Engineering perfection

Taryn Button

After completing her diploma in civil engineering and completing her in-service training in a consulting office, Taryn Button, a civil engineering technologist at WSP, decided she wanted to get some hands-on site experience. And so, in 2005, she began working for a construction company that worked on hospitals, apartment buildings and shopping centres. It was during this time that she completed her BTech.

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It’s a man’s world?

Izaan Nel.

Izaan Nel, Pluvia consultant at Geberit, joined the company nine years ago as a receptionist. Nel dabbled in many different areas of the business but was eventually offered an opportunity to move into Geberit’s technical department, an opportunity she grabbed with both hands.

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Who’s the boss?

Gloria Mazwi

When Gloria Mazwi left school, she decided that the sensible thing to do was to study business management. Unfortunately, she was unable to find permanent, sustainable employment in that field.

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Threats to safe drinking water

By: Andrew (Andy) Camphausen

What threat is posed by non-compliant plumbing practices, water-borne diseases and a disregard of environmental water practices?

When preparing and investigating this topic, I was amazed at the amount of micro biological diseases that are borne out of water. As I am not a microbiologist, the terms and scientific names are not mine, but I will try and explain this to the best of my ability.

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Journey of water

By: World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund took a journey across KwaZulu-Natal to show the country where its water-rich areas are and how to preserve them

In 2013, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Africa, through a partnership with Sanlam, launched the Journey of Water campaign. A highlight of this campaign is the Journey of Water walk, which sees journalists, celebrities, radio DJs and activists take a 100km walk through South Africa’s most water-rich areas.

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SA’s future water crisis linked to the current energy crisis

By: Trevor Blench (chairman of Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited)

Electricity power will soon be needed to produce clean water and it seems South Africa is in for a rocky ride

Within 35 years, South Africa will be short of fresh water, which will be linked to the energy crisis. The preferred way to address this is through desalination. However, unless the energy crisis is addressed, South Africa is destined for long-term power and water shortages, primarily because power will be need to produce clean water.

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