Inland Branch Egg Protection Device competition
This year’s Inland Branch Egg Protection Device competition was held in late August, with AfriSam generously stepping in as main sponsors and Mapei SA kindly offering their premises to host the event. Branch Chair, Tina Coetzee, acted as MC for the day, with the help of committee member Geoffrey Green.
The event had just short of 200 student participants from only one of our academic institutions, University of Johannesburg (Kingsway Campus). A total of 39 egg protection devices were entered into the competition this year, with 33 devices passing the qualifying requirements.
The devices were cast seven days before testing, with materials sponsored by AfriSam, Mapei, Penetron and Chryso. The students were challenged in terms of their knowledge of concrete
technology and engineering design, which included the dimensions and weight restrictions of the device.
The testing of the devices showed the competitive side of the students, who eagerly watched and counted the number of blows each device would accommodate before the egg was cracked or broken. This year’s winners were “The Freglettes” who not only won but also broke the existing record by 20 blows. They achieved a total of 74 blows and an adjusted score of 27.8.
The winning students each received a Fulton Concrete Technology book, sponsored by The Concrete Institute, as their prize. Second place was awarded to “Top Dawgs Mapara” and third place to “Tatendo”. Jannes Bester also won a prize sponsored by AfriSam for his contribution as a lecturer to the success of the event which was a great day and enjoyed by all who attended.
An immense thank you from the Inland Branch Committee to AfriSam for the main event, cement and aggregate sponsorship. It was great to have several AfriSam representatives attending the event, including Chemist Grizelda Du Toit and Events Coordinator Debbie Harvey. Committee member and CPM Territory Manager for AfriSam, Abdullah Hajee, handed over the prizes to the winners.
Thanks also go to Mapei for the excellent venue and the admixture sponsorship; TCI for the winners Fulton Books; Chryso for pigment and Penetron for crystalline waterproofing admixture sponsorship.
Of course, the day wouldn’t have been possible without UJ Lecturer Jannes Bester and his students who participated with great enthusiasm and commitment.