The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) is proud to announce its partnership with Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the Department of Public Works in the Eastern Cape for a groundbreaking initiative aimed at building the infrastructure skills pipeline for the province. This partnership seeks to promote the professionalization and capacitation of the public sector, ultimately driving socio-economic development in the region.

The collaboration between the CBE, WSU, and the Eastern Cape government will focus on providing work-integrated learning opportunities for built environment graduates. The objective is to ensure that WSU maintains its reputation for offering high-quality built environment qualifications while also envisioning a future faculty that is responsive to current imperatives.

Through this intentional initiative, the partnership aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. Massify the placement of graduates to support the country’s skills development initiatives.
  2. Assist WSU in fulfilling its Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HESQF) obligation.
  3. Drive professional registration and contribute to the transformation of the built environment sector.
  4. Ensure that WSU continues to be a university of choice for young people seeking careers in the built environment and contributes to the sustainability of the sector.

These objectives directly align with Minister Zikalala’s call for the CBE to expand the footprint and accessibility of the built environment and oceans economy professions in South Africa.

This partnership signifies a significant step forward in bridging the gap between academia and industry, as well as equipping aspiring professionals with hands-on experience in their field. It serves as a testament to the CBE’s mandate of promoting excellence and inclusivity within the built environment sector.

The CBE is excited to embark on this journey together with WSU & Eastern Cape government and is looking forward to the positive impact this collaboration will have on the province’s infrastructure development and overall socio-economic growth.

Issued by:
Dr Msizi Myeza

Chief Executive Officer

Council for the Built Environment

Tel: 012 346 3985



Ms Nosizwe Mokoena

Strategic Support and Engagement Specialist

Mobile: 078 415 9211



Ms. Sinah Ndala

Communication Associate