Inland Branch Annual Chairman’s Breakfast
More than 100 members and their guests packed the conference room at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown recently to attend the annual Chairman’s
Breakfast of the Inland branch. In his address at the function, Armand van Vuuren, Branch Chairman described the activities of the Branch over the past
year, which had included seminars and mini-seminars on the durability of concrete; concrete elements in structures and the move from SABS to Eurocode.
The Annual Boat Race had been held without a turnout of more than 1,000 people at Victoria Lake Club in Germiston, and the Egg Protection Device
Competition attracted a record 134 students. He concluded by thanking all members (individual and Company) for their continued support of the
Inland branch and also the sponsors of the breakfast, AfriSam, C&CI and Sephaku.
Proceedings continued with the presentation of the Concrete Achiever of the Year Award which was presented to Jan de Beer, Publicity Consultant
for his more than 25 years of writing and promoting concrete in the trade press for his many clients in the industry. The citation was as follows:
Armand van Vuuren then announced that the recipient of the Inland Branch Chairman’s Award for 2011 was Bombela Civils Joint Venture for their
outstanding concrete work in designing and constructing the balanced cantilever viaduct at the N1/John Vorster Drive Interchange:
Once the formal business was over, Gavin Sharples, awareness shifting speaker, held the audience riveted for an hour with his Section 8
presentation which was all about the actions required to really make a difference, such as - integrity, courage, commitment, risks, thinking out of
the box and being different.
The Branch would like to thank the following companies for their generous sponsorship of this event: