and compassion within our communities – and holds us accountable for it in our daily interactions.
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