M A R C H 2 0 0 8 THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE B&A GROUP Global solutions arrives in Brazil P R O J E C T S do BRASIL Ltda Ivan Voigt and Mike Gibbon (BProj) congratulating Marcello Freire (BPB) on the opening of the Brazilian office. A mere 16 months after a team of Bosch Projects managers first visited Brazil to assess business opportunities in that country, Bosch Projects do Brasil Ltda (BPB) was formally opened for business on 30th January 2008. The company launch at its premises in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo State was attended by Mike Gibbon (Managing Director) and Ivan Voigt (Director – Sugar Equipment) of Bosch Projects together with Marcello Freire, the manager of BPB. Also in attendance were a number of executive directors and senior managers of Dedini Industrias de Base, the largest supplier of sugar and ethanol equipment to the Brazilian industry, with whom BPB have concluded an exclusive licensing agreement for Bosch Projects technology. Marcello Freire (centre) with Dedini executives. T his includes the patented Bosch Projects Chainless Diffuser, which has captured a majority share of the Brazilian diffuser market since being launched by Dedini 12 months ago. To date, Dedini have taken orders for Speaking at the event to launch BPB, Mike Gibbon said that the establishment of a foreign subsidiary was a significant milestone in the history of Bosch Projects, and was the result of the company seeking international opportunities 10 chainless diffusers including a number of 15 m diffusers, the largest cane and leadership in technology, or “Global Solutions”. diffusers in the world. Contact Mike Gibbon – Also included in the licensing agreement are Bosch Projects whole stick email@example.com shredders; rotary juice screens; long-tube evaporators; continuous vacuum pans; direct contact juice heaters; vertical crystallisers; and massecuite reheaters. Brazil is the largest producer of sugar and ethanol in the world, processing almost 500 million hectares of cane annually. The current boom in demand for bio-fuels has created substantial growth in the Brazilian industry and A member of currently more than 15 new factories are constructed every year. the B&A Group Chairman’s SBA and Munitech exhibit at report IMESA Conference at the The continuing negative Durban ICC impacts of the Eskom SBA and Munitech had a stand at the IMESA conference, which was crisis will place increasing held at Durban’s ICC in October 2007. This high profile conference was pressure on professionals attended by over 700 delegates from Southern Africa and the rest of to provide even more innovative and cost the world. effective project solutions if we, as a country, strive to achieve anywhere near the 6% targeted growth. “ W e regard IMESA (Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa) as one of the most relevant institutions in the sectors in which SBA and Munitech operate,” says Sid Turner, SBA’s national operations director. “This conference provided an excellent T his challenge is further exacerbated by the ongoing scarcity of technical skills, lack of public and private sector Client capacity and competence forum for sharing service delivery experiences and networking with colleagues and clients. What is unique is that through SBA and Munitech, the B&A Group is able to offer both infrastructure engineering and project management as well as operations and maintenance to support the delivery processes. This delivery is services to Municipal clients from one stable.” also constricted by the lack of consistent application SBA and Munitech are gold class Affiliate members of IMESA. and enforcement of Procurement legislation in the public sector, although progress is being achieved Standing: by the CIDB, with support of the Built Environment Max Stemele (SBA), Andrew Copley Professionals in promoting improvements to existing (Ethekwini Water and procedures. member of the As a consequence of these issues, professionals are conference still expected to offer competitive (no problem here), Organising but often highly reduced fees in response to poorly Committee), worded tender enquiries and in particular, Scope of Sid Turner (SBA) and Service documents. Steve McCarley (Munitech). If we are to take the leading role expected of us in Seated: Felicity supporting economic growth, attracting, retaining Hunter (B&A Group) and developing existing skills and at the same time and Jason Holder provide a quality and value-adding service, we need (SBA). to quickly move away from the view that price and not quality, is the differentiation of services. Within the B&A Group, we continue to place emphasis on quality and value for fees. We also want to retain Churchill outfall the concept that our Clients are also our partners Run-off from high volume / high-intensity and that constructive relationships lead to more rainfall on 22 December 2004 caused successful projects. major damage to infrastructure at Blue It is appreciated that compliance with changing Horizon Bay. The same storm resulted in legislation is a challenge to all. Working together for Port Elizabeth’s main water supply pipelines mutual benefit is our preferred solution. (750dia Steel and 1400dia Socoman) being I trust that you will find this issue of Enginuity both exposed and undermined. interesting and informative about the diverse activities of the Group companies. S BA was appointed on 1 March 2005 to design the permanent repairs / reinstatement and erosion protection at three areas along the pipeline servitude in Blue Horizon Bay. The tender was awarded in December 2005 and Works commenced in February 2006. As a result In the next edition, we will celebrate the 20 th of delays due to the contractor going into liquidation and flood damage in March 2007, the anniversary of the formation of Munitech. We also Works is due for completion by end of March 2008. expect to be able to report on our formal BEE rating, Cascading channels (varying in channel width from 4m to 12m and in height from 8m to 16m) which is scheduled for March 2008. were constructed to convey the run-off down the steep slopes along the southern border of the On page 9 in this edition of Enginuity there is a tribute servitude. These structures are designed to dissipate energy and reduce scour potential. The to Sean Reilly, MD of Munitech and B&A Group Board cascades discharge into stilling basins designed to accommodate a hydraulic jump within the Director who passed away on 4th January 2008 after basin and thereby dissipate energy even further. an extended and brave fight against cancer. The channels, cascades and stilling basins all convey stormwater run-off and are rendered Sean was one of those people who came along only watertight by installing a 500micron LDPE liner. The liner is protected from damage during every so often, who saw solutions, not problems and construction by a layer of geotextile between the liner and the gabions. who provided answers not questions. Terramesh baskets were used within the structure to increase stability. These are essentially gabions with a “tail” of wire mesh reinforcing that extends into the backfill. The reinforcing Over his 20+ years with the Group, Sean made a enhances the shear properties of the soil and greatly reduces the over-turning moment of the significant contribution not only to its growth, but structure. Vetiver grass was planted at various locations to provide natural dune stabilization. also to its culture, by his positive attitude This type of grass has successfully been used to stabilize dune sand (and similar fine sands) to work and the people he worked with. due to a fine root system that is recorded to penetrate up to 3m. He will be sorely missed by all. Contact Greg Cummings – firstname.lastname@example.org 2 SBA tackles Eros Oribi Full speed powerline ahead at environmental impact USCE, Egypt assessment Bosch Projects was appointed by the United Sugar Company of Egypt (USCE) as mechanical design and engineering SBA has been appointed by CVG Consulting consultants for the new 240 TPH refined sugar facility at Engineers / Edison Jehamo Power Consortium to El Sokhana, 170 km east of Cairo. undertake the required Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Eskom Eros Oribi 132kV powerline between Port Shepstone “ The company is assisting with the erection and commissioning of the packing plant, as well as handling and storage facilities for the packed sugar. Bosch Projects has also secured the contract for the supply of and Harding. specialised refinery equipment,” says Patrick Keates, construction manager for Bosch Projects. “The new refinery, which forms part of the Egyptian T he planned project involves dismantling and removing a 88kV powerline in an existing servitude and building a new Government’s plan to satisfy local demand in Egypt for 1,2-million tons of double circuit 132kV powerline. This is needed to provide sugar per year, is handling the complete refining process from raw sugar additional capacity to cater for increasing demand on the KZN storage to refined and packed sugar, ready for transport by road. South Coast, in East Griqualand and the Northern Transkei “The new refined sugar plant is well on track and the first deliveries of raw regions. sugar have been received for processing in the refinery and then packing for The EIA process, which is being fast tracked to meet tight project the local market. deadlines, has involved crossing commercial farmland, peri- “Work is pressurised now as plant and equipment is being commissioned. urban and rural areas, as well as crossing the Oribi Gorge Nature The refinery and service plants have all been commissioned and the packing Reserve. Specialist studies have been commissioned to plant equipment has been installed. The Bosch Projects team on site has investigate potential avian (birds) impacts and possible impacts maintained a tight programme and has met the client’s expectations.” on cultural heritage (archaeological) resources. The dedicated team is determined that full production will be achieved by As construction will take place in an existing servitude, potential the end of February 2008. impacts should be minimal. If a positive Record of Decision is granted by the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2008. Contact Geoff Purnell – email@example.com Existing powerlines crossing the Oribi Gorge which will be The USCE Sugar Refinery at El Sokhana in Egypt. removed and replaced with the new double circuit powerline. Providing waste collection management in Tembisa Ekurhuleni Metro has appointed Munitech to provide van Rensburg, Project Manager of Munitech. “The objective of this project management services for the Tembisa community based is to create sustainable co-operatives that will be able to tender competitively for future solid waste collection contracts.” waste collection pilot project, which serves over 112 000 service points in the area. Munitech is considered by many to be the market leader in the management of community based waste collection programmes and has developed “ T his appointment is to formalise the existing Tembisa community based waste collection programme, with the aim of promoting co-operatives. Munitech will provide ongoing management and many delivery models now in use throughout South Africa. This experience has added significant value to this project. organisational support for the existing waste collection contractors and Contact Jacques will develop an implementation plan for the conversion of the current Jansen van Rensberg contractors to community based co-operatives,” says Jacques Jansen firstname.lastname@example.org 3 Expanding agricultural interests Bosch Projects, specialists in project and construction management, as well as engineering and consulting services, has extended its business to include a new agriculture unit dedicated to small and out grower development, as well as large estate management. “ T he new agricultural division offers a comprehensive range of specialist services that ensure high efficiency and appropriate solutions,” says Bill Yeo, irrigation and drainage, soil surveys and nutrition, as well as Green Field development schemes. The team of specialists headed by Mike Boast includes director of Bosch Projects. “Services include site agriculture, sugar, irrigation, transport and mechanisation selection, design, layouts and fully developed projects. consultants, as well as a market and economic analyst This complete agriculture package encompasses and animal nutritionist. efficient production techniques, as well as a full range of harvesting and transport systems, designed to The Bosch Projects agriculture unit offers a service in effectively integrate with factory requirements.” South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. Business has also been extended to the Philippines, Specific projects include feasibility studies, hydrological, Senegal and Brazil. agronomic and technical reviews, infield mechanisation and agricultural by-products. Services also encompass Contact Bill Yeo – YeoW@bproj.co.za Xilinxa Dam supplies water for local villages Construction has recently commenced on Phase 2 of the The project (Phase 2) entails increasing of capacity of the existing works Ehlobo, Mgcwe and Zingqayi Villages water supply scheme. by an additional 1,084 Ml per day. Works under this phase also include a 1,0 Ml raw water storage reservoir, a 1,0 Ml clear water storage reservoir I “ n order to provide a sustainable potable water supply for the community in Mnquma Municipality, it was necessary to augment the Kotana water treatment works,” says André Naudé, director of SBA’s East London office. and a booster pump station. This water supply project is due for completion in September 2008. “The Xilinxa Dam, located approximately 10 km West of Idutywa, is the Contact André Naudé – NaudeA@sba.co.za source of raw water for the works.” Bridge City ARTIST’S IMPRESSION OF BRIDGE CITY The roll-out of Bridge City, the new ‘destination’ for the Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, (INK) and Phoenix areas, is gathering momentum as the Phase 1 civils contract nears completion. D eveloped as a joint venture between Tongaat Hulett Developments and Ethekwini Municipality and Project Managed by Tongaat Hulett Developments, Bridge City will serve as a new town centre for the region and will include a subterranean Metro-rail station with associated inter-modal transfer facilities (buses and taxis), a 2 40 000m shopping centre, a regional Magistrates Court and a regional 450 bed hospital. Complimenting this will be additional commercial 2 and retail opportunities (600 000m of bulk) and up to 5 000 residential apartments, all in a quality setting with finishes to rival Gateway. SBA, as design and implementation engineers With a view to opening late in 2009, the construction of the new shopping centre has already for the civils infrastructure, are currently overseeing commenced. This shopping centre will have the subterranean rail-station as its basement, which will the completion of the Phase 1 infrastructure be constructed in a 350m long, 50m wide, by 7m deep box, excavated out as part of the infrastructure contract that covers the main spine routes through contract. the development, the remodelling of the Future phases of the Bridge City development will include a road-over-rail bridge, a half diamond earthworks platforms, and the installation of interchange on MR93 giving access to Bridge City, roadways and civil services to service the remainder services to the initial stages of the development. of the sites and the servicing of the “Lower Platform” that will comprise the last phase of the town The R40 million Phase 1 contract is planned to centre. be complete early in 2008, facilitating the sale 4 and development of the sites. Contact Cary Kroeger – KroegerC@sbadbn.co.za Sanitation progress Water services at Mdantsane management support Buffalo City Municipality appointed SBA’s East London operation over two years ago to plan, design and call for tenderers for the construction of necessary sewage to Delmas infrastructure of the Mdantsane Bufferstrip housing Munitech has been appointed in terms of DWAF development. Mpumalanga’s management plan to provide water services management assistance to the Delmas Local Municipality. R “ ecent water quality problems in Delmas have sparked media attention and Munitech was commissioned to propose an urgent management support strategy to rectify this worrying situation,” says Steve McCarley, director of Munitech. “This project comprises an T “ o ensure this housing development is not delayed as a result of assessment phase in which Munitech, with the support of SBA and inadequate bulk services, the project is being implemented in phases. Bosch Projects, will assess the current situation and propose appropriate Currently bulk sewer pipelines are being installed, old pipes and manholes solutions. The team will also provide operational management support.” with insufficient capacity are being replaced with new ones and in some instances, new sewer lines are being constructed parallel to existing outfalls,” The raw water source for the town is groundwater, which is abstracted says André Naudé, director of SBA, East London. “One of the biggest from 4 well-fields, and is then chlorinated before being fed directly challenges is that the replacement of sections of the sewer pipeline is into the reticulation system. The water management and delivery taking place in live sewers in confined areas.” systems in Delmas are under stress and are currently unable to provide Phases successfully completed to date include the stabilisation of the the desired volume and quality of water to the people of Delmas and Mdantsane sewer treatment works, the construction of a sewer pump station Botleng. Munitech’s assessment of the infrastructure has shown that in Zone 10 and the Area 1 connector sewer pipelines. a number of the individual boreholes are not in service due to either Mdantsane, which is located some 20 km north west of East London, has poor raw water quality, electro-mechanical failure of the pumping a population of approximately 111 000 people and once fully developed, systems or degradation of the borehole yield. the Bufferstrip will have a population of a further 43 000 people. Contact André Naudé – NaudeA@sba.co.za Projects goes green Bosch Projects has been appointed by Mozambique Principle Energy Limited as the main consultants for the company’s Dombe ‘greenfield’ ethanol project. Delmas Municipal Complex To address the issue of security of supply volume, Munitech has recommended that the capacity of the aquifer to supply water be determined and that the pumping systems be re-aligned to meet the Nick Schutte (BProj), Paul Zorner (Principle Energy Ltd) and Butch Carr (BProj) new duty points. The electro-mechanical reliability of the borehole pump and control systems also need to be addressed and Munitech “ T he new facility, which will be located 260 km west of Beira in Mozambique, is expected to become the largest fuel ethanol facility on the African continent,” says Butch Carr, energy business unit manager for Bosch Projects. has recommended the implementation of a comprehensive programme to repair the borehole pumps and upgrade the electrical control and electronic monitoring systems. Once the security of water supply has “Sugarcane juice will be the primary feedstock for the ethanol distillery and biomass will be used to generate electrical power that will be utilised for been assured, Munitech will conduct various demand management the operation. The surplus power will be co-generated into the national interventions in the reticulation systems to ensure that the water made grid.” available to the town is used effectively and is not wasted. In support of the rehabilitation of the existing systems, Munitech will implement Bosch Projects has partnered SBA to provide a comprehensive consulting and project management service for the project. This covers the entire an operational management plan to ensure that the systems are factory, distribution logistics, agricultural and irrigation development, as well operated and maintained in a sustainable manner. as the complete infrastructural requirements for the estate. This includes The primary contaminants in the Delmas raw water supply are iron, road, housing and services, storm water systems, effluent and refuse treatment manganese and microbiological. To address the issue of providing and electrical reticulation. safe potable water, Munitech has been appointed to design and install The Dombe Ethanol and Co-generation project, which is valued at about mobile water treatment plants to meet the town’s water demand of US$ 400-million, is the first of its kind in Africa. some 12Ml/d. This turnkey project is designed to urgently provide safe Construction of the new plant is scheduled to commence in October 2008 drinking water while a permanent water treatment plant is developed. and should be completed by June 2010. Contact Steve McCarley – MccarleyS@Munitech.co.za Contact Butch Carr – CarrB@bproj.co.za 5 Bosch Projects takes a stand at ISSCT Bosch Projects had a stand at the 26th congress of the International Society for Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) which was held recently at the Durban ICC and attended by at least 1 000 delegates from sugar growing countries all over the world. Our world at ISSCT Delegates enjoying Bosch Projects’ hospitality T he company, which has also participated at other ISSCT events in Guatemala, Australia and India, presented two technical papers at this year’s congress. engineering and technology to provide multi-disciplinary solutions, from concept to conclusion, including maintenance. These sectors include the sugar, sugar agriculture and energy industries, as well as specialist consulting for commercial and industrial projects. Bosch Projects has expanded its specialised service strategically into international sugar markets and is currently undertaking major work Recent successes for Bosch Projects include the South African world wide in countries that include Tanzania, Nigeria, Malawi, Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) engineering excellence Mozambique, USA, Sudan, Barbados, Egypt, Kenya, Brazil and Thailand. award for the company’s patented design of the chainless diffuser and an award for the International Business Developer of the year for the The company focuses on specialised niche markets and integrates Kagera rehabilitation project in Tanzania. Striving to achieve vision and transformation through delivery Max Stemele, MD of SBA, was upbeat about achievements and prospects for the company when he addressed client functions held at regional offices in KwaZulu- Natal, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape recently. M ax acknowledged “while there is no room for complacency, recent client satisfaction surveys undertaken as part of SBA’s Quality Management System, support the fact that we are meeting our client requirements”. Significant strategic milestones achieved during the last year include: The second successful surveillance audit by international Auditors Dekra of SBA’s ISO 9001:2000 certified Quality Management System. This provides our clients with the assurance of our commitment to providing quality professional services. SBA registering as a Commitment and Undertaking organisation with ECSA for training and mentoring of Candidate Civil Engineers. This underlines our commitment to training and development of our people. “SBA continues to make good transformation progress in accordance with Governments BBBEE policy, where we are up with the leaders in our sector”. Councillor Nokuthula Mkhanga (Ethekweni Municipality), Sid Turner (National Over the last six years SBA has achieved growth in excess of industry Operations Director SBA), Max Stemele (Managing Director SBA) and norms and Max concludes that “SBA is on track to achieve its vision of Clive Swaisland (CEO B&A Group) at the Durban client cocktail party held 6 being a world class African Infrastructure Engineering Company.” in November. New specialist factory for Coega The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is currently implementing a number of new projects, including the construction of warehousing and production facilities within the Coega IDZ. T his development comprises a 20,000m2 warehouse/factory with 1,500m2 associated office space and ablutions. Provision will also be provided for a further 3,500m2 expansion of the warehouse/factory. to shape the building platform, roadways and pedestrian areas, retaining walls, subsoil drainage, piped storm-water drainage, a water and fire-fighting supply to the warehouse and offices, as well as ablutions and sewerage. SBA’s Port Elizabeth office has been appointed by CDC to provide civil and The structure and building portion of the warehouse/factory is currently at structural engineering consultancy services to the project team - ADA tender stage and construction is planned to commence early in 2008. The Architects and BTKM quantity surveyors. R100-million warehouse/factory project is scheduled to be commissioned SBA has put together the tender for the bulk earthworks and civil infrastructure at the end of 2008. portion of the project which is currently awaiting award. This portion of the Contact Greg Cummings – email@example.com project includes cut to spoil and borrow / import fill, importation of material The Architects drawing showing the elevation to the front of the warehouse/factory. Sugar Quality management projects update underpins growth Bosch Projects was appointed by Illovo Sugar Limited Sid Turner, national operations director and manager to undertake EPCM appointments at the Dwangwa responsible for quality in SBA, emphasises the need for Sugar Mill in Malawi and the Ubombo Sugar Mill in an internationally recognised quality management system Swaziland. to provide clients with the assurance of quality engineering and project management services. Dwangwa 190TCH Factory Expansion – Erection of “ W ith the challenges of skills shortages in the construction industry concurrent with the economic boom, a structured approach to quality management is an imperative for any professional service Evaporator Top provider,” says Sid Turner. “Risk management and quality management are considered two sides of the same coin and we take satisfaction at having successfully navigated our second surveillance audit with international auditors Dekra. Furthermore, as a result of the company’s broad based support for the SBA QMS and our ongoing continual improvement initiatives, we can confidently face the three year recertification audit.” “We believe quality management is critical, especially in an organisation like SBA which has shown sustained growth of nearly 30% per annum over the last six years,” concludes Turner. T his work entailed detailed engineering, construction and commissioning of new equipment for these mills. The Dwangwa project involved the installation of a new 3 300m2 evaporator, a boiler upgrade, associated pumps and a cane gantry extension. A new VHP sugar drier and associated equipment is being installed at the Ubombo Sugar Mill. These projects are due for completion by April 2008. Dwangwa project Contact Guy Perrins – PerrinsG@bproj.co.za Sid Turner, SBA Manager responsible for Quality, Felicity Mostert, Ubombo project QMS administrator and Andy Stuart, Dekra Auditor, during SBA’s Contact – Derick Serfontein SerfonteinDP@bproj.co.za recent surveillance audit. 7 Replacement of AC Shakaskraal Secondary secondary water mains School computer Ethekwini Municipality has embarked on a project to replace the old Asbestos Cement (AC) secondary water reticulation handover mains within the metropolitan municipal area. This project The B&A Group BEE Trust is proud to be one of the will decrease the huge costs incurred due to the high major sponsors of the upgrade of computer facilities at frequency of burst pipes that causes damage to roads, Shakaskraal Secondary School, on KwaZulu-Natal’s properties and pavements. High water losses associated North Coast. with pipe bursts and leaks will also be reduced. S BA has been appointed for the design and construction monitoring for the northern area of Durban, which extends from the Umgeni River to T he Trust, together with Siza Water and contractors BPB Construction, donated 30 computers to enhance the education of nearly 1 300 pupils, most of whom come from socially and economically the Tongaat River and inland from the coast to Inanda and Phoenix. disadvantaged backgrounds. The project entails the replacement of the old un-dipped bitumen AC mains The co-ed Shakaskraal Secondary School, which is the only public with new mPVC mains, including re-connection of the existing consumer high school in the Dolphin Coast area, will use these computers in connections to the new mains and the installation of new isolating valves Geography to learn GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and for and fire hydrants. The scope of work also includes hydraulic analysis of the engineering graphics. networks to determine the optimum size of replacement pipes and pressure zoning that will reduce high pressure in these networks. SBA has mobilised a strong design and site monitoring team for the project, with Mohammed Vawda as project director and Tony Hopkinson as project manager. This project, which supports social development through the use of local labour and resources, will create 20 000 new jobs, as well as numerous business opportunities for emerging construction contractors. This initiative provides opportunities for local SMMEs, and skills development aligned with the Metro’s Contractor Development Programme. Icon Construction has been appointed as contractors for the northern area and Ninham Shand are programme managers for the overall project. The project started in July 2007 and is targeted for completion by 2010. Felicity Hunter, Mohammed Vawda and Morrell Rosseau represented Contact Mohammed Vawda – the B&A Group at the presentation of computers from the BAG BEE VawdaM@sbadbn.co.za Trust to Shakaskraal Secondary School. Every drop counts Water treatment The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) has recently appointed SBA to implement various water demand management projects over a two year period. works nears This appointment comprises: The replacement of the Signal Hill Feeder Leak Fixing: This entails detection and fixing completion Main which controls the replacement of the of leaks in bulk supply pipelines, as well as Construction of the water treatment decommissioned 350 mm diameter AC the retrofitting of plumbing and water meters works situated in the north of Mbashe Pipeline connecting Signal Hill Reservoir with for Tembisa residents in both the Northern Municipality in the East Cape t h e B e d f o rd v i e w re s i d e n t i a l a re a . and Southern Regions of EMM, in order to Province is nearing completion. The installation of check meters to ensure reduce unaccounted for water. “Construction of the water treatment works, as correct billing in order to improve water Cathodic protection: this involves the auditing part of phase 1 of the Mbashe North Water balances in the Metro. This involves the of existing cathodic protection systems for Supply scheme, is well advanced and is due auditing of some 150 existing Rand Water the whole of Ekurhuleni and refurbishment for completion in April 2008,” says André Naudé, and Ekurhuleni check meters to establish if of existing systems, as well as the installation director of SBA’s East London office. “This check meters are present, followed by the of new systems where required. facility will initially treat 3,8 Ml/day and will verification and accuracy of these meter The project has been successfully initiated, with ultimately treat 7,6 Ml/day supplying potable readings. a large portion of the desk top studies and field water to some 35 000 people”. The checking of supply network zone integrity work completed. Construction of the rising main, as part of and the implementation of any necessary As part of Ekurhuleni’s project team, SBA Gauteng phase 2, commenced in January 2008, with changes. This entails ensuring zone looks forward to making a contribution towards completion scheduled for August 2008. discretion, compliance with the latest master achieving the vision to ‘make every drop count’. Contact André Naudé – plans and alteration to zones where required. NaudeA@sba.co.za Contact: Lourie Geldenhuys Active Leak Detection and Fixing / Indigent GeldenhuysL@sbajhb.co.za 8 Tribute to Sean Reilly 21 June 1954 – 4 January 2008 Sean established Munitech within the B&A Group (Pty) Ltd in 1987 and remained MD until his untimely passing on 4th January 2008. W hilst he always attempted to balance his family and business life, work often took a leading role, a consequence of being in the engineering and construction industry. It was however, not the hours he put in that gained the respect of co-workers, Clients and contractors, but his drive to deliver to meet commitments. Looking for innovative and practical solutions to Client’s problems, delivering value and obtaining Client satisfaction, were always uppermost in Sean’s mind. His energy and enthusiasm were contagious and most of Munitech project successes could be attributed to this. Projects not only rely on hard work, but also on relationships and this was always his key strength. Many Clients commented on the way Sean had empathy with them and always worked with stakeholders and not just in the terms of written contracts. Being a people person, Sean worked equally well with employees and co-workers and one could always rely on him to smooth the ways in heated debate, or be sympathetic to an individual’s personal problem. I believe that a major legacy of Sean’s is the reputation of Munitech, the many satisfied Clients and the skills and knowledge he passed on to those he worked with. Our sympathies go to Sean’s family and extended family. He will be a hard act to follow. Welcome to new staff Vivian Gough: Christiaan van Coller: Mike Boast: Steven Rosettenstein: Louise Housemann: Riaan Badenhorst: project manager project manager agriculture consultant assistant business assistant business discipline head – manager – sugar manager – energy electrical New appointments EAST LONDON PORT ELIZABETH B&A Group Kobus Morgan: Andries Roets: Cindy Minkley: Rowan Bode: Allen Liversage: Electrical division Lead engineer water and Lead engineer project Lead engineer water B&A Group financial head, Eastern Cape irrigation, East London management, East London division, Port Elizabeth director 9 Royal Palm Estates - interesting engineering challenges The enormous size of the Royal Palm Estates development has provided some interesting engineering challenges. With some 3 500 residential opportunities spread over 355 hectares, and an office park and corporate park of 87 hectares and 210 hectares respectively, the demand for bulk engineering infrastructure services equates to that of a small town. In an area devoid of bulk engineering services, Stemele Bosch Africa assisted Royal Palm Property Holdings (RPPH, the Developer) to plan the provision of bulk engineering services for the development in conjunction A noteworthy aspect of the development is the vision of RPPH to providing first class landscaping to all areas of the development. This has required Stemele Bosch Africa to design and implement a comprehensive phased with the service providers in the area. irrigation system feeding all sites and common areas. This included a water supply system fed off reservoirs of an ultimate capacity This included hydrological assessments of the irrigation raw water supply, of 13,2 Ml, a 2 Ml/day sewage treatment works as an interim measure to design and implementation of both storage and aesthetic dams, and serve the development until a new regional works is constructed, various pumpstations for the pressurised system. pumpstations, upgrading of a provincial road to 4-lanes, and upgrades to Aside from the bulk services, Stemele Bosch Africa’s brief also included the national road interchange. All elements were planned at a township all the water and irrigation reticulation planning, sewer outfall mains, and approval stage (utilising the Development Facilitation Act) and included all internal services and earthworks to the Forest Office Park as well as negotiated services agreements with the service providers. Other aspects approximately half of the residential areas. of the planning stage were the determining of 1:100 year floodlines and input into the EIA processes. Construction of the first phase of the bulk services installation is complete, along with Phase 1 of the residential component. The phased implementation necessitated by the size of the development also required careful planning of the implementation of the bulk services. Contact Cary Kroeger – firstname.lastname@example.org Training for graduate engineers The Bosch Projects in-house training programme for graduate engineers which was introduced over two years ago, has now been certified by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). “This professionally approved training programme is designed to develop graduate engineering students to become competent engineers within our organisation,” says Mike Gibbon, managing director of Bosch Projects. “Certification from ECSA, which covers mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, warrants that Bosch Projects gives its commitment and undertaking to ensure each training module meets specified standards.” Sean Hulley, Meethan Gokool and Sherwin Jairam (back row) – three EIT’s who joined Bosch Projects in January 2006 – have now completed the second year of their three year training programme. Here they are at a mini conference held recently at Kaya Lembali, where they displayed their work experiences. 10 RHI fusion plant turns on the heat The upgrade and incorporation of new plant at the RHI fusion in plant in Isithebe has recently been completed. “ T his was a challenging project for Bosch Projects because plant had to be incorporated into the existing facility at the same time as the undertaking of a major refurbishment programme,” says Derick Serfontein, a director of Bosch Projects. “About 25 contracts, which covered survey, mechanical, electrical and civil works, were generated for this project, with manufacturing contracts awarded as far a field as China.” Planning for this project started two years ago and the plant was com missioned at the end of 2007. Preliminary inspection of the turntables Furnace shells ready for production Scholar training day Gcin’amanzi extensions The Londa Madi Consortium, consisting of SBA and SBA is making a valuable contribution towards promoting contractors, MIS Pipelines and Ilima Projects, has successfully civil engineering as a career for learners. completed the original scope of works for Johannesburg Water’s Operation Gcin’amanzi (Save the Water) for Super Block 12 in Protea Glen, Soweto. T he consortium has installed 3,647 prepayment meters and retrofitted the pumping to a total of 3,087 houses in a period of five months. A further 1,700 m of uPVC secondary mains; 7,300 m of HDPE yard connections and 67 isolating valves and chambers have also been installed. Approximately R6,935-million, which was 36% of the total project budget, was re-invested in the local community, in the form of payments to local SMME Contractors, local labourers and local suppliers. Johannesburg Water increased Londa Madi Consortium’s scope of works in September 2007 in order to complete the remaining 8,250 sites that were identified in the block design plan. On completion of the outstanding sites, which is scheduled for mid 2008, Londa Madi Consortium will have installed approximately 11,900 prepayment meters in Protea Glen and would have audited and retrofitted a similar number of houses in order to “Save the Water”. Contact Lourie Geldenhuys – GeldenhuysL@sbajhb.co.za Phil Vorster, SBA’s senior site manager and Werner Schiess, resident engineer, at a student site tour at the Bridge City development in Durban. E ighteen pupils from senior schools in Durban – Durban High School, Al Falaah College and Ridge Park College – attended a scholar work experience day, which was held at the company’s Durban offices towards the end of 2007. Sid Turner, SBA’s national operations director, gave an introduction to civil engineering, explaining the formal education and training requirements to becoming a civil engineer, also highlighting the different options available to students. He identified the different specialist fields in which civil engineers operate and the range of potential employers in each sector of South African business. Nishan Mohanlall, professional technologist in the Roads and Development division, demonstrated computer aided design and draughting, using ModelMaker and AutoCad software packages. Victor Chewe of Johannesburg Water and Matodzi Ramuhulu of SBA (in safety vests) inspect a section of the newly laid 200 mm diameter The day was concluded with a site visit to the Bridge City development for secondary pipeline, laid by local labourers by means of labour intensive the learners to see a major project under construction. construction methods. 11 Learners get a taste of a career in engineering SBA’s PE operation was approached by the Department of Education to assist them in giving a group of 20 high school girls from Newell High, Riebeek College and Molly Blackburn School, an insight into a career in the construction industry. “The objective of this tour was to help these Grade 9 pupils find out more about the various professions in the construction sector,” says SBA regional director, Greg Cummings. “These girls, who have important decisions to make about their careers, were afforded the opportunity of spending some time in our Civil/electrical design office where they were taken through the basics of what Engineers do. In addition, a visit by the group to a firm of Architects and Quantity Surveyors was also arranged and enjoyed by all, further highlighting the opportunities within the construction industry. The day was concluded by a visit to construction sites for the World Cup soccer stadium, the Coega harbour and to the CDC (Coega Development Corporation) office block which SBA is currently involved in.” Pupils (from left) Bongiwe Magwashu from Newell High School, Abongile Njiyela of Riebeek College and Nonzuzo Jantjies of Molly Blackburn with Max Stemele MD of SBA, taking a look at the building plan for the Coega building. Amashovashova road safety bicycle park As part of the company’s corporate social investment programme, SBA has designed a new road safety park at eThembeni School for partially disabled and visually impaired children. “ The 400m mini-cycle road safety track, which was designed to create road awareness for junior school learners in the Cato Ridge area, has been strongly endorsed by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transports has had the support of a number of companies which have provided their services or materials free of charge.” The project was completed and handed over just ahead of the Road Safety Division,” says team Design Engineer Russel Vilbro. “Co- Amashovashova race in October last year. ordinated by the organisers of the Amashovashova cycle race, this project P7 XPRESSIONS Advertising & Design OFFICES: Email: email@example.com Website: www.bagroup.co.za DURBAN: Tel: (031) 250 0500 Fax: (031) 250 0502 EAST LONDON: Tel: (043) 721 1717 Fax: (043) 721 1719 12 PORT ELIZABETH: Tel: (041) 363 0598 Fax: (041) 363 7646 JOHANNESBURG: Tel: (011) 438 4370 Fax: (011) 326 1360 Enginuity is the B&A Group’s newsletter. 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