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Consulting Engineers News

Cesa gets new president 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2013 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Friday announced that Abe Thela would take over as the organisation’s president next year, succeeding Naren Bhojaram. This followed Cesa’s annual general meeting, held in Cape Town, on Monday, where Thela said he looked forward to serving Cesa as... 

ECSA’s engineer registration aimed at improving quality 

By: Schalk Burger     1st November 2013 The drive to have all engineers registered under the statutory body Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is aimed at improving the quality of the engineering profession in the country and providing competency assurance, says ECSA president Cyril Gamede. The council requires engineers to... 

Vaal engineers come together for a cause

By: Samantha Herbst     25th October 2013 Engineers, as well as rigging, crane, scaffolding and related companies, based in the Vaal Triangle, consolidated their skills earlier this month to support the Vanderbijlpark Rotary Club’s eighteenth yearly charity fundraising event, the Rotary River Festival, during which the world’s longest... 

  Vaal engineers come together for a cause

Investment group sees acquisitions opening up new Africa prospects

     11th October 2013 Construction and installation of cathodic protection and amalgamated corrosion mitigation systems, Germiston-based Amalgamated Corrosion Engineering (ACE), recently welcomed investment group of companies Reindus Holdings as a new controlling shareholder, as part of its strategy to position itself... 

Engineering census launched to gauge infrastructure skills gaps 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2013 An ambitious survey has been launched in a bid to determine the size and composition of South Africa’s population of engineers, technologists and technicians, as well as to assess the true nature of the skills gaps that are constraining the roll-out of the country’s multibillion-rand National... 

Engineering census launched to gauge infrastructure skills gaps
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Allyson Lawless

Cesa lauds progressive industry performance, but warns of remaining challenges

By: Natalie Greve     20th September 2013 Conditions in the South African engineering sector in the first half of the year were better than expected, driven chiefly by improved earnings and increasing levels of employment, Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) latest Bi-annual Economic and Capacity Survey, released on Friday,... 

Cesa lauds progressive industry performance, but warns of remaining challenges
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Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane

Feasibility study under way for $5bn Mozambique gas pipeline

By: Samantha Herbst     20th September 2013 A feasibility study is currently under way for the construction of a $5-billion, 2 600 km natural gas pipeline that could connect significant natural gas discoveries in northern Mozambique to benefit gas-to-power markets in Southern Africa. Having concluded a prefeasibility study in December last... 

   Feasibility study under way for $5bn Mozambique gas pipeline
SIGNIFICANT REGIONAL BENEFITSA detailed map of the proposed 2 600 km Gasnosu pipeline which, if approved, could run from Cabo Delgado to Maputo, Mozambique, and possibly to regional markets further south, such as Richards Bay, South Africa

R8m bridge earns community-development kudos 

By: Sashnee Moodley     20th September 2013 Consulting engineers Royal HaskoningDHV’s HA Mofutho bridge has won the Hot-Dip Galvanizers Association of Southern Africa award for infrastructure and community development, as well as the prominent WGS Barnett trophy. 

R8m bridge earns community-development kudos
HA MOFUTHO BRIDGEThe design of the bridge focused on job creation and the development of the local construction industry, as part of the client’s requirements

Need for noise measurement qualification in African countries

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd August 2013 With mining projects continuing to emerge in Africa, communities are being affected by the noise of the developments taking place around them, especially as qualifications in environmental noise measurement and prediction are lacking among Africans, which results in inaccurate noise measurement. 

Need for noise measurement qualification in African countries
PROPER MEASUREMENT STRESSEDIt is important to provide noise-measurement training for local African people, as they are more familiar with the challenges and conditions of their surroundings

TWP founder Nigel Townshend steps down

By: Leandi Kolver     15th August 2013 Founder of the former TWP and current WorleyParsonsTWP sub-Saharan Africa global mining and precious metals executive director Nigel Townshend on Thursday announced that he would step down from his day-to-day involvement in the company. Townshend established TWP, which was acquired by global... 

TWP founder Nigel Townshend steps down
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TWP founder Nigel Townshend

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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

Consulting group expands Gauteng operations

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd August 2013 Multidisciplinary consulting, engineering and project management specialist Bosch Holdings has expanded its Gauteng operations, with a recent move to new offices in Bryanston, Johannesburg. CEO Mike Gibbon says the consolidation of Bosch Holdings’ operations enables the company to improve its... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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

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... 

Coastal management programme to uplift the Mandeni area

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th July 2013 Consulting, engineering and environmental services provider Royal HaskoningDHV will present the draft five-year coastal management programme (CMP), developed on behalf of the Mandeni Municipality, which is aimed at transforming the Mandeni coastal zone to attract tourists and investment while... 

Coastal management programme to uplift the Mandeni area
COASTAL MANAGEMENTRoyal HaskoningDHV has completed the scoping phase of the coastal management programme, which includes an overview of the coastal area

Consulting engineer increases connectivity to improve information flow

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th July 2013 Cape Town-based managed services provider and Internet service provider SybaWeb added the Richards Bay branch of consulting engineering practice UWP Consulting to its connectivity backbone after it had approached the company last year with a turnkey information technology (IT) management solution... 

Project managers developed despite economic slowdown

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th July 2013 While there are enough projects under way to employ the number of project managers in South Africa, there is a shortage of competent project and construction managers. 

Project traps need to be overcome to ensure success

     19th July 2013 Projects most commonly fail as a result of poor scheduling as many companies underestimate the time needed for their completion. 

New Cesa CEO strives to strengthen measures to counter corruption

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th July 2013 As the new CEO of Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), Lefadi Makibinyane has made it his primary focus to ensure that the consulting engineering sector delivers quality service and that there is never doubt about the quality of work delivered by Cesa members. He praised his predecessor... 

New Cesa CEO strives to strengthen measures to counter corruption
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Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane

Namibian microfinance group in strong SA expansion

By: Yanna Smith     12th July 2013 An aggressive strategy to develop the untapped microfinance and microinsurance markets in Southern Africa saw Namibia-based Trustco's after-tax profit drop to N$40-million for the year to March, compared with prior year's N$240-million. 

SA sets up infrastructure to verify local-content claims 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2013 A new technical instrument has been introduced to support South Africa’s strategy of increasing the level of local content in the goods and services procured by government and State-owned entities and to add impetus to the country’s re-industrialisation efforts. The tool in question is a South... 

SA sets up infrastructure to verify local-content claims
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SABS CEO Boni Mehlomakulu and Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

PICC calls for multiyear municipal capital budgeting to arrest chronic under spending

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2013 The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) has called for the implementation of a multiyear capital expenditure budgeting model at the municipal level in a bid to reduce chronic under spending and improve spending efficiency. Research undertaken by the PICC secretariat, which... 

PICC calls for multiyear municipal capital budgeting to arrest chronic under spending
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Makibinyane to succeed Pirie as Cesa CEO

By: Natalie Greve     4th July 2013 Lefadi Makibinyane will succeed Graham Pirie as CEO of Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on July 8. Pirie last month announced his resignation after 17 years as the head of the organisation. 

Makibinyane to succeed Pirie as Cesa CEO

IMESA to establish Harare branch amid regional collaboration drive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2013 Industry association the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) has called for greater integration and collaboration between South African municipal governments and municipal engineering structures in the Southern African Development Community member States. The... 

Forestry group moves ahead plan to integrate Sabie site, extract more value 

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2013 Forestry and forest products group York Timbers is hoping to break ground early next year on its R1.5-billion site integration project at its Sabie facilities, in Mpumalanga, once it receives a record of decision from the Department of Environmental Affairs on its environmental-impact assessment... 

Mott MacDonald acquires PDNA amid accelerated intl consolidation of consulting engineering industry

By: Natalie Greve     29th April 2013 In yet another deal that will see an international engineering firm acquire a local industry player, Johannesburg-based consulting engineering specialist PD Naidoo & Associates (PDNA) will, subject to Competition Commission approval, be bought out by global engineering, management and development... 

Construction consultancy wins prestigious award

By: Joanne Taylor     19th April 2013 Programme management and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend was named Global consultant of the year at the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year awards, in the UK, last month. 

Comprehensive training on concrete industrial floors offered this year

     12th April 2013 The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) School of Concrete Technology is emphasising the need to have a thorough understanding of all the characteristics of concrete for floors by offering training course on concrete industrial floors for consulting engineers and contractors. 

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