The upgrading of Main Road P100
The African Renaissance Roads Upgrading Programme: This R48.8 million project benefited the community without creating a visually unsightly scar in the environment. Due to the successful co-operation between the engineer and the community, Naidoo Consulting used innovative solutions as well as created jobs through labour-intensive construction. Afriscan Construction played their part in this project, which involved building a religious congregation a new church to replace an old vandalised building. Local youth also benefited from this project by getting nationally accredited training and practical experience.
The Evolving Design and Construction of Rural National Roads in Response to Community Concerns
National roads have evolved from catering for road users in vehicles only to more holistically addressing the needs of the affected communities, SANRAL commissioned Aurecon to reconstruct National Route 2 Section 18 between Sitebe Komkhulu and Viedgesville. This approximately R434 million project constructed by Haw & Inglis Civil Engineering, significantly contributed to the creation of employment and business for the local community.
The civil engineering industry makes a huge contribution towards infrastructure creation with the resultant economic and social development in South Africa. Exceptional projects have again been entered and the adjudicators decided on thewinner and two commendation:
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, “Boomslang”
Boomslang is an organic steel and timber footbridge, meandering through and over the treetops of an Enchanted Forest. The South African National Biodiversity Institute, appointed Mark Thomas Architects to design a pedestrian walkway through the Arboretum canopy at Kirstenbosch. The R5 million project, constructed by engineer Henry Fagan in collaboration with the contractor Slingsby and Gaidien Construction, resulted in the creation of a light structure, which minimised materials used.
Umgeni Road Interchange
The upgrading of the Umgeni Road Interchange was a complex project, which required meticulous attention to detail during both design and construction. SANRAL appointed Hatch Goba to design and administer this project, which was constructed by the Rumdel Cape/EXR/Mazcon Joint Venture. The result of the interchange is aimed at reducing traffic congestion on one of the busiest sections of the National Route 2.
Acid Mine Drainage: Witwatersrand Central Basin
Mining activities on the Witwatersrand, exposed underground geology causing oxidation with the pyrite-bearing rock, forming Acid Mine Drainage. TCTA appointed AECOM to provide technical solutions to pump and treat AMD before it rose to the surface. Valued at R600 million, this project is a great example of how civil engineering helped alleviate a major threat to the water supply of the area. Group Five was contracted to this project and ensured that the simultaneous project processes were completed on time.
The Jorf Lasfar Slurry Pipeline Project in Morocco
The project was dubbedthe world’s largest phosphate ore pipeline with a capacity to transport 38 million tons of phosphate ore per year. This pipeline is the first substantial, long- distance, high-volume slurry pipeline in Africa with a distance of 187 km. Thanks to innovations by the professional team of Paterson and Cooke Consulting Engineers, and main contractors Tekfen Construction of Istanbul, the project demonstrates that slurry pipelines offer environmental and economic advantages.
Nacala Dam Feasibility Study
Nacala Dam is a strategic import and export route for Mozambique, therefore Millennium Challenge Account Mozambique on behalf of the Mozambique Government, appointed Jeffares & Green in association with Conseng, as well as Lamont to undertake the environmental and social impact assessment, design and supervision of the dam rehabilitation in order to improve the safety of the structure and increase the potential for water supply from the impoundment. The design team made sure that this $39.8 million project was undertaken in a manner that considered the environment and the surrounding communities.