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Sterkspruit Sanitation Project - Hard work & Software

Dibanani Consulting Engineers, Bloemfontein

 The hallmarks to success for Dibanani

Sterkspruit, also known as Herschel, is a small town in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and the site of the Herschel Sanitation Project.

This R14-million project, earmarked for upgrade by the Department of Housing, was granted to Dibanani Consulting, headed by engineer and MD, Frikkie Swanepoel.

According to Swanepoel, one of their biggest challenges was getting around the many dongas to access the 700 erven.

"The area forms part of the old Transkei region which made trenches caused by erosion highly problematic. We eventually created a steel structure over the dongas and placed a pipe inside it to prevent people from walking over it.

Sanitation in Sterkspruit
Community reaction was extremely positive as people received basic orientation on what they could do to help preserve the oxidation ponds. It sounds incredibly basic but you'll be surprised how the do's and don'ts of something like the use of washing powder can affect an entire system," he explains.

Using Civil Designer to design the reconfigured sewer system, Swanepoel confesses to also being an avid AllyCAD proponent. So much so that he tutored his brother, Erik, on the use of the software; so now all the companyís CAD design work is handled by him.

  "AllyCAD is a fast, clever package that allows you to do big things with limited resources. From this application I've progressed to work on other modules within the Civil Designer range and find the Sewer program to be especially useful," says Swanepoel.

Steadfast success
With his brother handling all the CAD design work, Swanepoel shares the work load from his Head Office in Bloemfontein with a satellite team located in Port Elizabeth and Aliwal North.

This widespread footprint has enabled the engineering company to take on a range of projects in the Eastern Cape and Aliwal North, the latter encompassing a R25 million low cost housing project in Dukhathole.

Since the establishment of Dibanani Consulting Engineers, Frikkie has gone from strength to strength and attributes his success to remaining steadfast to his goals.

"When you work for yourself you donít have the security of a set monthly income so you tend to work harder; but the rewards are there if you stay the course."

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