What drew you to BSc Civil Engineering?
What did you hope to learn?
From a young age I have been fascinated
with the systems of transportation, with
major structures and construction works
such as major interchanges and buildings,
similar to those in Dubai and Malaysia.
I always wanted to know how the
interchanges worked, what planning and
design was required in order to ensure the
fluid flow of traffic, how did railway systems
work, how did metro public transport work,
what kept structures up, how did bridges
span across such large distances? How?
Why? Where? When? These constant
questions only grew in complexity and
magnitude as I grew up and was exposed
to more information regarding Civil
Engineering. So, in 2011 I began my studies
towards a BSc Degree in Civil Engineering.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve
learned in your curriculum this semester?
Tell us about it.
Despite me having my BSc degree in Civil
Engineering (with honours), the questions
did not stop. Now that I was completely
involved in civil engineering activities in
the centre of the action (thanks to the
opportunities provided to me by SANRAL),
I developed more interests in the specialist
fields of Civil Engineering and my questions
increased significantly in terms of complexity
So, I took the next step. I applied to join
a Masters in Engineering Programme
in Transportation Engineering at the
University of Stellenbosch in 2017. SANRAL
supported my desire to specialise in the
field of Transportation Engineering and
encouraged me to further my studies. I was
also granted a full bursary which covers my
My first block module, as part of my Masters
programme, was Transport Economics. The
excitement of starting my journey towards
my specialisation was evident. The course
helped me understand how construction
projects were evaluated in terms of whether
they were viable or not.
This was dependent on the amount of
benefits that each alternative of the project
generated. With this course, I gained
first hand exposure as to what needs to
be considered and calculated in order to
develop and carry out an economic analysis
for a project. Also, how the results of the
calculations are to be interpreted and what
those results indicated.
Controlled blasting seems pretty
fascinating in the engineering sector.
Have you learned about blasting in your
curriculum yet? What is it and when would
engineers have to perform controlled
In my experience as a Civil Engineer thus
far, I have not been directly involved in
controlled blasting. My knowledge regarding
the topic is that it is a complex activity which
needs to be monitored carefully in order to
ensure that the activity runs smoothly. If the
necessary precautions are not taken, then
there could be disastrous effects.
For example, if too much explosives are
used, then the supporting structures or
other infrastructure included in the project
could be damaged or weakened significantly.
Controlled blasting is done when the
blasting works need to be carried out near
existing infrastructures such as roads and
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years’ time, I hope to have achieved
my current goals which are: to be registered
as a Professional Engineer with ECSA, to
have my Masters Degree in Transportation
Engineering and to be a Specialist Project