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CONTENTS CESA – Dare to dream, and make it happen



Aon – Forging a new way forward


Pierre Cronje | Naidu Consulting




MENTORING COMPANY OF THE YEAR Naidu Consulting 34 Nathoo Mbenyane Engineers

VISIONARY CLIENT OF THE YEAR Western Cape Department of Health – Facility and Infrastructure




Yolan Pillay | SMEC South Africa


SMEC South Africa – Provision of Water and Sanitation to Informal Settlements and Schools in eThekwini Municipality (Phase 3) 8

Lloyd Fisher-Jeffes | Zutari


Zutari – Lower Thukela Bulk Water Supply Scheme

Ntembeko Zifuku | HN Consulting Engineers


Kholwani Dube | ROMH Consulting



PROJECTS WITH A VALUE BETWEEN R250 MILLION AND R1 BILLION Zutari – Upgrade and Extension of Stellenbosch Wastewater Treatment Plant 11 Zutari – 144 Oxford Road, Office Building, Rosebank


SiVEST SA – Sappi Saiccor Mill – Woodyard Upgrade, Umkomaas




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PROJECTS WITH A VALUE OF BETWEEN R50 MILLION AND R250 MILLION Tirisano Consulting Engineers – Additional Shopping Area for Wonderpark Spar, Middelburg


Hatch – Midmar Water Treatment Works Upgrade, Howick


Naidu Consulting – Mabhobhane River Bridge over the Tugela River


Hatch – uMshwathi Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme Phase 2, Wartburg 17 Knight Piésold – Stock Road: Govan Mbeki to R300, Philippi


Nathoo Mbenyane Engineers – Lusushwana Bulk Water Scheme, Bettysgoed



Managing editor Alastair Currie

Chris Roth (UP)

Senior journalist Danielle Petterson Head of design Beren Bauermeister


Petrus Jooste (TUT)

Naidu Consulting – eZimbokodweni Pipe and Pedestrian Bridge


Chris Stuurman (ECSA)

SMEC South Africa – V&A Waterfront Swing Bridge


Henk Spoormaker (ASHRAE SA)

Designer Janine Schacherl

Arvind Chhagan (ASHRAE SA)


Chief sub-editor Tristan Snijders

Shaheed Regal (ACSA)

MPAMOT Ruben Reddy Architects JV – Cote D’Or National Sports Complex, Mauritius


Knight Piésold – Construction of Neckartal Dam and Phase 1 Bulk Water Supply, Namibia


Dr Louis Grobler

Zutari – Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam and Hydropower Station, Nigeria


Jabulile Msiza

Production/client liaison manager


Antois-Leigh Nepgen Publisher Jacques Breytenbach

Refilwe Buthelezi


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CESA CEO’s Comment

Dare to dream, and make it happen

Chris Campbell, CEO, CESA


n an annual basis, the CESA

Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements

been a spike in wasteful expenditure,

Aon Engineering Excellence

– all areas in need of urgent attention.

and the maladministration of funds.

We must all support SIDSSA and

Targeted infrastructure execution has

allied initiatives, like government’s

also been hampered by the technical

South African engineering. This year, the

Infrastructure Fund, since they serve as

skills gaps within the public sector,

key difference is the use of a live virtual

catalysts for positive change that, when

further complicated by ineffective

platform to communicate the results in

implemented, will transform our socio-

procurement processes.

response to Covid-19. The advantage of this

economic landscape, creating sustainable

is that we can share the excitement of the

employment and enabling families to

but the change will only happen if we

event with a much broader audience within

prepare and transition their children

can engage and come together with a

South Africa, Africa and worldwide.

to a world after the Fourth Industrial

common purpose. As CESA, we are part of

Revolution. Our hope is that many will

that collective and have been encouraged

will continue to ripple through our

embrace engineering as their chosen

by an increase, rather than a decline, in

economy and society for many years

profession and CESA’s members are on

the number of new firms joining us as

to come, in the process introducing

standby to enable this process through

members, all of whom support this drive.

unprecedented change in the way we

professional mentorship.

Awards celebrate





The aftershock of the Covid-19 pandemic

Collectively, we have the answers,

The question of how best to build a capable state needs an action-based

interact and do business. This will be

Communication is vital There is a growing sense of urgency for

approach that looks well beyond the

bankable and ‘shovel ready’ projects

dream, 2021 will be the fulfilment of a

leaders in the public and private sector see

to be moved to the tender and award

long-awaited resurgence in infrastructure

the aftermath as an opportunity to restart

stage. What CESA and the industry

spend. The prime areas include Sanral

and re-engineer, with the infrastructure

are calling for is greater clarity on the

projects, mass housing developments,

sector identified as a major influencer.

actual implementation timeline from

and active Independent Power Producer

The same is true for South Africa, because

government. This is important because it

project awards to meet the immediate

without infrastructure development and

directly influences local and international

2 000 MW emergency supply gap. All are

the services it delivers, no economy can

investment sentiment, to positively impact

imminent and achievable.

function effectively.

gross fixed capital formation.

largely due to the manner in which we embrace technology. Within the global perspective, many

Among our major platforms locally are

Governments tend to be the largest

post-Covid-19 environment. If I dare to

Going into 2021, our focus should be on arresting the decline in GDP and moving

the Sustainable Infrastructure Development

buyers of good and services, which

steadily and smoothly to a resurgence in

Symposium South Africa (SIDSSA)

directly and indirectly stimulates the

commercial activity. Every CESA member

conferences held over the past three years,

growth of major interrelated GDP

has an integral part to play in this process. I

which have received resounding support

contributors like construction and

applaud the companies that have entered

from local and international investors. At

manufacturing. In South Africa, we’ve

our awards this year for their commitment

the 2020 SIDSSA symposium in June, I

experienced a steady drop in public

to the promotion and development of

had the privilege of representing CESA at

infrastructure investment over the past

the industry, and their focus on providing

the Ministerial Round Table Discussion on

decade. Compounding the issue has

engineering excellence!

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n the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is fitting to reflect on the rising resilience that our ‘new normal’ has demanded from all

individuals and businesses. As in the rest

• growing social discontent and riot risk – a worldwide phenomenon • political risks, which are no longer limited to developing markets • cyber risk with remote working

of the world, the globally synchronous

exponentially amplifying exposures

impact of this pandemic in South Africa

• business interruption, which now has

economic and socio-political environments, whether you are a solo operator or a large commercial operation. As we celebrate the CESA Awards, it is an opportunity to reflect on the rising resilience that the engineering sector has demonstrated in the face of

has been devastating. All the challenges

the added dimension of pandemic and

a global pandemic. Through all of this,

and conditions that existed prior to

cyberattacks thrown into the mix

you have maintained the high standards

the pandemic still prevail, with many

• market volatility and the need for

amplified, demanding new strategies

payment protection as even large

tremendous contribution to our economy

in order to cope with these changing

organisations falter

and society. As Aon, we are immensely

complexities in our ‘new normal’. Whether you are a sole proprietor, a small or medium-sized consultancy, or a

• professional indemnity and D&O

of excellence and innovation in your

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liability exposures are growing in

CESA and its members, and we stand as

volatile markets.

Aon United in delivering risk solutions

large commercial operation, the risks are

Over the coming months, definitive trends

and professional advice to secure the

common across all business formats, and

in risk will continue to emerge. Data and

operating environment for engineers, no

the quantum typically substantial. These

analytics models are providing powerful

matter the challenges ahead.

risks include professional liability, business

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Lifetime Industry Achievement Award

Llewellyn Pike RECOGNITION


lewellyn Pike, CEO of Merchelles Collective, hails from the Eastern Cape, and is a proud past-scholar of Muir

College (one of the oldest schools in South Africa), with which he still maintains close ties. After school, he pursued engineering at Stellenbosch University. Llewellyn’s choice of career was inspired by Ben Govoni, a professionally registered engineer who also financially assisted him by awarding him a bursary to study engineering – an act of kindness that Llewellyn both recognises as the catalyst to his rewarding career and has strived to emulate. After a brief stint with the City Engineers’ Department in Cape Town, Llewellyn’s relocation to Johannesburg heralded the start of his 40-year career in black women who approached him with a

(Gauliwe Consortium), N3 Corridor DBOT

view to assisting them in founding a black-

(Mafube Consortium), N1N4 Platinum

natural leader, a man of principles and

woman-owned engineering consultancy.

Toll Road, the Nelson Mandela Bridge

ideals, who is driven by a long-term

This resulted in the 2017 establishment

and Carr Street I/C, N1 New Road I/C and

vision of development, transformation,

of Merchelles Collective – a Level 1 BBBEE

the Concorde Road East (Harper Road)

growth and economic opportunities for

majority black-woman-owned business of

cable-stayed bridge, to mention just a few.

all. He spent 35 years in the company that

which Llewellyn is currently CEO, a position

In addition, Llewellyn is quite at home

started off as Keeve Steyn & Partners, later

he holds at the insistence of his fellow

directing multidisciplinary projects.

becoming Goba, and finally Hatch Goba.

directors. Llewellyn is proud to be heading

consulting engineering. Llewellyn can best be described as a

is the project lead on several SANRAL

Llewellyn enjoyed the role of executive

in the future of women in engineering and

road projects, where the company is

director, being instrumental in reinventing

accelerating transformation within a male-

the targeted enterprise in conjunction

the company into the iconic Goba. For a

dominated industry.

with larger generic consultancies. He is

Llewellyn’s core expertise lies in

currently the independent engineer on

role of COO, and deputy to CEO Trueman

transportation engineering, having

the N1N4 Platinum Toll Road (a six-year

Goba, during which time the company

expert knowledge of both geometric,

contract won in joint venture with Nyeleti

grew from approximately 200 to over 500

pavement and materials design, and

Consulting Engineers, covering some

employees, and was twice the recipient of

contract management. He has spearheaded

384 km of national road). In addition,

Business Excellence awards (SAICE in 2007

large and complex transport projects

he is currently the principal agent on

and CESA in 2009).

such as the N12: Gillooly’s to R21 I/C

three multidisciplinary manufacturing

further period of 10 years, he occupied the

and N3: Geldenhuys to Buccleuch I/C

infrastructure upgrade projects for

Llewellyn has remained a true and

(both of which were part of the Gauteng

Coca-Cola Beverages SA.

persistent force for change and legitimate

Freeway Infrastructure Programme), N1/

Llewellyn believes that every project is an

transformation. These attributes can best

N2 Winelands DBOT Toll Road (Overberg

opportunity to enhance the landscape and

be demonstrated and recognised by two

Consortium), Gautrain Rapid Rail Link DBOT

improve the lives of communities.

Throughout these and later years,


Under the Merchelles’ umbrella, he

up a company that is committed to investing

For his last 10 years at Keeve Steyn,

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Visionary Client of the Year

Western Cape Department of Health



he Western Cape Department of Health’s Facility

order to divert possible Covid-19 patients. In some instances,

and Infrastructure Covid-19 response programme

temporary structures were used to provide the quickest response.

stood out in terms of the plan, execution methodology and final delivery within tight time

and cost constraints, as well as limited internal resources. The combined Facility and Infrastructure response to the

Additional intermediate-care beds were identified and provided in line with the anticipated requirements and predictions, namely: • CTICC Hospital of Hope – 862 beds • Brackengate – 338 beds

Covid-19 pandemic demonstrates the province’s readiness to

• Harry Comay – conversion of 38 beds and addition of 20 beds

deal with health needs and provide effective service delivery.

• Sonstraal TB Hospital – conversion and extra beds provided a

In doing so, the department’s visionary and innovative

total of 150 Covid-19 beds.

thinking, planning and execution serve as an example to all

The CTICC and Brackengate beds will only be temporary,

clients, both public and private, in the delivery of infrastructure

whereas the infrastructure at Sonstraal and Harry Comay

for the betterment of society, industry and the country during

will be used to permanently address some of the backlog in

a pandemic.

infrastructure requirements.

The department identified the Covid-19 hotspot areas where

As the requirements and pressures escalated, further containers

urgent infrastructure interventions – such as triage and testing

and roof structures are being constructed as waiting areas and

areas, additional medical gas points and additional beds – were

additional screening areas. Going forward, these additions will

required, based on the predicted curve. Triage and testing

address insufficient space needs at these facilities over the short

stations were introduced in both the metro and rural areas in

and medium term.

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Mega projects with a value greater than R1 billion



SMEC South Africa for the Provision of Water and Sanitation Services to Informal Settlements and Schools in eThekwini Municipality (Phase 3)


Client: eThekwini Municipality, Water and Sanitation Unit Consulting engineer: SMEC South Africa

efore 2007, the eThekwini Health Department was tasked with the rolling out of a project aimed at providing communal

ablution share blocks to informal settlements, aligning to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, particularly MDG 7. With infrastructure delivery not being the Health Department’s core business, service delivery was slow and deemed unacceptable. Thus, in January 2008, eThekwini Water and Sanitation issued a variation order to the existing large-scale AC Water Mains Relay Project to undertake a pilot exercise to efficiently and rapidly address the ablution requirements. basic human needs. This is demonstrated

the facilities once completed. Only local

and the approach proved to rapidly and

through the delivery of over 430 communal

suppliers and local labourers within the

effectively address the provision of water

ablution facilities to over 34 informal

affected communities were used, as far as

and sanitation services to the human

settlements, serving more than 118 000

possible, across all functions throughout the

settlements concerned.

people across the city.

implementation of the project.

The pilot exercise was a great success

Subsequently, Phase 2 of the Ablution

In totality, the project comprised the

Programme commenced in 2012 on a

R1.7 billion and continued over a four-and-

programme management and overall

larger scale, followed by Phase 3, which is

a-half-year period. The project was geared

programme governance and control for

currently under way, having commenced in

towards contributing to the municipality’s

Phase 3 of the sanitation programme over

August 2015.

social and economic agenda and

a period of four years. The project team

demonstrated this successfully through

consisted of more than 50 companies,

addresses the need to remedy the

the inclusion of labour-intensive

including a substantial entity development

severely adverse conditions experienced

construction methods and thereby the

component in both construction and

by the inhabitants of numerous informal

provision of economic opportunities for

design aspects, thus contributing to

settlements within eThekwini Municipality

the local community.

eThekwini Municipality and national

The Sanitation Phase 3 project directly


The overall project budget exceeded

through the provision of basic water and

This also included the recruitment of

sanitation facilities and in turn servicing

community members for supervision of

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government’s drive towards radical economic transformation.

Mega projects with a value greater than R1 billion

Zutari for Lower Thukela Bulk Water Supply Scheme


ncreasing demands from a growing

The R1.6 billion scheme consists of an

population, combined with periodic

abstraction works from the Lower Thukela

droughts that are increasing in

River, which needs to provide a steady

intensity, have left northern KwaZulu-

supply of water from the river throughout

Natal’s water supply vulnerable. The Lower Thukela Bulk Water Supply

the year, while also removing as much of the sediment load from the water as possible.

System was conceived decades ago but

The abstracted water is then pumped up to

was shelved as a scheme because it had not

the water treatment works.

been deemed necessary. However, with an

A weir was installed across the river to


Client: Umgeni Water Consulting engineer: Zutari (previously Aurecon) Contractors: Group Five, Stefanutti Stocks Coastal, Veolia Water Solutions, Esor Franki

surrounding communities. Sediment collected on-site is then processed to landfill.

impending drought in 2010, Umgeni Water

direct flow to the abstraction works, where

One of the key ecological functions of

needed to move quickly to implement

the water will continually scour the riverbed

the Thukela River is the transportation of

the scheme.

to maintain a channel to the abstraction

nutrient-rich sediment to the estuaries at

works. The removal of sediment is achieved

the mouth of the river. Zutari modelled

as it needed to be executed within a short

through a sequence of boulder, pebble,

the river chemistry and sediment loads to

timeframe in order to meet the client’s

gravel and sand traps.

demonstrate the optimum return flow of

The design of the scheme was challenging,

delivery commitments. It also needed to be

The water treatment works uses three

sediment from the works to the river in order

sufficiently robust so that the client would

stages of sedimentation to further remove

to maintain the ecological service of the river,

achieve a 95% assurance of supply to their

solid particles from the water. The water is

without impacting on the quality of the water

customers. This required an unconventional

then polished through rapid gravity sand

in the river.

design, considering the seasonal flooding of

filters and disinfected before being pumped

the river and the associated deterioration in

from the water treatment works to a 30 Mℓ

treated flow per day, with the option to readily

river water quality.

reservoir, from which it is distributed to the

upgrade it in the future to 110 Mℓ/day.

The scheme presently provides 55 Mℓ of

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Projects with a value between R250 million and R1 billion


Zutari for Upgrade and Extension of Stellenbosch Wastewater Treatment Plant PROJECT TEAM

Client: Stellenbosch Municipality Consulting engineer: Zutari Civil contractor: CSV Construction Mechanical and electrical contractors: Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa


ffluent from the Stellenbosch Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) flows into the Eerste River, which is essential for the Cape Winelands’ agricultural and agritourism communities.

In 2011, the WWTW was operating over-capacity, dilapidated,

struggling to meet effluent compliance, a hazard to the environment, and a nuisance to the surrounding community – ultimately placing the livelihood of the communities surrounding the Eerste River at risk. Stellenbosch Municipality made the strategic and critical decision to upgrade the WWTW with the limited budget at hand. The main objectives were to increase capacity, improve the effluent quality and reduce the foul odour. Zutari (formerly Aurecon), as consulting engineer, undertook the planning and design of the treatment works in 2014, as well as site supervision when construction began in 2015. The project comprised an upgrade of the plant to a full biological nutrient removal process that is capable of handling up to 35 Mℓ/day average dry weather flow, as well as ensuring compliance with the National Water Act. This upgrade comprised a new inlet works, a new 27 Mℓ/day membrane biological reactor (MBR) lane, the rejuvenation of the existing plant to an 8 Mℓ/day conventional activated sludge (CAS) plant with UV disinfection, and new sludge treatment facilities. The upgrade will cater for flows from the town up until 2035, allowing for further development and economic growth in the area. The plant’s design included other innovative features, such as a sophisticated control system, odour eradication, energyefficient technologies and context-driven, sustainable design. The plant is fully automated with a state-of-the-art control system that ensures the process control and operating efficiency level is optimised. The WWTW was also designed to be energy efficient by minimising pumping through the works and adopting energyefficient technologies like a fine bubble diffused aeration system in the MBR lane, which is 15% to 20% more energy efficient than traditional technologies. In addition, the facility was designed in such a manner that it can be easily retrofitted with a direct potable reuse facility and biogas-to-energy facility in the future. The Stellenbosch WWTW was commissioned in March 2019 and is currently the largest MBR WWTW in South Africa. The incorporation of membrane technology has significantly improved the state of the Eerste River and the quality of water available for users.

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Projects with a value between R250 million and R1 billion



Zutari for 144 Oxford Road, Office Building, Rosebank

visionary client, a strong

144 Oxford Road is a truly iconic

professional team and

development. While surrounded by a

a commitment to best

leafy residential neighbourhood, it is also

sustainability practices have

across the road from trendy retail centres,

created a striking landmark development that will offer additional green prime office space in Gauteng. The 35 000 m2 premium-grade 144 Oxford

hotels and the Rosebank Gautrain Station. Designed by Paragon Architects, the wrapped in high-performance glazed facades, which mirror the bustling

Johannesburg, was undertaken to capitalise

traffic on Oxford Road, to the west of

on the demand for office space in the

the development. During design development and

2015, developer Growthpoint Properties

construction, Zutari worked closely with

appointed Zutari (previously Aurecon)

the client, the architects, the professional

for the provision of mechanical and

team and the contractors through the

environmentally sustainable design services.

various iterations to ensure that the

In 2019, the project was awarded a 5-Star

Client: Growthpoint Mechanical engineer and ESD consultant: Zutari Main contractors: WHBO and Tiber JV Architect: Paragon

building constitutes a bespoke shape

Road office development in Rosebank,

sought-after central Rosebank precinct. In


mechanical services and the sustainability

• energy-efficient lighting throughout the building, with circadian capability in the occupied areas • water-saving sanitary fittings, a rainwater harvesting system, and water-efficient landscaping • extensive glazing to maximise external views and access to natural light • a mechanism using weighing cells to

Green Star Design rating by the Green

objectives were seamlessly aligned with

continuously monitor the weight of the

Building Council South Africa and, upon

the proposed design.

chillers, enabling the detection of even a

completion of the fit-out, the project

Some of the key sustainability features of

small leak of refrigerant.

will target similarly high As-built and

the project include:

In addition, a facilities manager was

Interiors ratings.

• an energy-efficient air-conditioning

appointed during the design phase, which

Featuring two extended office towers

system with a full economy cycle, which

will ensure that the operational intent of

connected by a central atrium, the

means that it supplies totally fresh air to

the sustainability initiatives is effectively

development consists of nine occupiable

cool the space when external conditions

implemented after the commissioning of

floors and six basement levels for parking.

are favourable

the building services.

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Projects with a value between R250 million and R1 billion

SiVEST SA for Sappi Saiccor Mill – Woodyard Upgrade, Umkomaas PROJECT TEAM

Client: Sappi Saiccor Mill Owner’s engineer: SiVEST SA


n 2018, Sappi Saiccor Mill decided to increase production volumes from 783 000 air dry tonnes per annum (adt/a) to 890 000 adt/a through

various expansion project investments throughout the mill. In line with the vision, Sappi Saiccor upgraded equipment in the woodyard, chemical and recovery areas, fibre line and the uptake machine. Project Vulindlela was approved in principle, enabling a planned phased construction completion in July 2020. In order to make space for Project Vulindlela, the entire woodyard at the Sappi Saiccor Mill needed to be rearranged. This involved the decommissioning of two of the existing chipping lines and stockpile area, and the installation of a new 300 t/h chipper to replace the decommissioned capacity. A new completely automated woodchip stockpile system had to be erected in the area previously used as a to assist Sappi Saiccor’s internal project

as well as the limited space on-site for new

management team, by carrying out the

development. SiVEST’s use of advanced 3D

redesign to enable the offloading of

design, engineering, technical adjudication,

scanning technology and 3D modelling

timber directly to the new chipper and

technical construction support, and

enabled the accurate design of the new

existing chipper No. 6. This project, titled

commissioning support of the project.

project’s interface to the existing factory

the Woodyard Upgrade Project, preceded

SiVEST was appointed to provide

timber stockpile area. The rail system required a complete

infrastructure. Through detailed planning,

the start of the Vulindlela Project and was

design, engineering and management

a proactive approach and close

completed in April 2019.

advisory support services for the civil,

collaboration, the SiVEST team was able

structural, mechanical, electrical, controls,

to complete the works with very little

equipment installations, which required

instrumentation, scheduling, and

disruption to Sappi’s operations.

design and engineering across the various

draughting works required in the

engineering and construction and related

woodyard area.

The woodyard included various new

disciplines. Sappi Saiccor required an owner’s engineer to perform the services

The project commenced in August 2017 and was successfully completed and handed

The key challenges included the congested operation and project interface,

over to the client in April 2019 in line with Sappi Saiccor's requirements.

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Tirisano Consulting Engineers for Additional Shopping Area for Wonderpark Spar, Middelburg


Client: Patricio and Sons Properties Architect: AW Austin Architecture Quantity surveyor (principal agent): Seome Quantity Surveyors Structural engineer: Tirisano Consulting Engineers Civil engineer: Tirisano Consulting Engineers Electrical engineer: Pro-Eng Consulting Engineers Mechanical engineer: Q-Mech Consulting Engineers Main contractor: LLG Projects Health and safety: Successful Safety Solutions


extremely limited space: three entrances, lower-level parking, and a first of its kind ‘travellator’ in Middelburg to transport customers – especially the disabled – under cover. The elegantly sized and positioned exposed steel trusses and columns comprising the roof structure add to the spacious feel experienced by shoppers. Effective utilisation of the ‘plan, do, check,

he project comprises the

improve/act’ planning cycle and values

Additional duties (survey and geotechnical

award-winning Wonderpark

embraced by the Tirisano team prevented

investigations) were also managed.

Spar in Middelburg – an

unnecessary and costly mistakes.

ordinary project made

Although the final construction cost

From a sustainability perspective, modern insulation was installed in the

extraordinary. Teamwork by a visionary

was 8% higher than the original estimate

concrete floors to ensure lower electrical

client, innovative professional minds and

(of which 5% was due to additions by the

consumption. The sewer drainage system

a capable contractor created the machine

client and 3% due to varied foundation

was also split to ensure the existing bulk

to make this success story possible,

conditions and revising the roof structure to

lines could handle the higher volumes of

woven around a functional, economic and

accommodate a future solar system), the

effluent without the need to increase

elegant structure, supported by reliable

client’s budget was not exceeded.

pipe sizes.

civil infrastructure.

The implementation was smooth and

As testimony to these and allied elements,

effortless due to the modular design

the project was awarded ‘Super Spar of the

construction of the superstructure

philosophy and detailed information on the

Year’ on the criteria of innovative design,

experienced no downtime and activities

drawings. In turn, complex problems were

aesthetic appeal, energy and resource-

could be staggered to accelerate the

solved by simple solutions – the trademark

saving concepts.

programme, so that the client was able

of an experienced designer.

Despite constrictive workspace, the

to open its doors for business two days sooner than the original deadline. Ingenuity, originality and innovation are displayed by the utilisation of the

A preferred shopping destination

Tirisano was appointed according

for all residents in Mhluzi and the CBD

to CESA’s ‘Short Form of Agreement

was created, and 70% of the workforce

for Consulting Engineering Services’

emanated from the local community.

and included the full scope of services.

Sales have since skyrocketed.

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Hatch for Midmar Water Treatment Works Upgrade, Howick

ocated in Howick, the Midmar

of 250 Mℓ/day to 395 Mℓ/day on a raw water

Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is

intake basis. The plant utilises chemical

owned and operated by Umgeni

dosing, super pulsators and rapid gravity

Water. The plant treats raw water

sand filters, with disinfection using chlorine

from Midmar Dam, which is located on the

gas for the production of 375 Mℓ/day of

upper Umgeni River system.

potable water.


Client: Umgeni Water Consulting engineer: Hatch Main contractor: Icon Construction

The project required upgrades to the

Safety enhancements included the addition

Mpophomeni, most of the south-western

chemical dosing system, an additional

of ventilation equipment to the filter gallery,

and southern suburbs of Pietermaritzburg,

new super pulsator clarifier and six new

as well as structural modifications around

Greater Edendale, Vulindlela, Thornville,

rapid gravity sand filters at the main

the filter syphon valves. In turn, the addition

Hopewell, Richmond and the Umlaas Road

water treatment works, as well as a new

of a second backwash water balancing tank

node. It also serves eThekwini’s Outer

backwash water recovery tank, two new

ensures improved recovery of wash water,

West area (including the areas of Cato

clariflocculators and a gravity thickener

enhancing the overall efficiency of the

Ridge, Georgedale, Gillitts and Hillcrest),

at the sludge treatment works, with

treatment system and the quality of water

as well as consumers on the Lion Park and

associated mechanical, electrical, control and

returned to the natural environment.

Eston-Umbumbulu pipelines from the

instrumentation upgrades and integration.

The WTP supplies water to Howick and

Umlaas Road node. The supply area has

Hatch was awarded the professional

The emergency chlorine scrubber (ECS) design was subjected to critical design

recently been extended via eThekwini’s

services contract for the design, construction

reviews to ensure that it met major

Western Aqueduct.

monitoring and commissioning, with

hazardous installation and client safety

construction commencing in May 2015 and

requirements. The ECS is believed to be the

completed by June 2019.

largest of its type in South Africa.

The Midmar Water Treatment Plant was upgraded from a design operating capacity

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Naidu Consulting for the Mabhobhane River Bridge over the Tugela River PROJECT TEAM

Client: KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport Consulting engineer: Naidu Consulting Contractor: Umso Construction Notable advances in construction and design techniques made through the composite modular bridge deck solution allowed for the 350 t of structural steel deck trusses to be prefabricated some 290 km away, off-site, concurrently with the construction of the substructure. Once placed, the steel trusses were used to temporarily support the construction of the concrete deck slab, completing the composite deck section. This facilitated the construction of the deck without the constraint of falsework and formwork supported from the riverbed, which is notorious for flash-flooding.


The elegant lines of the structural steel trusses and slenderness of the concrete deck slab and piers also presented a uniquely aesthetically appealing solution with a limited

embers of the Bangindoda community, situated

construction footprint. This resulted in lower environmental

on the Eshowe side of the Tugela, which

impacts during construction and a reduced carbon footprint for

includes more than 200 learners, faced the risk of

future sustainability.

drowning daily, when crossing KwaZulu-Natal’s

Throughout the project cycle, the local community was engaged

largest river by boat to access basic services such as schools,

and relationships strengthened, which enabled construction to

clinics, pension pay points and the post office, which are on the

proceed without any incident of community dissatisfaction.

Maphumulo side of the Tugela River. When the boat was out of

A total of 77 job opportunities were also directly created through

operation or the river was impassable, community members had to

employing members from the local community, as well as 28

travel approximately 28 km to the nearest town of Eshowe to access

youth below the age of 35 who were trained through a 10-month

health and social services, and learners were missing out on school.

National Youth Service learnership.

The client’s brief was to develop an economical, low-

Through a collaborative effort between the client, engineer and

environmental-impact engineering solution that would

contractor, the quality, time and project budget were effectively

accommodate the environmentally sensitive area and be able to

and efficiently managed. This ensured that the project was

accelerate the construction process, with no piers in the river.

completed in May 2018, within the allocated time and budget,

Through ingenuity and innovation, Naidu Consulting developed a

and without any major health and safety incidents – despite the

solution that comprised the construction of a 330 m long composite

challenges of working at heights up to 20 m above the ground.

structural steel truss and reinforced concrete slab deck bridge

The often-devastating effects of crossing the mighty Tugela

with spans of up to 40 m – the longest composite bridge to be

during flooding are therefore a nightmare of the past for the

constructed over the Tugela River.

learners and members of the adjacent communities.

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Client: Umgeni Water Principal design consultant and project manager: Hatch Main contractor: Icon Construction


Hatch for uMshwathi Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme Phase 2, Wartburg in response, broken down into three

commissioning of a 58 Mℓ/day booster

distinct phases.

pump station on the Phase 1 pipeline

Hatch was appointed by Umgeni Water

(which was being constructed under a

to design and manage the construction of

separate contract) also formed part of the

he greater Wartburg and

Phase 2. This comprised a 15 km, 700 mm

Phase 2 contract.

Dalton area – including Albert

diameter steel pipeline between Wartburg

Falls, Mpolweni, Swayimana,

and Dalton, two booster pump stations and

with three pump sets each – two duty

a 10 Mℓ reservoir. Construction commenced

and one standby. The design philosophy

in July 2015, with completion in April 2020.

adopted was that the projected system

Trust Feeds, Schroeders, and

Cool Air – fall under the uMshwathi Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. They were

The buried pipeline comprises a

The two pump stations were designed

demands from 2015 through to 2035

historically supplied with bulk water from

continuously welded steel pipe connecting

could be met using the same infrastructure

Umgeni Water’s upper uMgeni system via

a new 8 Mℓ reservoir in the town of

(including pumps) via the adoption of

the DV Harris Water Treatment Plant.

Wartburg (Part of Phase 1) to a new

variable-speed drives.

In 2007, Umgeni Water investigated

10 Mℓ reservoir in the town of Dalton (part

The Phase 1 pump station constructed

the feasibility of extending the existing

of Phase 2). A 41 Mℓ/day booster pump

under the Phase 2 contract was key to

Wartburg System to supply the

station was required about two thirds down

supplying the Wartburg reservoir and the

communities of Efaye, Ozwathini and

the pipeline route to boost pressure in order

completion of the Phase 2 infrastructure

Southern iLembe. This study confirmed

to supply the Dalton reservoir. The pipeline

was critical to supplying water for Phase 3

that the Wartburg System was reaching its

route required the driving of 5 number

and the downstream communities.

ultimate capacity and would need to be

2 130 mm diameter pipe-jacks under

The commissioning of the scheme and

augmented. The uMshwathi Regional Bulk

provincial roads and Transnet railway lines.

ultimately the delivery of water therefore

Water Supply Scheme was implemented

The design, construction and

relied on the Phase 2 project team.

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Client: City of Cape Town Roads and Stormwater Department Consulting engineer: Knight Piésold Consulting Electrical consulting engineer: GJA Consulting Engineers Structural engineer: Structural Solutions Contractor: Martin & East Community liaison consultant: David Leendertz Consultants Occupational H&S: Safe Working Practice Environmental consultant: Ecosense Consulting Environmentalists

Knight Piésold Consulting for Stock Road – Govan Mbeki to R300, Philippi


he rehabilitation and

to the creation of job opportunities

provision of non-motorised

and skills development for the local

transport (NMT) and

community, as well as business

integrated rapid transport

development for local enterprises.

(IRT) infrastructure on Stock Road

Difficulties and complexities were

between Govan Mbeki Road and the

experienced in many instances

R300 in Philippi has revitalised one of

throughout the design and construction

Cape Town’s most impoverished areas.

phase. During the early stages, for

Completed on behalf of the city’s

example, an Eskom infrastructure

Roads and Stormwater Department,

network was discovered in the proposed

the project was designed by Knight

roadway alignment. This network

Piésold Consulting, which also

consisted of medium- and low-voltage

supervised construction.

cables, which were not indicated on

The new 2.05 km dual carriageway, as

the as-built information obtained. After

well as the NMT and IRT infrastructure,

meeting with Eskom, a design report was

was designed to accommodate the

submitted for approval before removing

area’s dense vehicular and pedestrian

the existing cables.

movement, which includes a business

Difficulties and complexities were also

hub, and the IRT feeder route linking

experienced when informal settlements

to the future Lansdowne IRT corridor.

began occupying the road reserve once

Included was the installation of

the contractor started establishing

water reticulation and stormwater

on-site. Due to the delicate politics

infrastructure, electrical Infrastructure,

involved, an instruction was given to

new street lighting, and upgraded and

amend the kerb alignment and design

signalised intersections. Construction

of the proposed roadway timeously

commenced in August 2015, with all

before any more informal structures were

phases finalised by July 2019.

built. This meant the redesigning and

Throughout the construction programme, the design needed to ensure safe accommodation of the

relocating of newly proposed services as well. Despite all the challenges and

travelling public, access to key public

complexities, the newly rehabilitated

facilities, and the accommodation of

road, services and the ancillary works

organised trading areas.

have considerably improved the

The project is one of the largest in the

vehicular and pedestrian movement

area in recent years and contributed

of this business hub.

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Nathoo Mbenyane Engineers for Lusushwana Bulk Water Scheme, Bettysgoed


fficially opened in April 2019, the Lusushwana Bulk Water Supply Scheme was constructed over three phases, starting in 2016, with an overall project cost of around R135 million.

The scheme provides safe potable water to 4 335 households,

reaching 17 348 persons, who had limited or no piped water previously. Extending from Robinsdale to Ouboom, the scheme services 10 areas within the Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality. The project was funded by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), with Gert Sibande District Municipality as the implementing agent and Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality as the water services authority (WSA) and beneficiary. The scheme included the upgrading and refurbishment of all bulk water infrastructure on the existing water scheme, including: • raw and clear water pump stations • rising mains and gravity mains • storage reservoirs and high-level steel tanks • 4 Mℓ/day water treatment works • 30 km of pipelines of various sizes, ranging from Ø 110 mm uPVC to Ø 250 mm (steel/uPVC). The multiyear-funded project uplifted the community, providing 12 575 person-day work opportunities and direct opportunities to 11 local suppliers. The design allowed for phased implementation. Each was commissioned independently and consolidated on the completion of all three phases. Remarkably, there were no budget or time overruns. Other objectives met on the project encompassed: • consolidating the limited available operations and maintenance skills in Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality in the design and constructed infrastructure • reducing the operational and maintenance cost savings over the long term in the selection of material and equipment • creating awareness of the importance of water conservation and demand management. The capital cost for Water Supply, Reference Document – DWS Cost Benchmark 2009, for a Large Scheme Size Project (20 000 people) is approximately R33 400 per household (escalated 5% pa to 2019). This project achieved a 7.3% lower cost per household spend, equating to R9.8 million. Thanks to a well-executed programme, the primary objective of providing safe potable water to communities within Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality by the WSA was achieved.


Client: Gert Sibande District Municipality Consulting engineer: Nathoo Mbenyane Engineers

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Naidu Consulting for eZimbokodweni Pipe and Pedestrian Bridge


Client: eThekwini Municipality Consulting engineer: Naidu Consulting


ocated in the Philani valley

Naidu Consulting subsequently undertook

The photoluminescent concrete handrails

of Umlazi, a sewer trunk

the design and construction supervision of

and posts illuminate the bridge at night,

line encased in reinforced

the 160 m long eZimbokodweni Pipe and

offering a much-needed solution to the

concrete and acting as

Pedestrian Bridge.

safety of pedestrians. In addition, the

a low-level pedestrian crossing was

The deck is pre-stressed and comprises

foot paths leading to the bridge also incorporate the same material.

rendered vulnerable and impassable. Due

six equal spans. Standing approximately

to illegal sand mining, the riverbed had

10 m above the existing riverbed, the box

been lowered to such an extent that the

girder deck accommodates a 1 000 mm

photoluminescent polymer concrete as a

structure was exposed to vandalism, flood

diameter HDPE gravity sewer pipeline. The

lighting solution will eliminate the high

action and heavy trucks driving over it.

bridge substructure is founded on piles.

costs of conventional electricity, as well

Restoring and protecting the existing

The pioneering adoption of

This technology utilising

as vandalism and cable theft. It is also a

sewer line from further damage was not

photoluminescent concrete polymers

solution that is maintenance free, with a

cost-effective. In addition, a pedestrian

added a new dimension to safety on the

long-term cost saving to the client.

crossing was desperately required by

eZimbokodweni Pipe and Pedestrian Bridge.

the communities.

It is the first bridge in South Africa to

The eZimbokodweni Pipe and Pedestrian Bridge delivers on improved

utilise photoluminescent ‘glow in the

sanitation facilities, as well as a safe

Consulting via a competitive open tender

dark’ polymer concrete handrails and

and secure pedestrian crossing for the

to deliver a much-needed solution for the

posts. The technology was envisaged

eZimbokodweni community. This bridge

safe crossing of the eZimbokodweni River in

by Naidu Consulting and developed by

redefines how form and function can

conjunction with an upgraded sewer line.

Resocrete Polymers.

come together.

EThekwini Municipality appointed Naidu

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SMEC South Africa for V&A Waterfront Swing Bridge PROJECT TEAM

Client: V&A Waterfront Cape Town Consulting engineer: SMEC South Africa


ridges and moving bridges within South Africa’s oldest working harbour, the V&A Waterfront, have become a memorable part of any visitor’s experience. The new 4 m swing bridge, in fact, replaced a smaller, much-

loved 2 m wide swing bridge built in 1997. However, with the further expansion of the Waterfront, the

number of people crossing the cut was increasing yearly. By 2016, the previous 2 m wide walkway was carrying 2.4 million people annually. To keep pace with the demand, a new wider bridge was commissioned. The challenge set by the client was: • The new bridge had to be as quick, efficient, effective and reliable as the existing one. • The construction cost had to stay within a tight budget. • The works had to limit disruption to the public, the V&A and the environment. The design team worked through various options for the new link and a swing bridge was still deemed to be the best solution in terms of the speed of operation and electrical energy needed to operate it. The bridge had to be capable of operating in wind speeds of up to 60 km/h, designed for impact by a vessel from both directions and swing free in such a way as to protect the mechanical equipment. The new swing bridge has a span of 40 m. The deck is cable-stayed with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam. The reclining pylon is in the continuity of the main central beam and its stiffness transfers the cable loads into the piled substructure. The steel with timber deck is rotated on a slewing bearing, which is stressed down on to a doughnut-shaped pile cap by 34 vertical Freyssibars. The bridge is supported on eight piles, positioned in a ring. The slew bearing and hydraulic motors are in a plant room, created by the pile cap ring. By forming the pile cap in this way, it was possible to house the mechanics within the depth of the foundations, reducing the required excavation depth and keeping the foundations above sea level. The bridge’s integrated form is simple and unique. It serves as an important link and is considered a positive landmark for both the V&A and Cape Town.

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Photo by Mike Aldous

In August, MPAMOT (Pty) Ltd, previously known as Malani Padayachee and Associates (Pty) Ltd (MPA), announced the acquisition of Mott MacDonald Africa (Pty) Ltd, the South African engineering entity of Mott MacDonald. This was preceded by months of extensive negotiations with Mott MacDonald the global engineering and development organisation, civil and structural engineering consulting firm. Prior to the above transaction, investment holding company Motseng Women Investments (Pty) Ltd (Motseng) acquired a minority equity in Malani Padayachee and Associates (Pty) Ltd. As first mover recognising the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, MPAMOT is the first and largest 100% black women-owned engineering and development consultancy of its size, capacity and capability in South Africa. MPAMOT (Pty) Ltd trades within South Africa, the South African Development Community, and beyond. Mott MacDonald continue to collaborate with MPAMOT to support transformation and development and the benefit of local talent and global linkages for our collective clients. We celebrate with our partners and client, Mauritius Multisports Infrastructure Ltd, the completion of the flagship Cote d’Or National Sports Complex in Mauritius. This project was completed by the Indian Ocean Games

Joint Venture, a partnership by Mott MacDonald Africa and Ruben Reddy Architects. The multisports complex includes a 15000 spectator FIFA- and IAAF-standard football and athletics stadium, a FINA-accredited aquatic centre seating 1100, including a 50m training pool and a 50m competition pool, as well as a 2000 spectator multipurpose gymnasium. The project complies to a range of local and international sporting federation standards. The team has brought ingenuity, innovation and sophisticated engineering design solutions to deliver architectural and engineering design services for the project. This included master planning; sports centre architecture; civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, ICT, traffic, and fire engineering; crowd modelling and landscaping. At the inauguration of the Cote d’Or National Sports Complex, the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr. Pravind Jugnauth, said: “Even before the games start, we have already won the first gold medal for the quality of this structure.” Structuring the future…one partnership…one project at a time. Please contact info@mpamot.co.za for further information or visit our website www.mpamot.co.za

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Best International Project


MPAMOT Ruben Reddy Architects JV for Cote D’Or National Sports Complex, Mauritius


Client: Mauritius Multisports Infrastructure Ltd Consulting engineers: Indian Ocean Games JV, comprising Mott MacDonald Africa (now MPAMOT) and Ruben Reddy Architects


he Cote D’Or National Sports

and engineering design services for the

IOG’s optimised solution saw ground

Complex was initiated to

project, including master planning; sports

improvement used in conjunction with

provide Mauritius with

architecture; civil, structural, mechanical,

a mix of piling techniques specific to

world-class venues for the

electrical, ICT, traffic and fire engineering;

the individual support requirements

crowd modelling; and landscaping.

of each venue. The structures also had

provides legacy sporting facilities for

From the outset, the scheme was

to be designed and built to withstand

Mauritius and the wider Indian Ocean

characterised by challenges, but IOG

seasonal cyclone wind speeds of up

region and is delivering multiple social

overcame these by bringing ingenuity,

to 280 km/h and annual rainfall of up

benefits for the island’s population,

innovation and sophisticated engineering

to 2.5 m.

particularly its youth.

design solutions to the project that kept

2019 Indian Ocean Island Games. It now

The multisports complex includes three venues:

it on track.

Ingenuity was crucial in dealing with the limited resources available in

IOG’s contributions to the project

Mauritius. Much of what was needed

came from team members based in nine

to make the project a reality had to be

1 100, including a 50 m training pool and a

countries. Management of their multiple

imported. Materials and equipment

50 m competition pool.

planning, technical design and high-

from a dozen countries were used, and

2. A multipurpose gymnasium seating 2 000,

quality, digital-by-default engineering

meticulous management of intercountry

compliant with numerous international

solutions was enabled via an IOG-built

logistics ensured they were on-site

sporting federation standards.

common data environment that could

exactly when needed to avoid any

be accessed by all team members,

delays to the construction of the three

irrespective of their location and any

venues being built simultaneously.

1. A FINA-accredited aquatic centre seating

3. A FIFA- and IAAF-standard football and athletics stadium, seating 15 000. The Indian Ocean Games (IOG) JV, formed by Mott MacDonald Africa (now MPAMOT)

time differences.

Despite facing multiple challenges, the

Ground conditions were extremely

Côte D'Or National Sports Complex was

and Ruben Reddy Architects, was

poor and required fast, innovative,

inaugurated on 15 July 2019, following

responsible for the complete architectural

cost-effective geotechnical solutions.

IOG’s appointment in July 2017.

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Best International Project


Client: Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Consulting engineer: Knight Piésold Consulting Contractor: Salini-Impregilo SpA


Knight Piésold Consulting for Neckartal Dam and Phase 1 Bulk Water Supply, Namibia

he Neckartal Dam and Phase 1 Bulk Water Supply project, inaugurated on 13 March 2020 by Namibian Vice President Dr Nangolo Mbumba, is a

symbol of hope for a Namibia recovering from a series of droughts. The project is part of a vital new

infrastructure plan that will deliver water to the Karas Region in southern Namibia. It will provide irrigation for about 1 960 ha of land, promoting agriculture and employment in the subeconomic area of the country. Designed by Knight Piésold Consulting and constructed by Salini-Impregilo SpA (now Webuild SpA), the dam is the largest in Namibia and located 40 km west of the small town of Keetmanshoop. Its completion marks the first phase of the Neckartal Irrigation Scheme, which, through irrigation, will improve the region’s agricultural development. The project may be extended in future with a second phase, which will increase the irrigatable land to approximately 5 000 ha. The Fish River’s water volume, impounded by the dam, through deliberate releases, will flow downstream for 13 km to reach an abstraction weir. From there, quantities of water will be pumped from the adjacent pump station to a holding dam in an approximately 9 km long steel pipeline 1.1 m in diameter, from where it will be routed to the irrigation areas for agricultural use as needed. The dam was built using the rollercompacted concrete construction technique and is 78.5 m high with a crest length of 518 m. The dam has a storage volume of 857 million m3, extending over a 39 km2 surface area at its full supply level. Construction required over 1.1 million man-hours over a period from 2018 to 2020, where zero workdays were lost due to injury – a record-breaking health and safety feat for the contractor. In Keetmanshoop and the surrounding areas, the project created a total of 5 500 jobs; 3 000 workers were hired directly and 2 500 indirectly, with 65% of these workers coming from the Karas Region. Now complete, this environmentally sustainable project has ensured ongoing water supply and food security.

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Zutari for Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam and Hydropower Station, Nigeria


he preliminary design of the

From the early stage of the project back in

and ensure a zero-clash approach, which

Kashimbila Multipurpose

2009, Zutari was responsible for the entire

facilitated the construction.

Dam on the Katsina-Ala River

design for all engineering disciplines – such

in Nigeria’s Taraba state

as civil, structural, hydrological, geotechnical,

throughout the design and construction

was initially focused solely on the dam’s

electrical and mechanical – for the detailed

period but were all overcome using a

functioning as a buffer, in case the natural

design of the dam, outlet works, the

teamwork approach, which resulted in the

embankment of Lake Nyos in Cameroon

hydropower station, the transmission

first filling of the dam in 2017, followed by

failed. As the design process progressed

towers, line route/profile and substations, as

the successful commissioning of the power

through a more multipurpose approach,

well as the irrigation component.

station, transmission line and substations in

the capacity of the dam was increased to

The company also provided the necessary

Several challenges were experienced

February 2020. Nigerians can now enjoy additional power

provide irrigation and potable water to the

advice and project management services

surrounding towns and villages, as well as

to the contractor for the appointment of

on their very strained grid, potable water

for the generation of hydropower.

several specialist suppliers.

and power supply to the surrounding

Some key project components designed by

Zutari’s innovative and out-of-the-box

community, and can look forward to the

Zutari were:

thinking led to several changes in the initial

construction of the irrigation schemes, which

• a 36 m high composite dam

concept of the project, which resulted in a

is soon scheduled to commence.

• a 40 MW hydropower station

better project better serving the people of

• a network integration that includes

Nigeria, as well as the surrounding community.

some 210 km of double-circuit 132 kV transmission line and six new substations.

Zutari used state-of-the-art technology to improve the quality of design, to present

The project had a huge positive impact

it to the client and, more importantly, to

for Nigeria and is one of its showcase

integrate the various elements of the project

presidential projects. Benefits to the local


Client: Nigerian Federal Ministries of Water Resources and Power (via SCC Nigeria) Consulting engineer: Zutari (previously Aurecon) Main contractor: SCC Nigeria

community include job creation, potable water supply, electrification, and an improved transmission network to this region of the country.

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HVAC in Building Design Award



AOS Consulting Engineers for New Orange Data Centre and Office, Botswana Initially, only 119.98 m² of the ‘white space’

and not digital scroll compressors as per

with a Meet-Me room of 42.14 m² would be

the norm. Minimal (if any) humidification is

fitted out with the following:

required, which saves additional water.

• access flooring range Botswana appointed

The system uses high-efficiency inverter

• suspended ceiling

compressors and DC fan motors. In

• mechanical and electrical services to

addition to this, the system is equipped

the professional team of

ensure a functional data centre for the

with a heat interchange circuit, which

AOS-GBK to build a new

telecom and IT equipment.

provides additional subcooling, improving

Various passive design options were

the capacity of refrigerant delivered to the

Plot 74911 at the Botswana Innovation Hub

investigated and implemented to ensure

expansion device.

Technology Park. The data centre will be

that there is no abnormal heat transfer and

used to host existing and future telecom

also to provide a reduction in the heat load

and IT equipment.

required for cooling the data centre space.

data centre and offices on

The request for proposal (RFP) initially

The HVAC system complied with the

It is notable that the outdoor unit has a guaranteed ambient operating range of between -20°C and +52°C. The system is also equipped with an electrical noise

required an office space for 30 employees

following principles:

filter circuit protecting the electronic

and a 600 m² ‘white space’ with auxiliary

• an ASHRAE Class A1 environment for the

circuits of the system. This means that

service and functions. Bidders were to

IT equipment and services

no additional third-party protecting

provide two proposals:

•e nergy efficiency

devices are required. The electrical noise

• single storey with provision for an

• l owest possible capital and

filter circuit protects against over- and

additional floor in the future

operational costs

under-voltage conditions, and is equipped

• double storey.

• r eliable and trouble-free installation.

with an auto phase correction facility. The

Subsequently, the proposal transformed

The units selected for this project are all air-

system is also programmed for a quick

into a single-storey building with office

cooled units and not dependent on a water

auto power recovery.

space for 25 employees and a 200 m² ‘white

supply. Additionally, the Mitsubishi PFD

space’ with auxiliary service and functions.

units employ inverter-driven compressors

The project achieved Tier III Certification from the Uptime Institute in March 2020.


Client: Orange Botswana Lead consultant: AOS-GBK Mechanical and fire: AOS Engineers Architect: GBK Architects Electrical engineer: Onezero Consulting Contractor: Concor

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Business Excellence

Naidu Consulting Smart responses for a sustainable future



stablished more than 20

manage the growing team without diluting

The company’s robust financial performance

years ago, Naidu Consulting

the core values of the organisation. The

is evident through the opening of two new

is a vibrant, growing, 100%

managing director reports to a board of

offices, at a time when many companies

black-owned BBBEE Level 1

directors and is supported by a team of

have been looking to downsize. Astute

company, with branches in KwaZulu-Natal,

professionally registered executives, while a

business decision-making has limited

Gauteng and the Eastern Cape, and works in

clear organisational structure allows for the

the impact of industry lulls, with zero

all provinces within the country. Unabated

disaggregation of responsibilities to maintain

retrenchments through recent turbulent

by the industry downturn, the company

consistent operations. A mentorship culture

times for the industry. Despite the current

has been built on sound principles of

is fostered through the organisation to

pandemic, sound business practice

service delivery with efficiency, quality and

nurture, develop and empower all staff.

has seen all staff proactively prepare to

innovative thinking.

The company’s investment in its people

work remotely. This commitment has

has reaped rewards, as the company

resulted in no employee salary cuts,

is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001

has continually gained accolades for the

no retrenchments, and no intention of

accredited. Major clients include the KZN

numerous projects undertaken within the

dependence on external funding.

Department of Transport, the National

organisation. Naidu Consulting became

Department of Public Works, SANRAL, three

the first company in South Africa to win

standing strong in the midst of economic

metro municipalities, local municipalities and

both the Community-Based Projects and

crisis. The company remains optimistic about

parastatals. Naidu Consulting’s emphasis on

Technical Excellence awards for the same

the future of South Africa and is committed

value engineering ensures that innovation is

project at the SAICE Branch Awards in 2019.

to participating in its transformation

continually introduced to improve efficiency

It went on to gain national accolades for this

through well-crafted response strategies.

and enhance productivity and service quality

project at the National Awards, displaying its

The company believes that innovation

through all its projects.

technical expertise, carefully balanced with

and ingenuity will be pivotal to making a

the company’s social responsibility through

difference in the lives of its staff, clients and

its work.

the community at large.

With more than 170 staff, the company

Naidu Consulting has a strong leadership team that is continually nurtured to

Naidu Consulting is a resilient firm,

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bvi.co.za BVi prides itself on providing professional services in identifying and implementing engineering projects for medium to large corporations, both within the boundaries of South Africa and internationally.

BViConsulting @ BVIConsulting BVi Consulting Engineers - BVi Group

Business Excellence

BVi Consulting Engineers Leading the way since 1967


Vi has a unique management structure for an engineering company. It is based on a broad shareholding by the

owner-managers, which they feel is the key to their success. The goal of this broad owner-managed

structure is to ensure the full commitment of managers and senior personnel to the vision of BVi, more specifically to their goals of personal attention on a project level, superior quality and service to clients. Their decisionmaking authority is strongly decentralised, enabling managers to make operational decisions and execute projects without red tape. They believe this structure is the key to their success and differentiates us from other larger engineering firms. With an indisputable track record and experience of over 50 years in the field of various engineering disciplines, BVi can pride itself on providing professional services in all the mentioned fields: • structural engineering • civil engineering • electrical engineering • mechanical engineering • roads and transportation • project and construction management • social housing and residential developments • commercial and administration buildings • infrastructure developments • mining infrastructure and EPCM • quality control and technical audits

its shareholding owned by professional

careers of young black qualified engineers

• turnkey projects

engineers and technologists, they

and technicians into management.

• town planning.

have restructured their management

The newly launched BVi Academy will

As a leader in the engineering industry, BVi

with the goal of obtaining a minimum

focus on the Existing Learnership and

sets high standards in transformation, and

of 50% black representation at

Mentorship Programme (all employees),

they are proud of achieving a 54% majority

management level.

Graduate Internship Programme, which

black-owned shareholding and Level 1 BBBEE Contributor status. This is a significant milestone for the

BVi’s workforce is already more than 50% black, and by applying a strict equity policy, 70% of all of last year’s

has commenced this year, BVi Trust and the Youth Professional Chapter. Their BBBEE score is evidence of a

BVi group and a step forward in the

new recruits were black. Their mentor/

longstanding commitment to procure

engineering industry.

learnership programme aims to fast-

from empowered companies, and they

track youth career paths through the

have assisted many smaller firms to learn

BVi BEE Employee Trust, to advance the

essential consulting engineering skills.

In addition to BVi being a 54% blackowned company, with more than 50% of

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A new age of engineering We are a management-owned professional civil engineering business with a developmental and sustainability conscience. We are new, African, young and future focused.

Our Philosophy is P.A.G.E

Professionalism – Africanism (Ubuntu) – Gravitas – Excellence These are the fundamental pillars of our business and our promise to our people, clients and society

Our Services Transporta�on Infrastructure Engineering Traffic Planning and Engineering Building and Structural Engineering Urban and Municipal Engineering Water Resources Engineering

Our Offices Gauteng Office - Midrand Tel: +27(0)10 035 1460

Free State Office - Bloemfontein Tel: +27(0)76 896 5242

Eastern Cape Office – East London Tel: +27(0)84 581 9921

Mpumalanga Office - eMalahleni Tel: +27(0)82 921 1600 Email: info@romh.co.za

Our Directors Sibusiso Sithole, Pr Eng, Managing Director

Tumelo Thothela, Pr Eng, Director & Manager: Northern Region

Simnikiwe Xawuka, Pr Eng, Manager: Southern Region

Industry affiliations BBBEE Level 1 Contributor


Member of




Small/Medium Company of the Year


ROMH Consulting


OMH are a proudly South African- and management-owned organisation – an organisation founded in 2013 that embodies ‘engineering for the future’.

They are a values-centric organisation, driven by their fundamental pillars of Professionalism, Africanism, Gravitas and Excellence.

They have implemented numerous projects that required innovative technical solutions throughout South Africa for various public and private sector clients. Their flagship projects include SANRAL’s N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway in the Eastern Cape, the upgrade of the R512 in the North West, and JRA’s upgrade of gravel roads to surfaced standards in Doornkop, Soweto. Implementation of their projects is underpinned by ubuntu and a sensitivity towards the social impacts and implications of their engineering designs. They actively seek collaboration that positively benefit community upliftment and contribute to social transformation. The operations and strategic leadership team is led by Sibusiso Sithole and Tumelo Thothela, two directors who are professional engineers with almost 30 years’ combined industry experience. Guided by a quality management system that is in line with international standards, the company have continuously reinvented themselves, growing their staff complement and revenue tenfold in seven years, thus enhancing the prospects of long-term survival and sustainability. Some 35% of staff are women and ROMH intend to achieve gender-parity by the year 2022. They have created an environment that promotes professional integrity, and supports ethically sound behaviour and a sense of shared accountability. They recognise and acknowledge BBBEE as a critical tool to eliminate poverty and reduce the prevalent inequality. As an organisation, they embrace BBBEE through four priority elements, which are Ownership, Skills Development, Preferential Procurement, and Socioeconomic Development.

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Small/Medium Company of the Year

Daveng Consulting Engineers


ounded by experienced civil

In 2012, Daveng received the first project

Alongside these activities are various

engineers in September 2004,

under this appointment, which was for the

infrastructure projects completed or

Daveng Consulting Engineers

design and implementation of a soccer field

ongoing for the Western Cape government,

are a 100% black-owned

in Kleinmond, near Hermanus. A closed

in addition to maintenance intervention

company that boasts strong engineering

landfill site was chosen. This required a

completed for SANRAL.

and technical competencies. Providing a

multidisciplinary team to determine the

sustainable working environment, Daveng

site’s viability. It was determined that an

employees are urged to be bold, honest

personnel receive continuous training

astro turf surface would be the most suitable

and innovative to promote personal

and the company stay up to date with the

option in terms of future maintenance

development and consequently exceed

latest technologies.

and lifespan. Construction cost totalled

clients’ expectations.

Working hand in hand with the Expanded

R6.8 million over six months. The Kleinmond

Public Works Programme (EPWP), Daveng

soccer field achieved a FIFA One Star

contribute to job creation and community

accreditation in 2014.

upliftment. By taking on projects in

From the original three-year appointment

collaboration with communities, Daveng

grew a long list of projects, including the

create employment opportunities and

construction of NMT facilities in Hermanus,

contributes to the overall development of

the upgrading of residential roads and

South Africa.

rehabilitation of existing roads in Zwelihle

With its founders having more than

and Mount Pleasant, plus the rehabilitation

30 years’ combined experience and its

of existing roads and associated stormwater

highly skilled staff, Daveng offer an array

in Standford and Blompark. The construction

of engineering services and can handle

value totalled approximately R40 million.

projects of any size. Whether clients require

The project is still ongoing, with the latest

infrastructure, project managers, labour-

extension on the original appointment

intensive construction or non-motorised

running from 2019 to 2021.

transport (NMT) facilities, Daveng offer services that are of the highest quality. The company have access to expertise in structural, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as land surveying, geotechnical investigations and other specialist services that may be required. As an example of how their relationships unfold, Daveng were appointed by the Overstrand Municipality: Engineering Services Department in September 2010 for a three-year period for the design and implementation of labour-intensive projects under the EPWP in their area.

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Daveng promote a culture where

Mentor of the Year


Pierre Cronje Naidu Consulting Pierre has provided mentorship to young

challenge through an intake of four to

engineers, emerging contractors and

six undergraduates on an annual basis.

participants working on construction

Undergraduates rotate between all divisions

projects, and recently co-developed

within the organisation, with Pierre leading

Naidu Consulting’s Academy of Excellence

their practical training and experience.


Programme – the pre-preparation

including more than 15 years as a project

them to understand the profession and

leader for the National Roads Agency.

make informed decisions regarding their

ierre Cronje is a resident

mentor a large contingent of postgraduate

before they enter the mainstream industry.

engineers, Pierre has taken mentorship to

Engineering mentorship has traditionally

engineer for Naidu Consulting

spoken to the structured training of

with a track record spanning

graduates. However, the steering of

more than 54 years. His skills

future engineers – even before they

and experience cover diverse areas within

graduate – through practical structured

the civil and structural engineering fields,

learning programmes better equips

While many engineers are reluctant to

recognised the value of this component

Pierre has, on the contrary, looked to share

and mandate a period of practical work

his valuable experience with as many people

where undergraduates work in industry.

as possible. He has capacitated himself

Unfortunately, such undergraduates

through training courses and registering

are often exposed to a fragment of

as a mentor to be able guide the future

engineering work, creating an impact,

leaders of our country. Pierre has also written

albeit to a limited extent.

numerous projects he’s undertaken.

another level by inspiring undergraduates to succeed and excel in their future.

future careers. Universities have long

invest time in sharing their knowledge,

papers on capacitating people through the

While Naidu Consulting continues to

programme for undergraduate technicians

The Academy of Excellence Programme was established to address this

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Mentoring Company of the Year

Naidu Consulting



aidu Consulting are a growing civil and engineering company with more than 160 staff and operations throughout South

Africa. A key component of this growth may be attributed to the rapid mobilisation of their resources to contribute to problem-solving. This mobilisation has been effective through a learning and empowerment culture established within the organisation. The company's ability to adapt and thrive

guiding experiential learning and their

in the volatile South African market is highly

application to register as professionals.

dependent on the capacity, capability and

The mentorship process involves a

adaptability of their people. While there is

detailed assessment of each candidate

an underlying drive to draw young people

by a Registered Mentor through

into the profession, they understand the

Naidu Consulting’s Commitment and

need to build judgement capability and to

Undertaking with ECSA. Based on the

disaggregate decision-making in order to

experiential gap analysis, the mentor crafts

allow for growth and development within

a personalised training plan in conjunction

the organisation. They realise the importance

with supervisory staff to fast-track

of raising leaders, decision-makers and

registration through ordinary day-to-day

contributors rather than mere followers.

project work. Without compromising

Training and mentorship is a building block of operational efficiency, mentors identify key empowerment, which has become an integral learning areas through common activities part of the culture within Naidu Consulting. The Naidu Consulting Mentorship Programme was developed by a team

and direct mentees to optimise learning through these activities. Twelve candidates have been registered in

of professional engineers to promote

the last year. The company database tracks

skills transfer. Through the programme,

progress and they celebrate success by

technicians, technologists and engineers are

formerly communicating each registration

mentored by ECSA Registered Engineers,

to all staff, inspiring others to register. Registered staff are rewarded with salary increases and promotions. While seasoned mentors have traditionally undertaken mentorship activities, all professionally registered staff members are registered as mentors after completing three years of post-registration experience. This supports many mentees, while enabling junior mentors to develop their mentoring skills. This strategy ensures that the programme continues to grow, and that the mentorship workload is evenly spread across all mentors. Training, capacitation, upliftment and empowerment: it’s in their DNA.

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Mentoring Company of the Year

Nathoo Mbenyane Engineers


athoo Mbenyane Engineers (NME) have a mentoring programme for technical personnel, as well as administration and specialised project staff. They consider

this a vital part of the organisation, as they identify staff through their potential and willingness to grow. Mentoring and coaching are offered as two interrelated

programmes. Mentoring is a longer process and is more relationship oriented, while coaching is short term and task oriented. Their mentoring programme has two objectives. The first is to train future leaders in the organisation, and the second is to provide valuable skills that can be used to advance career paths. The company would like the mentee to have a well-grounded knowledge of the organisation, client expectations and the industry at the end of the programme. They also aim to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and retain exceptional talent. Some of the mentees are employed in the organisation and others are sourced from unemployed candidates. Action planning is a clear, step-by-step process, helping the mentee create a vision of where they are going. Clarifying the vision, creating a plan and setting goals are recognised tools for self-management. Their mentors assist by breaking down goals into manageable targets that are ‘SMART’ – that is, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Mentors also help mentees develop strategies for achieving their targets, and their goals. Mentees are paid a salary during the entire process from inception to completion and are rewarded through their various stages of development for achieved tasks. Mentors and trainers are directors and managers. The company have found that coaching employees helps them feel comfortable with management and encourages open communication, thereby resulting in the desired outcome – i.e. a positive work experience. They have also worked closely with external organisations, such as SANRAL and the Department of Transport, by mentoring/coaching individuals within their graduate programmes and employ. As a Level 1 BBBEE organisation and a 100% South Africanowned organisation, it is second nature to ensure that all employees have an opportunity to benefit from the mentoring and coaching programmes. Some of these employees fall outside of the scorecard. However, the company believe in equal opportunity for all staff.

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Young Engineer of the Year

Yolan Pillay SMEC South Africa


He joined SMEC South Africa in 2018 to lead the Planning and Traffic Engineering Division


in KwaZulu-Natal. As the function manager, his key role is the commercial operation of the unit. However, Yolan’s specialist technical

olan Pillay is a 34-year-old

skills led to him playing a vital role on projects

professional engineer with

within the region and across the country.

13 years’ experience in the planning, design and

Apart from his commercial and technical duties, Yolan is actively involved in several

implementation of transport-related projects.

important initiatives within SMEC South Africa.

He graduated with a BSc in Engineering (Civil)

These include the training and development

from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007

of junior staff members, enhancing innovation

and subsequently registered for his MSc in

in the transportation sector, and developing a

Engineering at the same institution.

cutting-edge project management system.

Yolan joined Royal HaskoningDHV as a

Yolan actively maintains his involvement

graduate engineer after receiving a bursary

in industry bodies and their associated

from the organisation for his undergraduate

initiatives and activities, providing him

studies. This was instrumental in Yolan’s skills

with an opportunity to make a meaningful

development and created the foundation of

contribution to social and community

his career and technical expertise.

upliftment initiatives.

Young Engineer of the Year


Lloyd Fisher-Jeffes Zutari


r Lloyd Fisher-Jeffes is a civil engineer with a specific interest in the design, management and planning of water resources. During his four years of employment at Zutari (previously Aurecon), Lloyd’s technical prowess and leadership skills have earned him considerable standing and respect within

the water resources field. Lloyd is an exceptional engineer, able to both lead and work within a multidisciplinary team.

He has at a young age become a trusted advisor to various government departments across South Africa. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, Lloyd obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering in 2015, an MSc in 2010, and a BSc (Hons) in 2009. During this time, he was involved in drafting South Africa’s first guidelines for sustainable drainage system and water-sensitive urban design. He has published numerous works, including guidelines and reports, as well as conference and journal papers. His most significant project to date is the Drought Management Planning and Operational Support Project for the City of Cape Town, which was critical in modelling the Western Cape Water Supply System during the worst drought in more than 200 years. Lloyd is registered as a Professional Engineer with ECSA and is a Member of WISA and IWA, as well as an Associate Member of SAICE.

Celebrating the impact of engineered solutions. Zutari congratulates the 2020 CESA Award winners for their excellence in engineering. Our collective engineered solutions positively impact Africa’s economies, environments and communities. Together, we’re co-creating a world-class continent.

Zutari was recognised by ENR as #1 international design firm in Africa for 2020.


Zutari was recognised by Fortune magazine on the global Change the World list for 2020.


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Young Engineer of the Year

Ntembeko Zifuku | HN Consulting Engineers


aving become managing director of a thriving medium-sized consulting engineering practice at age 35, Ntembeko has already achieved remarkable success as a young civil engineering professional. Growing up in the rural village of Dutywa in the

Eastern Cape, he is well acquainted with the challenges that come from scarce resources and has come to appreciate the role that civil engineering infrastructure plays in alleviating these. From an early age, Ntembeko loved drawing and innovation; on encountering civil engineering, he fell in love with the discipline. After matriculating, he enrolled for a diploma in civil engineering at Walter Sisulu University of Technology, later completing a BTech in Transportation Engineering and a BSc (Hons) in Transport Planning. More recently, he completed his MBA. Ntembeko began his career at the Department of Housing Local Government and Traditional Affairs before moving to the private sector. After gaining broad experience and working on projects where he contributed to the entire project cycle, Ntembeko registered as a Professional Engineering Technologist in 2014. Hungry for fresh challenges, he joined HN Consulting Engineers in Pietermaritzburg, where he soon became the director: Transportation Engineering, and then managing director. Apart from his technical contributions in the field of engineering, Ntembeko has been an active member of the CESA Young Professionals Forum for over a decade and has been at the forefront of his previous and current firms’ Professional Development Programmes.

Kholwani Dube | ROMH Consulting


holwani Dube graduated with a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013 and is currently in his final year of postgraduate studies in transportation engineering at the University of Pretoria.

As a professional civil engineer, Kholwani possesses proven technical and

organisational skills. He has worked for Group Five, BVi Consulting Engineering and is currently the senior civil engineer in the Highway and Transportation Division at ROMH Consulting, where he is responsible for contract management, mentoring junior staff and overseeing the engineering design for the successful delivery of various projects. Over his seven-year working career, Kholwani has worked both as a site engineer and design engineer on several multimillion-rand projects, such as the N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway in Eastern Cape, Periodic Maintenance of the N2 in Western Cape, and ROMPCO Loop 1 Gas Pipeline 1 in Mozambique. Away from his day job, Kholwani works to better communities through tutoring and volunteer work. He has also assisted several industry colleagues with their ECSA professional registration and is an active member of CESA YPF. Kholwani has been nominated for the 2020 Accenture Rising Star Awards and received a Commendation Award for the 2019 Young Engineer of the Year from the SAICE Johannesburg Branch.

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Articles inside

Nathoo Mbenyane Engineers

page 37

Lloyd Fisher-Jeffes | Zutari

pages 39-40

Naidu Consulting

page 36

BVi Consulting Engineers

pages 30-32

MENTOR OF THE YEAR Pierre Cronje | Naidu Consulting

page 35

Daveng Consulting Engineers

page 34


page 33

Zutari – Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam and Hydropower Station, Nigeria

pages 27-28

Naidu Consulting

page 29

Knight Piésold Construction of Neckartal Dam and Phase 1 Bulk Water Supply, Namibia

page 26

SMEC South Africa – V&A Waterfront Swing Bridge

pages 23-24

PROJECTS WITH A VALUE LESS THAN R50 MILLION Naidu Consulting – eZimbokodweni Pipe and Pedestrian Bridge

page 22

Nathoo Mbenyane Engineers – Lusushwana Bulk Water Scheme, Bettysgoed

page 21

Knight Piésold – Stock Road: Govan Mbeki to R300, Philippi

page 20

VISIONARY CLIENT OF THE YEAR Western Cape Department of Health – Facility and Infrastructure

page 9

SiVEST SA – Sappi Saiccor Mill – Woodyard Upgrade, Umkomaas

page 15

Naidu Consulting – Mabhobhane River Bridge over the Tugela River

page 18

Zutari – 144 Oxford Road, Office Building, Rosebank

page 14

Hatch – uMshwathi Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme Phase 2, Wartburg

page 19

Hatch – Midmar Water Treatment Works Upgrade, Howick

page 17

Zutari – Lower Thukela Bulk Water Supply Scheme

pages 11-13

and Schools in eThekwini Municipality (Phase 3

page 10


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Aon – Forging a new way forward

pages 5-7
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