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today29 Feb 2012

Here I am, please use me

{nomultithumb} On Thursday the 23rd of February, Dr Martin van Veelen was inaugurated as the 110th President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE). 
today7 May 2012

Civil engineering experience critical to infrastructure development

In his inaugural address as the 110th president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), Dr Martin van Veelen spoke of the importance of retaining engineering experience – and the wisdom that has grown with it – in government departments responsible for the country’s infrastructure, and equally, of transferring this wisdom and experience to the corps of younger engineers in the public service.  Van Veelen pointed out the shortage of technocrats in those government departments where such skills are essential, highlighting, for example, that in the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) there are only seven engineers in a senior management team of 48 people.
today7 Nov 2016

Italian water expertise imported to improve South Africa's management of its water resources!

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) regards government’s action as a regrettable development that neither fosters the management of the water resources in South Africa nor the transformation agenda of government and our people.
today26 Sep 2012

The people prefer concrete block paving

The people living in South Africa’s second oldest township, Ngangelizwe in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, are happy with the installation of concrete block paving (CBP) on some of their roads and footpaths. In fact, such is their enthusiasm for concrete block paving that when the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Transport proposed switching to asphalt instead of CBP in 2009/10, objections from the community led to a compromise. This saw tarring being restricted to a ring road around the township while four internal roads and some adjacent pavements were surfaced with CBP. 

Advances in road science over the past 15 years or so have seen the use of polymer-modified binders to improve asphalt performance. Nick Muller, chief executive officer of Polymer Pavements, says, “Polymer technology is found in many aspects of our lives and, although the use of polymers for road stabilisation is relatively new technology, it has shown remarkable results all over the world in the stabilisation of base and sub-base layers.