oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The culture of civil engineering and the history of the Gauteng water supply system : urban and rural : water for Gauteng

Volume 16, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



As a result of the discovery of gold in South Africa in 1886, the City of Johannesburg was founded, resulting in the need for an adequate water supply for the region. To meet this need the Rand Water Board (now Rand Water) was established in 1903. Entwined in the history of the Board and in the development of Johannesburg, is the golden thread of the civil engineering profession. Over the years the profession increasingly became recognised as part of the very fibre of society. Events such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which provide unique opportunities for civil engineering practitioners to focus on economies of scale, offer further occasion to grow the culture of civil engineering, thereby generating future growth benefits for all the peoples of Africa

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