THE CONCRETE SOCIETY ANNUAL BOAT RACE
Ocean Scrappers, powered by SCIP Engineering group, participate in the annual boat race.
On the 13th of October 2018, a group of third-year students from the University of Johannesburg took part in the Annual Boat Race hosted by the Concrete Society of Southern Africa. The boat race was held at the Benoni Boat Racing Club at Homestead Lake. The team, Ocean Scrappers, along with other participants of the boat race were tasked with constructing a lightweight one-man canoe using concrete as a primary constituent.
Ocean Scrappers consists of 7 members namely Peace Sifiso Masango, Mahlodi Mogale, Makgale Malatji, Sadam Lehutjo, Neo Mashiane, Terrence Monareng, and Kabelo Mokone. These students are from the University of Johannesburg, each pursuing a respective disciple from the university. Three students from the group are studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering, another three studying Civil Engineering, while one student pursues Geography and Environmental Management thus the group Ocean Scrappers is comprised.
The project of constructing a concrete canoe – like all projects in general – required some labor and funding too. In this regard, Ocean Scrappers were sponsored by SCIP Engineering Group to endeavor on this project. The full support of SCIP Engineering Group fostered the successful construction of a concrete canoe that Ocean Scrappers presented at the annual boat race at Benoni.
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THE CONCRETE SOCIETY ANNUAL BOAT RACE
Ocean Scrappers designed the canoe with consideration of the following factors: appealing aesthetic appearance with safety and sustainability of the canoe, quality of construction allowing minimal carbon footprint promoting environmental tolerance, sleekness leading to lightweight and hydrodynamics for optimum race performance. According to the forementioned design, the design was realized with the construction of the canoe by Ocean Scrappers.
Ocean Scrappers participated at the 2018 Concrete Society of Southern Africa Annual Boat Race with full support from SCIP Engineering Group. The day was undeniably splendid as we got together as a group and got to know each other on a personal level. Unfortunately, we did not win on the day, but the group was very solid as we spent most of our time together even after we had lost. The day was interrupted by rain so we had sat with other groups in the nearby restaurant and got the chance to socialize with the industries, we had so much fun and an eventful day. All thanks to the SCIP ENGINEERING GROUP for making it possible for us and also for adding value to our life’s.
“We, Ocean Scrappers, would like to thank SCIP Engineering Group for their generous contribution towards our canoe project. SCIP Engineering Group has empowered us as students who are to become future engineers.”
At SCIP Engineering, we say the most important bridges we build are between human beings.
The “Pampoenkoets” is proof of our determination to build bridges between the people of our communities. What is the “Pampoenkoets”? It’s a story that shines with hope and its starts with the Newclare Reformed Church.
The church has been without a reverend for the past 15 years, simply because and they cannot afford to appoint one. However, the congregation has survived together, despite the fact they are a very poor coloured community who come from areas as far and wide as Westbury, Newclare, Claremont, Coronation, Riverlea and Noordgesig.
The members from Riverlea and Noordgesig live some 10 to 15 km from the church and most of them are elderly pensioners who are dependant on transport to and from church, which was provided by the church’s old bakkie‚ until the bakkie was stolen and the congregation left stranded.
The Youth Group was also devastated, because as it is a dangerous area, especially for girls to walk the streets, they wouldn’t be able to attend their group on a Friday night.
SCIP Engineering stepped in – building a bridge – by offering the congregation the use of their orange van over the weekends. Nicked named the “Pampoenkoets” because of its orange colour, the Youth Group were so impressed they also baptised the van “Shine”.
Mama Mirriam Sithole – A world touched
We are given the opportunity to realise that we share the world, a world that has touched us differently, and once we allow ourselves to touch each other’s worlds in a meaningful way we begin to actualise the words of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela when he said:
“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
Mama Mirriam Sithole, an 86-year-old lady from Alra Park, provided us with an opportunity to touch her life this Mandela Day. She is currently raising her two grandchildren aged 10 and 4 on her own with a minimal income. She had a concrete floor in her one-and-a-half-bedroom RDP home and very much wished that her home could be tiled.
SCIP took the initiative to donate the tiling material as well as the manpower to tile the entire house for mama Mirriam and her family. Though a meaningful imprint on Mama Mirriam’s life the SCIP family wanted to do more so we donated clothing, shoes, toys, books, blankets and non-perishable food to the Sithole family.
SCIP was also given the opportunity to be part of a project to rehabilitate the Alra Park community pool that now shines blue for all the children to enjoy this coming summer.
The gratitude expressed by Mama Mirriam was nothing shy of humbling. Mandela had a dream of a better place a place that we all need to work towards, together.
CESA Relay 2016
A number of employees made up the SCIP team and took part in the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) relay on Saturday the 03 September. It took great dedication from our team to get to the Kyalami Country Club as early as 07:00 on a Saturday and still serve, run, walk, play volleyball and cycle with the energy the team had.
It took even more dedication for some of our team members to take part in more than one activity in the blistering heat. Congratulations to the SCIP cycling team that won gold in the recreational category.
It was, indeed, a great day with colleagues and family that speaks to the core of our business, “Building Communities”.
Every company that cares about its employees makes an effort at ensuring their wellness including fitness – so we would like to thank the management of SCIP for sponsoring its employees to take part in this great event.