It’s a matter of time management

I want to discuss a sensitive matter with you and I would really appreciate your feedback on how you feel about this issue. I have previously discussed this matter but I feel we must talk about it again – the matter of selection of piping material at design stage and for construction.

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Get your people qualified and registered

In the engineering business the majority of the lower tier staff falls in the category of not being registered and their competencies acknowledged and we need this people and we need to up-skill them and record their competencies and control them to be responsible for what they are doing.

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From plumbum to plumber

I was thinking (because I now think more than I work), where the words plumber and plumbing come from? The internet told me this:

  • The terms ‘plumbing’ and ‘plumber’ come from the times of the Roman Empire and it was an indication of civilization and the then state-of-the-art engineering and public health. The Romans used lead pipes, which were called “plumbum”.

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Knowledge, or lack of, is a risk

Quality Assurance on projects is not a popular activity and the value, if it is not appreciated, is undermined with sometimes disastrous results for everybody on the project

This morning I was on the N1 highway North on my way to the WSP office, just past Malibongwe, when I went past a man on his scooter with an umbrella fixed to his scooter handle bars. This is what I call innovation and entrepreneurship.

When I saw him I almost fell out of the car laughing and I had a smile the whole day and something to share with everybody that came over my path that day, isn’t it wonderful. It made me think about another umbrella story, which was told by an American Evangelist who visited South Africa some time ago.

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Assumptions become decisions

I heard a story of an old man with a very long beard and one day his grandson asked him how he sleeps with his beard-under the blanket or above the blanket? That night the old man could not sleep, as he could not remember how.

There are things that we just do as it is in our sub-conscience and we don’t even have to think to do it until we are challenged to give an answer.

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Broken telephone

The effects of stories being retold by many people can make a villain become a hero or a hero become a villain

I think you must remember the advertisement that used the concept of how a story can change if it is passed on by mouth from one person to the next.

I had the same experience where a story grew in stature and in the end when it came back to me it was actually a completely different story and the message of the story changed radically along the way. The one thing about such a story is that it gets better and better the longer it travels and much more juicy and even more interesting.

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