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Consulting Engineers News

Cesa challenges Sanral’s decision to cancel tender

1st July 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is challenging the decision by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) board to cancel critical infrastructure tenders worth R17.5-billion on the basis that the adjudication process was flawed owing to the involvement of... 

Infrastructure rebuilding good test for sector

By: Mandisa Nyathi     1st July 2022 The rebuilding of damaged infrastructure, in KwaZulu-Natal, after the devastating floods, will be a good test for the consulting engineering sector’s capacity to supplement skills shortages, says consulting engineering and scientist firm SRK Consulting MD Vis Reddy. 

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VIS REDDY Rebuilding projects will see many engineering companies hired to fix the infrastructure in the province.

ECSA elects Thembinkosi Madikane as VP

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2022 Industry organisation the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has elected Thembinkosi Madikane VP. "The election of Madikane, who is a professional engineer, seeks to ensure that the council is well capacitated to fulfil its strategic role of overseeing the implementation of the 2020 to... 

Cesa celebrates 70 years, aims to foster local capacity to overcome infrastructure backlog

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is celebrating its seventieth year - having become the apex organisation of the consulting engineering sector - and aims to help develop local capacity to address the backlogs in infrastructure, says Cesa CEO Chris Campbell. “Our seventieth... 

Saice launches jobs portal after pandemic impacts civil engineering market

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2022 The South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) launched an online platform for employment- and mentorship-seeking members, called Saice Connect, on June 1. The portal is aimed at assisting corporates with recruiting personnel for vacant positions and with finding Saice members... 

Clough, Saipem JV awarded $2.7bn urea plant contract in Australia

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2022 A 50:50 joint venture (JV) between construction company Clough and technological and engineering firm Saipem has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for Perdaman Industries’ $2.7-billion urea plant in Western Australia. Clough is a wholly-owned subsidiary of... 

Megger solidifies commitment to Africa with new Durban-based office

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2022 With South Africa being one of four regional economic “hotspots” in Africa, testing and measurement equipment manufacturer Megger has chosen the country to be the host of its first African office, which it believes signals “a strong commitment to the African continent”. This, says Megger Africa... 

Megger solidifies commitment to Africa with new Durban-based office

Takeovers Panel makes final orders relating to DRA Global

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2022 The Australian government’s Takeovers Panel has made final orders in relation to an application dated March 21 by Haydn Von Maltitz in relation to the affairs of JSE- and ASX-listed DRA Global. On May 9, the panel made a declaration of unacceptable circumstances in relation to the affairs of DRA. 

ECSA elects its first female president

By: Darren Parker     6th May 2022 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) elected its first female president Refilwe Buthelezi following the sixth term council special meeting on May 5. ECSA has not had a female president since its inception, with ECSA stating on May 6 that the election of Buthelezi in the engineering and... 

Privately run Cape Town wastewater plants in good nick

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 To improve the operating efficiency of its wastewater treatment works (WWTWs), South Africa needs to increase the number of plants operated by private companies, such as the Zandvliet WWTW in Cape Town, global water technology company Grundfos Cape Town branch manager Hennie Hanekom tells... 

Wastewater treatment works operators need to be open to adopting new technology
KEEP ON TRACK Wastewater treatment works operators need to be open to adopting new technology

Mott MacDonald wins Mozambique project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2022 Engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has won a project to improve transport infrastructure and support economic growth in Mozambique on behalf of US government agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The $4.3-million five-year project will deliver... 

Africa is a ‘data desert’

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 Data scarcity and the lack of data scientists are the main challenges hindering the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa. “Africa is a data desert compared with the US and other developed countries,” professional services firm EY Africa artificial intelligence and advanced analytics... 

Studies reveal that South Africans are surprisingly unaware of data privacy issues despite the recent introduction of the Protection of Personal Information Act
DATA BLIND Studies reveal that South Africans are surprisingly unaware of data privacy issues despite the recent introduction of the Protection of Personal Information Act

Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the use of technology, says professional services firm PwC South Africa industrial manufacturing and... 

Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working
BEYOND TECHNOLOGY Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working

Company endorsed as first certified training academy

By: Zandile Mavuso     8th April 2022 Consulting engineering and project management company Bosch Ulwazi – a subsidiary of the Bosch Holdings group – has been endorsed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as its first certified training academy. 

Expansion in site for company

By: Claire O'Reilly     8th April 2022 With the pyrometallurgical industry continuously evolving, smelter campaign life spans have extended from a two- to three-year furnace campaign cycle to a ten-year campaign cycle, consequently driving foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie to exceed its current limitations in terms of... 

Zutari appoints maritime, rail veteran Lutchman as MD of transport

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2022 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has appointed Vishaal Lutchman MD of transport, effective April 1. Lutchman previously served as CEO of South African Institution of Civil Engineering, steering the organisation through various challenges within the organisation, the... 

Microtunnelling used to build pipeline

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 The Farm 694 bulk civil engineering services project will, once completed, be the longest and largest diameter pipeline project constructed using microtunnelling in South Africa, says WSP in Africa civil and municipal infrastructure civil engineer Darren Osborne. Microtunnelling allowed for... 

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DOING THE GROUNDWORK The Farm 694 project will be the longest and largest pipeline completed by mircotunneling in South Africa

Utility model assists with water use initiatives

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 Engineering consultancy firm BBEnergy, with support from its shareholder Agile Capital, is implementing an energy and water utility model in support of a local premium prepared food and beverage business to assist with more responsible water use and improved water management systems. BBEnergy is... 

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MAKING EVERY DROP COUNT BBEnergy's model assists in effectively managing water

Big demand for skilled project managers as African activity gathers pace

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2022 Upcoming project-orientated economic activity is expected to translate into a yearly demand of 2.3-million new project managers, but there is a shortage of talent, nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) says. According to Statistics South Africa, one in every 17 people has a... 

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Water scarcity puts wastewater under spotlight

18th March 2022 Consulting engineers are playing a valuable role in supporting municipalities to upgrade wastewater treatment works (WWTWs), says consultancy firm SRK Consulting principal civil engineer and partner Tiaan Bauman, noting that this underpins vital sanitation services to communities while ensuring... 

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UPGRADING VALUE Gradual increase of organic load put pressure on wastewater treatment plant capacity

DuPont Sustainable Solutions rebrands to dss+ to reflect expanded capabilities

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2022 Multinational operations management consulting firm DuPont Sustainable Solutions has announced it will operate under a new name – dss+ – to reflect its expanded capabilities and its commitment to protect, transform and sustain its clients' operations in South Africa, the company says. Following... 

Industry body hones in on five key focus areas

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has identified five key areas to focus on this year to mitigate challenges faced by industry and the country, following its Biannual Economic and Capacity Survey 2021, or BECS 2021, released in June 2021. The first key priority is to increase... 

Newly elected Civil Engineering South Africa (CESA) industry body president Olu Soluade and CEO Chris Campbell stood together in press image
OLU SOLUADE AND CHRIS CAMPBELL OF CESA Newly elected industry body president Olu Soluade and CEO Chris Campbell discuss the year ahead for the sector

Manufacturer hosts training day for SMMEs

18th February 2022 Local cement and construction materials manufacturer AfriSam hosted 60 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) from different communities surrounding its Jukskei and Eikenhof quarries, both in Gauteng, for a one-day training session. The event, named ‘Correct use of cement in concrete,... 

A group of SMME entrepreneurs at the Afrisam ‘Correct use of cement in concrete, plaster and mortar applications’ day held in September
FIRM FOUNDATIONS Afrisam offers SMME Training to ensure its clients know when, how and why to use the various construction materials it has on offer

Challenging project brings Swoosh to Soweto

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Robertville has successfully completed a steel fabrication project for global brand Nike in the newly developed Shapa Soweto Training Centre, in Soweto, Gauteng. The project entailed the fabrication of a roofing structure, made of 406 individually made... 

A red roof made of Y8 Rebar bent at various angles to create a Swoosh effect for client Nike at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre
NIKE? NICE! The Nike Swoosh effect was successfully created through various bends on a rebar based roofing structure at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre

Shopping centre development well under way

18th February 2022 Last month, Centurion-based construction company Tri-Star Construction announced it had been selected as the main contractor on the development of the Mamelodi Square Shopping Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng. The release explains that rural retail development specialists McCormick Property... 

An artists depiction of what the Mamlodi Square Shopping Centre will look like once completed the project undertaken by McCormick Properties was awarded to Tri-Star Construction
'CENTRE' OF ATTENTION Construction of the Mamlodi Square Shopping Centre started last month

First 3D printed house in Kenya

18th February 2022 In October the first three-dimensional- (3D-) printed demonstration house was constructed by sustainable and affordable housing group 14Trees in Nairobi, Kenya. The house is also the first 3D-printed house to achieve the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Excellence in Design for Greater... 

A 3 D home made by using the COBOD BOD2 3D construction printer, at a test site in Nairobia Kenya headed by housing firm 14Trees
PRINTING PROPERTY The Demonstration house made by COBOD for Kilifi project in Kenya has been approved and construction of 52 similar houses will start in the first quarter

De Lille appoints CDC to assess Parliament fire damage

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2022 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has appointed Eastern Cape provincial government-owned entity the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to conduct further detailed assessments and testing of material strength at the fire-damaged Parliament buildings. The appointment, on... 

A photo of the parliament buildings on fire with firefighters working to extinguish the blaze
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The New Assembly Building was declared unsafe after the fire

Harbours need private sector investment

By: Nadine Ramdass     4th February 2022 Owing to South African harbours having faced challenges in attracting financial investment on a public–private partnership basis, they have not been able to enhance operating performance and capabilities through upgrading and modernising the ageing existing infrastructure, says sustainable... 

An image of Tema Port in Ghana
TEMA PORT GHANA Investment in harbour structures has numerous positive impacts

Urgent need for projects in R900bn infrastructure pipeline to be made ‘shovel ready’  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2022 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has urged government to take active steps to fully unlock the much-vaunted R900-billion infrastructure pipeline by ensuring that projects are urgently progressed to “shovel-ready’ status. Newly appointed president Olu Soluade noted on Thursday that, while... 

Cesa president Olu Soluade
Newly appointed Cesa president Olu Soluade speaks on the role the private sector could play to bolster the public sector's infrastructure project preparations. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 3.2.2021

Use of registered professionals essential to a successful infrastructure project

By: Donna Slater     28th January 2022 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is concerned about the collapse of road infrastructure in the Eastern Cape, after a section of the R61 at Tsomo Junction between Ngcobo and Cofimvaba collapsed owing to heavy rainfall towards the end of... 

SA’s green energy outlook for 2022

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 With a background in electrical engineering, “a knack for business, and a passion for sustainability”, Norwegian global renewables company Scatec Southern Africa GM Jan Fourie has specialised in renewable energy projects for over a decade. He says his love for South Africa and the natural... 

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RENEWABLE UPTAKE Scatec’s new project, which falls under the RMIPPPP, includes a 150 MW flagship twin hybrid PV-and-storage site in the Northern Cape

BLSA accepts Bain’s membership withdrawal

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2022 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has accepted consulting firm Bain’s decision to withdraw from the organisation. BLSA has been criticised for recently re-accepting Bain to its membership after the firm's part in the so-called restructuring of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) to... 

Project management skills sorely needed to advance $20tr project economy  

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2022 The value of project-oriented economic activity over the next decade is likely to reach $20 trillion, says nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI). The company’s ‘Talent Gap’ report predicts that the number of jobs requiring project management-oriented skills, from economic... 

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Project Management Institute's Ashwini Bakshi discusses project management and the project economy. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Road tech can improve road longevity, safety

By: Cameron Mackay     10th December 2021 Engineering consultancy WSP has incorporated technologies that compensate for the potential longer time span between maintenance interventions for the rehabilitation of a 27 km section of road in Gauteng, says WSP director Marshall Muthen. The project, set to begin in January, involves a section... 

Road rehabilitation project initiated

By: Cameron Mackay     10th December 2021 A Gauteng rehabilitation project that entails a 27 km section of road – from the D483 / P6-1 intersection, close to Bapsfontein, in Ekurhuleni, to the D483/D713 intersection, in Cullinan, in Tshwane – began last month. This comes after a construction contractor was appointed for the project last... 

ECSA mourns the death of president Mashao Lawrence Lebea

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) reports that it was informed on December 7 that its sixth-term council president Mashao Lawrence Lebea had died. He was inaugurated as ECSA president in December 2020, marking the start of a four-year term, with Refilwe Buthelezi serving as VP.  

New Cesa president commits to partnering for value-for-money infrastructure rollout

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa's (Cesa's) newly elected president Olu Soluade, who is also AOS Consulting Engineers CEO, has committed to partnering with industry stakeholders for sustainable, value-for-money infrastructure development. Soluade is a professional engineer... 

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