Bosch Holdings Enginuity Enginuity October Issue 2019 | Page 2
Words from the Chairman’s desk
We are very thankful for the ongoing support we have received from our Clients across
the globe and for the lasting relationships which have been forged over many years. I am
also particularly proud of the Bosch team in achieving the awards, milestones and project
successes despite the challenging state of the economy and construction industry.
We are determined to remain true to our purpose of creating a positive and lasting
difference for our staff, our Clients and the communities in which we work, through
excellence, innovation and extraordinary service. This edition of Enginuity is packed with
projects which are making a tangible difference to peoples’ lives, including the provision
of drinking water, sanitation, roads and housing. The training and development of young
South Africans also remains a priority focus area and is implemented through various
The group has a long and successful history since it was established in 1961 and I would
like to congratulate both Bosch Ulwazi and Bosch Capital teams who have achieved a
significant milestone of their 10 and 5 year anniversary respectively.
CEO Bosch Holdings
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Back to basics for Cluster 6 Water Supply Backlog
Bosch Projects was appointed by the Chris Hani District
Municipality (Eastern Cape) to aid with the design of multiple
water supply projects collectively defined as the Cluster 6
Water Supply Backlog.
The Jalisa Reticulation Supply Scheme is one of the reticulation
schemes that obtains water from the Mnyolo Bulk Water
Supply Scheme. This supply conveys water from a 500Kl
command reservoir to seven smaller reservoirs ranging from
10Kl to 200Kl, consequently supplying water to approximately
5 490 village residents. The design of these gravity water
supply systems proved to be a constant challenge due to
the very steep and undulating nature of the terrain. A break
pressure tank was used to serve as a bulk reservoir, which is
situated on the peak of a valley and supplies water via a line
that runs through the lowest parts of the valley and rises up
again to reach the receiving water tanks.
The key to an effective design was to place the supply reservoir
at a height that would generate enough pressure to supply
the higher receiving reservoirs, but still limit the pressure in
the lowest sections of the line. Despite the efforts to minimise
pressure, the line still reached pressures of up to 55 bar. While
break pressure tanks could be used in the reticulation system,
the bulk system could not afford to break any pressure. A
pump placed at the bottom of the valley was also not an option
due to challenges regarding access to electricity, a high risk of
fuel theft and lack of proper maintenance. Further challenges
became apparent during construction when vehicles
could not reach the location of one of Cluster 6’s proposed
reservoirs. The need for a different mode of transportation led
to donkeys being used to carry construction materials up a
very steep route.
The priority for these projects was to deliver simple solutions
which were practical and
suitable for rural villages. A
was necessary to achieve
Jeanette Jacobs -
R67 facelift between
The repair and resurfacing of the R67 between Makhanda
(formerly Grahamstown) and Fort Beaufort in the Eastern
Cape for SANRAL is nearing completion.
The project, which primarily involved the surfacing of the
existing gravel shoulders to widen the surfaced roadway from
6.4m to 8m improving the safety standard of the road is 97%
Community development has been a key focus of the project
with 22 local subcontractors employed for various parts of the
works in order to achieve the targeted enterprise expenditure
set by SANRAL. These works included the following:
• Subsoil drains.
• Concrete-lined drains.
• Concrete footpaths and edge beams.
• Earthworks for rest areas.
• Finishing of the road reserve.
Alex Erens - [email protected]
Bosch Ulwazi marks its 10th anniversary this year, with a
track record in the advancement of engineering skills across
South Africa. The company was originally established in
2009 as a subsidiary of Bosch Holdings, to mentor engineers
and project managers to achieve professional registration
with regulatory bodies.
To-date, the company has developed 78 emerging enterprises
in South Africa, which are now profitable and sustainable
Installation of roadside furniture at rest areas.
Construction of a roadside vendor area.
Refurbishment of a historical monument along the route.
Bosch Ulwazi 10 Years
and going strong
A critical part of Bosch Ulwazi’s operations is to identify,
mentor and develop black-owned businesses, to support
a client’s supplier and enterprise development goals. In
partnership with leading organisations, including state owned
enterprises, Bosch Ulwazi plays a key role in the development
of small, medium and micro-sized enterprises. The highly-
skilled team provides guidance on project and operations
management, skills development and the planning and
implementation of expansion strategies, in compliance with
Donkeys transporting building material in Dulati
Front: Felicity Mostert and Sthembile Nikwe
Back: Balan Govender (MD) and Tertia Reid
Bosch Ulwazi’s success over 10 years can be attributed to a
firm commitment to the highest standards of education and
skills development. Carefully structured needs-analysis and
development plans are tailored to suit the requirements of
each individual and business. The team’s hands-on, step-by-
step approach and individualised support, ensures that every
enterprise achieves its specific milestones.
Balan Govender - [email protected]