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Inland Branch Chairman's Breakfast 2013

NetworkingNetworkingThe annual Chairman’s Breakfast of the Inland Branch was held recently at the Blue Valley Golf Estate, Midrand and was attended by nearly 140 members and guests.

Branch Chairperson, Hanlie Turner, paid tribute to all the people within the Concrete Society who had contributed to the success of the Branch in the past year. Firstly, she thanked the 12 committee members for their support and hard work with organising and running site visits, technical seminars, student competitions and the Annual Concrete Boat Race Day during 2013, as well as the first technical seminar in Bloemfontein and a local Fulton Awards function.

Secondly, she thanked the employers of the committee members for allowing them the opportunity and time to create an enabling environment where concrete enthusiasts can come together.

Finally, she thanked the Head Office staff, John Sheath, CEO and Natasja Pols, Administrator for providing the Branch with invaluable advice and support.

“I believe that all present today”, Hanlie said, “have concrete in their blood and as such, are unstoppable in their focused activity and enthusiasm which has led to the success of the Inland Branch”.

It is traditional at this function that people from the industry are recognised for their contributions to concrete excellence and this year was no exception. Concrete Achiever of the Year Award went to Dr Reinhold Amtsbüchler, recently retired from Lafarge South Africa, whose contribution to the southern African building materials and construction industries has been immense over a period spanning 30 years.

 Hanlie Turner (Branch Chair), presenting Dr Reinhold Amtsbüchler with his award Hanlie Turner (Branch Chair), presenting Dr Reinhold Amtsbüchler with his award

What has made Dr Amtsbüchler’s technical expertise particularly valuable has been his ability and willingness to communicate his knowledge and wise counsel. One of his greatest legacies will be the dozens of chemistry and engineering graduates that have acquired skills and passion for cement and concrete under his mentorship.

In concluding the presentation, Hanlie cited members of the committee who had jointly adjudicated the award motivation. Comments such as “he is a legend in our industry”, and “a more worthy recipient I could not imagine”, were just some of the phrases quoted.

The Chairman’s Award is presented to a project team working within the region of the Branch at the coalface of concrete design and construction. Criteria assessed are standards of workmanship, quality control, environmental impact and innovative practices. In presenting the award to the winning team Hanlie Turner expressed the opinion that all these ‘boxes had been ticked’ when creating the Reading Interchange Cut and Cover Tunnel, part of SANRAL’s Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. “An aesthetically pleasing, yet very functional concrete structure”.

Recipients of the award were:

  L to R: Hanlie Turner, Edwin Kruger, Wim Swart, Rajan Padavattan, Stephen Humpries and Thomas Moolman L to R: Hanlie Turner, Edwin Kruger, Wim Swart, Rajan Padavattan, Stephen Humpries and Thomas Moolman

SANRAL (Client) –

Represented by Edwin Kruger and Ravan Padavattan



Represented by Stephen Humphries


WMS ARCHITECTS (Architects) –

Represented by Wim Swart



Represented by Thomas Moolman


In closing the formal proceedings of the morning, Hanlie quoted Dale Carnegie who once said, ”people rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing”. She challenged all present to have fun on their road to success.

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