A close friend and colleague in the industry chided me over my views of our government. And because the wounds of a sincere friend are faithful and can be trusted, I took his reproach to heart. After some days of pondering and introspection, I have come to the conclusion that I may need to refocus, despite my delight at making Charlies of our politicians. However, they do a good job all by themselves. There I go again - sorry.
Civilution has echoed in many discussions since the inception of this concept at SAICE and has received profound attention in our contemplation of the future state of South Africa over the next few decades. Much charisma and inspiration have arisen out of the Civilution concept, hand in hand with the numerous other initiatives related to the South African National Development Plan.
The Roodeplaat Water Treatment Works (WTW), constructed as part of the larger Roodeplaat Bulk Water Supply Project, is now one of the most advanced water treatment facilities in South Africa and certainly a flagship plant for the City of Tshwane and for leading infrastructure development company, Bigen Africa.
From a small, unknown village to Technical Director at HHO Africa and pioneer of the Ugie to Langeni road project, Simon Mqamelo's life is evidence of a yearning for and dedication to continued learning and greater things.
eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) is a business unit within the eThekwini Municipality which is responsible for providing water and sanitation services to 3.5 million residents, as well as numerous industrial, commercial and institutional customers. The financial accounts for EWS are ring-fenced to ensure that the true costs of providing these services can be determined and accurate tariffs set to recover these costs. For the current 2013/2014 financial year the operating budget is R5.9 billion and the capital budget is R1.5 billion. Water meters are read monthly and water and sewage charges are calculated based on these meter readings in order to generate revenue to meet this expenditure. In order to minimise the costs of postage of accounts and collection of payments, the water and sewage charges are included in a consolidated bill sent out each month by the City to each customer. Payment levels are excellent and currently exceed 97% on a month by month basis, with some months exceeding 100% when arrear debts are paid by customers.
The Cornubia precinct is a joint venture between Tongaat Hulett Developments and the eThekwini Municipality, and aims at developing a 'mixed use' urban settlement comprising a range of complementary land uses - industrial, commercial and residential.
Bridge City, the mixed-use commercial/residential Town Centre and Business Estate to the north of Durban, which is set to attract R10 billion in public and private sector investment, will play a pivotal role in the development of the city's R20 billion public transport system, making it perfect for businesses looking for a prime position and highly accessible location along the rapidly developing northern coastal corridor.
Large mixed-use developments are gaining traction globally as the property industry realises that developing efficient, liveable cities requires the all-important integration of diverse functions, such as residential accommodation with transportation and commercial opportunities. This article describes some of the barriers to creating efficient cities, as well as current trends, solutions and innovations.
There has been much written and spoken regarding the deficiencies in the implementation of infrastructure projects in South Africa, also in the context of this short discussion, road infrastructure. Amongst those who have commented on the inability to implement infrastructure, are the State President and other Cabinet members, the diagnostic report of the National Planning Commission into the provision of infrastructure for development, various World Bank reports, a SAICE report and other professional bodies, and the public at large. In the words of Bobby Godsell on national radio, "We don't have a money problem, but rather a delivery problem."
In this article the term "road safety communication campaign" (RSCC) will be used for road safety awareness campaigns through all forms of mass media, including paid media advertisements. The article covers the key focus areas of RSCC by road administrations and authorities: road user behaviour, types of road safety campaigns, target audiences, campaign media, and campaign evaluation.
Arguably one of the greatest workplace characteristics of the Industrial Age, which probably single-handedly promoted more successful and sustainable enterprises than any other management discipline before it, was the practice of apprenticeship, and the associated, time-honoured route from journeyman to master, where young, inexperienced artisans starting out in the great factories of the era were placed into formalised and structured learning relationships with their older, more experienced and knowledgeable superiors, and over a period of time would become increasingly productive and profitable employees, eventually with their own downline of young apprentices.
Anyone with an alleged complaint(s), as against any employee, must submit such written complaint to the Responsible Person, with sufficient detail to identify the employee, and to substantiate the complaint(s).
Bobcat Equipment, South Africa's range of telescopic handlers, packs a powerful punch with optimum performance, precision, reliability and safety all into one compact machine. Bobcat telescopic handlers are built for precise positioning of bulky and heavy loads, and combine best-in-class lifting capacity (even at maximum reach) and outstanding stability for efficient, easy, reliable and safe work performance anywhere on a job site.
When I was asked to write a brief piece on behalf of the younger professional fraternity of SAICE around the Civilution concept, and relating to renewable energy, I found myself confronted with a dichotomy - how does one motivate for a shift in thinking for civil engineers, in a field that is largely driven by our colleagues in the electrical industry and those working on innovative electrical technologies?