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Consulting Engineers News

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... 

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... 

TNPA offers glimpse into growth trajectory of SA’s coastal ports

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2014 The face of South Africa’s coastal ports is expected to change materially over the coming 30 years, with the ports authority’s long-term plans containing not only the anticipated expansion of commodity and container terminals, but also a vision for a deeper integration of the harbours with the... 

TNPA offers glimpse into growth trajectory of SA’s coastal ports
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TNPA chief planner Nimi Ramchand

Firms partner to form first African-owned consulting engineering powerhouse

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th April 2014 Consulting engineering firms Iliso consulting, Lategan Bouwer Engineers and TRicon Consulting Engineers have entered into a long-term partnership to form the first African-owned multidisciplinary consulting engineering powerhouse, Nako Group.  

SA has to move away from price-driven procurement – CESA 

By: Leandi Kolver     7th April 2014 The current consulting engineering procurement approach – dominated by price, with functionality and quality only being minimum prequalification thresholds – is reducing consulting engineering services to a commodity as opposed to being “trusted advisers”, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA)... 

SA has to move away from price-driven procurement – CESA
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Abe Thela

Colourful insight into SA’s engineering prowess 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2014 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has produced a coffee-table-style book, titled Decades of Engineering Excellence, which offers a colourful glimpse into South Africa’s engineering prowess. The 200-page hardcover has been compiled and edited by du Toit Grobler, himself a... 

Colourful insight into SA’s engineering prowess

Sustaining consulting engineering key to growing economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 The objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) will not be realised  unless consulting engineers are more involved in the process, says newly appointed voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Abe Thela. Cesa represents in excess of 500 consulting... 

Sustaining consulting engineering key to  growing economy
REDUCED INNOVATION Consulting Engineers South Africa says unintended consequences of competitive bidding for consulting engineering services are fewer innovation and training opportunities

Gibb appoints BEE heavyweight as chairperson

By: Natalie Greve     11th February 2014 Consulting engineering firm Gibb has announced the appointment of black economic-empowerment (BEE) heavyweight and Black Management Forum founding member Don Mkhwanazi as chairperson of the Gibb Holdings board. CEO Richard Vries said in a statement on Tuesday that Mkhwanazi’s appointment formed a... 

Gibb appoints BEE heavyweight as chairperson
Don Mkhwanazi

Cesa calls for investigation of ‘blatant’ municipal tender irregularity 

By: Natalie Greve     31st January 2014 Following complaints from its member firms, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has noted “with concern the blatant abuse of Section 32 of the Municipal Finance Management Act” and has called on the Auditor General, National Treasury and the Public Protector to investigate the deviations.... 

Cesa calls for investigation of ‘blatant’ municipal tender irregularity
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Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane

ASME and allies use engineering to help solve problems in underserved areas

By: Keith Campbell     13th December 2013 ASME, the international engineering profession’s cooperative, educational and training, research, outreach and codes and standards development organisation (originally the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, founded in 1880), is seeking to improve the quality of life for people in... 

SA export credit insurer weighing Exim-style bank strategy

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2013 The State-owned Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) has initiated a process to explore whether or not it would be feasible and beneficial for South Africa to establish an export-import (Exim) bank, to provide one-stop lending and insurance support for exporters. CEO Kutoane Kutoane, who... 

SA export credit insurer weighing Exim-style bank strategy
ECIC CEO Kutoane Kutoane

Engineering survey attracts 6 000 respondents, more wanted

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2013 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has again appealed to all registered and nonregistered engineers, certificated engineers, engineering technicians and engineering technologists to participate in an online survey designed to improve the overall visibility of the country’s technical... 

Engineering survey attracts 6 000 respondents, more wanted
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ECSA acting CEO Edgar Sabela

Royal HaskoningDHV achieves Level 2 BEE status

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2013 Consulting engineer Royal HaskoningDHV has achieved a Level 2 black economic-empowerment (BEE) status, the company announced on Tuesday. Royal HaskoningDHV noted that it was one of the first independent consulting engineering companies in Southern Africa and later, also one of the first to be... 

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... 

Cesa gets new president
Cesa President Abe Thela

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

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

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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