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City of Cape Town appoints first female coastal engineer

Maria Le Roux has been appointed the City of Cape Town’s first female coastal engineer.

Maria, who started in her new position yesterday, is tasked with developing long-term coastal engineering skills and capacity for the administration.

She was the first female student to obtain a Master’s Degree of Science in Port and Coastal Engineering from the Stellenbosch University and has been involved with port and coastal engineering projects for more than 14 years.

With this appointment, the City is paving the way for designated coastal engineers responsible for the oversight and management of its coastline and coastal infrastructure. These unique skills are becoming increasingly important especially in light of the environmental challenges we face due to climate change and marks the start of a new chapter of coastal excellence in the City.

"We recognise the importance of being able to effectively monitor, map and understand coastal change. I’m extremely excited about the vast experience and knowledge Maria will be adding to the City’s Coastal Management team," said Mayco Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Marian Nieuwoudt.

"Maria brings with her a wealth of knowledge in terms of the design and project planning of coastal infrastructure. Coastal engineering is a highly technical and specialised field and it’s an opportune time for us to start building a specialised coastal engineering section."

Source: Argus

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