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Consulting Engineers

NDP to bolster private–public sector relations

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Government must make strides to start implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) to strengthen the relationship between the private and public sectors, says consulting engineering firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff MD Mathieu du Plooy. “We believe that once implementation of the NDP starts,... 

Consulting firm focuses on grooming junior engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Black-owned multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Gibb is exposing its junior engineers to as many large-scale projects as possible to secure development of the company and South Africa’s consulting engineering sector. Gibb environmental services GM and director Dr Urishanie Govender... 

Efficiency training programme includes water and waste

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is expanding its industrial energy efficiency training programme to include water efficiency and waste minimisation courses, the centre’s green skills development manager, Wynand... 

Mining downturn, lack of govt spend impacting on consulting engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 The downward cycle currently facing the global mining industry has negatively affected consulting engineering firms servicing mining companies, says consulting engineering firm SRK’s newly appointed MD and principal scientist Vis Reddy, adding that this is compounded by the South African... 

Mining downturn, lack of govt spend impacting on consulting engineers
VIS REDDY SRK expects to become increasingly busy in a range of fields associated with the low carbon economy

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in power infrastructure

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 There are abundant project opportunities for consulting engineers in Africa, as many countries on the continent are embarking on power generation infrastructure development projects, says multinational consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa (SMEC SA), which expanded its services in 2013 to... 

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in  power infrastructure
ANDRE VAN DER WALT SMEC South Africa is confident that the market in Africa will continue to grow, with many projects ready to get under way

Consulting firms appointed for Lesotho water project

26th June 2015 Three consulting engineering firms have been awarded contracts that are collectively worth more than M40-million, about R39-million, as part of the advance infrastructure works for the multi-billion rand, binational Lesotho Highlands Water project (LHWP), being undertaken by the governments of... 

Advanced concrete course upskills consulting engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Qualified and experienced consulting engineers are one of the primary target audiences for the Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) course offered by the School of Concrete Technology, as the knowledge gained from the course could help an engineer at the design stage of a structure. This helps... 

Advanced concrete course upskills consulting engineers
GARY THEODOSIOU It is important for consulting engineers to fully grasp concrete and how it works

Tanzania branch of local consulting firm doing well

26th June 2015 Local consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting South Africa (SA) says that its Tanzania-based practice UWP Consulting Tanzania, which was established about ten years ago, is doing well in the country, where it has successfully completed roads and water projects valued at more than $10-million,... 

Consultancy prioritises integrated infrastructure planning across Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 The future of African cities lies in integrating infrastructure to provide citizens with a high level of access to residential, employment and recreational areas that are intrinsically linked through the provision of water and energy services, says consulting engineering firm Arup South Africa.... 

Consultancy prioritises integrated infrastructure planning across Africa
RICHARD DEH South African cities still face the spatial challenges created by past spatial injustices

Consulting engineering sector sheds jobs as govt projects decline 

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 While most South African consulting engineering companies are redirecting their focus to opportunities outside of the country, others are retrenching employees, owing to a decline in government-funded infrastructure projects, which accounts for 60% of the sector’s work, according to engineering... 

Consulting engineering sector  sheds jobs as govt projects decline
CONSTRUCTION POTENTIAL Growth in the construction sector has significant benefits compared with other sectors, such as water and service delivery

BBBEE requirements compromise quality of consulting services 

26th June 2015 Consulting engineering firms are providing inferior, lower-quality services and completing projects over longer timeframes than necessary, owing to broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) compliance requirements, states midtier consulting engineering firm M-Tech Consulting Engineers. This... 

Consultancy works on award winning projects

1st August 2014 Engineering consultancy Aurecon has been involved in three of this year’s South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards, two of which were linked to the innovation category. During the award ceremony, which was held at the Cape Town... 

Companies to sponsor Soweto community education campus

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 South Africa and US-based nonprofit organisation Growing Up Africa (GUA) formed a collaboration in the building industry for the construction of a multipurpose education campus, the Devland Community Education Campus, in Soweto. The building is primarily funded through pro bono professional... 

Companies to sponsor Soweto community  education campus
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DEVLAND COMMUNITY EDUCATION CAMPUS The superstructure, which includes construction of the foundations and raising the support columns for the concrete roof, is currently under construction

J&G MD steps down after 34 years of service

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 Engineering and environmental consultancy Jeffares & Green (J&G) MD Chris Robinson will retire in February 2015, following an eventful career with J&G spanning more than three decades. “I started working for J&G as an associate – now known as an executive associate – in April 1981. I was... 

J&G MD steps down  after 34 years of service
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BRAZZAVILLE 1997 J&G team members present former Republic of Congo president Pascal Lissouba with a model of the proposed Sounda dam

Cooperation needed to address sector challenges

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 To address the massive skills shortage in the South African consulting engineering sector, increased cooperation between the private and public sectors is needed, engineering and design company WSP Africa CEO Mathieu du Plooy tells Engineering News. “The serious skills shortage in the country... 

Cooperation needed to  address sector challenges
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INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY The lack of experience impacts the ability of consulting engineering companies to successfully deliver major infrastructure projects

Consultancy completes regeneration plan for Pietermaritzburg CBD

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 The integrated planning and development unit of engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) completed the preparation of a local area plan (Lap) for the central area and central business district (CBD) extension node (CACEN) of Pietermaritzburg, which falls under the... 

Consultancy completes regeneration plan for Pietermaritzburg CBD
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PIETERMARITZBURG TOWN HALL Royal HaskoningDHV completed the preparation of a local area plan for the central area and central business district extension node of Pietermaritzburg

UK-based consultancy acquires South African environmental specialists

1st August 2014 Global environmental group SLR Consulting last month acquired South African specialist consultancy firm CCA Environmental, which has blue chip clients across the oil and gas, minerals, infrastructure, energy and waste sectors. Cape Town-based CCA has established a reputation across South Africa,... 

Strategic leadership needed to deliver NDP

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 Strategic leadership is needed to ensure cooperation among the various stakeholders responsible for delivering the National Development Plan (NDP), which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, says consulting engineering firm GIBB group business development executive Muzi... 

Strategic leadership needed to deliver NDP
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT Clients have limited capacity to perform the full scope of a project and the bigger the project, the more complex managing it becomes

Environmental control officer keeps ICT project green

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 South African engineering consultancy SRK Consulting senior environmental scientist Raymond Mayne was the independent environmental control officer for one of the largest information and communications technology-related projects in South Africa, which entails fibre-optic cable being laid across... 

Telecommunications giant launches green solution

1st August 2014 Telecommunication giant MTN reaffirmed its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by unveiling Africa’s first concentrating solar cooling system, last month, which will power its energy-hungry data centres. The system was designed by engineering consultancy AOS Consulting Engineers and... 

Merger creates new brand entity

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 Consultancy Vhaselwa Engineering & Management (VEM) Consulting formed the Akhani Group following the purchase of 100% of the shares of remote site services company Mine Procurement Solutions (MPS), MPS announced in May. MPS comprises MPS South Africa, MPS Tanzania and MPS Mozambique. 

SA large-scale wind farm completed

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 The construction of a wind farm in Jeffreys Bay, in the Eastern Cape, is nearing completion, with the 60-turbine 138-MW-a-day plant expected to supply renewable electricity to power about 115 000 homes at full capacity, project civil and structural works designer and South African arm of... 

Consulting engineers call for more work 

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 The consulting engineering sector currently works at about 90% capacity, which translates into consulting engineering firms seeking more involvement in government-led projects, particularly the 18 Strategic Integrated Projects, member organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa)... 

Consulting engineers call for more work
Cesa president Abe Thela discusses the state of the consulting engineering sector.

African development presents host of opportunities

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 Infrastructure development in Africa, particularly power generation, presents significant work opportunities for the consulting engineering industry, as reaching the projected growth rates in Africa depends on large infrastructure development, says natural resources and development solutions... 

Effects of globalisation hamper industry growth – MD

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 The effects of globalisation on the consulting engineering industry in South Africa have not been properly considered and the long term implications for the country could be negative, says international consulting company Knight Piésold MD Leon Furstenburg. “Rather than the primary driver being... 

Florida campus brownfield project completed

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 A brownfield project for Africa’s largest correspondence institution, the University of South Africa (Unisa), was handed over in July by international consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV. The project, with an estimated construction value of R427-million, involved the expansion of... 

Company delivers 3Mt of project cargo

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy company Hatch Goba, in collaboration with third-party service providers, has successfully executed the delivery of project cargo in excess of three-million freight tons in the last five years, to a variety of challenging destinations. Delivery to sites in... 

Carbon footprint measurement tool to aid emissions reduction in SA

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 International consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV has developed a tool that can measure an organisation’s carbon footprint to help reduce its emissions, says Royal HaskoningDHV’s principal engineer Siva Chetty. The tool measures three different scopes of carbon emissions. Scope 1... 

Plant-specific software solution developed

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 Gauteng-based engineering consultancy Carab Tekniva engineering manager Erik van der Linde notes that the company's in-house information technology development, testing and implementation team provides it with the ability to tailor industry- and plant-specific software and hardware solutions for... 

World’s first solar powered off-grid toll plaza in Zim

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     2nd August 2013 As part of the Zimbabwe National Road Agency’s (Zinara’s) roads rehabilitation project, the Zinara toll plaza near Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe, has been designed and commissioned by consulting engineers, Arup, making it the world’s first Solar powered off-grid toll plaza. The project is part of Arup’s... 

Company looks to expand into West and North Africa

2nd August 2013 Having already established a strong foothold in Southern and East Africa, internationally recognised consultancy firm SMEC is looking to further expand its presence in West and North Africa, says SMEC South Africa CEO Thomas Marshall. With main market indices in countries such as Nigeria and... 

Phase 1 of R10m Polokwane nonmotorised transport system under way

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 Polokwane’s R30-million nonmotorised transport system (NMT) project, in Limpopo, which runs on Nelson Mandela drive, from the central business district (CBD), to the Seshego township, is in the first phase of construction, says international consulting engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV... 

Multidisciplinary engineering company successfully completes KZN projects 

2nd August 2013 Recent successes for multidisciplinary consulting engineering and project management, as well as construction and operations management company Bosch Holdings include the Mhlabatshane bulk water supply scheme in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) that will provide 100 000 people with potable water and the Mvoti... 

Political contention over 18 Sips hampering progress

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 The 18 Strategic Integrated Projects (Sips) under the National Infrastructure Plan have become a point of political contention, which is hampering progress, says former voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Graham Pirie. “Like the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 18 Sips are... 

Political contention over 18 Sips hampering progress
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GRAHAM PIRIEHe is retiring after 17 years as CESA’s CEO

Construction of CSP plant to start in Northern Cape

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 Construction of developer, owner and operator of independent water and power projects ACWA Power’s 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) independent power project (IPP) is proposed to start in the third quarter of 2013 on the Bokpoort farm, near Upington, in the Northern Cape. The CSP IPP... 

Construction of CSP plant to start in Northern Cape
MELISSA NAIDOO The Bokpoort concentrated solar power independent power project plant is based on a Spanish design and will be installed by an engineering, procurement and construction consortium lead by Spanish contractors

Industry body urges members to be unquestionably ethical

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 South Africa needs to improve its business integrity to eliminate corrupt practices, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naren Bhojaram said in June in his speech in Johannesburg during a Cesa Gauteng presidential visit. 

Consulting engineering has become unattractive – industry body

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 A survey of recruitment problems in the consulting engineering sector has revealed low numbers of black professionals in the engineering, technician and technologist professions, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naren Bhojaram highlighted. 

Consulting engineering sector to commit to attracting, retaining women

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 There is a global link between economic development and women participation, and this is evident in South Africa where a big gap exists between participation of male and female engineers, says consulting engineering firm Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA) CEO Malani Padayachee. Consulting... 

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