With the firm conviction that out of the
youth of today will come tomorrow’s
engineers, SANRAL has invested heavily in
their academic development.
SANRAL’s Eastern Region, comprising
KwaZulu-Natal and Free State, has
benefitted from scholarship and bursary
programmes to help build a core of
engineers. This will enable SANRAL to
realise its mandate to finance, improve,
manage and maintain the national road
Logashri Sewnarain, Regional Manager
of SANRAL’s Eastern Region, was herself
the recipient of a SANRAL bursary when
she studied for a BSc (Civil Engineering) at
Shaheil Khoosal, a Project Manager in
SANRAL’s Eastern Region office, enrolled
in the agency’s bursary programme in 2010
during his final year of study. SANRAL
provided Khoosal with funding and
vacation work and he graduated in 2011.
He subsequently worked on the Umgeni
interchange construction site from 2012 to
2014 as a graduate engineer.
Presently two young engineering students
at the University of KwaZulu-Natal cannot
thank SANRAL enough for providing them
with bursaries to study civil engineering.
Young extrovert Shrivar Hiralal, 22, a fourthyear
BSc Civil Engineering student at the
University of KwaZulu-Natal, matriculated
at Star College Boys High and resides with
his parents and two brothers in Reservoir
At the start of his university journey, he
hoped to acquire the theory behind an
engineers’ role and how engineering
contributed to society.
Hiralal was encouraged by his parents,
teachers and engineers at career talks to
further his studies in civil engineering.
“Environmental engineering was an
extremely fascinating module. I enjoy it, as it
involves environmental impact assessments
conducted on the health and safety aspects
“Ground-structure also interested me a
great deal, as the subject focused on the
designing of bridges from the foundation to
the slab itself.”
Hiralal said that SANRAL provided him with
a pathway, both financially and academically,
to achieve his desired goals.
“I am extremely blessed as SANRAL takes
care of my textbooks, stationery, travelling
expenses and there’s even an allowance.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, ex Manchester United
manager, is Hiralal’s role model because he
was committed to excellence in his career
and never gave up on his dreams and goals,
regardless of whether the task seemed
A major challenge for Hiralal was during his
matric year, when his father and younger
brother were involved in a serious motor
vehicle crash, which left his brother in a
coma for a week.
This was a difficult period for him, but he
remained positive and got through it.
The enthusiastic lad plans to achieve his
Honours degree this year and attain his
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