Riah Phiyega, our new Police Commissioner, inexperienced in matters pertaining to the SA Police, but when challenged, advocated that only management skill was necessary to run the show, citing "... we have people who are not career cops but excelled, like Gauteng Commissioner Mzwandile Petros who is a maths teacher...", falls short of being a competent checker. She announced Bethuel Zuma as the new Gauteng Commissioner, and hours later, after becoming aware from media reports that Zuma was under criminal investigation, dropped him like a bomb.
As a long-standing Voluntary Association with ECSA, the Concrete Society is proud to be part of the Civilution initiative. Our inextricable links with the engineering profession through concrete, make it essential that we play a meaningful role in this civil engineering 'revolution'.
SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency) initiated this project as part of its routine maintenance programme. This particular section of road (km 68.2 to 78.2) last received a light rehabilitation around the early 2000s. The rehabilitation then comprised isolated base corrections and an ultra-thin friction course (UTFC) - the National Asphalt licensed U-LM was applied for the first time in South Africa.
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has recently completely revised and updated its National Strategic Plan. The Plan sets out PRASA's long-term intentions for its suburban rail, long-distance rail and long-distance bus services, and describes the road map that it will follow to achieve this.
Transport planning and land use management are intricately engaged in the spatial design of nodes and links from origin to destination in the supply chain. Martin Christopher (1) states that leading companies are aware that the real competition is not between companies, but rather between supply chains. Thus location and modal links to and from intermodal nodes are critical components in ensuring that the overall logistics costs are minimised in the supply chain and the node itself becomes a long-term viable and sustainable economic development.
The function and importance of moving freight and cargo for the national and provincial economy is well defined and understood. It is a derived demand that supports the economy in providing raw materials, in-process goods and finished products on time and at the right location. Freight transport is mostly done by road and rail via the main freight corridors in South Africa. Rail has lost some market share over time due to a gradual move from rail to road. This has resulted in increased logistics costs in the import and export supply chains, and it has become a national priority to reduce logistics costs on these corridors.
A little over a year ago I made a decision to try out public transport in the form of the Metro Bus. For nearly two years I had been toying with the idea, as every morning I saw the same bus drive past my gate as I drove to work and every evening another one. I asked around the office about how the buses worked and whether they were reliable. I was told they generally were, but depending on them could be risky.
The City of Cape Town has entered an exciting era of public transport. Not only has it successfully launched a Transport Authority, known as Transport for Cape Town (TCT), but its flagship project, the Cape Town MyCiTi Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) System, is growing from strength to strength.
Rustenburg is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a current estimated population of over 500 000 residents, and an area of jurisdiction covering approximately 3 500 km2 over 38 wards. The Rustenburg Rapid Transport Project is due to launch in 2015/16 and will service the residents of the Rustenburg Municipality through an integrated transport network that will include BRT trunk corridors, direct routes and feeder services.
SMEC South Africa (Pty) Ltd (formerly Vela VKE Consulting Engineers) was appointed in February 2012 by the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) to carry out the Functional Classification of Roads in the eThekwini Municipal area. The need for a newly classified road network for the eThekwini Municipality was driven by the latest Road Infrastructure Strategic Framework for South Africa (RISFSA) and the benefits that the framework brings to authorities and road users. A current road network, classified in accordance with the latest RISFSA and Committee of Transport Officials - Road Classification and Access Management (COTORCAM) guidelines - provides improved functionality to the road network, as well as a host of benefits to both the ETA and road users within the Municipality.
The development of roads, starting with the invention of the wheel, is briefly traced. Th e development of geometric design, specifically as reflected by changes in design manuals, starting with the motor car leads into discussion of the specifics of manual development in South Africa. Published documents up to the SANRAL G2 manual, published in 2002, are addressed. Dramatic changes in the philosophy of geometric design in the last fifteen years amount to paradigm shifts of note. These include a substantial increase in the adoption of human factors in design, the Contest Sensitive Solutions approach to design and a broader understanding of the environmental issues that impact on and are impacted by the provision of roads. The publishers Taylor and Francis are developing a text titled The geometric designer's handbook, which is due to be published towards the end of 2014, addressing these issues. This will hopefully support the adoption of current research by practitioners and enhance general understanding of the new philosophy of design.
In about 1000 BC the approaches to Tyrins, the Arcadian Greek fort near Argos, were designed so that the gate sentries had a clear view of the right side of approaching people. This enabled them to see whether their swords were sheathed (friends) or drawn (potential threats), and to take any necessary action. It had to be the right side because shields were carried on the left arm.
The SAICE Transportation Division's annual luncheon, which was held at Blue Valley Golf Resort on 18 April this year, was an elegant affair seeing many transportation engineers coming together to relax, network and honour those transportation engineers who have made contributions in some way to the industry.
In response to criticism that many engineering graduates are "unemployable", or lacking in marketable skills, the capstone Civil Engineering Design Project at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has been transformed over the past five years. To the original Design Project module, for which students "independently research a relevant civil engineering issue and produce a professionally presented portfolio", has been added an introductory Group Phase. In teams of eight the students spend the first month of the final semester of the BSc Eng programme compiling a feasibility design report for a multi-faceted civil engineering development of current local interest. Engineers who were involved in the design of the development present its principle features and constraints and provide site-specific information. These same engineers, or their suitably qualified colleagues, subsequently serve as external examiners of the students' final design portfolios. The objectives are to broaden the conceptual approach to engineering design, address social, ethical and environmental concerns regarding sustainability, and to involve potential future employers of the students in the completion of their academic education.
Labour relations entered a new era when the Labour Relations Act 1 (the "LRA") and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 2 (the "BCEA") were introduced. These Acts ensured that labour legislation was primarily aimed at protecting the employee against abuses by his/her employer. Although specific formalities are required to create a contract of employment, the general principles of the Law of Contact still apply. Therefore a valid contract of employment will arise if the parties have contractual capacity, reach consensus, the contract is physically possible and is lawful. Because no specific formalities are required, a contract of employment may arise by conduct alone, by written agreement or verbally. The question then arises as to who is the Employee, who is the Employer and what is an Independent Contractor?
Corobrik paves the way for non-motorised transport in Durban
H A Mofutho Bridge wins SAHDGA Awards
State of the civil engineering industry still promising for 2013
ARUP appoints integrated transport business development leader
Paolo Trinchero takes the reins at SAISC
Technology as a concept can be interpreted in many different ways, with varying degrees of scope and implication. Some see it as electronic innovations in computing and telecommunications; some see it as the tools and gadgets to assist in one's daily activities; others perceive technology as a philosophical entity that encompasses all of mankind's technical methodologies. Now, before becoming too abstract in the interpretation of technology, the principle remains that technological development and innovation needs to have explicit goals or objectives, so that its effects can indeed be quantified.
During the last two years I have done research in the fields of construction and technology investments as part of a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering at Stellenbosch University. The purpose of the research was to propose a process that can assist companies with decisions regarding technology investment in construction. Once the technology has been chosen with the aid of this process it should also be able to address areas of concern identified within companies.
After an absence of two years, the SAICE Young Members Panel (YMP) road show returned to Cape Town on Friday 26 July. This time the road show was organised by the young members of the SAICE Western Cape Branch (with some assistance from SAICE National Office) and the programme was given a mini makeover.