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Consulting Engineers News

Sci-Ba reports increase in demand for green-tech advice

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 Technical and scientific consulting services report an increase in demands from mines and industries to advise them about sustainability and green technologies, as well as how these will impact on processing and standards, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director Chazanne Long. Much of the consulting... 

Dion Shango appointed PwC Africa CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 Professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has appointed South Africa CEO Dion Shango the new Africa CEO, effective July 2019. Shango has been the regional senior partner of PwC Southern Africa since July 2015.  

Dion Shango appointed PwC Africa CEO
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PwC South Africa CEO Dion Shango appointed Africa CEO from July 2019

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Pelebox Smart Lockers and the Hybrid Five-Axis Machine Tool are two South African innovations that have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy for Engineering’s (RAE’s) Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, accelerated by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi).   

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Pelebox Smart Locker system developer Neo Hutiri

Virtual, augmented reality now part of construction processes

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and building information modelling (BIM) in construction and consulting engineering are important elements of a fully integrated approach to project delivery, says multinational engineering consultancy Aecom Buildings and Places digital project... 

Firm’s design breathes new life into industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Arup was commended for its finalist entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the architectural category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards, held last month. The R500-million V&A Grain Silo project, once an agricultural silo for grain storage... 

Firm’s design breathes  new life into industry
CROWN JEWEL The V&A Grain Silo Complex project was once an agricultural silo for grain storage, and is now features prominently in the silo district development

Industry body supports economic recovery plan

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) welcomes government’s focus on infrastructure development in support of economic recovery and job creation, as illustrated in Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) last month, says Cesa CEO Chris... 

Industry body supports economic recovery plan
CHRIS CAMPBELL We are in a position, as the private sector, to partner with government to develop and build infrastructure to a level that supports good service delivery

IRP could revive struggling construction sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) could revive South Africa’s struggling construction sector, says engineering consultancy DBI Consulting Engineers executive director Monty Ditibane. The draft IRP 2018, which outlines the plan for South Africa to meet its growing national electricity... 

IRP could revive struggling construction sector
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OPTIMUM OPPORTUNITIES Although the construction industry is facing challenging times, it must be realised that there are many opportunities and initiatives to uplift the industry

Small thermal plants hold promise for regions without grid electricity 

By: Nadine James     2nd November 2018 Small-scale power generation plants driven by hydrocarbon sources and biomass are still likely to play a valuable part in rolling out electricity in regions of Africa unserved by grid power and where renewable resources are insufficient to sustain a reliable energy supply, according to SRK... 

Businesses need increased awareness when managing risks – Dlamini

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2018 Given the fact that the world is marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and increasing ambiguity, retail property group Massmart chairperson Kuseni Dlamini on Tuesday suggested that businesses need to be “that much more aware and vigilant in terms of managing risks in the most appropriate... 

Businesses need increased awareness when managing risks – Dlamini
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Massmart chairperson Kuseni Dlamini

Industries must address legacy contamination – firm

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Despite a significant improvement in the parameters outlined by current environmental policy – often diligently upheld by the local chemicals and petrochemicals industries – multidisciplinary engineering consultant SRK Consulting states that historic practices caused by lack of knowledge have... 

Industries must address  legacy contamination – firm
CONTAMINATED SITE Significant harm has arisen from a legacy of poor waste management, particularly within the chemicals industry

Refinery receives new fire protection trailer system

By: Melissa Zisengwe     26th October 2018 For three consecutive years, fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech and Germany-based dosing technology company FireDos have supplied the latest portable foam fire-protection system to integrated chemicals and energy chemicals company Sasol, states Dosetech MD Mike Feldon. The latest system... 

Refinery receives new fire protection trailer system
FUTURE FIRE PROJECTION FireDos will offer the local market water-driven fire protection foam dosing systems with a maximum flow rate of 25 000 ℓ/min

Consulting engineering sector’s confidence level falls to record low – Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) biannual economic and capacity survey has indicated positive news for the period January to June, noting that construction sector confidence had seen growth for the first time in six quarters. However, confidence levels in the consulting sector... 

Consulting engineering sector’s confidence level falls to record low – Cesa
CESA CEO Chris Campbell

SAIMechE appoints first female president

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 The South African Institution for Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) has elected Professor Debby Blaine president for the 2018 to 2020 period. Blaine is an associate professor at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. She has served on the organisation’s... 

Mindful spending critical for sustainable infrastructure under economic stimulus package – Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 In light of the launch last week by President Cyril Ramaphosa of an economic stimulus package for South Africa, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) reiterates that public funds management is critical to deriving true value for money. CEO Chris Campbell said in a statement issued on Friday... 

Saice parts ways with CEO following controversial opinion piece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has decided to part ways with its CEO, after Manglin Pillay penned a controversial opinion piece on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) careers. Following outraged reactions to the article, titled ‘Out on a... 

Saice parts ways with CEO following controversial opinion piece
Saice former CEO Manglin Pillay

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’
M&R Cementation aiming to become leading mechanised mining operator in Africa

Need for engineers amid infrastructure delivery challenges

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Amid basic service delivery challenges, such as housing, water, transport infrastructure and energy, there is a desperate need for engineers in the country, says association for consulting engineering firms Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather. He says efforts should... 

Need for engineers amid infrastructure  delivery challenges
NERESH PATHER AND CHRIS CAMPBELL Consulting Engineers South Africa is encouraging partnerships among its member companies, in the form of joint ventures, to benefit in respect of growth and skills transfer

CESA Aon Awards adds Lifetime Industry Achievement category

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Ivor Evans was, on Wednesday, awarded the first ever Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Lifetime Industry Achievement Award posthumously at the 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence awards on Wednesday. This year close to 50 submissions were received and in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced the appointment, by his department, of 81 engineers and town planners to assist with infrastructure delivery in 55 struggling municipalities across South Africa. Through Cogta’s implementing agent,... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize

Funding for SA firms seeking to increase African trade and investment exposure

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Increased trade and interdependence with the rest of Africa are set to bolster the anaemic economy of South Africa through the R13.4-billion Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) and African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) South African Trade and Investment Promotion... 

Funding for SA firms seeking to increase African trade and investment exposure

Community project receives Saice honours

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 The eThekwini municipality’s Provision of Water and Sanitation to Informal Settlements project was awarded the 2018 South Africa Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) Durban region award for the most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the category of community-based projects last... 

Community project  receives Saice honours
COMMUNITY PROJECT The Bosch Projects team worked closely with the eThekwini municipality to secure the supply of potable water and a basic sanitation service in KwaZulu-Natal

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

New technology can optimise project management
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA The capital projects industry has historically underinvested in technology and it has been resistant to change

Transnet expansion project uplifts the community

20th July 2018 State-owned freight rail company Transnet’s R2.38-billion Manganese Rail Phase 1 Expansion project created about 2 200 employment opportunities in the remote Northern Cape region and provided skills development and training to local staff. 

Transnet expansion project  uplifts the community
BENEFICIARIES Women to Women Shelter is one of the community organisations that benefited from the project

Focus on noise reduction engineering solutions lacking

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Government is not prioritising noise reduction with the necessary vigour in industry across the board, says acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy. He notes that the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires... 

Focus on noise reduction engineering solutions lacking
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HEARING PROTECTION The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to use engineering means to reduce noise levels, barrier off high noise areas or, issue hearing protection to employees

SRK, industry loses leading light

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 One of SRK Consulting’s three founding members, Dr Oskar Steffen, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Johannesburg. He was 77 years old. Steffen was born in Swaziland, where he completed his schooling. He left for Johannesburg in 1956 to study civil engineering at the University of the... 

SRK, industry loses leading light
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Dr Oskar Steffen

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis
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COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT South Africa is depending on a complex and technically challenging bulk-water supply which requires a high level of expertise and coordination

Capitalising on Big Data and analytics

29th June 2018 Enhancing shareholder value, improving the way businesses operate and compete, and obtaining real-time insight into consumers, risks, profit, performance, and productivity management are all core elements of big data and analytics, which is a digital enterprise capability available from Advisian,... 

Capitalising on Big  Data and analytics
MOHAMED MADHI Advisian assists companies in understanding how to tap into and use the big data concept by developing a comprehensive map of all data flows available

Local firm emphasises project collaboration

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Arup takes a collaborative design approach to their projects. Arup associate director Richard Lawson tells Engineering News that the implementation of collaborative design approaches can result in integrated, holistic design... 

Local firm emphasises project collaboration
TWISTED TOWER Arup highlights the PwC Tower as an example of what collaborative design can achieve

Service expansion expected to promote geographical expansion

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers – part of South Africa-based Bosch Holdings – has extended its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services to include civil and structural engineering services to further extend its footprint in Africa.... 

Service expansion expected to  promote geographical expansion
GERTRUDES GARDEN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL The project began in April this year and is scheduled for completion in mid-2020

First half of 2018 takes its toll on the industry

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 While industry role-players are hoping that industry growth will improve, industry representative Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) says the first half of this year has been marred with slow growth and minimal new project investments. Having released its forecast report in December 2017,... 

First half of 2018 takes its toll on the industry
VALUE-FOR-MONEY CONSIDERATIONS Cesa is calling on government to perform proper value-for-money considerations during the infrastructure professional services procurement process

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Mining downturn results  in profile expansion  for consulting firm
MEDUPI POWER STATION SRK Consulting’s scope of work at the Medupi power station is due for completion in December

Innovative approaches deployed to overcome industry hardship

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 With construction industry growth having remained subdued since the start of this year and government spend on large construction projects having declined dramatically, there has been a trend towards lowering consulting costs to win new contracts and remain competitive, says multidisciplinary... 

Innovative approaches  deployed to overcome  industry hardship
MATHIEU DU PLOOY Consulting firms are looking to differentiate themselves and build strong relationships in the industry to remain a professional service provider of choice

Laser equipment extends design possibilities

29th June 2018 The increased popularity and use of square and rectangular section hollow steel tubing is a boon for consulting engineers, as it has opened up many new and innovative design opportunities, says steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode. This type of steel tubing has many advantages for the... 

Laser equipment extends design possibilities
WARNE RIPPON Allied Steelrode’s LT20 leverages the full engineering and design potential of tubular steel

Deloitte expands mining industry service offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Global professional services firm Deloitte is expanding its suite of technical and strategic solutions to the mining industry, with the launch of Deloitte Technical Mining Advisory (DTMA).  

Emission abatement technology could drive industrialisation – EPCM Global

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 South African firm EPCM Global Engineering has partnered with Luxembourg-based Carbon Process & Plant Engineering (CPPE) to bring its emissions abatement technology to Africa, in a move that could spur industrialisation, says EPCM Global CEO Tumi Kgomo. He explains that the technology, which was... 

Female civil engineer appointed Saice Amathole region chair

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Engineering and architecture company GIBB technologist Onke Ngacu has been appointed chairperson of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Amathole region. She is the first black woman to hold the position. 

Female civil engineer appointed Saice Amathole region chair
Newly-appointed chairperson of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Amathole region Onke Ngacu

Politics suppressing rail infrastructure build in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Election cycles and governance have an inherently negative impact on rail infrastructure planning and the construction thereof in Africa, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa transport and infrastructure director Vishaal Lutchman. He adds that many African countries have... 

Politics suppressing  rail infrastructure  build in Africa
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The lack of continuity in government leads to unfinished projects and decaying rail infrastructure
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