The Maputo Corridor promises to be one of the biggest boosts to southern Africa's 'economy in recent history. Work is almost at the point of beginning on Africa's most ambitious development project. A project that will not only transform transport and communications in southern Africa, but will bring employment and prosperity to thousands of people to whom suffering and hardship have become a way of life. It is the multi-billion dollar Maputo Development Corridor.
The planning of the road network in the vicinity of Brits provides for a bypass along the northern outskirts of Brits. This bypass entails a deviation of road P110-1, which crosses the Beestekraal-Pendoring railway line at the western corner of the Oukasie black residential area and links up with route K16 on the eastern side of the town . Most of the Oukasie residents are totally reliant for their income on the economic activity within Brits, which results in considerable daily commuting across the railway line that separates the two areas.
Whereas water engineers have traditionally focused on water resources development and management, water demand management focuses on means to conserve existing sup plies through the reduction of demand wherever possible. It is essentially the control of the consumption of water. Surface water sources in the Western Cape may satisfy the growing water demand only up to about the year 2020. Wastewater recycling and desalination may be required after that time at very high cost.
Your secretary sensed the urgency. She was somewhat breathless when she broke into your meeting with an important client saying: 'Mr Jones, Jack needs to speak to you urgently.' What Jack told you made you forget about your client entirely. Part of a structure still under construction had collapsed, injuring a number of people. His bakkie, left idling in front of the entrance, brings you to the scene in minutes. There's chaos. Bent steel and warped sheets cover the whole area. People run around shouting. Three workers who were hurt sit or lie groaning against a wall where they were placed. It is immediately clear that, besides the structural damage, loss of production will definitely occur. Just at that moment the neighbour makes his unwelcome appearance, complaining that his building was damaged by a part of the structure that fell across the boundary.
In 1994 Tim Goetze submitted a 250-page Master of Arts (History) thesis with the above title to the University of Stellenbosch. Copies are lodged in the South African library, Cape Town, in various other libraries and in one or two museums (eg Prince Albert). Goetze says that his father-in-law, Mervyn Radford, a civil engineer who was professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Fort Hare University for 14 years, inspired him to tackle the project because of his (Radford's) fascination with and awe for Thomas Bain's work.
The construction of the new national road between Durban and Pietermaritzburg had offered an excellent opportunity of testing out the relative merits and costs of a number of different bridge designs to meet the requirements of similar site conditions, span lengths and deck widths. The Authors were to be congratulated on having made the most of this opportunity.