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Skills shortage inhibiting success of local infrastructure projects – Hitachi

The primary construction contractor for the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, Hitachi Power Africa, has identified rampant skills shortages in the local engineering and construction sector as a primary challenge in the successful completion of large-scale infrastructure projects on time and within budget.

Speaking at a Department of Science and Technology seminar on Thursday, Hitachi Power Africa fleet director for Medupi and Kusile Mark Marais said a key constraint facing the company during the construction of both power stations was a shortage of experienced engineers, construction and fabrication supervisors and artisans.

“There is, in particular, a shortage of experienced A-class welders,” he noted. Read on Engineering News >

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