Emeritus Professor Mark Alexander had always wanted to stand on top of a suspension bridge, just to soak in the combined forces of nature and structural engineering, the massive arcs of steel cable looping between pylons, mimicking the shape of a spider’s web, or a necklace around a woman’s neck.
As the end of the academic year approaches, the CoMSIRU team, students and laboratory staff got together for a braai. (For our international readers: “braai” is the local South African term for a barbeque).
CoMSIRU is proud to host yet another International Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting (ICCRRR) Cape Town. First held in 2005 and now in its 5th edition, the ICCRRR has established itself as one of the leading gatherings in the field globally.
In an interview with CNBCAfrica, Professor Pilate Moyo, Director of CoMSIRU, Head of UCT Department of Civil Engineering, and Chairman of Technical Programmes at SAHHA, shares insights into new technologies for heavy haul railways and South Africa’s role in advancing these on the continent.