Felix Fongoqa - president of Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) - and Graham Pirie, CEO, CESA - have just returned from a well-attended 2008 International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Conference held in Quebec. This annual event played host to almost 70 member countries, out of a total of 75, with South Africa being well represented, with 22 delegates at the conference.
Eskom spokesperson Fani Zulu says contributing factors such as slightly warmer winter and citizens using less energy are the reasons why ''we did not have load shedding this past winter''. According to Zulu, 10% of energy is needed to stabilise power supply. But until then, the future is bleak as the ''power supply systems remain vulnerable''. Generators might be the light at the end of the tunnel.
Eskom's power supply issues are a major consideration in business circles these days. There can hardly be a user that has not yet been negatively affected by the arbitrary implementation of Eskom's attempt to deal with peak loads countrywide, which has resulted in installations now facing bigger power threats than ever before.
The Schneiders have been fostering handicapped and sick children for the last 33 years and currently house 24 children in their Benoni home on the East Rand. The home is run as a family unit to ensure the children develop bonding skills and learn family values.
Issues in the current global economic disequilibrium include infrastructure capacity and skills shortages challenges. The incorporation of the De Villiers Partnership Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers into the BIGEN AFRICA team, effective from 1 October 2008, will contribute to the capacity challenge, and is a 'footprint' with formidable force in the engineering industry.
The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) is this year celebrating its 70th anniversary. At an informal staff breakfast recently, the new C&CI managing director, Bryan Perrie, outlined some of the highlights of the institute's history. He said that C&CI's original objective, when established in 1938, was ''to promote the interests of the Portland cement and concrete construction industries as a whole.''