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Africa Needs Engineers as Much as Doctors to Save Lives, says South African Entrepreneur
Date:9/20/2012

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Africa needs engineers as much as doctors to stop people dying needlessly, according to the South African entrepreneur Ivor Ichikowitz.

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The industrialist says so many more people will survive if sanitation is made more effective, clean water better transported and other projects better maintained - that the importance of engineers to Africa should be put on a par with medical staff.

Ivor Ichikowitz is the founder of Paramount Group, Africa's largest privately owned defence and aerospace business, which employs 1,500 people, including hundreds of highly skilled engineers.

He said: "Across Africa, poor sanitation systems and environmental defences consistently lead to people requiring medical support, particularly during floods and droughts.

"If we dedicated more engineers and investment to pro-actively tackling these problems in the first place then we could save many more lives across the continent and doctors could tackle other emergencies."

According to research, South Africa, the most developed African state, only has 473 engineers per million people, as opposed to developed countries such as Japan which have 3,306 per million.

The 'spill over' effect created by demand for equipment amongst suppliers also stimulates the development of engineering skills throughout the economy.

Paramount Group, a South African company which manufactures equipment for peacekeeping, internal security and defence forces across the globe, is one of the fastest growing defence and aerospace companies in the world.

Under the leadership of Mr Ichikowitz, the group has seen annual growth soar by up to 50% year afte
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