Concrete in the service of mankind?

I begin by posing the question, “Is concrete playing its required role in providing service to mankind?” Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials. Its consumption has been described as second only to that of water. From ancient Roman times, with construction of monumental structures such as the Pantheon, to recent times…

A young engineer’s forge ahead

RISING ABOVE CIRCUMSTANCES Ntseuoa Motsieloa’s story began in the small rural village of Ha Khanyetsi located at the foot of the Maluti Mountains in Maseru, Lesotho. His early life in these modest surroundings saw him attending St Benedict’s Primary School in the mornings, and afternoons herding his father’s cattle. At nine years old, inspired by…

Innovation: Buzz to Blueprint

Innovation: Buzz to Blueprint by Vincent Kuo 2013 PiCA Non-Professional Writer of the Year   Congratulations to Vincent on this prestigious win! Please turn to page 96 for more details.   1291 + 327 = 1618 Innovation seems to form an integral part of human history. There has always been an underlying urge, even a…

Unlocking worlds of opportunity in SET careers

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF), has recently published a new book – Get SET Go – for anyone considering a career in science, engineering and technology (SET), and also for those unsure of what career path to follow. Written for high…