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Mariswe’s young professionals (YPs) proudly hosted more than 110 learners from six schools as part of the 2018 CESA Job Shadow Initiative.

The firm has participated in the Job Shadowing Initiative and Poster Competition since inception 11 years ago and this year was named first runner-up for its poster showcasing its job shadow activities.

Pietermaritzburg office
YPs in the Pietermaritzburg office hosted 30 learners from Tisand Technical, Empangeni and Qhakaza High Schools on 21 June 2018. The group visited the N2 upgrade between Mtunzini Toll Plaza and Empangeni Junction.

This was a perfect example of the complexity of civil engineering as it is a large, multi-faceted project including construction of several new bridges, widening of others, upgrading of two major interchanges and rehabilitation of the existing surfaced lanes.

Bryanston office
On 19 July 2018 the YPs of Mariswe Bryanston visited four schools in Tembisa, Winnie Mandela Secondary, Tembisa High, Ingqayizivele High, and Phomolong Secondary, to share their passion for the civil engineering profession using the theme “It all started with an idea”, and to emphasise the importance of the Job Shadow Initiative.

The learners were presented with three common engineering problems – methods of improving low cost housing; harvesting rainfall water for domestic use; and improving pedestrian safety. Using maths and science principles, they were asked to develop models resolving the problems.

A week later 61 learners arrived at Mariswe’s Bryanston office for the Job Shadow Day, eager to share the nine models they had created. It was clear that the teams had conducted thorough research into the problems and understood the limitations of solutions available in their communities and how solutions used elsewhere might work.

The models were judged for creativity, sustainability and technicality of solutions provided.

On 12 June 2018, 11 girls from Thembinkosi Special Education Needs School, beneficiaries of the NURTURE A GIRL initiative, participated in the Mariswe Job Shadow at Bryanston. As part of the programme, the learners created invitation cards and were given a photography class.