SA has ‘much to learn about respect’

I AM not one of those people who bad-mouth South Africa. In fact, as an African I have spoken up for this continent at many academic and civil society events in Europe and the US. After travelling for two weeks in France, Switzerland and Germany, there is, however, one aspect of this country that really…

Water Affairs faces dire civil engineer shortage, says SAICE

Ideally, engineering teams should reflect the accepted international municipal and utility ratio of six engineering professionals per 100 000 inhabitants. However, in South Africa’s best case scenario  – larger cities and towns – municipalities had access to three engineering professionals for each 100 000 inhabitants.  “This is not nearly enough to address our country’s service…

Engineering posts difficult to fill, where are we going?

Companies find it hard to fill engineering posts where between ten and fifteen years’ experience is needed, according to the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE). On the other hand many newly graduated engineers are struggling to find employment. When one takes into account the unhealthy position that face local authorities in South Africa,…

SAICE condemns collusive tendering by construction firms

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) emphatically denounces the occurrence of corruption, called by another name in this case, collusion, anti-competitive behaviour and any unethical behaviour. The 15 construction firms that reached a settlement for collusive tendering may be called firms/companies, but a company consists of people. A company cannot collude, only its…

Light Cycling With Glow In The Dark Concrete

German-based manufacturers Kann and NightTec have collaborated to develop glow in the dark concrete pavers called NightTec Leuchsteine. Designed for industrial use, the pavers use sunlight to power their lighting, reducing the need for artificial light in dark environments, making them an eco-friendly energy source. Phosphorescent crystals are embedded into the concrete surface that captures…