JG Afrika was the proud recipient of two environmental-engineering awards for a waste management project and two for technical excellence in civil engineering at the 2017 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards.
The firm’s role in developing a strategy to help South African municipalities reduce emissions by diverting organic waste from their landfills was nominated the Environmental Engineering Project of the year and the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project for Environmental Engineering. This project was undertaken on behalf of the South African national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Meanwhile, JG Afrika’s work as structural and civil engineer on a residential property development at 145 Kloof Road in Clifton was nominated the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project for Geotechnical Engineering. The project was also highly commended by this year’s panel of judges in the Technical Excellence Category for the most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project for 2017.
Working closely with RWA, the pilot project for the DEA and GIZ entailed preparing six locally appropriate feasibility studies to divert green garden, food and biodegradable waste from landfill sites.
The firms identified alternative interventions and selected best suited scenarios, as well as developed practical and financially-viable business and implementation plans for the municipalities.
They also drafted applications for funding for the capital requirements through to the projects’ approval and commissioning phases, while undertaking a full assessment of their contribution towards landfill fees.
Meanwhile, JG Afrika’s demonstrated its extensive capabilities in the geotechnical discipline when it designed a reinforced-concrete box comprising internal tension anchors to excavate a three-level basement for the new residence at the foot of Lion’s Head.
This solution resisted the horizontal forces and vertical piles to intercept the slip-circle plane, before excavating the basement using a three-dimensional structural steel girder system.
These latest awards from a leading industry association again showcase JG Afrika’s innovative ability and technical excellence in the South African engineering industry.