oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - On working as a Resident Engineer in South Africa : general interest

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



My reasons for coming to South Africa in the late 60s are now a little fuzzy. I do recall being shown photographs by another Masters student, who had worked for Murray & Roberts for a year, of thatched 'huts' with a foot of snow on the roof and cranes against a cloudless blue sky. At that stage the best job that could be wished for in the UK was to work on survey on the motorway projects, and the prospect was not particularly attractive. I therefore responded to an advertisement in a Sunday newspaper to work for the National Institute for Road Research at the CSIR in Pretoria. I was sent a first-class rail ticket to the interview in London. Nobody travelled first class, and certainly not struggling students, which I discovered when I sat alone in my compartment for the first hour or so, after which I happily joined the normal people in second class.

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