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Consulting Engineers

Discounted fees straining industry

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 Engineers should change their mindsets and become price-makers and not price-takers, moving away from being technocrats to becoming good businessmen. 

Engineering must become career of choice

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 The engineering profession must demystify the beneficial role it plays in society and promote itself as a career of choice. 

Urgent need to grow local engineering resources

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 Shortage of skills is one of the biggest challenges facing the engineering profession in South Africa. 

Firm announces new corporate structure

9th August 2002 International consulting engineering firm Arup has announced a new corporate structure for the South African practice which gives significant impetus to its transformation initiatives and its commitment to black economic empowerment. 

First phase of airport interchange begins

9th August 2002 Mokgawa, Mtshali and Associates (MMA), an emerging consulting engineering firm, and VKE Engineers were appointed in a joint venture to do the planning, design and construction supervision of the first phase of the Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) interchange. 

Water-treatment plant capacity doubled

9th August 2002 Tshwane-based GFJ Consulting Engineers and Project Managers, in association with InterConsult of Harare, Zimbabwe, audited a R18-million project to double the capacity of the Victoria Falls water-treatment plant in Zimbabwe. 

Restructuring allows company stronger regional focus

9th August 2002 The recent restructuring of the top management of the 81-year-old consulting engineering group, Knight Pi 

Consulting firm signs empowerment deal

9th August 2002 Empowerment company the Kwezi Group has acquired a 40% stake in V3 Consulting Engineers, following 12 months of negotiations between the companies. 

Company awarded ISO quality certification

9th August 2002 Consulting engineering companies, Liebenberg & Stander International and Liebenberg & Stander Western Cape, have been awarded the SABS ISO 9001:2000 certification. 

PPP-dedicated unit opened

9th August 2002 As part of the initiative to establish itself as a key international player in public private partnerships (PPPs), Stewart Scott has formed a special Project Finance and Development Unit (PFDU) to house the firm’s PPP expertise, which will be dedicated to the development of private sector... 

Rather pay more, warns engineer

9th August 2002 Consulting engineers render services to a wide variety of disciplines, including specialised fields such as clean room technology, which is applicable to manufacturing and development processes where a clean environment is crucial to the process. 

Engineering projects start to reflect triple bottom line

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 The work done by consulting engineers reflects the move towards designing and executing projects that will achieve sustainable development. 

African initiatives can bring relief to firms

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 South African engineering firms are playing a leading role in Africa, and sustainable development initiatives on the continent, such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), can bring more welcome relief to local engineering firms, which are generally experiencing hard times... 

Bridging the gap through sustainable development

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 Bridge-building has always been a recognised activity associated with engineers, and the world bears testimony to the lasting impact these structures have on connecting people and bringing that which is apart, together. 

Zululand water-supply scheme investigated

26th July 2002 The Zululand District Municipality (ZDM) has appointed the water division of UWP Consulting Engineer’s office in Maritzburg to prepare a masterplan for the Mandlakazi Regional Water Supply Scheme. 

Bulk-water supply to Bethal upgraded

26th July 2002 Due to increasing water demand in the area, Rand Water appointed consulting, civil engineering and project management firm GFJ Consulting Engineers to upgrade the existing bulk-water supply system to Bethal, in Mpumalanga, a contract valued at some R10-million. 

Rural Limpopo gets safe drinking water

26th July 2002 The 20 Ml/d Xikundu Water Treatment Plant forms part of the greater Levuvhu Government Water Scheme which is currently being implemented by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) to supply safe drinking water to the rural areas in the Limpopo Province. 

Francois SwartBigen Africa

19th July 2002 Francois Swart Bigen Africa Leader of 286 

African consulting engineers commit to Nepad

12th June 2002 African Consulting Engineers have committed themselves to interacting with their various governments to facilitate the implementation of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). 

SA firm wraps up $50m sugar factory rehabilitation in Moz

31st May 2002 In association with Schaffer and Associates International, provider of technical services to the sugar industry, Techserve, has recently completed the assignment as project managers for the $50-million rehabilitation of the Acucareira de Xinavane sugar factory and estate in Mozambique. 

Confidence levels improve in consulting engineering industry

23rd May 2002 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) reported that while confidence levels of its members has shown an increase, the projected income forecast by members for the first half of 2002 is somewhat conservative. 

Delayed payments to engineers worsens again

22nd May 2002 Despite repeated cautions issued by the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) over the last 12 months, its latest Management Information Survey reviewing the period from July 2001 to December 2001 has once again highlighted that payment to member firms across the board... 

Final report on collapsed bridge by June

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2002 The inquiry into the collapse of the Injaka bridge while under construction in Mpumalanga has finally come to an end. The 300 m seven-span continuous prestressed concrete structure gave way in mid-construction on July 6, 1998, killing 14 people and injuring 19. 

Comprehensive corrosion management and maintenance service is on offer

By: vanessa vasques     3rd May 2002 A unique service is being supplied by the corrosion management services of Midrand-based Xenith Management. 

Remembering Spike Milligan (II)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th April 2002 WG: “Part two: Looking for diamonds Neddy is finding being in the desert somewhat arduous . . .” 

Consulting engineer in an empowerment push

5th April 2002 Historically-disadvantaged employees are to be offered 30% of consulting-engineering firm Ninham Shand, through an innovative share scheme to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the firm. 

(Even) more on consulting electrical engineers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th March 2002 Last week I wrote that the consulting electrical engineering business in this country is getting worse, not better and the consulting electrical engineers are becoming increasingly incompetent. 

Consulting engineer in empowerment move

26th March 2002 Historically disadvantaged employees are to be offered 30% of consulting engineering firm Ninham Shand, through an innovative share scheme to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the firm. 

A lot for a little?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd March 2002 Not too long ago I wrote that standby diesel gensets were frequently oversized. I implied that one of the reasons for their oversizing was that the consulting engineers who specified them specified bigger engines no only to “be on the safe side”, but to increase their fees, these... 

Empowerment merger in consulting sector

11th March 2002 Engineering firms Stewart Scott International and Karabo Engineering have merged their operations in a move that brings together one of the largest consulting engineering firms and one of the leading independent electrical engineering firms in South Africa. 

Peter Silbernagl

1st March 2002 Peter Silbernagl SAACE 

. . . And could spin exports for SA

By: Keith Campbell     22nd February 2002 THE export of South African engineering expertise can have a dramatic multiplier effect on related tangible exports. 

Engineers need to be active in public life

By: Keith Campbell     22nd February 2002 SA consulting engineers should get more involved in public life, whether through party politics, residents' associations, or working for a period for government, as their expertise is invaluable. 

Trueman Goba

15th February 2002 Trueman Goba Goba Moahloli Keeve Steyn Leader of 210 

Project growth could expose skills backlog

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2002 A cursory glance of the tenders and appointment pages in any of South Africa’s leading newspapers makes it abundantly clear that the domestic project pipeline is fast maturing. 

Road from Gauteng to KZN smoothed

8th February 2002 Travelling by road from Gauteng to Kwazulu-Natal on the N3 highway may now be R17 more expensive, but the infamous single carriageway between Heidelberg and Villiers does no longer exist. 

Enviro studies complete for R1,4bn Knysna project

8th February 2002 Earthworks on a 612 ha site will begin by the middle of the year at the exclusive R1,4-billion Pezula Estate development near Knysna, Western Cape. 

Public works maintenance on fast track

8th February 2002 Following the approval to proceed with the repair and maintenance of an additional 146 prisons and 41 military bases across the country, the Department of Public Works will be spending a total of R26-million in the next five weeks on consultancy fees carried out in its repair and maintainence... 

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