The Green Paper on Local Government, released during October, descriptionbes alternative models for our metropolitan areas, viz : The single government or 'megacity' model; The two-tier model, ie the present form in our three major metropolitan areas However, the megacity has in recent months been strongly advocated by prominent leaders, especially in Gauteng. The way in which local authorities are structured, their size and also their jurisdictional boundaries are of major significance for the delivery of water, sanitation, roads and stormwater services. Thus the mega city debate is of prime concern to civil engineers. It is reasonably easy to identify which of our services are better delivered at metropolitan level and which at a more local level.
Not only was this a technically challenging project, but it also captured the imagination of the public with the bridge being rotated into position after it was built alongside the freeway The Concorde East Overpass Bridge, formerly known as the Harper Street Bridge, spans the N 12 freeway between the Gillooly and Airport interchanges in Bedfordview. It is a cable-stayed bridge, 50 m long and 17 m wide, carrying three lanes of traffic and two sidewalks. The project also won the Witwatersrand Branch Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering.
Co-operation on various fronts in Pretoria has resulted in a number of emerging contractors gaining training and skills and local residents benefiting from improved infrastructure The Pretoria community empowerment through infrastructure provision and upgrading project, a SAICE Pretoria Branch Award winner, was initiated by a parallel appointment by the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) and the City Council of Pretoria (CCP) with three broad focus areas: to create and establish an enabling contracting environment for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the Greater Pretoria metropolitan area, to institute an emerging contractor development programme (ECDP) and to integrate existing small contractors into the construction of 18 different road and stormwater projects.