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Consulting Engineers News

Golder Associates appoints new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th April 2015 Global consulting and engineering firm Golder Associates has appointed Dr Hisham Mahmoud as president and CEO. Mahmoud’s career spanned some 27 years, the majority of which was spent working at diversified global engineering and construction companies. 

Country-specific planning key to obtaining IPP licences

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 Applying for an independent power producer (IPP) licence required extensive planning, with help from various industry-specific companies, said Nigeria-based energy advisory firm Lavayo Energy CEO Lolu Adubifa, who addressed delegates at the ‘How to Get an IPP Licence’ workshop at this year’s... 

Country-specific planning key to obtaining IPP licences
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STRANDED POWER It would not be feasible to propose building a thermal plant in a location far from the nearest gas pipeline

Progressive engineering projects bolster community support, long-term adaptation

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2015 Well-planned and effective engineering and infrastructure projects that are adaptable and also improve the environment and lives of people serve as benchmark examples for what society should expect from engineers, says consulting engineering firm Arup South Africa CEO Damane Hlalele.... 

Cesa worried about secondment of Cuban engineers  

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th February 2015 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Thursday said it was dismayed that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was seconding 35 Cuban engineers on a two-year contract to share their expertise with South African engineers in the water sector.  

Cesa worried about secondment of Cuban engineers

Engineers urge use of PPPs to reinvigorate ailing infrastructure roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2015 Private sector expertise and finance should be leveraged to help reinvigorate South Africa’s underperforming infrastructure programmes, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) argues, adding that the accelerated deployment of energy, transport and water projects will be essential to stimulating... 

Engineers urge use of PPPs to reinvigorate ailing infrastructure roll-out
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Cesa president Abe Thela

Positioning local aviation expertise globally

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 International project management, engineering and consultancy services provider Royal HaskoningDHV says its South African aviation division has been exposing its personnel to projects outside of Africa as part of its commitment to developing South Africa-based expertise that the continent can... 

Positioning local aviation expertise globally
TESSEL SEVERS Royal HaskoningDHV is committed to exposing local aviation experts to state-of-the-art international airport design

Cesa CEO 'unexpectedly' resigns

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2015 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Tuesday announced that its CEO Lefadi Makibinyane had resigned and would be serving his notice until the end of January. Cesa president Abe Thela said the resignation was “unexpected” and acknowledged Makibinyane’s contribution to the organisation. “We... 

Cesa CEO 'unexpectedly' resigns
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Lefadi Makibinyane

Proactive industry becoming reactive

By: Dylan Slater     14th November 2014 The professional planning part of the civil engineering industry is becoming increasingly reactive in terms of preplanning, instead of its primary, and preferred, focus of being proactive, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB. 

Proactive industry becoming reactive
CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE Planning-related professions need to bear accountability

Project management, quantity surveying firms form partnership 

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th October 2014 South African-based international project management company Planning & Cost Engineering (PaCE) Services, and quantity surveying and construction-cost consultancy Basson & Close Quantity Surveyors (BCQS) have entered into a strategic partnership to expand their footprint and client base in Africa.  

Project management, quantity surveying firms form partnership
Project management company Planning & Cost Engineering Services CEO Nic Bennett and quantity surveying and construction-cost consultancy Basson & Close Quantity Surveyors director Ben Basson discuss a strategic partnership between both companies.

Regulation and procurement biggest issues facing consulting engineers – Cesa survey

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2014 Regulation issues, including the procurement of consulting engineering services, remain one of the biggest challenges faced by the consulting engineering industry, indicates Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) latest Bi-Annual Economic and Capacity Survey (BECS) for January to June 2014.... 

Regulation and procurement biggest issues facing consulting engineers – Cesa survey
Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane

Preliminary design of refrigeration system concluded

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Engineering and design company WSP Africa completed the preliminary design of an ammonia-based refrigeration system for Malaysian retailer Giant in June this year. WSP technical director Kobus de Villiers notes that the project has been delayed by three months, as the project team waited for the... 

Preliminary design of refrigeration system concluded
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3D MODELLING Using the 3D modelling software complete with associated engineering data helped to prevent the project from stalling

Cesa announces Aon engineering stars

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2014 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has announced the winners of the 2014 Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which saw Aurecon, Aecom and Jeffares & Green take the top spots in this year’s various project categories. The yearly Aon awards, held in Midrand on Tuesday, recognised exceptional... 

Cesa announces Aon engineering stars

Young professionals urged to take control of their future

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2014 While a survey of South Africa’s young consulting engineers has revealed a pessimistic perception of the industry, a clear message emerged at the Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) Young Professionals Imbizo on Tuesday that the young engineers had to be their own activists, advocating and... 

Young professionals urged to take control of their future

Cesa member firms to report on sustainability from next year

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th August 2014 Following the launch of Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) Sustainability Framework last year, it was likely that member firms would have until the 2015/16 financial year to start incorporating a simple sustainability report into their annual reports that are submitted to the... 

Cesa member firms to report on sustainability from next year

Cesa’s Aon awards nears

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2014 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is gearing up to showcase the quality, innovation, outstanding workmanship and professionalism of the consulting engineering industry at its yearly Aon Engineering Excellence Awards. Cesa would recognise outstanding achievements at Vodaworld, in Midrand,... 

Cesa’s Aon awards nears

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

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

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... 

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.

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

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... 

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

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... 

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

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... 

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,... 

Potential for noise reduction untapped

By: Dylan Slater     18th July 2014 Acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy Consulting) believes there is vast potential to reduce noise in many industrial and mining applications, but that noisy environments remain, unnecessarily, because noise-reduction techniques are seldom... 

Potential for noise  reduction untapped
PROCESSING DATA There is vast potential to reduce noise in many industrial and mining applications

Global health and safety group homes in on African oil, gas prospects 

By: Sashnee Moodley     20th June 2014 International environment, health and safety (EHS) solutions specialist EHS Support has entered into a definitive agreement with local consulting company Prime Africa Consultants to develop a footprint in South Africa and ultimately Africa for its US and Australian oil and gas clients.  

Global health and safety group homes in on African oil, gas prospects
International environmental, health, and safety solutions specialist EHS Support chief technical officer and vice president Nigel Goulding discusses the company’s definitive agreement with Prime Africa Consultants. Camerawork: Shane Williams. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded: 30.05.14

Industry losing essential technical skills

By: Pimani Baloyi     20th June 2014 The South African fastener sector is losing specialised skills as veteran workers are retiring, without skills transfer taking place. The industry also struggles to attract skilled graduates, says local standard nuts, bolts and other special fasteners manufacturer Impala Bolt & Nut. Company MD... 

Industry losing essential technical skills
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SCARCE SKILLS Skilled employees between the ages of 50 and 60 and will soon retire… while we have training programmes, it is difficult to attract new entrants into the industry

Cesa urges Zuma to encourage rigorous acceleration of NDP implementation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2014 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is hopeful that President Jacob Zumawill use the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Tuesday to emphasise the importance of the rigorous and accelerated implementation of the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) to growing the country’s economy and... 

Cesa urges Zuma to encourage rigorous acceleration of NDP implementation
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Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane

Engineers need to lead municipal departments 

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 To enhance and monitor the quality of municipal infrastructure and services, engineers should head the various departments of South Africa’s municipalities as they have the necessary skills and expertise to understand the engineering aspects of the services in question, voluntary association... 

Engineers need to lead municipal departments
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MUNICIPAL PROFICIENCY Cesa suggests that engineers head municipal infrastructure departments

GIBB acquires majority stake in Stauch Vorster Architects

By: Natalie Greve     10th June 2014 After recently announcing that it had reached the R1-billion-a-year turnover mark, South Africa’s largest black-owned engineering consulting firm GIBB has enlarged its corporate stable by acquiring 70% of architectural firm Stauch Vorster Architects (SVA). In partnership with SVA, GIBB would now... 

New home for consulting firm 

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2014 Consulting firm Golder Associates launched its new building, in Midrand, earlier this month. Golder MD Dr Ralph Heath stated at the launch that the new building represented a shift towards a refocused collaboration for Golder and its partners. Heath told Engineering News that the for moving into... 

New home for consulting firm
Golder MD DR Ralph Heath discusses the company’s move to its new premises in Midrand, Gauteng.

Cesa ‘appalled’ by recent reports of industry corruption

By: Natalie Greve     26th May 2014 Consulting Engineering South Africa (Cesa) said in a statement on Monday that it was “appalled” by the apparent pressure put on its members to certify payment for work not completed, saying it would not bend to pressure from “greedy, unscrupulous and unqualified” contractors and corrupt... 

Cesa ‘appalled’ by recent reports of industry corruption
CesA CEO Lefadi Makibinyane

Engineering industry environment, confidence exceeding expectations – Cesa

By: Natalie Greve     16th May 2014 Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) latest biannual Economic and Capacity Survey (BECS) for the period July 2013 to December 2013 has revealed that market conditions continued to surprise firms on the upside, with most reporting a “better than expected” trading environment. The... 

Engineering industry environment, confidence exceeding expectations – Cesa

Zambia issues urgent plea for help on Kariba dam wall rehabilitation 

By: Oscar Nkala     9th May 2014 The Zambia government has issued an urgent appeal to the World Bank, the European Union (EU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other international financiers to provide funding for the rehabilitation of the Kariba dam wall, following expert confirmation that it has developed serious... 

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