This project was selected by the community through the local Rural Roads Transport Forum (RRTF) to provide an all-weather road for taxis and vehicles to reach Emzamweni High School and Mzimba Primary School in comfort. As a direct result, there was improved access for 53 homesteads as well.
The Model Kloof Pedestrian Bridge and Walkway is a SANRAL community development project located on the northern outskirts of Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, linking the Limit Hill and Model Kloof neighbourhoods.
Rivers which flow through densely populated areas often have poor water quality, which affects aquatic life and surrounding fauna and flora mainly due to untreated household pollution. High pollution levels can also lead to blockages that cause flash floods.
The Zibambele Maintenance Programme (ZMP) was introduced by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport (KZN DOT) in 1998 as a poverty relief programme in which road maintenance and other maintenance activities are carried out by members of the community. The programme targets destitute women-headed households identified by the community.
The construction of the Tugela River Pedestrian Bridge has resulted in a life-changing safe crossing option for communities on both sides of the river, enabling them to access commercial and educational opportunities that were previously inaccessible, particularly during the summer months.
The rehabilitation of the Margate Fishing Pier, although a modest project, drew much local and national interest. Built in 1963, the fishing pier was rendered unsafe for public access after the 1:80 year equinox spring tides of March 2007. Due to stability concerns, it was closed to the general public for a number of years.
In June 2010, UWP Consulting was appointed by the Zambian Road Development Agency to design and supervise construction for an 81 km stretch of road on the M10, along a new alignment down the eastern bank of the Zambezi River from Senanga to Maziba Bay in western Zambia. The new alignment avoids the flood plain which the old gravel road traversed. During the rainy season this old road became unusable and dug-out canoes were the only means of transport to cross the rivers.
Prof Geoff Eustace Blight's engagement with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) spans over 60 years. During this period he contributed immensely to the engineering profession and established himself as a leading academic, especially in the fields of geotechnical and materials engineering. This reputation led to an invitation to present the Rankine Lecture in 1997, considered the most prestigious invitation bestowed on a geotechnical engineer. In fact, he is one of only three presenters who reside south of the equator.
Innovation seems to form an integral part of human history. There has always been an underlying urge, even a sense of romance, to innovate at whichever point in time. Regardless of how innovation can really be defined and thus brought about, society embraces the idea of innovation, as it characterises growth and achievement, both of which evoke deep emotional significance in all of humanity.
This year SAICE again entered its magazine, Civil Engineering, for the annual PiCA Awards, which are considered the "Oscars" of the South African magazine publishing industry. We are delighted to report that we received awards in both of the categories that we had entered.