Navigation Links
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.

     (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120920/562788 )

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 after year and turnover is expected to reach US$1billion by 2015.

The company is taking on the global manufacturers at their own game, shaking up the industry through a winning combination of 100% African design and engineering to world-class standards and by developing with global partnerships to expand into new markets.

The company launched its new vehicle, the Marauder Patrol, at this year's trade show, African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2012.

The versatile Marauder Patrol will be the best-protected vehicle in this light class. It is aimed at military, police and Special Forces that require an agile and quick response vehicle for tough environments.

Mr Ichikowitz said: "For Africa to reach its full potential we need to drive a new era of industrialisation across the continent.

"No advanced economy has developed without a strong defence industry. Africa will be no different." 



'/>"/>
SOURCE Paramount Group
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Peripheral Vascular Devices Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to 2018
2. Orthopedic Braces and Supports Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to 2018
3. Arthroscopy Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to 2018
4. montméd, Inc. to Market FRiO Insulin Wallets in 20 countries of Middle East and North Africa
5. Middle East and Africa ENT Devices Market Outlook to 2018 - Diagnostic Devices, Hearing Aid Devices, Hearing Implants and Others
6. Life Technologies and SATuRN Collaborate to Increase Access to HIV Testing in Africa
7. Incontinence Devices Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to 2018
8. Middle East and Africa Endoscopy Devices Market Outlook to 2017 - Flexible Endoscopes, Rigid Endoscopes, Endoscopy Visualization Systems, Capsule Endoscope Systems and Others
9. Diagnostic Devices Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to 2018
10. Middle East and Africa Surgical Equipment Market Outlook to 2018 -Electrosurgical Devices, Hand Instruments and Surgical Sutures
11. Middle East and Africa Endoscopy Devices Market Outlook to 2017 - Flexible Endoscopes, Rigid Endoscopes, Endoscopy Visualization Systems, Capsule Endoscope Systems and Others
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/4/2017)... , Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product ... training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate ... cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared to the dated ... real-time feedback on efficacy of the compression for a ... has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Oct. 4, 2017 OBP Medical ... illuminating medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... Agency (or Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) ... cordless surgical retractor with integrated LED light source ... illumination and exposure of a tissue pocket or ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. ... day with the investment community and media to further ... call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, ... webcast of the conference call through a link that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... 7® Hemp CBD Oil utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD ... dose required and providing a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting ... Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across the ... and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique will ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a ... has been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ... accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest growing franchisors and operators ... location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway 190, in January of 2018. ... in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows it to serve both Covington ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... Information about the technology: , Otomagnetics ... enable prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy in children. Cisplatin and ... For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as a dose limiting toxicity. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):