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Consulting Engineers

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... 

Structa Konsult

5th April 2024 Structa Konsult is a consulting eng-ineering company specialising in the evaluation, design and certification of a range of industrial and civil structures.   Established in 2014, Structa Konsult is a 100% subsidiary of the Structa Group and provides support to the group’s growing range of... 

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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,... 

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PLATFORM FOR CHANGE The Infrastructure Indaba serves as a platform to exchange ideas, share best practices, and drive positive change – Cesa CEO Chris Campbell

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... 

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

Collaboration with consultants ensures effective solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     30th June 2023 Demolition contractor Jet Demolition’s emergency response team works with consulting engineers to support clients as swiftly and as effectively as possible in demolition projects. This collaborative approach ensures that the most effective, practical solutions are explored and implemented. In an... 

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SAFETY FIRST The emergency response team works swiftly and effectively to mitigate unsafe conditions

Low infrastructure investment puts local skills levels at risk

By: Nadine Ramdass     7th April 2023 The local consulting engineers sector boasts a high level of skills and capacity, however, lack of investment in infrastructure development has resulted in the industry struggling to retain and maintain its skills capacity level owing to consulting engineers pursuing international opportunities.... 

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ANDREW VAN ZYL South Africa’s consulting engineering sector has a high level of skill and capability

Procurement processes should prioritise quality over cost

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th April 2023 Current infrastructure procurement processes are not appropriate for infrastructure development, owing to clients lacking the knowledge to adequately evaluate tenders, says industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. This results in an emphasis on choosing... 

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CHRIS CAMPBELL Developing infrastructure serves as a catalyst for economic growth

Industry needs to address challenges to retain female engineers

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th April 2023 While there have been changes in the consulting engineers industry to drive more inclusivity and diversity, the industry still struggles to retain female workers. Women encounter challenges, such as unconscious bias, a lack of workplace flexibility, unclear promotion paths and limited roles for... 

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NAOMI NAIDOO Unconscious biases are changing, as people become more aware and accepting of women in the industry

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... 

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TENDER DEBACLE Cesa is challenging Sanral’s decision to cancel 17.5-billion in tenders

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.

Consulting engineering sector faces skills depletion

By: Mandisa Nyathi     1st July 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to increased retrenchments and job losses in the consulting engineering industry, which, in turn, has led to a skills drain in the sector, temporary works consultant Waco Engineering Services MD Otto Botha says. 

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OTTO BOTHA Government projects are important because engineers gain the required skills and create job opportunities for community members, adding that the Sanral’s decision to cancel R17.47-billion in tenders will lead to delays in executing projects

Best practices for small businesses

1st July 2022 Experienced engineers are crucial in such a critical and technically-minded sector as engineering, and it is consequently not surprising that the industry players place a premium on the employment of those who have the years under their belts, says engineering firm Zimile Consulting Engineers CEO... 

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... 

Structa Konsult

8th April 2022 Structa Konsult is a consulting engineering company specialising in the evaluation, design and certification of a range of industrial and civil structures.   Established in 2014, Structa Konsult is a 100% subsidiary of the Structa Group and provides support to the group’s growing range of products.  

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Firm shifts focus to gain success in 2022

8th April 2022 South Africa’s construction industry is of strategic importance for the country’s economic growth and in the recovery from a pandemic-affected business environment. 

Defects liability period under way for KZN crèche

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th June 2021 Multidisciplinary engineering, project and construction firm, Zimile Consulting Engineers, is supervising and monitoring the Ezinembeni Crèche, in Maqongqo, Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, as part of the defects liability period of the contract This follows the completion of the initial... 

Firm develops programme to mitigate industry challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th June 2021 Mining and exploration consultants SRK Consulting’s active skills development programme for graduate engineers and scientists aims to mitigate one of the consulting engineering industry’s biggest challenges – a lack of experience, says SRK MD Vis Reddy. “Various factors in recent decades have... 

HEAD ABOVE WATER 
SRK has been engaged by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure to assist with refurbishing and upgrading the department’s wastewater treatment plants around Pretoria
HEAD ABOVE WATER SRK has been engaged by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure to assist with refurbishing and upgrading the department’s wastewater treatment plants around Pretoria

Transport revolution on horizon for SA

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th June 2021 While the term sustainable transport system (STS) is often used generically and in a multifaceted sense, engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa suggests that it should primarily refer to transport systems that have a low impact on the environment, are cost effective... 

SMOOTH SAILING 
All transport service providers are aiming to introduce a world-class STS to service their communities
SMOOTH SAILING All transport service providers are aiming to introduce a world-class STS to service their communities

Bosch Holdings Celebrates 60 Years Of Innovation In Engineering

25th June 2021 It was inconceivable for the founders of Bosch Holdings in 1961 to have known that 60 years later, the company would have expanded into a global operation, offering consulting engineering, skills development and project finance solutions throughout South Africa, into Africa and internationally,... 

Bosch Holdings Celebrates 60 Years Of Innovation In Engineering

Tank Industries – Every connection counts

25th June 2021 Tank Industries – Appointed as the sole distributor for TE Connectivity’s industry-leading Raychem products in South Africa and the SADC region. About Tank Industries 

TE Award: The Tank Power Division Management Team are proud of the 2019/20 TE Connectivity “Award of Appreciation” presented at the most recent MEA Conference in Dubai for invaluable support and dedication. Adriaan Theron (Power Division Engineer), Clive Maasch – (General Manager), Shaheem Abbas – (Power Division Product Manager)
Absent: Tommie Norjie – (Training Technical & Manager) and Rob Riley – (National Sales Manager)
TE Award: The Tank Power Division Management Team are proud of the 2019/20 TE Connectivity “Award of Appreciation” presented at the most recent MEA Conference in Dubai for invaluable support and dedication. Adriaan Theron (Power Division Engineer), Clive Maasch – (General Manager), Shaheem Abbas – (Power Division Product Manager) Absent: Tommie Norjie – (Training Technical & Manager) and Rob Riley – (National Sales Manager)

The importance of certification – How it drives us forward

25th June 2021 One of the main challenges faced daily is the certification process, how long it takes to get product approved and onto the market and the difficulties in meeting some of the stringent requirements. This can be a costly and protracted process which can be seen as a hinderance that not only delays... 

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses
ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses

New warehouse structure erected with bolted tech

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa completed its scope of work on the new car spare parts supplier Spare Pro warehouse in Germiston, Johannesburg. Peikko South Africa was contracted to provide a bolted connection solution for the 18 500 m2 facility, which is highly... 

BIG ERECTION The 18 500 m2 structure was erected between October and January
BIG ERECTION The 18 500 m2 structure was erected between October and January

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the outlook for infrastructure projects, with the expected “backed-up pipeline” a growing concern, says engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa structures functional GM John Anderson. “While there are obvious... 

 	GETTING OVER IT Over the past few months, there has been an uptick in the number of tenders put out by State-owned entities, particularly in the transportation sector
GETTING OVER IT Over the past few months, there has been an uptick in the number of tenders put out by State-owned entities, particularly in the transportation sector

Firm expands service offering

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Consulting engineers firm Knight Piésold Southern Africa has added a hydrogeology and groundwater department to its service offering while expanding its mine services offering since the start of the year. “We are providing the full infrastructure spectrum for the mining sector, which includes... 

VISHAL HARIPERSAD Knight Piésold celebrates its centennial anniversary this month
VISHAL HARIPERSAD Knight Piésold celebrates its centennial anniversary this month

Triple warehouse project under way

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Civil engineering company Icon Group is conducting the bulk earthworks for three warehouses that will be constructed in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The triple warehouse project is being developed by property developer JT Ross Property Group on a 40 000 m2 site, with all three warehouses being of equal... 

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK The bulk earthworks work packet was tendered in January and work began in February
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK The bulk earthworks work packet was tendered in January and work began in February

Development of infrastructure crucial to post-Covid growth

By: Cameron Mackay     26th June 2020 Owing to the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, unmet basic needs and the demand for service delivery in South Africa’s underdeveloped communities have become increasingly apparent, which has led to awareness of a growing need for infrastructure investment, says engineering consultants WSP... 

MATHIEU DU PLOOY
It will be critical for Governments and businesses to collaborate and develop recovery plans that consider Africa’s unique socio-economic circumstances in future development plans
MATHIEU DU PLOOY It will be critical for Governments and businesses to collaborate and develop recovery plans that consider Africa’s unique socio-economic circumstances in future development plans

Company adapts to new norm, despite economic concerns

By: Cameron Mackay     26th June 2020 Despite stoppages in current projects, and a downturn in the economy that has restricted the pipeline of incoming projects, consulting engineering company SRK Consulting MD Vis Reddy says the company and its project teams have adapted well to working remotely. Cloud-based data storage systems,... 

POST-LOCKDOWN PROSPECTS 
With local air travel reopened for business purposes, essential site visits will be possible, and more practical
POST-LOCKDOWN PROSPECTS With local air travel reopened for business purposes, essential site visits will be possible, and more practical

Sustainable living created after lockdown

26th June 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering companies group Bosch Holdings is set to resume building and land development operations as South Africa lifts Covid-19 lockdown business restrictions. “Our team of engineers and architects strives to create liveable, sustainable and innovative ideas and... 

SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI

Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services
SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services

Local company involved in Malawi railway link

26th June 2020 This year, environmental consulting engineers JG Afrika completed hydrological, topographical, sedimentation and climate studies to assist the Malawian government in rebuilding railway infrastructure. This was done in an area of the country that is prone to devastating floods.  

FLOOD TOIL TEARS AND SWEAT
Floods caused significant erosion and wash away damage on several sections of the railway line that are in close proximity to the river
FLOOD TOIL TEARS AND SWEAT Floods caused significant erosion and wash away damage on several sections of the railway line that are in close proximity to the river

New tech needs consulting engineers buy-in

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 Construction connection technology company Peikko is working to raise awareness among consulting engineers in South Africa of the potential that its bolted column connection technology and associated solutions could have to transform the construction industry. The Finnish company entered the... 

BUILDING TRUST
Peikko's technology has been adopted to some success in a few projects since entering the country
BUILDING TRUST Peikko's technology has been adopted to some success in a few projects since entering the country

Local project scarcity causes loss of top-class engineers

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 The scarcity of public-sector projects is leading to massive retrenchments and the loss of South Africa’s world-class consulting engineers to foreign markets, says law firm LNP Attorneys CE Nikita Lalla. “Insufficient project implementation is causing the engineering and construction sector... 

NIKITA LALLA
There is an abundance of talking without timeous, practical implementation
NIKITA LALLA There is an abundance of talking without timeous, practical implementation

Adopt QCBS mindset – Cesa 

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is embarking on a focused marketing drive in the second quarter of this year as part of a renewed effort to raise awareness surrounding quality cost-based selection (QCBS) within the public and private sectors. QCBS is the notion that... 

CHRIS CAMPBELL
Cesa will be embarking on a concentrated marketing drive to promote quality cost-based selection
Cesa CEO Chris Campbell discusses some of the key concerns facing the consulting engineers sector in South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 06.03.2020

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns

3rd April 2020 There is a direct link between the stability of an economy and ongoing development, says consulting engineers firm WSP Africa structures regional director Johan Piekaar. Currently, the local construction and property industries are experiencing a lull owing to reduced expenditure by government on... 

CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING
Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain
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CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain

Trafo Power Solutions

24th January 2020 Trafo Power Solutions was established to cater for the growing appetite and scope for the application of dry-type transformers in Africa. These power solutions are suitable across a wide range of industry including mining. The company offers a wide range of cast resin transformers from 160 kVA to... 

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Industry body discusses challenges at hand

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 The lack of larger projects and inconsistent application of procurement regulations are but two of the many issues holding the consulting engineering industry back, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. He mentions that infrastructure is a great... 

CLUED-UP CONSULTING 
Delegates attending the FIDIC GAMA event spoke of infrastructure procurement and funding models
CLUED-UP CONSULTING Delegates attending the FIDIC GAMA event spoke of infrastructure procurement and funding models

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio
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