Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight

Engineers have been urged to become more assertive in keeping political and social debates around water, as well as other infrastructure issues, more technically informed. Delivering the South African Academy of Engineering open lecture in Johannesburg this week, Wits University School of Governance professor Mike Muller stressed that water shortages were due as much to human action, or inaction, as to natural phenomena such as rainfall variability.