Behavioural change in the home is key to saving water On Thursday, the Department of Water and Sanitation together with Sunlight and engineering consulting firm, GIBB held a round-table discussion in the quest for alternative water resources. Some of the issues covered during the discussion include restoring and sustaining… Continue Reading →

Water scarcity to put SA under dire strain

 With the winter months here and a forecast of low rainfall in South Africa the already water scarce country could be under dire strain. However, there could be some hope for water users. A roundtable looking at alternative sources for… Continue Reading →

Desalination could be necessary to mitigate S Africa’s water woes

With freshwater resources in South Africa almost fully utilised and heavily stressed – especially in the Western Cape, where drought conditions have left dam levels at 25% – water scarcity conditions are set to increase in the country, especially in… Continue Reading →


As temperatures drop, sometimes to below freezing point in South Africa, winter represents cruel and cold nights for many who don’t have the means to stay warm. With the cold winter grip set to continue GIBB staff set out to… Continue Reading →

Lesotho hydropower facility Phase II to kick off developments this month

In Southern Africa, Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has secured a joint venture to begin works of one of its two main water transfer facilities. The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed the Matla a… Continue Reading →

LHDA appoints JV to oversee Polihali dam design, construction

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the R445-million design and construction of the Polihali dam. The dam is one of the two main water transfer components of Phase 2 of… Continue Reading →

Rabbits pulled out of hats in the name of transformation.

The Competition Commission has approved without conditions the buyout by Kutana Construction of a 51% beneficial interest in Aveng Grinaker LTA from Aveng Africa. The former is a black women-owned company. The deal ticks off a major black economic empowerment… Continue Reading →

The inevitable advance of technology in engineering

by Paul Fitzsimons, GIBB Power and Energy Sector South Africa will have to adopt global engineering and construction standards and technologies to compete on the world stage. While some industries such as the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive and financial… Continue Reading →

Greater support for water sector’s female entrepreneurs

Providing support to upskill female entrepreneurs in the water sector is being is one of GIBB Engineering’s latest commitments. The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) to develop a group of… Continue Reading →

Why mega-projects fail

While fingers have been pointed at examples of mega-projects with cost and schedule challenges such as Medupi and the multi-product pipeline, it not a new or uniquely South African phenomenon. Internationally many flagship projects such as Concorde, the Channel Tunnel,… Continue Reading →

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