Engineers obviously know better than anyone else how tough it sometimes is to be an engineer. Getting jobs done right, on time and within budget is often much easier said than done. But Franki Africa (a wholly owned subsidiary of Esorfranki Limited), a leading geotechnical solutions provider, is tough and this is one of the reasons the company has gained a reputation for being able to provide world-class solutions and implementing them with a huge degree of excellence, often in the most trying circumstances.
From time immemorial, human beings have always been waste generators. According to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), everyone has a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and wellbeing, in addition to having the environment protected, for the benefit of the present and future generations. Sustainable and integrated waste management is a preferred way of managing waste and combines a range of collection and treatment methods to handle all materials in the waste stream in an environmentally effective, economically affordable and socially acceptable way. The City of Johannesburg is densely populated, resembling a typical European city with respect to the problems it has to overcome to get rid of its waste.
Scarcity of water in semi-arid and impoundment-restricted regions of the world has necessitated the development of strategies to optimise the use of available water resources. One of the most widely adopted measures is the augmentation of the water supply through the use of unconventional or "marginal" water sources. Marginal water has been defined as water that can be recycled, reused or reclaimed, including naturally occurring un-potable water, such as sea water, brackish water, saline and sodic water, un-potable groundwater, rainwater and fog harvesting.
The Western Aqueduct is a bulk water supply project commissioned by eThekwini Water and Sanitation. With a rand value exceeding R800 million, it is the largest water project ever commissioned by them. It is being undertaken by the Western Aqueduct Joint Venture comprising three companies - Knight Piésold Consulting, Naidu Consulting and Stewart Scott International (SSI), acting as eThekwini Water and Sanitation's agents on this project
The number of pedestrian fatalities in South Africa is a very disturbing statistic. In 2008, 5 272 pedestrians (0,01% of the population) were killed simply attempting to cross the road or to use a pedestrian walkway. At least 50% of fatalities were people between the ages of 20 and 54. These people were of prime working age, with families to support, whose principal means of income generation was skilled labour. There is every reason to do more to end preventable fatalities in this age group.
Better management of the water cycle is crucial if the world is to meet key challenges such as feeding its growing population and reducing poverty, meeting water and sanitation needs, and protecting vital ecosystems, while adapting to climate change. The approach known as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is generally accepted, but poorly understood, even within the water sector.
Trenchless technology is currently making significant contributions to the construction sector. One of the most popular and widespread applications of this innovative technology is horizontal directional drilling.
Permeable concrete block paving (PCBP) scored its first major success in the Western Cape when it was selected for a water attenuation project at Grand Parade in central Cape Town. This historic square has been accepted as the official public viewing site for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).
The Provincial Administration of the Western Cape, Department of Transport and Public Works, Roads Infrastructure Branch, appointed Ero Engineers (Pty) Ltd to plan, design and supervise this project which consists of the rehabilitation, protection and upgrading of Trunk Road 2, Section 10 between White Bridge (54,40 km) and Knysna (59,90 km).
On 7 August 1987, 15 days after the British Parliament had agreed to the construction of the undersea tunnel that would eventually establish a direct rail link between the UK and France, the satirical magazine Private Eye expressed an opinion on the proposed undertaking.
On 12 May 2009 the University of the Witwatersrand conferred the degree Doctor of Engineering on Ron Watermeyer, SAICE 2004 president, for his published work Contributions to the delivery of infrastructure for the advancement of a changing South African society.
Social media, also known as Web 2.0, are primarily internet-based tools that allow groups to engage in peer-to-peer conversations and exchange content, share opinions, insights, experiences and perspectives, and promote business information with one another. One can create and communicate with people who care, and this is 'for free' as there are no significant advertising costs involved.
I probably speak for many readers when I confess that my first reaction upon hearing of a "Student Chapter" was - what exactly is a "chapter"? This remains a mystery, even among us Chapter members, and raises another interesting question - what's in a name?