GIBB has, for more than half a century been at the forefront of development in Africa.



Our Vision is to be a world-class Africa-based solutions provider of infrastructure planning, design and delivery.


Our Mission is to provide infrastructure planning, design and delivery solutions, in Africa, using international best practices and our insight and knowhow on the continent.

We continuously seek ways to optimise the delivery cycle and finish our projects within budget and on time. Our achievement culture allows us to be the employer of choice for the best people talent.



Ownership and Management

GIBB has an ownership structure that is constituted of two trusts. The Broad-Based Ownership Trust owns 67% whilst the General Staff Trust owns 33%.

This qualifies GIBB as a truly 100% employee-owned African company, reaffirming it’s ethos of ensuring a broader and more meaningful participation of previously disadvantaged groups in South Africa’s active economy.

Holdings Board of Directors

Group CEO Director

Richard Vries

Non-Executive Director

Barend Hendricks

Group CFO Director

Mohammed Mayat

Non-Executive Director

Brown Ondego

Non-Executive Director

Fatima Essa Morojele

Non-Executive Chairperson

Nana Magomola

Board Advisors

GIBB Group Executive Commitee

Group CEO

Richard Vries

Group CFO

Mohammed Mayat

Group Business Development Executive

Muzi Siyaya

GIBB Management Committee

Group CEO

Richard Vries

Group CFO

Mohammed Mayat

Group Business Development Executive

Muzi Siyaya

General Manager: Transport

Sean Molloy

General Manager: EPCM

Ntshavheni Phidza

General Manager: Water and Integrated Infrastructure

Vernon Joubert

Acting General Manager: Environmental Sector

Mervin Olivier

Head: Business and Operations Excellence

Cecilia Matanga

HR Executive

Philip Barnard

Senior IT Manager

Wagile Digoamaje

Managing Director GIBB Mining

Alan Wingrove


  • 2017

    GIBB was ranked as the No 1 Consulting Engineering company in the 2017 Top 500 company survey by Topco Media.

  • 2016

    Nyandeni Local Municipality Infrastructure Development: Certificate of Recognition in appreciation for the best well established engineering consulting firm for 2015/16.

  • 2016

    National Planning Award by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) for the best Municipal Plan.

  • 2016

    The Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme in Little Drakensberg received two accolades at the 2016 Annual South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards.

  • 2016

    SACSC (South African Council of Shopping Centres) Category B Award for the design and development of the Dainfern Square Project.

  • 2016

    One of the Top 5 Companies in SA, in the Consulting Engineering Sector for TOP500 Business-to-Business Directory.

  • 2016

    Top 500 Companies - GIBB was awarded 1st place in the Consulting Engineers Sector of 2015.

  • 2016

    Runner Up Trophy: Best Exhibition Stand - Africa Energy Indaba, Sandton Convention Centre, February 2016.

  • 2015

    Deloitte Best Company to Work for Survey: Silver Achiever Award.

  • 2015

    ECA Presidential Excellence Awards 2015: GIBB won Electrical Installation of the year: Retail Gateway Shopping Centre, Malawi.

  • 2015

    Gold winner in the Corporate Sector for the National Productivity Awards 2015.

  • 2015

    Productivity SA Award: GIBB received the Eastern Cape Productivity Award for outstanding achievement in Productivity Improvement in the Corporate Sector.

  • 2015

    Best Informal Settlement Upgrade in KwaZulu-Natal: Groutville Priority 5 Housing Project; KwaDukuza Local Municipality.


GIBB’s B-BBEE initiatives are anchored into the following pillars:

Employment equity

GIBB continues to transform the firm and employee profile at every level, as per the employment equity plan, to reflect the demographic representation of South Africa across race and gender.

Skills Development

GIBB creates capacity in the broader industry, through promoting and investing in education and skills development.

Employee Development

On-going training and skills development is critical to GIBB amid an operating environment characterised by a shortage of engineering skills. GIBB recognises the long term benefits of keeping employees motivated and more adept. GIBB is committed to providing opportunities for further education, learning and development activities.

Enterprise Development

GIBB recognises the need to invest in Small Enterprises that could support large complex projects in the engineering consulting sector. GIBB is therefore committed to addressing this challenge through our firm’s Enterprise Development Programme.



GIBB is affiliated to various professional and industry bodies.




Our History

1956 - 2005 (The Multi-Disciplinary Approach)

GIBB’s story began in the United Kingdom in the 1900's. By mid-2005, the firm retained its position as one of the largest black-owned firms in South Africa. The multi-disciplinary approach is still core to the business today and continues to reap rewards.

2005 - 2010 (The First Five-Year Strategy)

This period marked the implementation of the first five-year strategy, with a major change in the structure of the team. GIBB was one of the first firms in the sector to develop and implement the new paradigm for broad-based employee ownership models. To date, the model still forms the core of GIBB’s ownership structure.

2011 - 2016 (Five more years of focused strategy implementation)

In line with the new strategy developed in 2011, the vision of GIBB evolved to becoming a world-class provider of infrastructure planning, design and delivery. A culture of achievement allowed GIBB to be the employer of choice for the best people.


Corporate Social Investment

GIBB is a proudly South African employee-owned firm that embraces the principles of sustainable transformation, diversity and inclusiveness. At GIBB, we believe that sustainable transformation is beyond mere compliance. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of our people and our communities, and enabling our country to gain strength through diversity. We are fully committed to strengthening the national business landscape, and the well-being and development of our people and communities.

GIBB staff is involved in:

  1. Community education and training
  2. Support of sector specific career guidance for science initiatives in schools
  3. Contributions and participation in development of support initiatives
  4. Development programmes for youth and other target groups
  5. Support of conservation projects, community clean up, food projects and garden initiatives
  6. Support of community clinics and health programmes in the community

GIBB has a dedicated national CSI Committee with representation from all our major offices across the country including:

  1. The responsibility of the committee is to comply with the CSI guidelines, assess new initiatives and support and monitor progress.
  2. CSI is at the heart of what GIBB stands for, putting people first.