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Inland Branch - Egg Protection Device Competition 2015

Inland Branch committee members setting upInland Branch committee members setting upThe 2015 Inland Branch Egg-Protection Device (EPD) competition attracted almost 150 students from the University of Johannesburg's Auckland Park Kingsway (APK) and Doornfontein (DF) campuses. Divided into various teams, the students developed a wide range of designs for their concrete devices, following the strict specification and guidelines laid down by the Concrete Society’s Inland Branch.
The construction of the devices really challenged the students in terms of their knowledge of concrete technology, innovation and engineering design principles. However, of the 34 devices that were entered into the competition only 20 managed to pass the original tests, including dimensions and overall weight. As the Vice-Chairman of the Inland branch (who acted as MC for the day) told the students, “the first thing to remember is to read the rules, and the second thing is to follow the rules, which the 14 disqualified teams had failed to do.
Anticipation is highAnticipation is highTesting of the ability of the devices to protect an egg beneath them was the highlight of the day with some only lasting 1 blow from the dropped weight. There were solid, bulky designs as well as light, almost architectural designs, but no-one could accurately predict how long each device would last before it failed. There was clearly some anxious moments for some of the students, some of whom had spent endless hours in the planning and construction of their entries.
Winners of the competition, with a weight-adjusted score of 14 was the "Group 29 Team”, whilst the runner up with a weight-adjusted score of 3.9 blows was the “Group 12 Team”. Third place went to the “Group 25 Team with a weight adjusted score of 3.5. Full results were as follows:


Weight of Device

No. of blows to crack egg

Weighted Score

Group 29

5.0 kg



Group 12

4.8 kg



Group 25

4.2 kg




Team Members

Group 29 (Winners)

Group 12 (Runners Up)

           Group 25 (Third Place)

Nkosinathi Mngadi

       Thabang Monyemorathoe

         M D Malatj

Sibusiso Shabangu

     Kawadu Manthata

       K T Lekgathe

Keorapetse Kwele

       Nklanhla Simelane

         S L Maphose

Morasoe Bernard

     Kenneth Makgale

       M L Nafpfe

Bongiwe Dlamini

       Nkabe Senyolo

         P E Naleaopo

Lebohang Mosebi

     Neo Tsihi

       T Ramashapa

Ziphiwo Kunene

         L Nkuna

Dzivhuluwani Nagana

       T Motshwari

Ore Mpye

         M Rakwala

Neo Modikeng

       C Moila

Cash prizes were awarded to the winning teams by Hanlie Turner, Vice-President of the Concrete Society, and also representing the host company PPC, the main sponsors for the event and on whose premises the competition was held. Jannes Bester, lecturer from the University of Johannesburg was awarded the prize for bringing the most number of students to the event.
After the prize-giving she thanked all the student for their diligence and hard work in preparing for the competition and reminded them all that the Concrete Society was the place to go to learn more about concrete and the concrete industry.
Johan van Wyk closed the event by thanking PPC for their generous sponsorship of the event which included the venue, the refreshments and the prizes.
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