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Storms River West Sewer Project

MDT engineers,
Eastern Cape

Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning 'place of abundant sparkling water'. However it was water of a different nature that the Masuku Dube Tifflin (MDT) engineers were to deal with when they took on the Storms River West sewer project.

Over the last few years this popular tourist and holiday destination on the famous Garden Route has seen rapid growth while new low cost housing schemes in the area have stretched the existing civil infrastructure to the limit. "The Storms River West sewer project was commissioned by Cacadu District Municipality in response to the recent infrastructure boom in the region. Our role in the project was to ensure an adequate sewer main line to accommodate residents in the area," explains Mel Dube, Managing Director at Masuku Dube Tifflin.

The progressive company MDT is based in the Eastern Cape with branches in Port Elizabeth, East London, Kokstad and Umtata and was formed via the amalgamation of Tifflin Purchase & Associates and Eyethu Consulting Engineers. "Over the last few years MDT has been privileged enough to work on various exciting initiatives. Our appointment on this venture in September 2004 therefore came as no surprise. We were tasked with the reticulation design for an intricate sewer network to handle all the services for the erven," he says.

"The team developed the initial design of the sewer network with the use of AllyCAD and Civil Designer's Sewer module and found the program to be quite useful in delivering quick and accurate results. We were appointed to design the services for 500 erven on an exclusive basis and set about to do the preliminary drawings using survey data and bitmaps. Because of the magnitude of the area, we divided the development of the township into different phases," he explains.

Mel recalls that the project was by no means straight forward. "The existing sewer system was essentially 3.2 km of 110mm diameter UPVC midblock and main line and did not even provide manhole locations. Our first challenge was the initial inspection of the system which involved house to house visits in order to accumulate invaluable information."
  "With only limited Afrikaans, this proved to be a difficult task as we had to check the problems at each house. Fortunately the community residents and ward councilors were extremely helpful and cooperative during this time," says Mel.

Armed with all the relevant information, the team at MDT diligently set about to complete the project design in the most cost effective manner. "We took about six months to complete the R1,5 million project and helped to establish significant community development and job creation initiatives in the process. Local labour was sourced from the community and workers were then trained in pipe laying skills and employed in the fixture of septic tanks at standard excavation depths."

"It was an extremely gratifying experience to work on a project that had such strong social responsibility ties. With the Storms River West sewer project we have helped to establish a vital service and have restored dignity to the meaning of the name 'Tsitsikamma'. There are so many opportunities in and around Port Elizabeth to make a difference and MDT will continue to provide the kind of service that communities can depend on." Mel Dube's vision for the future is a positive one and he's quiet determination will see him through to achieving even greater success at MDT."

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