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Managing the age of complexity

- By Buhle Zuma

 The partnership between Wits University, through the Wits Transnet Centre of Systems Engineering (TCSE) and Transnet will play a key role in providing skills and knowledge for the future.

Wits University hosted a delegation from the freight and logistics company, Transnet, on Monday, 16 February 2015. The purpose of the visit was to meet with the TCSE as well as the engineering students sponsored by the company and engage in a discussion on areas of mutual interest to the two institutions.

The Wits Transnet Centre of Systems Engineering (TCSE) launched in 2012 and headed by Rudolph Louw, is another key investment by the company. The TCSE consists of a team of 10 – half are academics, half are from industry – working together on a number of key logistical problems and education to help Transnet improve the efficiency and day-to-day running of its many operations.

This includes developing a feeder stream of highly qualified and contributing engineers towards empowering Transnet in pursuit of its Long-Term Planning Framework as embodied in the Market Demand Strategy and / or its successor strategy. 

Transnet currently funds 116 students at Wits.

Nonkululeko Sishi, Transnet Group Executive: Human Resources outlined the plans of the company to the students whom she described as the future of the company.

In her talk she spoke about the role that the future engineers would play in the growing economy and efforts to promote regional connection, and the need for high-level skills to ensure that the company’s R300 billion capital investment programme becomes a success.

Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Affairs at Wits, expressed confidence in the Centre and its ability to respond to the age of complexity which relies on a systems approach to solving problems.