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Consulting Engineering Activities in South Africa 2022

Alex Conradie | South Africa | 28 July 2022

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Report Coverage

This report focuses on the consulting engineering industry in South Africa, covering the effects of the mining and commodity boom and reduced spending on infrastructure and development. It includes information on the state of the industry, trends in terms of projects and fee income and various influencing factors. There are profiles of 35 companies including AECOM SA, majority-owned by US company AECOM, and local players such as Bigen Africa, Bosch, BVi Consulting Engineers, Ilifa Africa, JG Afrika, Knight Piesold, Mariswe, SRK Consulting and Zutari.

Consulting Engineering Activities in South Africa

Conditions in the consulting engineering industry are challenging, largely due to weak economic growth and the slow rollout of infrastructure projects, as reflected by a sharp decline in total fee income in 2020, followed by a slight recovery. However, mining companies’ demand for consulting engineering services is expected to grow due to the commodities boom and, over the longer term, as a result of large volumes of metals and minerals needed for the global clean energy transition. Another growth area is renewable energy projects, especially locally, due to the electricity crisis. Africa is a key long-term growth market for infrastructure development and mining, providing opportunities for local consulting engineering firms to contribute to these projects on the continent.

Trends

Civil and structural engineering are the largest disciplines in terms of fees earned, while the share of mining and chemical engineering has been growing over the past five years. Mining, transportation and water accounted for the largest share of fee income recorded. In the design and implementation of projects, factors such as environmental and social impacts, governance, health and safety and sustainability are becoming increasingly important. Renewable energy projects are a growth area in engineering aspects and in social and environmental impact assessments. Mining companies are increasingly using consulting engineers, especially in the areas of health and safety, and environment, social and governance and the engineers are also becoming more involved at operational level at mining clients. Consulting engineers, architects and sustainability consultants are constantly incorporating new ideas into building designs to minimise a building’s impact on its environment.

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Table of Contents

PAGE
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 4
2.3. Size of the Industry 5
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points 5
3. LOCAL 6
3.1. State of the Industry 6
3.2. Key Trends 10
3.3. Notable Players 14
3.4. Corporate Actions 15
3.5. Regulations 16
3.6. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 17
4. AFRICA 18
5. INTERNATIONAL 20
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 21
6.1. COVID-19 21
6.2. Economic Environment 22
6.3. Performance of Key Clients 23
6.4. Labour 25
6.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 26
6.6. Environmental Issues 28
6.7. Input Costs 28
7. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 29
7.1. Competition 29
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry 30
7.3. Barriers to Entry 31
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 31
9. OUTLOOK 31
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 32
11. REFERENCES 32
11.1. Publications 32
11.2. Websites 33
APPENDIX 1 34
Summary of Notable Players 34
COMPANY PROFILES 52
AECOM SA (Pty) Ltd 52
Arup (Pty) Ltd 55
Betts Townsend (Pty) Ltd 57
Bigen Africa Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd 60
Bosch Holdings (Pty) Ltd 63
BVI Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd 65
CKR Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd 68
Delta Built Environment Consultants (Pty) Ltd 70
DRA Projects SA (Pty) Ltd 74
Elevate Project Management (Pty) Ltd 76
GIBB (Pty) Ltd 78
Hatch Africa (Pty) Ltd 83
Ilifa Africa Engineers (Pty) Ltd 86
Iliso Consulting (Pty) Ltd 88
Independent Development Trust 91
JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd 94
Knight Piesold (Pty) Ltd 96
Mariswe (Pty) Ltd 99
Mitchell du Plessis Projects (Pty) Ltd 103
Mott MacDonald Contracting (Pty) Ltd 106
MPAMOT Africa (Pty) Ltd 108
Msingi Construction Project Management (Pty) Ltd 111
Multi-Pro Cost Engineering (Pty) Ltd 113
Origin Africa Project Management (Pty) Ltd 115
Profica Management (Pty) Ltd 117
Royal HaskoningDHV (Pty) Ltd 119
S I P Project Managers (Pty) Ltd 122
SeCo Project Managers (Pty) Ltd 125
SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 127
Synergy Property Solutions CC 130
Turner and Townsend (Pty) Ltd 132
Virtual Consulting Engineers VCE (Pty) Ltd 134
Worley RSA (Pty) Ltd 136
WSP Group Africa (Pty) Ltd 139
Zutari (Pty) Ltd 142