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Consulting Engineers

Outlook positive, but challenges remain

4th August 2006 Project engineering and operational management services firm B&A Group is positive about the future growth of the consulting engineering and construction industry in Southern Africa, says CEO Clive Swaisland. 

Top young engineer honoured

4th August 2006 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive, has sponsored the South African Association of Consulting Engineer’s (Saace) Young Engineer of the Year Award, as part of the prestigious Glenrand MIB Engineering Excellence Awards, held at the Sandton Sun on August 2, this year. 

‘Huge investments and govt commitment needed to solve transport problems’

By: Bert Swart     4th August 2006 Government is committed by its National Land Transport Transition Act (NLTTA) to ensuring that South African commuters have access to a reliable, world-class public transport system, says Arup transport economic adviser, Andrew Marsay. 

Local firm wins key water-infrastructure project

By: Bert Swart     4th August 2006 South African engineering firm BKS has been awarded the project coordination contract for the R4,5-billion Olifants River Water Resource Development Project, including the De Hoop dam, on the Steelpoort river. This is a Presidential project which comprises the construction of the De Hoop dam and... 

‘Retain talent irrespective of race or gender’, says engineering firm chief

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2006 Engineering as a profession has evolved, ponders Danai Magugumela. In her still bare office – she has only been on the job since May 1– the new CEO of consultingengineering firm BKS says it now demands personal strengths and a grasp of matters that were oftenpreviously seen as a... 

Brand-new Orlando stadium to rise from the ashes of the old icon

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2006 In about a week’s time the City of Johannesburg will issue a call for tenders for the construction of the new, 40 000-seat, Orlando Stadium in Soweto. 

Low consulting engineering rates a global challenge

By: Helene Le Roux     5th May 2006 Low fees are the main threat to the consulting engineering industry worldwide. 

Public-private engagement needed to preserve local construction sector

By: Liezel Hill     14th April 2006 Urgent action is called for to ensure that the local construction industry is prepared to compete against an onslaught by contract-hungry foreign, and Chinese in particular, companies, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) has warned. 

Engineers have a plan to deal with municipal service-delivery nightmare

By: Helene Le Roux     10th February 2006 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) is mooting compelling suggestions to tackle the lack of service delivery, which has become a political hot potato and an impediment to socio-economic development. 

Consulting engineers announce merger

25th November 2005 Local firms Khetsi Ya Dimo (KYD) Consulting Engineers and De Leuw Cather (North) Consulting Engineers and Planners have announced their merger effective 1 November 2005. 

First black president takes office at engineering body

11th November 2005 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers reported yesterday that it has inaugurated its first black consulting engineer to the Presidency of the Association. 

Broadcast venture to keep engineers updated

By: Liezel Hill     15th September 2005 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) this week revealed an innovative scheme to ensure that its members are able to meet continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, which the Engineers Council of South Africa (Ecsa) plans to phase in from next year. 

Construction conference to unpack industry charter

26th August 2005 Public Works Minister Stella Sigcau is to address delegates at the annual construction-industry conference, to be held on October 9-11. 

Luxury apartment development in Clifton is nearly complete

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 Cape Town-based consulting engineering firm Kantey & Templer (K&T) undertook the geotechnical assessment and detailed design of the Eventide Luxury Apartment development in Clifton, Western Cape. 

A bag full of projects for consultancy firm

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The implementation of measurements to lessen negative social impacts of the Nandoni dam, in the Luvuvhu river, south of Thohoyandou in the former Venda, carried out by consulting engineering firm BKS, has recently been completed and deputy CEO Bob Pullen, who was involved with the project from... 

Clean-room specialist focuses on regulatory training

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 Clean-room technology is a specialised field in which not many consulting engineering firms operate, and Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers (DSCE) claims to be South Africa’s only engineering company specialising exclusively in this field, mainly for the pharmaceutical, medical and... 

Quality accreditation for award-winning companies

5th August 2005 Bosch Projects and Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), part of the B&A Group, a leading Kwazulu-Natal consulting engineering firm, were recently certified compliant with ISO 9001:2000 international standard for the companies’ quality management systems. 

Engineering firm shifts focus to local projects

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The Jeffares & Green Group, a multidisciplinary consulting engineering company operating in Africa and other areas of the world, has a renewed focus on projects in South Africa, MD Chris Robinson tells Engineering News. 

Consulting firm hard at work at Joburg airport

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The Pretoria-based Encon Engineering is a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm focusing on specialist fields of expertise, one being a fuel-system division, and another a perimeter security division which is currently working on four new projects for the Airports Company of South Africa... 

Local company expands its African footprint

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 Since its establishment 33 years ago, UWP Consulting has grown into a company with 13 offices across South Africa and it has recently opened another two regional offices in Thohoyandou and Queenstown. 

The three pillars of success

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 Technology, constant and sustainable service and local representation are the main pillars for a successful business model in the consulting engineering profession, Stewart Scott International (SSI) CEO Dr Vic Prins tells Engineering News. 

Engineering industry bleeding as skills dearth continues

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The South African engineering industry is bleeding professionally and the shortage of people and skills will have an influence on the local engineering profession for years to come, reports SRK Consulting MD Brian Middleton. 

World's largest pressure-management system installed

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The world’s largest single advanced pressure management installation has recently been installed at the Emfuleni local municipality, 50 km south of Johannesburg. 

Firm wins R160-million refurbishment contract

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The rapid growth in and around Rustenburg in the North-West province, mainly caused by the increased mining activities, has led to the sewage-purification works becoming overloaded. 

Contract opens more doors for local firm

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The consulting and project management contract for delivering municipal services to the 191-ha Meyersdal Nature Estate, south of Johannesburg, has been awarded to Germiston-based Infraconsult Engineering, in August last year. 

Industry entering a growth period . . .

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 ... but skills remain a challenge 

Municipal capacity hinders delivery goals - Saace

1st August 2005 Delivery of municipal infrastructure and services is not only being hindered by the lack of capacity and expertise within municipal structures but also by the lack of knowledge within these institutions as to the role that consulting engineers can play and services that the consulting engineer... 

Sekunjalo aligns itself to engineering body

31st May 2005 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) announced at the end of May that black-empowerment company Sekunjalo is a new partner of the association. 

Changes in construction sector highlighted

13th May 2005 The president of the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) this week highlighted the effects of the ever-changing construction industry's environment. 

SA growth to highlight dearth of engineers

29th April 2005 A new survey of the consulting engineering profession points to a likely boom in the sector with job opportunities set to grow, but also warns that training will become a critical challenge as the shortage of engineers begins to become more apparent. 

SA needs proper sewage and effluent monitoring

By: Mariaan Webb     1st April 2005 “Treated sewage effluent is one of the most common types of pollution found in rivers draining urban areas,” Ninham Shand Consulting Services environmental discipline head Mike Luger says. 

Local pipes launched in the US

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 The middle of January saw the first delivery of about 2 500 m of Petroplas pipes to the US – marking the export launch of a South African designed and manufactured product despite the unfavourable rand/dollar exchange rate. 

Althea Povey

4th March 2005 Full name: Althea Lynne Povey Position: President of the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) for 2005 Main activity of the company: Business support organisation for member firms Date and place of birth: Durban, July 12, 1959 Education: Fish Hoek High School, matric, 1976;... 

Soweto roads upgrade complete this month

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 This month will see the completion of 7,2 km of newly-upgraded and tarred roads in Soweto, Gauteng, by the Nyoni Africa Joint Venture. 

Construction of R60m Free State bridge to start next year

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Construction of a new bridge over the Caledon river at Wepener, in the Free State, will begin early next year. 

Consultancy lands chrome-mine job

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Gauteng-based TWP Consulting has been commissioned to design and manage the construction of a new underground chrome-mine. 

Rand, interest rates fuel property market

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Low interest rates and the strong rand have done much to create a buoyant property market in South Africa, leading to a multiplicity of commercial developments, says LC Consulting director John Truter. 

Why engineering collapses occur

18th February 2005 Contrary to popular belief, engineering collapses are not generally attributable to one clear-cut cause, but to a combination of various aspects of the design and construction and a final circumstance that “breaks the camel’s back”. 

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