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Consulting Engineers News

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... 

Hospital benchmarks in sustainable healthcare facilities

12th November 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari provided design and construction supervision of the mechanical services, as well as environmentally sustainable design (ESD) consulting, at the new Cintocare Hospital in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria. It is the first Green Star South Africa... 

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CINTOCARE HOSPITAL Zutari provided design and construction supervision for the hospital build

National Infrastructure Plan offers blueprint, but capacity concerns weigh

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th November 2021 A common thread throughout the second Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (SIDSSA), held on October 6 and 7, is that the fiscus, as well as the State’s professional capacity, is constrained. While the SIDSSA updated the public on the progress of projects under the... 

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Hope for construction amid resilient infrastructure development 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 While private-sector involvement remains crucial in the delivery of infrastructure projects, diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor CEO Lucas Tseki says the public sector “still plays a leading role in developing and maintaining resilient and sustainable... 

Pic of Concor CEO Lucas Tseki
Concor CEO Lucas Tseki

Consulting engineering firms realise exceptional projects in a difficult year

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and professional services multinational Aon South Africa on November 10 recognised excellence in the consulting engineering fraternity in what was a difficult year for infrastructure and engineering projects. The Cesa Aon Engineering... 

Business in Africa has to deal with greater compliance demands

By: Darren Parker     29th October 2021 African governments are demanding greater levels of compliance from businesses, which has resulted in a noticeable increase in red tape and bureaucracy owing to poor execution by officials, says consulting engineering and scientist firm SRK Consulting South Africa MD Vis Reddy. Among its... 

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VIS REDDY SRK Consulting expects the growth in agriculture to bring its own set of impacts on resources, such as water

Hatch Africa chairperson awarded Royal Academy of Engineering honorary fellowship

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 UK-based national academy of engineering the Royal Academy of Engineering has named engineering consultancy Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba an honorary fellow of the academy, recognising him for his “exceptional” contributions, innovative leadership and remarkable achievements. Goba, who... 

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Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba

Broad view of water treatment options advised by consulting firm

15th October 2021 A broad view should be taken when considering the options for treating water, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting principal engineer Xanthe Adams. Complying with water quality limits set out in water use licences is imperative for mines, industrial organisations and other authorised... 

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WETLANDS A key responsibility of public sector water regulators is the maintenance of water resource quality in rivers, streams and other natural water bodies

Cesa to hold Aon Engineering Excellence Awards in November

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 Industry organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has announced that the forty-ninth Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism, will be held virtually on November 10. The awards provide a platform to... 

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

Paradigm shift can address unemployment

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Increasing awareness of the skills required to advance civil engineering education in South Africa is integral to unlocking employment opportunities, specifically within the country’s municipal sector, advocates South Africa Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) CEO Vishaal Lutchman.  

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VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The country needs to find a balanced approach to promote both artisanal trade qualifications and qualifications received from universities

Changes required to deal with municipal issues

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 The dismal performance of municipalities in infrastructure and service delivery in South Africa can be attributed to the lack of technical capacity and competency within municipalities, says association Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Chris Campbell.  

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CHRIS CAMPBELL While municipalities are facing many challenges, there is great opportunity to create change now.

Company involvement in municipal project well under way

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Engineering consultant Zutari has completed several aspects of Phase 1 and Phase 1A of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), for which it provided civil and structural engineering services associated with bulk and internal infrastructure. 

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ZUTARI TASEZ DEVELOPMENT The TASEZ is a key driver for economic growth in the City of Tshwane and in Gauteng

ECSA hosts first Identification of Engineering Work workshop

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2021 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has successfully hosted its first industry consultation on the Identification of Engineering Work (IDoEW). The session was attended by government representatives and members from voluntary association.  

GIBB uses 65-year legacy to weather the storm of modern challenges

By: Donna Slater     17th August 2021 Engineering firm GIBB says it has used its 65 years of heritage to overcome modern challenges, including the disruptive nature of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The loss of lives and destruction of livelihoods associated with the pandemic has been painful to witness. Like everyone else, our business... 

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GIBB CEO Richard Vries

Pandemic can spur innovation in property sector

By: Nadine Ramdass     30th July 2021 Although the pandemic has made it difficult for commercial and industrial property stakeholders to plan effectively for the future, this has led to great innovations, new approaches and renewed opportunities, says engineering services consulting firm WSP Africa regional director Johan Piekaar.... 

Project management firm upgrades sugar factory

23rd July 2021 Consulting engineering and project management solutions company Bosch Projects was appointed by wattle bark miller and sugar producer UCL Company to undertake three major projects for the recent expansion at its sugar factory in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal. Bosch Projects is a member of the... 

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LONG TUBE EVAPORATOR Bosch Projects team needed to be innovative and creative in its approach to detailed engineering solutions and the application of expertise

Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

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PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year

Municipalities’ project management falling short

By: Darren Parker     23rd July 2021 Municipalities are falling short in terms of project management in “nearly all aspects”, University of Pretoria (UP) project management associate Professor Giel Bekker tells Engineering News. Municipalities draft and present Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) every year, in which all projects... 

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CONTAINED IMPACT Construction activities were only delayed for three months by the pandemic last year

World-class Africa factory nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The construction of drive components manufacturer SEW-EURODRIVE’s R200-million South Africa head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg, is proceeding to plan and on schedule, says SEW-EURODRIVE MD Raymond Obermeyer. “Despite the slowdown in the local economy, we believe that it is critical... 

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MAKING GROUND The construction of SEW EURODRIVE's new South African head office is progressing well

New entity EY-Parthenon to boost strategy consultation business in Africa

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2021 Professional services firm EY launched its global strategy consulting organisation EY – Parthenon (EY-P) across Africa on July 22, bringing in a connected corporate and transactions strategy offering to the continent. EY-P is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US, and has 40 offices... 

Specialised services offered by engineering group

16th July 2021 Detection services company Bosch Munitech and consulting engineering company Bosch Projects – both part of multidisciplinary consulting engineering group Bosch Holdings in KwaZulu-Natal – is offering specialised services that encompass aerial surveys, laser scanning and three-dimensional (3D)... 

LONG TIME RUNNING
Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of business this year
LONG TIME RUNNING Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of business this year

Methodology pertinent to economic growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th July 2021 The Sustainable Infrastructure Development System (SIDS) project methodology is important for development in South Africa because the country cannot afford to fund projects that do not have a good return, particularly from an economic and/or a social perspective, says Consulting Engineers South... 

CHRIS CAMPBELL
SIDS can have great impact if used correctly and efficiently
CHRIS CAMPBELL SIDS can have great impact if used correctly and efficiently

SIDS sparks private sector interest

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th July 2021 The launch of the Sustainable Infrastructure Development System (SIDS) programme, as well as the roll-out of the projects already approved within the system, has sparked renewed, albeit cautious, optimism from private-sector investors who are keen to participate in infrastructure development,... 

MATHIEU DU PLOOY
Approved projects encourage private sector optimism
MATHIEU DU PLOOY Approved projects encourage private sector optimism

Infrastructure development requires funding and skills

By: Nadine Ramdass     2nd July 2021 The state of South Africa’s water infrastructure varies across the country, with a range of institutions responsible for its management, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Water Engineering Division chairperson Abri Vermeulen. Most is still in a fair condition but it is... 

ABRI VERMEULEN
All institutions and individuals have a role in proper water management
ABRI VERMEULEN All institutions and individuals have a role in proper water management

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

Sisulu asks engineers to contribute to South Africa’s development agenda

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 In keynote address at a virtual seminar hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) earlier in June, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu called on engineers to “patriotically contribute” to the development agenda of South Africa. She addressed members of... 

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 To address the effects of the lack of infrastructure projects in South Africa, cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) MD Njombo Lekula has called for industry and government to work together to mitigate the knock-on effects on the cement sector. “We urgently need an agile and... 

PLANT POWER
PPC has invested substantially in improving its various plants technologies and infrastructure to maximise efficacy
PLANT POWER PPC has invested substantially in improving its various plants technologies and infrastructure to maximise efficacy

Producers under pressure

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 South Africa’s concrete and cement additive suppliers are under severe production pressures, owing to a global shortage of many of the primary raw materials used in the chemicals industry essential to produce concrete and cement admixtures, says additives and admixtures specialist Chryso Southern... 

IN THE MIX
Admixtures and additives used in the manufacture of cement is is short supply globally
IN THE MIX Admixtures and additives used in the manufacture of cement is is short supply globally

Projects, tariffs could boost sector demand 

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Although the local cement and concrete sector is experiencing its lowest production and supply levels in years, industry body Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says earmarked infrastructure projects and import tariffs, if implemented, will be instrumental in boosting the... 

NEW DAWN
The implementation of proposed infrastructure projects will uplift the much needed demand of cement and concrete in South Africa
Cement & Concrete South Africa CEO Bryan Perrie discusses the current state if the industry, as well as the formation of the CCSA.

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

SHIP SHAPE
The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Water dept provides Solidarity with information about Cuban engineers

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has provided trade union Solidarity with comprehensive information about the Cubans who will perform engineering work in South Africa. “The fact that this information has been provided is a first but important victory in the legal battle against the... 

DWS to oppose court case, says Cuban engineers' qualifications accepted

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says it will oppose the court case brought against it by trade union Solidarity to reverse its decision to deploy Cuban engineers in South Africa. Solidarity and other organisations in South Africa are opposed to the deployment of Cuban engineers in... 

Safety critical to ensuring ‘solid business case’ for projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2021 Safety excellence is not separate from construction or operational excellence – a safe site avoids the cost of incidents and improves personnel’s motivation and the company’s relationships with clients, thereby forming a “solid business case” for a project, says South Africa-based contractor... 

CRAIG LAWRENCE
The Covid-19 pandemic has added a layer of difficulty to focusing on safety
Concor’s Craig Lawrence talks about the company’s health and safety approach and protocols

Court date for interdict against appointment of Cubans set for June 1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2021 Trade union Solidarity says it will be in court on June 1 to obtain an interdict against the plans of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to import and deploy Cuban engineers. Solidarity brought an urgent application to the North Gauteng High Court to stop these... 

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