My first thoughts on service delivery strikes are that our service delivery mechanisms and structures are hopelessly incompetent. They are particularly useless in areas where the aspirations and expectations of the proletariat are high, like Malamulele. The people of Malamulele didn't struggle to be poor now. But I also thought - you get what you vote for. Deal with it.
Esor Pipelines, a division of Esor Construction, has completed 34% of its 36 month contract on the Western Aqueduct Phase 2 for client eThekwini Municipality in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, reports Contracts Manager Stephen Cahi. The scope of work is the construction of 17 km of DN 1 400 mm and 8 km of DN 1 000 mm continuously welded pipeline.
The Engineering Council of South Africa's (ECSA) Rules of Conduct for registered persons in the engineering profession govern professional conduct and protect public interests. Contravention of these rules, which could involve a lowering of professional standards and increased public risk, must be investigated and acted upon by ECSA. This article reflects on transgressions of ECSA rules over the past decade and identifies perceived trends. It provides insight into how professional engineering conduct has developed or declined during the period under review and provides some significant portents for the future.
The 33rd Steel Awards event, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), was held towards the end of last year. These awards recognise excellence in the use of structural steel, and the 2014 entries were again of a particularly high standard. It is also becoming increasingly apparent that SA engineers and architects are highly adept at constructing aesthetically impressive steel structures. In this article we present the winners and commendations.
This article is the third in a series on the economic pricingof services and the beneficial effect this could have on the economy and on the everyday lives of people. The first two articles appeared in the October and November 2014 editions of Civil Engineering on pages 56 and 59 respectively.
Vibration Analysis and Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers - Essentials and Group-Theoretic Formulations is a book written by Prof Alphose Zingoni of the University of Cape Town and published by CRC Press in November 2014. The book is concise, but thorough, and gives the reader a broad and fundamental understanding of structural dynamics. The emphasis is on the governing physics, the mathematical representation and the corresponding numerical solution of the problem. Although dynamics of structures is usually an intimidating topic for students and engineers, the logical progression and the succinctness of Prof Zingoni's book alleviate the daunting nature of the subject.
One hundred years ago South Africa, as part of the British Empire, was at war with Germany. The first objective of the Union Defence Force was to take control of German South-West Africa (GSWA, today Namibia). A part of this offensive was to bridge the gap between the two national railway systems, from Prieska in South Africa to Kalkfontein (today Karasburg) in GSWA. This was a daunting challenge delegated to a newly formed South African Railways (SAR) and was executed successfully under trying conditions. This article (part one of three) describes the construction of the railway line from Prieska to Upington.
In the wake of the success of the Civilution Congress in April 2014, and with Civilution established as a dynamic concept, SAICE continues to charter the direction of the profession and its future. With this in mind, SAICE facilitated the first-ever civil engineering National Investigative Project (IP) Showdown on 1 December 2014 at the University of Pretoria, which saw high-profile industry players coming to support and encourage the next generation of civil engineers.
Water is a basic human right that is essential for life. In recent years, the world has experienced many challenges with water, particularly concerning water quality and quantity. More than 6 000 children die each day from preventable waterborne diseases, and less than 1% of the earth's water is suitable for human consumption (WISA 2009). On a local scale, South Africa is also faced with these challenges of water quantity and quality. One of these issues is water losses through leakages. A study of 62 systems in South Africa found that on average 31% of water supplied to urban systems, or 670 million cubic metres per annum of water, is lost through leakages in pipes (Seago & McKenzie 2007).
PROTEC (see Civil Engineering, November 2014 pp 76-77 for the role SAICE played in the establishment of this successful venture) and the success story of Mzimasi Bhomela, a 2014 matriculant who obtained distinctions in maths and science against all odds, have again proved that, with support from the likes of PROTEC and SAICE's contribution to this organisation, ordinary learners who would otherwise not have made it to matric and beyond are now excelling.
Professor Alexander is known to tell a colourful story. However, this one not only reflects a minority view, but reiterates some half-truths which have muddied the water resources thinking in this country for far too long. This response is a limited retort to specific statements in the article which are patently wrong. One should start by offering a warning - a blast from the past, as it were.