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Consulting Engineers News

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. 

Some Protech stakeholders could accept Eqstra offer – Page

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     25th February 2013 Civil engineering group Protech Khuthele CEO Anthony Page on Monday said that, although contract mining and equipment group Eqstra’s R146-million final offer to acquire the remaining 67.2% stake in Protech it did not already own, was below net asset value (NAV), some shareholders could accept it.... 

Corporate action positioning SA as a consulting engineering gateway to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2013 There has been a strong increase in corporate activity in South African consulting engineering over the last few months, with international groups teaming up with well-established domestic entities to create new African-focused organisational platforms. A common feature of most, if not all, of... 

Corporate action positioning South Africa as a consulting engineering gateway to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2013 There has been a strong increase in corporate activity in South African consulting engineering over the last few months, with international groups teaming up with well-established domestic entities to create new African-focused organisational platforms. 

Consulting engineers set up R1m anticorruption ‘war chest’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2013 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is establishing an initial R1-million anticorruption “war chest”, which its plans to use in the coming months to take legal action against municipalities and private companies that it suspects of having acted illegally in the award, or securing of... 

Work on big Gauteng road upgrade comes to an end

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     1st February 2013 Professional consulting engineering company SMEC South Africa has completed the two-phase R55 project, which entailed upgrading a 6m wide single carriageway to a dual carriageway – comprising four lanes, two each in the opposite direction, five bridges across the Hennops river, which passes... 

Safcec appoints new executive director

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th January 2013 The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec’s) newly appointed executive director Webster Mfebe expected to focus on aligning the organisation’s mission with the current trends in the civil engineering industry. The former TWP nonexecutive director and MD and owner of... 

Research initiated into presence of biofilm in water pipeline

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     23rd November 2012 Consulting Engineers MBB, which operate and manage the Lower Blyde River Water Distribution (LBRWD) pipeline, is working with the University of Pretoria to research the presence of a bacterium known as biofilm, which has been found in the pipeline. 

US engineering giant sees SA acquisition as key to African expansion

By: Natalie Greve     23rd November 2012 Local multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm BKS has officially joined the stable of multinational technical and management engineering services provider Aecom Technology Corporation, following a resolution by the South African company to expand its footprint globally and into the continent. 

BKS rebrands as Aecom SA following merger with US giant

By: Natalie Greve     1st November 2012 South African consulting engineering firm BKS was officially integrated into the global Aecom Technology Corporation stable on Thursday and announced that it had rebranded to become Aecom South Africa. Aecom is a leading engineering consultancy listed on the New York Stock Exchange and active in... 

Limited opportunities for students to enter acoustic engineering profession

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th October 2012 A lack of opportunity to enter the acoustics engineering profession through higher education institutions in South Africa has resulted in training being provided exclusively, but for a very limited intake, through mentorship opportunities, states acoustics engineering firm Mackenzie Hoy... 

Engineers see too few signs of SA’s infrastructure promise 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2012 Capacity utilisation levels in South Africa’s consulting engineering industry dipped to 89.1% in the first six months of 2012, from an average utilisation rate of 90.9% in December 2011, Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) bi-annual economic and capacity survey shows. It also indicated... 

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