JANES.COM / 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 - 11.07 /STAFF REPORTER
Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon (Hangar 5, Stand W6) has announced plans to expand advisory services in the South African defence market following increased demand for optimisation and management of assets in a budget-constrained environment.
Two employees - the first of five in South Africa - have also attained Certified Senior Asset Manager (CSAM) professional designations by the South African Asset Management Association (SAAMA), designed to raise professional standards and systems.
The company's new strategy builds on the collaborative efforts between market leaders in South Africa and Australia. As a proudly South African company and Level 2 B-BBEE contributor with strong-rooted origins in Africa, Aurecon has built partnerships with many public, private and donor organisations across the continent. As one of the largest engineering firms, it remains deeply committed to Africa's development agenda.
Aurecon's strategy for the defence market builds on the company's long heritage of designing and executing many defence infrastructure projects as partner of choice for public and private sector companies, including air force aircraft hangars, air force base runway upgrades and refuelling systems, special forces training facilities, navy bases and ports, and the construction of army barracks and logistics facilities.
It has also worked on many high-profile projects in Africa, including the upgrading of engineering services and sinkhole repairs at Waterkloof Air Force Base (pictured), the development of Johannesburg airport, Bethlehem Hydro Project, Lesotho Highlands Water Project, and the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, among others.
The company claims a deep understanding of Africa, and its pioneering design-led Afrikan Design Innovation approach places the African continent's people, needs, aspirations and entrepreneurial promise at the centre of the design process. It also creates African solutions that are sustainable and aligned to each country's development agenda, and the broader United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
"Our focus on defence in South Africa is further strengthened by our established defence business in Australia, and diverse experts around the globe," said Lizelle Botha, defence client manager, Africa.
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