Ninham Shand: The Man, The Practice

This article has been adapted from an article originally written by Marie Ashpole published in the June 2011 edition of the SAICE Civil Engineering Magazine.

This book by Tony Murray succeeds in giving a delightful account of a great South African civil engineer and the practice he founded. Anybody interested in civil engineering will find this beautiful publication, with its many photos of dams, hydroelectric, water and waste water schemes, pumped storage schemes, bridges, road projects and many wellknown characters and legends fascinating. This book deals both with the history of Ninham Shand the man, and Ninham Shand the firm he founded.

Publisher: Ninham Shand (Pty) Ltd
ISBN: 978-0-620-47691-1

For more information contact: Suzette.DosSantos@aurecongroup.com


Branch Lecture

This branch lecture saw William Dachs present a very interesting account of the Gautrain project and Kevin Owen from Upat a very informative and hands-on presentation about the basics of fixing and anchoring technology. The evening was sponsored by Fischer Fixings.


Provincial Planning and Development Forum

The Provincial Planning and Development Forum has been set up to discuss planning and environmental matters with Minister Bredell and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA & DP), and to explore ways of shortening some of the approval processes. It meets quarterly under the chairmanship of Alwyn Laubscher. Apart from the Minister and representatives from the DEA & DP, the following organisations attended the most recent meeting of the forum: Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF), International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), South African Association of Professional Planners (SAACPP), South African Planning Institute and (SAPI), South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE).

Notes from the last meeting can be downloaded here in pdf format. If SAICE members have any issues they would like the Forum to deal with, they are welcome to forward these to Steve Fanner.


SAICE UCT Student Chapter Cocktail Evening

Article written by Alice Chang.

The SAICE UCT Student Chapter hosted its second annual networking cocktail evening on Thursday 4 August in Jameson Hall. Civil engineering students, lecturers and young professionals were all invited. The evening provided a great opportunity for students to meet prospective employees. It also allowed students to learn more about the various companies and what they have to offer in the civil engineering field.

Chairperson of the UCT Chapter, Vafa Naraghi, started off the evening by welcoming all who attended. The students were fortunate to be addressed by Seetella Makhetha, 2011 SAICE President, who gave an inspiring speech to instil pride in the hearts of the young future engineers present. Justin Coetzee from Aurecon, the main sponsor of the event, urged students to maximise their potential, and encourage them to be leading, vibrant and global. Thanks to the sponsors Aurecon, H&I and HHO Africa. Without their support, this event would not have been possible.

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