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Consulting Engineering Activities in South Africa 2022

Alex Conradie | South Africa | 28 July 2022

Consulting Engineering Activities in South Africa 2017

Ebrahim Khalil | South Africa | 20 July 2017

Consulting Engineering Activities in South Africa 2016

Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen | South Africa | 26 May 2016

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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.

Introduction

• Conditions in the consulting engineering industry are challenging, largely due to weak economic growth and the slow rollout of infrastructure projects.
• This is evident in the 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 the large volumes of metals and minerals needed for the global clean energy transition.
• Renewable energy projects are another expected growth area.
• Africa is regarded as a key long-term growth market for infrastructure development and mining, providing opportunities for local consulting engineering firms.

Strengths

• Clients are in the private and public sectors, and spread across various industries.
• Large number of well-established companies.
• South Africa is known for its engineering skills.
• The industry has high standards.

Weaknesses

• Shortage of adequately skilled and experienced engineers.

Opportunities

• Growth in demand from the mining and renewable energy industries.
• Increasing demand for environment, social and governance services.
• Long-term demand from other African countries due to infrastructure development.
• Planned government spending on infrastructure.

Threats

• Impact of COVID-19.
• Poor economic growth affects construction industry performance.
• Rising input costs, especially labour.
• The slow rollout of infrastructure projects.

Outlook

• Globally, the architectural, engineering consultants and related services industry’s revenue is expected to increase.
• The global mining industry is expected to grow strongly.
• Investment in the local mining industry is expected to increase due to higher commodity prices.
• In other industries, the amount of local work available to consulting engineering firms will largely depend on the level of economic growth; the rollout of infrastructure projects; and the development of renewable energy projects.

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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

Introduction

This report focuses on the consulting engineering industry in South Africa from 2016 to 2017. South Africa’s consulting engineering industry is represented by Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) which reported that fee income stabilised at R25bn annualised, at current prices as at December 2016. This indicates that the sector has not grown, which is consistent with the low levels of economic growth. Sector employment decreased to approximately 23,000 with consulting engineers employed by more than 540 firms. The sector faces challenges related to the recession, the country’s ratings downgrade, changes to regulations, and the need to adapt to technological changes.

Strengths

• The industry has high standards and can compete globally.
• The industry is competitive and well positioned for outsourced engineering services.

Weaknesses

• Inequality on racial and gender lines.
• Part of a sector where there is acknowledged corruption.
• The current South African tender system has several weaknesses for consulting engineering companies.

Opportunities

• African infrastructure investment looks to remain robust.
• Changes in technology around green building and IoT.
• Demand for outsourced engineering services from developed countries.
• Infrastructure development remains core to the South African government’s growth strategy.
• Procurement reforms being undertaken in South Africa.
• Stronger commitment to transformation from industry bodies, which may widen participation .

Threats

• A reduction in private sector investment.
• Increasing reduction in prices in the industry.
• Moderation in government spending will result in lower immediate spending on infrastructure.
• Non-payment and late payments.
• Skill shortages within the industry.
• The increase in the number of non-engineering companies bidding for engineering work, as per Competition Commission rulings.

Outlook

Consulting engineering companies are expected to experience major difficulties over the next year. These include the appeal against the Competition Commission rulings on fee settings and scope of work and how the dispute between engineering bodies and government on the composition and mandate of the ECSA is resolved. The attempts to craft a better relationship between government and the engineering sector are expected to occur in an economy characterised by a recession, or at the very best low levels of economic growth. This will also affect the number of projects that need engineering services and as a result South African-based companies are likely to seek new markets. Technologies related specifically to green building and more generally the IoT present consulting engineering companies with some opportunities and may mitigate against low or no economic growth in South Africa.

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 22
4.1. Local 22
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 25
4.1.2. Regulations 25
4.1.3. Enterprise development and socio-economic development 26
4.2. Continental 28
4.3. International 29
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 31
5.1. Economic environment 31
5.2. Technology, Research and Development 33
5.3. Labour 34
5.4. Environmental Concerns 36
6. COMPETITION 37
6.1. Barriers to entry 40
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 40
8. OUTLOOK 41
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 41
10. References 42
10.1. Publications 42
10.2. Websites 43
COMPANY PROFILES 44
AECOM AFRICA (PTY) LTD 44
AECOM SA (PTY) LTD 46
ARUP (PTY) LTD 49
AURECON SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 51
BETTS TOWNSEND (PTY) LTD 55
BIGEN AFRICA GROUP HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 58
C PRO PROJECT MANAGEMENT (PTY) LTD 61
COFFEY PROJECTS (AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 63
DELTA BUILT ENVIRONMENT CONSULTANTS (PTY) LTD 65
DIAGONAL PROJECTS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 69
DRA PROJECTS SA (PTY) LTD 72
EFKON SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 74
GHC BRYDENS PROJECT MANAGEMENT (PTY) LTD 76
GIBB (PTY) LTD 78
HATCH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 82
HOBOYI AND ASSOCIATES CC 84
I4 SOLUTIONS IN BUILDING AND FACILITIES (PTY) LTD 86
ILISO CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 88
IN-TPM PROJECT MANAGERS (PTY) LTD 92
INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENT TRUST 94
MITCHELL DU PLESSIS PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 97
MOTT MACDONALD AFRICA (PTY) LTD 100
MOTT MACDONALD CONTRACTING (PTY) LTD 103
MSINGI CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT (PTY) LTD 105
MULTI-PRO COST ENGINEERING (PTY) LTD 107
PPA CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGERS (PTY) LTD 109
PROFICA PROJECT MANAGEMENT (PTY) LTD 111
READ SWATMAN AND VOIGT (PTY) LTD 113
ROYAL HASKONINGDHV (PTY) LTD 115
S I P PROJECT MANAGERS (PTY) LTD 118
SECO PROJECT MANAGERS (PTY) LTD 121
SRK CONSULTING (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 123
SYNERGY PROPERTY SOLUTIONS CC 126
TERGRAHM PROJECTS CC 128
TURNER AND TOWNSEND (PTY) LTD 130
UMS MANAGEMENT SERVICES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 132
UWP CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 134
VIRTUAL CONSULTING ENGINEERS VCE (PTY) LTD 138
WORLEYPARSONS RSA (PTY) LTD 140
WSP GROUP AFRICA (PTY) LTD 143

Report Coverage

The Consulting Engineering report describes current conditions and recent developments including regulations and rulings, and other factors that influence the success of the sector. The report profiles 42 companies, including large companies Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd, which employs 2,593 at its 26 offices countrywide and WorleyParsons RSA (Pty) Ltd which has 1,046 employees and focuses on the mining sector. Also profiled are small companies such as In-TPM Project Managers (Pty) Ltd which specialises in retail developments in Gauteng and Western Cape micro company, Msingi Construction Project Management (Pty) Ltd t/a Msingi which employs three people.

Introduction

This report focuses on the consulting engineering industry in South Africa between 2010 and 2016. South Africa’s consulting engineering industry is represented by Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) which confirms that more than 540 firms employing more than 24,000 people and earning income of R25bn per annum are involved in the local sector. The industry faces challenges as a result of the slowdown in the economy, late payments and changes catalysed by technological developments. This is reflected in confidence levels in the industry being at a sixteen-year low.

Strengths

• The industry has high standards and can compete globally.
• The industry is competitive and well positioned for outsourced engineering services.

Weaknesses

• Inequality on racial and gender lines.
• Part of a sector where there is acknowledged corruption.
• The current South African tender system has several weaknesses for consulting engineering companies.

Opportunities

• African infrastructure investment looks to remain robust.
• Changes in technology around green building and Internet of Things.
• Demand for outsourced engineering services from developed countries.
• Infrastructure development remains core to the South African government’s growth strategy.
• Procurement reforms being undertaken in South Africa.

Threats

• A reduction in private sector investment.
• Increasing reduction in prices in the industry.
• Moderation in government spending will result in lower immediate spending on infrastructure.
• Non-payment and late payments.
• Skill shortages within the industry.

Outlook

Stakeholders predict that significant challenges in dealings with government, the transformation of the industry and the weakening economy will continue in the short to medium-term. The predicted slowdown in infrastructure spending as a result of low economic growth is likely to result in the postponement of some projects. However, whilst consulting engineers have legitimate reasons for concern, the rise of technology associated with green buildings and the Internet of Things will begin playing a wider role in society. Consulting engineering companies with competence in electrical and civil engineering are well-positioned to take advantage of these developments.

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 18
4.1. Local 18
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 22
4.1.2. Regulations 23
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 24
4.2. Continental 25
4.3. International 26
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 28
5.1. Economic Environment 28
5.2. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 29
5.3. Labour 31
5.4. Environmental Concerns 34
6. COMPETITION 35
6.1. Barriers to Entry 37
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 38
8. OUTLOOK 38
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 39
10. REFERENCES 39
10.1. Publications 39
10.2. Websites 41
COMPANY PROFILES 42
Aecom Africa (Pty) Ltd 42
Aecom SA (Pty) Ltd 45
Arup (Pty) Ltd 48
Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd 50
Betts Townsend (Pty) Ltd 54
Bigen Africa Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd 57
C Pro Project Management (Pty) Ltd 60
C Q S Solutions (Pty) Ltd 62
Coffey Projects (Africa) (Pty) Ltd 64
Delta Built Environment Consultants (Pty) Ltd 66
Diagonal Projects Africa (Pty) Ltd 69
DRA Projects SA (Pty) Ltd 72
DV Project Management (Pty) Ltd 75
Efkon South Africa (Pty) Ltd 77
GHC Brydens Project Management (Pty) Ltd 79
GIBB (Pty) Ltd 81
Hatch Goba (Pty) Ltd 86
Hoboyi and Associates CC 88
i4 Solutions in Building and Facilities (Pty) Ltd 90
Iliso Consulting (Pty) Ltd 92
In-TPM Project Managers (Pty) Ltd 96
Independent Development Trust 98
Mitchell du Plessis Projects (Pty) Ltd 101
Mott MacDonald Africa (Pty) Ltd 104
Mott MacDonald Contracting (Pty) Ltd 107
Msingi Construction Project Management (Pty) Ltd 109
Multi-Pro Cost Engineering (Pty) Ltd 111
PPA Construction Project Managers (Pty) Ltd 113
Profica Project Management (Pty) Ltd 115
Read Swatman and Voigt (Pty) Ltd 117
Royal HaskoningDHV (Pty) Ltd 119
S I P Project Managers (Pty) Ltd 123
SeCo Project Managers (Pty) Ltd 126
Shaft Sinkers (Pty) Ltd 128
SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 130
Synergy Property Solutions CC 133
Tergrahm Projects CC 135
Turner and Townsend (Pty) Ltd 137
UWP Consulting (Pty) Ltd 139
Virtual Consulting Engineers VCE (Pty) Ltd 143
WorleyParsons RSA (Pty) Ltd 145
WSP Group Africa (Pty) Ltd 148