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Concrete Society shares its 50th Anniversary celebrations with tertiary institutions


The Concrete Society of Southern Africa this year celebrates its 50th anniversary having been established in 1969.

As part of its celebrations to mark this milestone, the Society’s Board of Directors approved the awarding of two special bursaries for deserving full-time postgraduate students, studying Civil Engineering, Architecture or Building Management at South African Universities accredited by Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

 

The overall objective of providing bursaries represents a commitment to southern Africa’s future and an investment in the people who will drive our industry in years ahead.

 Humaira FataarHumaira Fataar   Hendrik LouwHendrik Louw

The successful candidates who have received these bursaries for the 2019 academic year are:
Humaira Fataar, studying at Stellenbosch University whose research project focusses on investigating the fatigue behaviour of damaged fibre reinforced concrete. The second recipient is  Hendrik Louw studying at the University of Pretoria, researching to determine the response and behaviour of concrete piles under lateral loads.

 
The Society has for many years enjoyed excellent relationships with the major universities in South Africa which include an emphasis on concrete as part of their curriculum. In recognition for this loyal support, the Board decided to donate a special concrete seat to these universities as a tangible and visual legacy of the relationship between them and the Society, as well as to concrete as a durable construction material.
 
 The presentation of the seats was in the form of ‘unveilings’ carried out on the universities’ premises by John Sheath, CEO and Hanlie Turner, Immediate Past President of the Society in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and Prof Mark Alexander, current President in Durban and the Western Cape.
 

John Sheath unveils the seat at UJJohn Sheath unveils the seat at UJ
Hanlie Turner presents to delegates at WITSHanlie Turner presents to delegates at WITS

President Mark Alexander welcomes guests at UKZNPresident Mark Alexander welcomes guests at UKZN

 

 Seat in its final position at the University of StellenboschSeat in its final position at the University of Stellenbosch
 First to use the seat at UCT l to r Prof Marianne Vanderschuren Prof Mark Alexander and Prof Pilate MoyoFirst to use the seat at UCT l to r Prof Marianne Vanderschuren Prof Mark Alexander and Prof Pilate Moyo

 

CSSA members and university staff celebrate the unveiling at the University of PretoriaCSSA members and university staff celebrate the unveiling at the University of Pretoria

 

In expressing their appreciation for this gesture by the Society, the universities unanimously echoed the theme of collaboration between a voluntary organization like the Concrete Society and a
research institution like theirs, saying that they expected the collaboration to continue for many years to come.

The Concrete Society would like to express its profound gratitude to Mr Johan Coetzee of the World of Decorative Concrete in Cape Town, for the design, manufacture and delivery of these special seats.

 

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