In 2001 the National Treasury commissioned a review of provincial infrastructure service delivery systems with a view to enhancing infrastructure delivery. One of the recommendations was that a framework be developed to guide and structure the management of infrastructure delivery. Another was that support be provided to provincial departments to develop their capacity to plan, manage and sustain infrastructure delivery.
With South Africa becoming one of the fastest growing hubs for major construction work, the large scale and time constraints of projects in the country are requiring an increasing focus on organisation, design and the introduction of best practice techniques and engineering expertise.
SSI Engineers and Environmental Consultants is providing design and construction supervision of the rehabilitation of one of the heaviest loaded pavements in Southern Africa. This comprises Sections 1 and 2 of National Route 3 - an 11 km section of the dual carriageway N3 freeway between the Mariannhill Toll Plaza and Key Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal.
The bulk sewer project at Mafikeng comprised the construction of a 675 mm sewer, 14 km long, from the Mafikeng Industrial Development Zone (MIDZ) development to the Mmabatho Wastewater Works. Given the possibility of aggressive sewage, the client opted for the more expensive option of concrete pipes with a 20 mm sacrificial layer given the depths of some of the excavations and the advantage of the pipe quality. Two major road crossings were made without disruption to traffic.
Much has happened within Grinaker-LTA (an Operating Group of Aveng (Africa) Limited) during the past year - from new management appointments to a positive turnaround in its earnings contribution for the first time in four years and full order books in most divisions. Grinaker-LTA Civil Engineering is one of the group companies that has experienced an 'unprecedented flow of work', says MD Dave Spooner, who gives his views on the company and the state of the industry as a whole.
Human resources, skills shortages, environmental impact assessments (EIA) and labour-intensive construction methods are all inherent challenges which must be project managed effectively when dealing with large-scale construction contracts. These challenges are handled using best practice codes of conduct within current legislative and quality management frameworks and make use of infrastructure design software as a tool to pave the way.
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SAICE's biannual council meetings continue to unite its 8 000 members via their representatives. Council representatives from the various SAICE units country-wide once again set precious time aside in April this year to meet at the Institution's National Office in Midrand. After a day and a half of keen discussions and sharing of experience, the council meeting was rounded off by the Institution's 105th annual general meeting.
Over the years Sarie gradually changed the look and feel of the magazine and the journal, to the extent that in November last year Civil Engineering won the coveted 2007 PiCA Award for the best magazine in the category 'Construction, Engineering and Related Industries'.
In April 2007, 6 927 members of SAICE were requested to take part in a reader survey on Civil Engineering, the SAICE magazine. A total of 367 questionnaires were received, which amounted to a response of 5,3 %.