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Master’s degree and qualify as a registered
professional engineer in the future.
He also relies on extra income as a physical
science tutor to many students.
In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, tennis,
swimming, volleyball and socialising with
friends and family.
Hiralal is full of praise for the organisation
for initiating the bursary scheme to students
“SANRAL has provided me with all
possibilities. I plan to learn and gain much
experience from the organisation and to
grow and establish myself as an outstanding
senior engineer in the future.”
Prian Reddy, 22, another recipient of a
bursary from SANRAL, is a fourth-year BSc
Civil Engineering student at the University
He matriculated from Glenwood High
School and resides with his parents and a
younger brother in Queensburgh.
Reddy has a strong passion for the built
environment, with a special interest in
sustainable development and green building
technology. He hoped to grasp the science
of construction and design and how it is
implemented in practice.
“Ground-structure, which involves the
design of pre-stressed concrete was of great
interest to me.
“The design involves the replacement of
traditional steel rebar with high-strength
steel cables. These cables are then
tensioned before the concrete has set (pretensioning)
and after the concrete has set
“This innovative design is cost effective
and allows for longer beam spans to be
constructed,” said Reddy.
Shrivar Hiralal and Prian Reddy on site
As a proud bursary recipient, Reddy’s
financial burden has been removed, allowing
him to focus on and dedicate himself
completely to his studies.
He admires Elon Musk, a South Africanborn
Canadian-American business magnate,
investor, engineer and inventor, as his life
story portrays hard work and perseverance
towards turning dreams into reality.
How to master the art of independent study
was a challenge for Reddy. However, he
Reddy considers himself fortunate that in
his final year of studies, he did not have to
seek a student loan because of his SANRAL
“I plan to pursue my Master’s degree,
specialising in transport and road
engineering and to gain a management
position at SANRAL in the future,” Reddy
In his free time, he enjoys soccer, swimming
“I thank the SANRAL team for the support
and for providing me with this amazing
opportunity. I plan to complete vacation
work this year.”
He looks forward to becoming a valued
member of the SANRAL family.
“I appeal to all students to make informed
career choices; be aware of your alternatives
and most importantly, be happy with your
The bursary and scholarship programme
equips graduates with the guidance,
mentorship and exposure needed to excel
in the built environment, accompanied
by a professional work ethic and sound