Monthly Archives: August 2014

Lowveld Death

Submitting all my surveyor experience, I just managed to qualify for my Certificate of Registration (ST0120) Survey Technician, 11 Dec. 1986. With the Majuba Power Station road contract coming to an end, there were no other sites that warranted my … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Majuba

SNA (Strydom, Newmark and Anthony INC.) was a great company to work for. If ever there was a company that felt like a big family, it was SNA. Headed by Dolf van Huyssteen, usually accompanied by Vissie Visser, the Headoffice … Continue reading

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Coincidences.

Answering an advert for a site surveyor for Strydom, Newmark & Anthony, Inc. a firm of consulting engineers, for their contract with LTA, one of the largest civil engineering companies in South Africa, I went to Pretoria for an interview. … Continue reading

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Confrontations

By 1984 I had been holding my own as a civil engineering surveyor for Concor Construction at several mine contracts on the East Rand around Carletonville for three years. After Western Deep Levels (South) work dwindled, Rod Smith and I … Continue reading

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