Recent statistics published suggest that there has been no let-up in the number of civil engineers emigrating from South Africa since the democratic elections, and in fact recent developments may have led to an increase in emigration. These statistics are supported by trends being observed by the SAICE Membership Committee. The major reasons for the loss of civil engineers as a result of emigration are: The belief that their children will have a better chance for education and for jobs in a different country A concern about the unacceptable level of serious violence in this country Dissatisfaction with remuneration levels for civil engineers in South Africa, and opportunities for improved remuneration levels overseas
A project to supply Greater Mmabatho with an adequate water supply involved the relocation of a number of people, as well as sophisticated hydrology and water quality modelling The Department of Water Affairs (DWAF) decided in 1990 to proceed with the provision of potable reticulated water supply to the Mmabatho peri-urban villages, which have a population of approximately 130 000, as the dolomitic compartments that then supplied Mmabatho were expected to be inadequate beyond 1996. This project is the winner of a Mmabatho Branch Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering and was a nominee for last year's SAICE National Award for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (Technical Excellence).