Dr. Allyson Lawless

Dr. Allyson Lawless is a civil engineer who has had an extensive career in consulting, supplying civil engineering software for the South African market and researching and advising government on engineering skills development.

She has researched and published or contributed to several seminal documents including ‘Numbers and Needs’ which looked at civil engineering skills, the sequel ‘Numbers and Needs in Local Government’ and in 2014 ‘Skills for and through SIPs’ which outlined the skills required to deliver South Africa’s Strategic Infrastructure Projects.

She is the MD of SAICE Professional Developments and Projects, a Non-Profit Company set up to address civil engineering skills development. The company is proud of having trained or assisted hundreds of engineering graduates to register as professionals with the Engineering Council of South Africa.

In 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering by Stellenbosch University for her contribution to civil engineering and in 2012 an International Fellowship was conferred on her by the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Engineering Numbers and Needs in the SADC Region
SAICE Professional Development and Projects, has been commissioned to carry out an Engineering Numbers and Needs study on behalf of the SADC Ministers of Science and Technology, to develop an understanding of the engineer, engineering technologist and engineering technician capacities in the region to allow for better planning and implementation of infrastructure programmes to support the SADC Industrialisation Strategy (2015-2063). The presentation will cover the trends identified in the region, challenges and possible strategies which need to be adopted to ensure the development of adequate engineering capacity

Michael G. Dreznes

Michael G. Dreznes assumed his current position of Executive Vice-President of the International Road Federation (IRF) in February of 2012.

Prior to accepting his position at IRF, Dreznes was Vice-President of Barrier Systems Inc. for four years. Dreznes served as the Deputy Director General of the Washington Program Center of the International Road Federation (IRF) from July 2006 to February 2008. He worked as Vice- President at Quixote Corporation (Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.) for twenty years starting in 1986, when he was hired to create an international department for Quixote Corporation.

Dreznes has spent the last thirty-three years working to make the roads safer around the world. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading specialists on roadside safety promoting the concept of “Forgiving Roads,” and has conducted multiple road safety training seminars on roadside safety, work zone safety, vulnerable user safety and road safety audit in more than sixty countries around the world.

Dreznes is the Co-Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) AFB20 (2) Roadside Safety Sub-Committee on International Research Activities, Co-Chairman of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) Decade of Action Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility Project Group, a member of the PIARC Road Safety Technical Committee 3.2 Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure, a member of TASK FORCE 13 Committee on Work Zone Safety, Staff Advisor to the IRF Road Safety Working Group as well as Immediate Past Chairman of the IRF Fellowship Educational Foundation (IREF).

In January 2015, Dreznes was named the winner of the TRB AFB20 Roadside Safety Design Kenneth Stonex Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dreznes lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife of forty–four years, Margaret. They have three grown and married children, Mike, Laura and Sarah, five grandsons, Patrick, Benjamin, Michael, Brock and Connor and four granddaughters, Caitlin, Rieve, Sabela and Elizabeth.


Work Zones Can and Must be Safer in South Africa
Motorists constitute approximately eighty percent (80%) of the fatalities in work zones. Road Authorities are responsible for the safety of these motorists, and they must establish and enforce the criteria that contractors must follow to design a safe work zone.

Workshop attendees will be exposed to the concept of the “Five Elements of a Work Zone” and each of these elements will be discussed in detail to understand what must be done to make them safe for motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians as well as workers. Attendees will learn how to design a safe work zone and they will learn about the newest technologies for work zone safety. The use of positive protection from crash worthy barriers, truck mounted attenuators, dynamic, variable message signs, average speed camera enforcement and flagger training will be among the topics discussed.

A safe work zone may cost more money than an unsafe work zone. However, when one considers that according to the World Bank, the social cost of a fatality on a road is about 6,000,000 ZAR, preventing one fatality in a work zone in South Africa can justify the cost of a lot of safety measures in that work zone.

IRF strongly recommends that road authorities, contractors, academia and consultants attend this half day workshop to FIND A WAY to make South African work zones safer using established best practices and state of the art technologies.

Victor Radebe

Victor Radebe is the founder and director of TT Projects, a consultancy firm that advises, inter alia, cities and provincial governments on airport-linked aerotropolis commercial development and ground mobility. Victor’s experience in this area includes working on projects like the development of the post-2010 Gauteng Major Events Strategy. In this project Victor led an international team of consultants who had worked on major events like the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid, etc. Victor has worked on successful bids and hosting of the 2013 Airport Cities Conference (Ekurhuleni), the 2014 Airports Council International – Africa Conference and Exhibition (in Durban) and the World Routes 2015 (Durban).

In 2013 Victor was a joint project leader of a team that was appointed by the KZN Provincial Government to develop the KZN Integrated Aerotropolis Strategy. In 2016 TT Projects partnered with Royal HaskoningDVH, one of the leading international transport engineering-consulting firms, to establish the Aerotropolis Management Unit for the KZN Government. Victor assumed the role of Programme Manager, which entails primarily the facilitation of catalytic and critical infrastructure projects that will fast-track the development of the Durban Aerotropolis. To achieve this goal Victor has together with other members of the Aerotropolis Management Unit, been working with various stakeholders like Dube Trade Port, eThekwini Municipality and the main landowner, Tongaat Hulett Developments.

In 2015 Victor took an interest in the future of mobility, particularly the disruptive technologies that are affecting the automotive industry. He then started researching solutions to resolve the challenges of road safety, congestion and emissions. By the end of 2017 he had consummated the idea of establishing the Mobility Centre for Africa, as a transport industry platform for research and deployment of the new connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

Victor studied B Comm at Wits University, Post Graduate Diploma in Management at the University of KZN and is currently studying for his MBA at Wits Business School. Victor’s other education include short programmes in consulting, project management and strategy developments.

Africa’s roadmap to connected, autonomous and electric vehicles

In the future of mobility road infrastructures remain the most important element for consideration by aspiring smart cities. Although it will still be a long time before the developing nations like South Africa get to see connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV’s) on our roads, it is imperative that we prepare for the inevitable. By 2030 we may see electric vehicles (EV’s) going mainstream, if the Green Transport Strategy of the National Department of Transport is anything to go by. Government is under pressure to deliver on our undertakings under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Furthermore the National Development Plan speaks of zero emissions by 2030.

Roads infrastructure of the future will have to cater for EV’s with roadside charging and ultimately dynamic charging whilst the vehicle is moving. Authorities will have to soon find an alternative tax model for EV’s to replace fuel levies that are charged on internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. This funding model will have to be based on kilometres travelled by EV’s and this will require some mechanisms to have the vehicle’s movement tracked on a real time basis. Whilst it is only fair to tax EV’s at MCA we believe that incentives for “driving green” should be encouraged through a suite of incentives that could include the following:

  • Tariff reduction or waiver;
  • Road tolling exemption;
  • Rebates for driving clean;
  • Free parking on public roads, airports, etc.

For CAV’s there is a need to start planning for connected infrastructure to develop the ecosystems required for future vehicle technology. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) connectivity will require a 5G network with low latency closer to the road than the convention cell towers. This technology will have to be delivered at street level and street lights will have to serve this purpose. Roads will have also have to be fitted with beacons, much like the cat eyes to guide CAV’s and ensure safety.