n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - In the Footsteps of Giants — Exploring the history of South Africa's large dams, Lani van Vuuren : book review

Volume 20, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Launched 30 May this year, this attractively presented and informative book is the result of four years of research by the author, Lani van Vuuren, who is also the "Public Understanding of Science Officer" at the Water Research Commission and the editor of Water Wheel. As Lani states in the author's note, South Africa's history of dams goes back at least four centuries, and "behind each dam lies a tale of imaginative thinking, daring spirit, and resolve to make South Africa a better place to live in." The book "takes the reader on a journey through the history of South Africa's large dams, starting with the traditional attitudes towards water resources prior to European settlement and ending with a glimpse into the future of dam building in the country.

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