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Consulting Engineers

The changing face of consulting engineering

8th August 2003 The consulting engineering arena today is worlds apart from the industry marketplace a decade or two ago. 

Industry mood more upbeat as government spending increases

By: Helene Le Roux     8th August 2003 Government’s increase in spending on fixed investment is having a positive impact on the consulting engineering industry. 

The discount dilemma

By: Helene Le Roux     8th August 2003 Engineers should take back their pride and become a profession of choice. 

Bingle Kruger to retire

By: Helene Le Roux     8th August 2003 Next month 66-year-old Dr Bingle Kruger, a founding member in 1965, and CEO of one of the country’s foremost consulting engineering companies, the BKS group, retires. 

Consulting firm develops a financing mechanism for local authorities

By: Helene Le Roux     8th August 2003 A Tshwane-based consulting engineering company has developed a financing and implementation mechanism that enables cash-strapped local authorities to fulfill their infrastructure development obligations. 

SA consulting engineering of an international standard

By: Helene Le Roux     8th August 2003 South African consulting engineers compare well with their overseas counterparts on all levels, says Dr Vic Prins, CEO of Stewart Scott International, who has firsthand experience of the industry abroad. 

R1,4bn Berg water project to augment Cape Town’s water supply

By: Helene Le Roux     8th August 2003 The R1,4-billion Berg water project (BWP) near Franschhoek, in the Western Cape, will feature South Africa’s highest concrete-faced rockfill dam (CFRD), with a wall height of about 60 m above river bed level. 

Consulting firms to merge

By: Helene Le Roux     8th August 2003 From the beginning of next month, black economic empowerment consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo and Associates (PDNA) will incorporate GJF Consulting Engineers. 

Municipal and consulting engineering relationship under the spotlight

By: Helene Le Roux     8th August 2003 The relationship between the municipal engineer and consulting engineer should be one of client and expert, similar to the relationship that exist between a client and his architect, doctor or lawyer, according to Institution of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) spokesperson Johan... 

East London to Umtata railway to be upgraded

8th August 2003 The long-awaited upgrading of the rail corridor that links the former Ciskei and Transkei regions, in the Eastern Cape, is due to start soon. 

Draughting service for ship’s upgrade is now complete

8th August 2003 Cape Town process engineering and project management company, Solutions Technology, provided an extensive range of professional draughting services for an international project that was wrapped up in April. 

Limpopo contractor development school opens its doors

8th August 2003 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has rolled out a R22-million skills development and training programme for 450 emergent contractors – and in the process earned the praise of Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana. 

Institute library records increasing interest

8th August 2003 South African consulting engineers are increasingly using the services of the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) library – the largest library dedicated to cement and concrete technology on the African continent. 

Merger of specialist groundwater companies announced in Cape Town

8th August 2003 The merger of two consultancies specialising in groundwater, the environment, and geotechnical engineering, SRK Consulting and Toens and Partners has been announced in Cape Town. 

Supply-chain efficiency improves profitability - report

15th July 2003 Consulting group Accenture and leading research universities, Stanford and Insead, have released global research linking supply chain improvements with a company's enhanced financial performance. 

New consulting-engineering BEE deal

18th April 2003 A consortium of three black South African professionals have acquired a 30% stake in Bigen Africa, one of South Africa’s leading consulting engineering and management groups. 

Wits sets up business consulting offering

By: Deborah Spicer     21st March 2003 The University of the Witwatersrand intends to grow the R160-million that staff members generate through consulting services and short courses offered to business. 

Bottler’s production facility improved

7th March 2003 About four years ago, Valpr 

Urgent need to attract new engineering blood

By: Zonika Botha     7th March 2003 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) predicts that, in ten years’ time, there will not be a sufficient amount of new entrants into the engineering profession to replace those professionals who have retired. 

New engineering fees structure announced

3rd March 2003 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has published new guideline fee scales, which see increases of between 0 and 15 percent for percentage fee scales and significant increases in indicative time based fees 

Quality tops engineering body’s agenda

24th February 2003 Quality continues to be placed on top of the agenda of the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE), with members unanimously having approved an amendment to the code of conduct, which requires member firms to implement and maintain a quality management system within their... 

Mvela acquires 51% of consulting engineering group

20th February 2003 In a major empowerment initiative within the built environment sector, Mvelaphanda Strategic Investments has acquired a majority 51% equity interest in multi-disciplinary consulting, design and management firm, Arcus Gibb. 

Dempsey Naidoo, PD Naidoo & Associates

7th February 2003 Full name: Pragalathan Dhanapalan Naidoo (Dempsey) Position: Founder (1986), and executive chairperson since 1996 Main activity of the company: Consulting engineering and management Date and place of birth: Durban, April 30, 1958 Education: Matric – Chatsworth High School 1974; BSc (Hons)... 

Consulting engineers warn of looming skills shortage

By: Zonika Botha     23rd January 2003 An ageing consulting engineering resource, an increase in emigration and a lack of new entrants, especially from previously disadvantaged communities, could spell serious trouble for future South African and African growth. 

Consulting engineers express cautious optimism for 2003

7th January 2003 Confidence levels among the consulting engineering fraternity increased significantly in the first six months of last year (2002), compared with the same period in 1999. 

Land redistribution experiment could provide a new model

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2002 A Gauteng-based project and programme quality management and operational processes optimisation company has developed an economically viable model for land reform in South Africa. 

World Bank mulls fund for SA consulting engineers

26th November 2002 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) is investigating the establishment of a World Bank Trust Fund for Consulting Engineers in South Africa and will be initiating discussions with relevant government departments, including the Department of Finance and the Department of... 

Consulting engineers announce president

11th November 2002 The executive chairperson of one of South Africa’s foremost independent consulting engineering and project management practices – PD Naidoo & Associates – Dempsey Naidoo was elected president at the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) annual general meeting... 

Infrastructure builder ready to follow Nepad into Africa

By: Helene Le Roux     25th October 2002 Always something new out of Africa – ex Africa semper aliquid novi. 

Consulting engineers back recovery plan

25th October 2002 The South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) reports good progress in its initiatives to support the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) with some positive feedback on a proposal submitted to the Nepad Directorate. 

Internet site pinpoints KZN waste-disposal sites

30th August 2002 The first Internet-based waste information system has been launched in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Sustainable development high on agenda of consulting engineers

16th August 2002 With all eyes on Johannesburg and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) is set to play a key role in directing the course of sustainable development and placing it high on the worldwide agenda of consulting engineers. 

Design, analysis support on offer

9th August 2002 A new consultancy associated with the Durban Institute of Technology (formerly known as Technikon Natal) will be exhibiting at the Composites Africa 2002 conference. 

Africa is a growing market for consultancy

9th August 2002 South African-based international consultancy providing multidisciplinary services in engineering, infrastructure-related development and management, Africon, believes it is well-positioned to play a key role in many countries on the African continent, thereby contributing to the New Partnership... 

Discounted fees straining industry

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 Engineers should change their mindsets and become price-makers and not price-takers, moving away from being technocrats to becoming good businessmen. 

Engineering must become career of choice

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 The engineering profession must demystify the beneficial role it plays in society and promote itself as a career of choice. 

Urgent need to grow local engineering resources

By: Marius Roodt     9th August 2002 Shortage of skills is one of the biggest challenges facing the engineering profession in South Africa. 

Firm announces new corporate structure

9th August 2002 International consulting engineering firm Arup has announced a new corporate structure for the South African practice which gives significant impetus to its transformation initiatives and its commitment to black economic empowerment. 

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