Northern Cape Business 2022-23

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OVERVIEW The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) has launched a branch in Kimberley. The SAIEE Northern Cape Centre will attend to the needs of members and hold events of interest related to electrical or electronic engineering. SAIEE has 6 500 members around the country and is registered as a non-profit voluntary association with ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa). An impor tant body in the South African context is the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA). A key focus for the body is to provide training in sustainable infrastructure asset management, something that has proved a challenge for many municipalities.

The Klerefontein Training Centre in Carnarvon. Credit: SARAO

Innovation Part of a project to remodel the Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works (DRPW ) aims to ensure that it has adequate in-house technical and engineering knowledge in infrastructure planning, design and project implementation to enable it to complete important work. The DRPW is making 3D printing technology available to engineers and designers to allow them to create prototypes at lower cost. A feasibility study is underway on the establishment of a Northern Cape state-owned construction company. The Coega Development Corporation is undertaking the study. Among the goals for such a company are the training of young people as artisans, building houses, roads and other infrastructure and incubation of small businesses. The Northern Cape Innovation Forum (NCIF) has been established to bring together all sectors of society in taking advantage of innovation and technology in the province. The NCIF falls under SPU, in partnership with the National Department of Science and Innovation and the Localisation Implementation Unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

ONLINE RESOURCES Consulting Engineers South Africa: South African Institute of Electrical Engineers: South African Radio Astronomy Observatory: Southern African Institution of Civil Engineering: Technology Localisation Implementation Unit:


Most of the new structures for the Sol Plaatje University were subject to architectural design competitions. From a total of 59 entries, nine architectural firms were selected to enter the second round of the competition with five firms chosen as winners to complete different aspects of the project. The Sol Plaatje University Library and Student Resource Centre earned Aurecon an award at the 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards. The building on South Africa’s newest campus in Kimberley also won a Fulton Concrete Award. It was designed by designworkshop: sa, the construction work was done by Murray and Dickson and Aurecon’s brief was structural, civil, electrical, fire and wet services design. Another striking building, designed by Savage + Dodd, was “highly commended” at the World Architecture Festival. The multi-purpose building encompasses a residence, offices, meeting spaces and retail space on the ground floor. ■