Anthony Berrange Antill Brink - beter bekend as A B A Brink aan die lesers van sy boeke, of net Tony vir sy groot aantal kennisse en vriende - was met sy geboorte in 1927 die derde en laaste kind van Rex Brink en Georgina Antill. Rex was van Afrikaanse afkoms en het in Seepunt grootgeword, terwyl Georgina 'n Iers-Katolieke meisie van Bloemfontein was wat nooit Afrikaans leer praat het nie. Die huistaal was dus Engels, maar die drie seuns was vlot tweetalig. Met Georgina en Rex se troue in 1920 het die egpaar na die NG Kerk oorgegaan, maar tydens Georgina se swangerskap met Tony het Georgina se ma die wens uitgespreek dat haar ongebore kleinkind Katoliek grootgemaak moes word. Die wens is eerbiedig en die baba Tony het dus die eerste Katoliek in sy gesin geword.
Accustomed to overcoming tough geotechnical challenges, it is not surprising that Franki has cracked a tough dolomite 'nut' on Gautrain viaducts in the Centurion area.
According to experts, these viaduct foundations could be the most difficult foundation project ever undertaken in this region and Franki's Rotapile solution is proving successful for the wide range of difficult geological profiles encountered on the job.
The Project Management Division (PMD) of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) is a technical division established to advance and expand the science and practice of civil engineering in the provision and maintenance of facilities and to promote the civil engineering profession. The division comprises of volunteers that represent and promote the interest of its members and the intentions of SAICE as a whole.
The title of this article may be misleading - a better title may have been, 'Does the South African delivery model need to be changed?' My intention is to ask the reader to explore potential alternatives in the delivery system, not only in South Africa but also as an international trend to ensure enhanced value to society.
The Standish Group, a leading IT research group (http://www.standish group.com), conducted a study into 300 000 information systems projects. The research, which was released in 2001, showed that only 26 % of these projects succeeded. Success was defined as 'projects completed within time and budget and in accordance to their original specifications'.
Generally 'organs of state' (that is, municipalities, provincial government departments, national government departments and public business entities) appoint contractors by means of a tender process.
Often large amounts of money are involved and there are accordingly strong financial, but also political and nepotistic, motives for a dishonest, biased or uninformed functionary (official) to manipulate the tender process, thereby robbing the otherwise successful tenderer of his or her rightful profit.
Because of technicalities that must be expressed in words in a construction contract, it may not emerge in practice the way it was intended. However, in time the conditions will be adjudicated by the courts and from the judgments on construction contract disputes, clearer and improved conditions of contract would evolve.
Adjudication may be defined as 'an accelerated and cost-effective form of dispute resolution that, unlike other means of resolving disputes involving a third party intermediary, the outcome is a decision by a third party which is binding on the parties in dispute and is final unless and until reviewed by either arbitration of litigation'.
The Munali TSF is one of a number of infrastructure construction projects currently being managed by UWP in terms of its integrated construction unit (ICU) contract methodology. The ICU approach is a particularly effective risk management tool when undertaking construction projects in dynamic environments, and in addition has proven to be an extremely cost-efficient alternative to more conventional contracting methodologies.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) required a suitable and sustainable working environment for its head office staff complement.
Currently, the DFA occupies eight buildings which are scattered around Pretoria. The DFA wished to have a single-office campus, with hard and soft facilities management services, which will portray the values of the DFA, provide a platform for improved service delivery and surmount the operational difficulties posed by the current dispersed and inadequate accommodation.
In terms of Section 9 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) the employer is responsible for the health and safety of every single person on site and this can not be affected by agreements except a Section 10(4) agreement (manufacturer's agreement) or a Section 37(2) agreement (contractor's agreement).
In a competitive marketplace no area of cost savings, streamlining and optimisation should be disregarded, especially when the current cost of capital equipment is factored into the equation. Plant and equipment management is an often overlooked area of untapped savings within a company and of utmost importance is the establishment and enforcement of maintenance and related management on-the-ground business rules, management controls, processes and procedures in conjunction with correlation systems (manual / software).
The existing dense wastewater marine outfall pipe system operated by Mhlathuze Water in Richards Bay is at present being upgraded in order to handle the required discharge within the requirements and licence set by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.
In the past hundred years, the South African mining industry was responsible for much of the country's development and riches. Unfortunately, mining activities have not always been subjected to, and measured against, the strict environmental and health standards of today. The legacy of mining is with us today and evident in extensive mined-out areas, mine dumps and polluted water containments.
Nineteen years ago a 65 m experimental sewer section was commissioned in Virginia, Free State. It comprised three sets of 900 mm diameter concrete pipe, each of which contained nine different types of cementitious materials. In the intervening period valuable information was obtained by monitoring the performance of these materials, and this information has now been combined with the predictive theory, developed in the United States and known as the Life Factor Model (LFM), to produce a sewer design manual. It will be published later this year by the PIPES Division of the Concrete Manufacturers' Association (CMA).