A few days before the World Cup kick-off, Rian Malan, writing in the British newspaper, Daily Telegraph, under the headline "Contrary to all the gloomy predictions, South Africa is well prepared for the World Cup".
"The redistribution of wealth" has been a major focus in South Africa in recent decades. There is an unstated assumption that wealth creates itself and is unjustly appropriated by certain individuals at the expense of those who justly deserve to participate in that wealth.
To provide for conditions of contract in South Africa, construction contracts were initially based on conditions of contract drafted under British Law. These conditions developed into the so-called "blue book" which has been a well respected and widely used document that served the South African industry over many years. The first edition of the current General Conditions of Contract was developed in 2004 and involved a serious revision of GCC 1990, combining it with the COLTO document.
Engineers Against Poverty (EAP), a specialist UK based NGO working in the field of engineering and international development, together with ARUP International Development, recently launched ASPIRE (A Sustainability, Poverty and Infrastructure Routine for Evaluation).
For the purposes of the presentation at the Engineering Planet Future Indaba, the future of project management was considered for only the next 15 years, but in this relatively short space of time there may be radical changes in the way projects are dealt with. The intent of this article is to encourage readers to think along alternative and unconventional lines whilst considering the projects they are currently working on.
Project management is essentially the management of risk. Some risks we know will occur, some are likely to occur and some are unlikely to occur. This article discusses risk identification and management, and the tools that are available for this purpose
Massingir Dam in Mozambique has a maximum height of 48 m and a gross storage capacity of 2 900 million m3. Completed in 1977, the dam is owned by the Government of Mozambique and administered by Administraçáo Regional De Águas Do Sul (ARA-Sul).
Lynnwood Junction is a multi-million rand investment which comprises an upmarket shopping complex, office park and hotel. The new development is located on the north-eastern side of the Lynnwood Road offramp off the N1 highway in Pretoria.
ARQ Consulting Engineers have built a trusting relationship with a Windhoek laboratory and a number of Namibian engineering consultancies over the past two decades. The past 20 years have seen Namibia develop into a dynamic and self-sustaining country.
The 2010 National Diploma S3 class in the module, Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Design III, at the University of Johannesburg's Department of Civil Engineering Technology, embarked on a research project to demonstrate the ductility of reinforced concrete beams using three variables - different quantities of reinforcement, different concrete strengths and different loading patterns.
Aurecon, South African's largest consulting engineering company, was awarded the R1,5 million contract for the review of the conceptual and detail design, and site supervision of the new 20 000 m3 Base Metal Refinery (BMR) pond complete with associated capital equipment for Impala Platinum Limited. The total capital value of the project, estimated at R15 million, forms part of Impala Platinum's plans to increase its production of nickel, platinum and other precious metals.