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Consulting Engineers News

Sucher to step down as CFO of DRA Global

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th April 2024 JSE- and ASX-listed multidisciplinary engineering, project delivery and operations management group DRA Global CFO Michael Sucher has decided to step down from his role to pursue other opportunities. Sucher joined DRA Global in December 2021 and was CFO and served as a member of the executive... 

DPWI aims to resolve skills deficit

By: Lynne Davies     5th April 2024 Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Deputy Minister Bernice Swarts stated at the third iteration of the Women in Engineering, Infrastructure and Innovation event, held on February 28, 2023, that the department was using its resources to develop the professionals required in the... 

The above image depicts the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure deputy minister Bernice Swarts
Photo by DPWI
BERNICE SWARTS The deputy minister notes that the advancing transformation continues to be a national priority, but that another priority is to attract and retain female engineers

Cesa emphasises Infrastructure Indaba’s significance

5th April 2024 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell emphasised the significance of the Cesa Infrastructure Indaba, which was held in Cape Town on March 19 and 20. “As we navigate the complexities of infrastructure development, it is imperative to prioritise sustainability,... 

The above image depicts Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Chris Campbell
Photo by Cesa
PLATFORM FOR CHANGE The Infrastructure Indaba serves as a platform to exchange ideas, share best practices, and drive positive change – Cesa CEO Chris Campbell

Greater energy efficiency demand in growing food, bev industry

By: Tracy Hancock     15th March 2024 Demand for drive solutions specialist SEW-EURODRIVE’s energy efficient product offering is currently strong and increasing steadily with end-users in the growing food and beverage industry and the original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that supply them, says SEW-EURODRIVE Cape Town branch... 

Fish on production line
PRODUCING TARGETS SEW-EURODRIVE has assisted with meeting capacity requirements to achieve production targets at a local fish processing facility through the correct gearbox selection and specification

2024 could be ‘turning point’ for infrastructure sector

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      16th February 2024 Amid an evolving political landscape and the imminent challenges of an upcoming national election, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) underscores the critical need to expedite infrastructure development and for continuity in South Africa, emphasizing the importance of proactive planning and... 

An image of Cesa CEO Chris Campbell
CHRIS CAMPBELL The private sector is an integral part of this country and this is why South Africa needs to break down barriers and build relationships

Built environment digital transformation needs education, training collaboration 

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2024 The digital and automation transformation taking place in the engineering disciplines means that it is essential for the local industry to invest in education and training to equip the workforce with the skills needed in the digital era, said industry organisation Consulting Engineers South... 

Cesa president David Leukes
CESA president David Leukes speaks about digital and automation technologies in engineering. Video and editing: Shadwyn Dickinson

KZN bulk sewer project well under way to meet deadline

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th December 2023 Engineering, project and construction management firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has been contracted to work on a bulk sewer rising main and pumpstation project, in KwaZulu-Natal. The project aims to minimise the overflow of sewerage to uMzimkhulu river by pumping sewage to the nearby existing... 

An image depicting the pump station under construction.
SCOPE OF WORK The scope of work for the bulk sewer rising main and pumpstation project includes the construction of the gravity bulk sewer, pumpstation and sewer rising main, which includes excavation of pipe trenches, installation of pipe bedding, and laying of the pipes complete with fittings and couplings

CESA elects David Leukes as president

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2023 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has elected David Leukes as its new president, and Knight Piésold Africa regional manager Vishal Haripersad as VP. Leukes has served as a member of the CESA board for several years and is currently BVi Consulting Engineers MD. He... 

Families of unlawfully convicted engineers plead with Dirco to ramp up bilateral efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th November 2023 It has been more than nine months since Frik Potgieter and Peter Huxham were arrested on fabricated charges in Equatorial Guinea, with their families urging the South African government to step up efforts to ensure their safe return home in time for Christmas. Spokesperson for the Huxham family,... 

Peter Huxham and his wife, and Frik Potgieter and his daughter
Peter Huxham and his wife, and Frik Potgieter and his daughter

South African construction sector – challenging at present but hope remains

17th November 2023 Amid the slow release of standardised bidding criteria by public sector entities, the South African civil engineering and construction sector is described as being on a “hiatus”, with it being almost impossible for companies to respond to vastly differing bid evaluation criteria, says industry... 

An image depicting Chris Campbell
CHRIS CAMPBELL The 2022 preferential procurement regulations do not provide sufficient guidelines to inform public sector entities on how to shape criteria and avoid legal challenges

Projects driven by regulatory improvements

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th October 2023 Embedded electricity projects are increasing in size and complexity, owing to improvements in regulations. A wider variety of power solutions, capitalising on the benefits offered by independent power producers (IPPs), are available to address client requirements, says IPP Sturdee Energy... 

An image of a solar plant by Sturdee Energy
FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE Sturdee Energy is excited to be in the financial close process of two 10 MW projects that will be starting construction shortly

Equitable access requires multifaceted approach

By: Simone Liedtke     20th October 2023 Access to clean water is a fundamental human necessity, yet it remains a significant challenge in Africa, with more than 300-million Africans lacking access to safe drinking water, while more than 700-million lack proper sanitation, and over 800-million have limited access to basic hygiene... 

Better hydro efficiency through pump, turbine tech

By: Simone Liedtke     20th October 2023 Early attempts to replace conventional metallic-type lantern rings with polymers, such as nylon, yielded discouraging results compared to metallic lantern rings in the water engineering industry, deterring the industry from exploring alternative solutions. However, a recent installation of... 

The introduction of Vesconite Hilube’s lantern ring applications prolonged lifespan and reduced maintenance efforts
LANTERN RINGS The introduction of Vesconite Hilube’s lantern ring applications prolonged lifespan and reduced maintenance efforts

Hydrogen vision paves way for green technology transformation

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2023 Embracing green technologies, particularly hydrogen, offers a unique opportunity for South Africa to drive its reindustrialisation efforts, says hydrogen fuel cell developer Mitochondria. The company highlights that this opportunity will drive the transition to a sustainable and low-carbon... 

South Africa aims to develop its manufacturing capability in fuel cell and electrolyser components
FUEL CELL South Africa aims to develop its manufacturing capability in fuel cell and electrolyser components

Company paves way with green hydrogen plant

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2023 With increasing momentum in clean energy, and initiatives for a sustainable and low-carbon future, project developers are turning their attention to Namibia, a country rich in renewable-energy potential, as an ideal host for green hydrogen initiatives. Among these endeavours, engineering... 

An illustration of the proposed Cleanergy green hydrogen demonstration plant, in Walvis Bay
HYDROGEN DEMONSTRATION PLANT An illustration of the proposed Cleanergy green hydrogen demonstration plant, in Walvis Bay

Sustainability, transformation highlighted as core agendas at Sanral SAICE 2023 awards

By: Darren Parker     8th September 2023 South Africa’s civil engineers must “insist on being invited to the table” and unite to “push the sustainability agenda terms of infrastructure development”, South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) president Steven Kaplan has said. He was speaking at the 2023 South African National... 

Women surge ahead in technical fields, defying traditions

25th August 2023 Women are increasingly finding their way into engineering, scientific and other professional careers in industry, with less prejudice in traditionally male sectors such as mining; but how can organisations retain and advance women in their ranks? Speaking during Women’s Month, three professionals... 

An image of SRK principal geotechnical engineer Linda Spies
LINDA SPIES ven though the professional roles at companies are increasingly filled by women, there are still underlying gender expectations regarding women’s roles outside of the workplace

Judgment in favour of power utility welcomed

25th August 2023 State-owned power utility Eskom in July said it was pleased with the Johannesburg High Court judgment dismissing with costs, the interdict application by green energy supplier G7 Renewable Energies to prevent Eskom from implementing the Interim Grid Capacity Allocation (IGCA) rules. In passing... 

Refurbishment under way at Kriel

By: Halima Frost     25th August 2023 Thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) is working with State-owned power utility Eskom on the refurbishment of two natural draught cooling towers at its Kriel power station, in Mpumalanga. The refurbishment includes the installation of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP)... 

the cooling towers and stacks with smoke pluming out the top
TOWERING ABOVE THE REST The cooling tower refurbishment at a power station in Mpumalanga is being undertaken by industry specialists Industrial Water Cooling

Opinion: SAIEE – Pioneering industrial transformation in the engineering fraternity

24th August 2023 In this article, South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) fellow and deputy president Pascal Motsoasele writes that the institute is poised to lead the charge in championing industrial transformation within the engineering fraternity. 

SAIEE) fellow and deputy president Pascal Motsoasele
SAIEE fellow and deputy president Pascal Motsoasele

Global giant acquires materials handling supplier

18th August 2023 Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Metso signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned Australian company Brouwer Engineering in July. Brouwer Engineering specialises in automation, control systems, and electrical solutions for bulk materials handling solutions in industrial and... 

A mesh of conveyor belts carrying ore with the sun behind
KEEP 'EM COMING Metso continues to grow its materials handling offerings through acquiring new companies and technologies

Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards to highlight importance of engineering collaboration

By: Schalk Burger     8th August 2023 Industry organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa's) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which will take place on August 16, aim to highlight the significance of collaboration in fostering a dynamic engineering industry and delivering high-quality infrastructure projects.... 

SAICE bestows Fellow title on concrete stalwart Perrie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2023 Industry organisation Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie has been named a Fellow of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE). Perrie is also a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering and an honorary member of the International Society for Concrete... 

CCSA CEO Bryan Perrie
CCSA CEO Bryan Perrie

Irish firm opens its first office outside of Europe in Cape Town

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2023 Irish mechanical and electrical engineering contracting company Kirby Group Engineering has opened its new office in Cape Town – the company’s first base outside of Europe. The company’s Cape Town team will be made up of engineers, quantity surveyors, talent acquisition specialists and others who... 

Firm rolls out sustainability project

21st July 2023 Second-hand vehicle buying and selling company WeBuyCars has successfully executed various sustainability solutions across its showrooms nationally, including the adoption of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The project aims to promote eco-friendly practices and ensure a more sustainable and... 

a photo of hundreds of cars inside the Northgate Dome which is now the showroom for WeBuyCars in the north of Johannesburg
LED-ING THE WAY The installation of light-emitting diode lighting at all of its locations is part of WeBuyCars plan to reduced the company's ecological footprint

Peikko South Africa MD Daniel Petrov receives Saice Fellow title

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2023 Chartered engineer, professional engineering technologist, MD of construction equipment supplier Peikko South Africa and member of industry body the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Daniel Petrov has been awarded the prestigious title of Fellow at Saice. This distinction... 

MD of Peikko South Africa Daniel Petrov
MD of Peikko South Africa Daniel Petrov

BLSA CEO calls on govt to honour commitments in public-private partnership

By: Cameron Mackay     11th July 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso has stressed the importance of the commitment made by government in June to support the agreed collaboration between the State and organised business. Speaking to broadcast and financial journalist Alishia Seckam during a July 11 webinar... 

Zimile Consulting Engineers appoints Abimbola Sole as MD

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2023 Engineering, project and construction management firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has appointed Abimbola Sole as MD, which dovetails with the firm’s aspirations to continue to empower young professionals and transform the engineering landscape. Sole plans to continue growing the organisation... 

South African, Ugandan entrants win Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Cameron Mackay     7th July 2023 South African biomedical engineer Edmund Wessels and Ugandan electrical engineer Anatoli Kirigwajjo have jointly won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2023 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Wessels won the award with FlexiGyn, a battery-powered, portable handheld device that enables... 

Nearly 1 000 households in 30 communities across central Uganda are already on the YUNGA network, which has successfully prevented around 130 break-ins and related crimes
Nearly 1 000 households in 30 communities across central Uganda are already on the YUNGA network, which has successfully prevented around 130 break-ins and related crimes

Nersa approves five generation licence applications for BW6 bidders

By: Cameron Mackay     7th July 2023 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved generation licences for five preferred bidders of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme Bid Window (BW) 6. The five preferred bidders’ projects include... 

US helps fund water projects

7th July 2023 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last month that it has committed $3-million to the African Water Facility (AWF). The funding will support the preparation of water and sanitation investment projects in Africa, through the provision of grants and technical... 

An African child with cupped hands drinking water from a tap
WATER AID The African Water Facility welcomes the donation of $3-million which is being made by The United States Agency for International Development

Urbanisation placing pressure on water infrastructure

By: Halima Frost     7th July 2023 Africa’s already limited water infrastructure will likely face increased strain as multiple countries experience rapid urbanisation, says market research company Frost & Sullivan Africa consultant Yaa Ngonyama. She stresses that by 2030, more than 350-million Africans will be living in cities,... 

a black and white photo of an adult male hand under a tap with sparse water dripping out if it
HARSH REALITY The fact that millions of Africans do not have access to water even in urban area's should be of great concern

Supplier on the pulse of market’s needs

By: Bridget Lepere     7th July 2023   Industrial solutions supplier Bearings International (BI) has been supplying industrial power transmission products to the sugar industry for 65 years, with its chains selection for the sugar mill segment setting it apart, says BI GM Christian Chipamaunga. 

Head shot of Bearings International GM Christian Chipamaunga.
KEY DETERMINING FACTOR The demand for energy-efficient products, especially in bearings and motors, is heavily influencing the buying patterns

KITE 2023 promises to be ‘bigger and better’

By: Bridget Lepere     7th July 2023 The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition, also known as KITE, will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from July 18 to 20 for the fortieth consecutive year.  Attendance numbers are expected to exceed those of last year, at 2 716, even though the 2022 event was the first in-person... 

Head shot of Specialised Exhibitions portfolio director Charlene Hefer
CHARLENE HEFER This year’s exhibition promises to deliver insight into Industry 4.0 and the potential benefits for KwaZulu-Natal

Saice appoints its first female CEO

By: Cameron Mackay     6th July 2023 Industry body the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has announced the appointment of Sekadi Phayane-Shakhane as its new CEO, effective July 1.  With a seasoned professional career – including her roles as the MD of engineering company Refilwe Engineering Solutions and... 

WSP working on several major road upgrades in Gauteng

By: Darren Parker     4th July 2023 Consulting engineering firm WSP is actively involved in several major strategic highway projects across Gauteng, working with developers, as well as the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, to execute large-scale provincial road projects that strategically aimed at unlocking the potential... 

WSP road upgrades in Gauteng

Consulting engineers critical for resilient infrastructure – firm

By: Nadine Ramdass     30th June 2023 Consulting engineers are necessary to ensure resilient infrastructure and investment viability and should be involved from the pre-investment phase. The convergence of engineering and advisory services provides various benefits for project stakeholders: in addition to technical engineering... 

An image of the Zandvliet wastewater treatment works
IMPROVING COMMUNITIES The Zandvliet wastewater treatment works upgrade addressed water challenges in the impacted communities
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