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CSV Construction, one of the Western Cape's biggest diversified civil engineering companies is celebrating 20 years of excellence this year. The three founding members took a leap into the uncertain world of private enterprise, and have since grown to be leaders of the industry. The company was launched by Alex von Klopmann, fellow engineering student at Stellenbosch University John Cullum, and Johan Scriven.

The trio - whose initials produced the name of their company, CSV - set up shop close to Ceres in a building that previously belonged to the Department of Water Affairs and was known in the town as The Whitehouse. Alex, a structural engineer, and Johan, the infrastructure specialist, both commuted from the Helderberg.


Sport for Development and Peace

The fundamental elements of sport make it a viable and practical tool to support the achievement of the MDGs. Sport has an impact on health and reduces the likelihood of many diseases. Sports programmes serve as an effective tool for social mobilization, supporting health activities such as HIV/AIDS education and immunization campaigns. Sport can be a significant economic force, providing employment and contributing to local development.
It is also a key site and natural draw for volunteer involvement. Furthermore, participation in sport supports the preservation of a clean and healthy environment. The practice of sport is vital to the holistic development of young people, fostering their physical and emotional health and building valuable social connections. 
It offers opportunities for play and self expression, beneficial especially for those young people with few other opportunities in their lives. Sport also provides healthy alternatives to harmful actions, such as drug abuse and involvement in crime. Within schools, physical education is an essential component of quality education. Not only do physical education programmes promote physical activity; there is evidence that such programmes correlate to improved academic performance. Sport can cut across barriers that divide societies, making it a powerful tool to support conflict prevention and peace-building efforts, both symbolically on the global level and very practically within communities.
When applied effectively, sports programmes promote social integration and foster tolerance, helping to reduce tension and generate dialogue. The convening power of sport makes it additionally compelling as a tool for advocacy and communications. The chief finding of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace is that well-designed sport-based initiatives are practical and cost-effective tools to achieve objectives in development and peace. Sport is a powerful vehicle that should be increasingly considered by the United Nations as complementary to existing activities. 

Report from the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace





Managing Director:
Alex von Klopmann

Financial and Commercial Director:
John Cullum

Structural Division Director:
Alex Pospech

Civil Infrastructure Director:
Hannes Coetzee

Building Division Manager:
Leonard Oosthuizen

Intle Director:
Randall Davids

Procurement Manager:
Edward Mellish