At a time when a serious water shortage confronted Cape Town, investigation revealed that the Steenbras Dam, the City's main source of water supply, required strengthening because of inadequate spillway capacity. Construction of a new 6,000,000 dam and pipeline had already been initiated, but immediate interim measures were essential to avoid the imposition of drastic water restrictions with consequent set back to the City's development.
The paper covered a subject which had many baffling features and the Authors were to be congratulated on their open-minded and analytical approach to the problem. For quite a considerable time it had been the policy of the S.A.R. Administration to construct new bridges situated within the coastal belt - up to 10 miles from the sea shore - in reinforced concrete because of the difficulty and expense of satisfactorily maintaining steel structures in good condition.