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Good Bridges For Zululand


While it was raining last week, future civil engineers were being made right here in Zululand. The UNIZULU Science Centre, in collaboration with the South African Institute of Civil Engineers(SAICE) hosted their annual bridge building competition at the ZCBF Community Park.

13 high schools from urban, township and rural areas participated in this competition. 26 teams of students build bridges made out of sticks and glue only. Various weights ranging from 500 grams to several kilograms were used to test the strength of their bridges and there was only one winner, which was Old Mill High School, represented by Njabulo Mkhize, Cebsile Nxumalo and Sakhile Mazibuko. Their bridge withstood a mass of 50 kilograms before giving in! All the 3  judges are qualified engineers and they used their experience to test the bridges.

The 3 winners will represent Zululand at the National Finals to be held in Gauteng in August. Aquadene Secondary School took the runners-up position and Grantleigh College took the third prize.  We are very proud of our winners and we are confident that they will represent us well in Gauteng.