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Inland Branch launches new initiative for undergraduate university students

Students from the Universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg and WITS competed recently in a newly-launched programme from the Inland Branch of the Concrete Society which aims to recognise and reward the best current concrete research being undertaken by students at three Gauteng universities.

Lecturers and members of the Society gathered to receive presentations on this work given by the students themselves, who had been shortlisted to enter the award scheme.
All the presentations were delivered in a thoroughly professional manner, and a very comprehensive description of each project was given. The papers and presenters, in order of presentation were:




“A preliminary investigation into the use of calcined clay as a partial replacement for Portland cement in concrete in South Africa”. 
Clara Kasongo & Ntombikayise Dube (WITS)


 “Investigating the feasibility of using kimberlite tailings as aggregates in concrete”.
Motseki Makoala & Sesethu Zibaya (WITS)


“An investigation into the effect of using grey water as mixing water on the production and quality of concrete”.
Mishkal Bramdaw (University of Johannesburg)


“An Investigation into the Resistance of Small Scale, Fibre-Reinforced Concrete Slabs to Blast and Ballistic Impact Using Ultra-sonic Pulse Velocity as Non-destructive Testing Method”.
Sibusiso Desmond Mabunda (University of Johannesburg)


“Cost optimisation of insulated concrete form T-Beams”.
Christiaan Swanepoel (University of Pretoria)


 “Optimum Cement Contents”.
Isaac Kamya (University of Pretoria)



Roelof Jacobs Chairman Inland BranchRoelof Jacobs Chairman Inland BranchThis was the first phase of the award scheme focusing on the actual presentation of the projects and these were adjudicated by three judges, namely Bryan Perrie, Managing Director of the Concrete Institute, Dr Reinhold Amstbüchler, Consultant and Johan van Wyk, General Manager of the Southern Africa Readymix Association.

The content of the research work will now be adjudicated and the winner announced at the Inland Branch Chairman’s Breakfast on the 20th November at the Blue Valley Golf Estate in Midrand.

In thanking the students and their lecturers for their enthusiastic support of, and participation in the programme, Branch Chairman, Roelof Jacobs advised that it was intended to repeat the awards scheme on an annual basis from hereon.

He also thanked AfriSam for their sponsorship of the awards, which includes the monetary prize for the winning student(s).


 The three judges with the ChairmanThe three judges with the Chairman   The presenting studentsThe presenting students 
 Clara Kasongo Ntombikayise Dube WITSClara Kasongo Ntombikayise Dube WITS    Sibusiso Mabunda University of JohannesburgSibusiso Mabunda University of Johannesburg
 Motseki Makoala Sesethu Zibaya WITSMotseki Makoala Sesethu Zibaya WITS    Christiaan Swanepoel University of PretoriaChristiaan Swanepoel University of Pretoria
 Mishkal Bramdaw University of JohannesburgMishkal Bramdaw University of Johannesburg    Isaac Kamya University of PretoriaIsaac Kamya University of Pretoria

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