SAFEO was established in 1995.
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Who is involved: The Southern African Federation of Engineering Organisation (SAFEO) is a network of multidisciplinary
national engineering societies or institutions which currently represent the majority of Southern African Development
Community countries, as well as Ghana and some East African Development Community countries.
SAFEO Vision and Mission
- Strives to ensure an appropriate level of efficient human resource capacity in the built environment professions, particularly engineering.
- To enable Africa to ultimately achieve sustainable development for all people in Africa.
- Its mission is to contribute resources and expertise in partnership with key stakeholders to accomplish the transfer and assimilation of the value of the best practice principles of sustainable development to identified communities at all levels.
- The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) provides the secretariat to the SAFEO.
- Botswana Institution of Engineers
- Engineering Institution of Seychelles
- Engineering Institution of Zambia
- Engineering Professions Association of Namibia
- Malawi Institution of Engineers
- Ordemo dos Engenheiros de Moçambique
- Engineering Council of South Africa
- The Institution of Engineers Mauritius
- Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers
- Engineering Council of Namibia
- The Swaziland Association of Architects,
Engineers and Surveyors
- Lesotho Association of Engineers
Principal Value Systems
SAFEO upholds the following key value systems in the quest to achieve the national and African goals regarding sustainable
engineering as a pre-requisite for sustainable development:
Inclusivity: SAFEO strives to be inclusive of all communities and demographic groups.
Transformation: SAFEO is committed to ensure that the profession of engineering becomes fully transformed
in terms of African demographics and to ensure that all communities are able to participate in the economy
and contribute to the growth and well-being of the continent.
Transparency: SAFEO is transparent in all dealings with its partners, associates and supporting networks.
Responsibility: SAFEO takes responsibility for its role in the professional and industrial environment and therefore
addresses support systems, wealth creation and quality of life enhancing initiatives through its OUTREACH programmes
concerning CPD, access to technical information, best practice procurement and standards documentation, career
guidance and associated advice.
Community awareness: SAFEO reaches out to all communities in need of engineering services and capacity building
Commitment: SAFEO is committed to achieving its objectives through sharing of skills and knowledge in an unbiased,
Professionalism: SAFEO is committed to act according to acceptable professional ethical standards.
Networking: SAFEO fosters and encourages networking with engineering organisations and cooperates with African
organisations as well as continental and international umbrella organisations in the built environment.
SAFEO Protocol of Understanding and Cooperation