Amid the dire COVID-19 pandemic, some of the University students are doing well in their work integrated learning (WIL) posts. The Department of Cooperative Education at MUT has reported that one of the students, Mlamli Maka, a Survey Engineering student, is part of a team that is building a bridge that will connect Durban and East London in the Eastern Cape.
Sibongile Bulose, Job Placement Officer at MUT, said that this is the longest cable-stay bridge in South Africa, and second biggest in Africa. The bridge will improve travel time between Durban and East London for heavy freight vehicles. It is being built over the Msikaba Gorge near Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape. The bridge forms part of the N2 Wild Coast multi-million project.
About his involvement in the project, Maka was appreciative of the opportunity to learn that comes with a project of this magnitude. “It is a real honour and privilege to be involved in such a big project, which is not only big in South Africa, but in the continent. I am proud that I am able to apply all the theory obtained at the University on this project. I will certainly fly the MUT flag high,” said Maka.
Algero Muthusamy of GeoAfrika Surveys, said they were “proud to have shaped young engineers like Mlamli into becoming successful professionals in the future.”