Towards a broad energy mix and a focused policy

What is the ideal energy balance between various energy resources? Should we embrace renewable energy, and phase out fossil fuels entirely? Would this approach be able to meet the country’s growth needs? The halted nuclear build programme promises 9,6 GW… Continue Reading →

Engineering sector – remaining competitive in tough times

    Engineering sector – remaining competitive in tough times   South African companies face an embattled business environment, especially in the infrastructure space. While there are pockets of growth, South Africa and many other African countries are not recovering… Continue Reading →

Long-term strategy needed to grow black-owned businesses

  Long-term strategy needed to grow black-owned businesses WHILE some policies are rightfully placed to develop Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa, further consideration needs to be given to the development of large black-owned companies to ensure… Continue Reading →

It makes sense to have a clear policy and strategy in energy supply

JOHANNESBURG – In determining the ideal energy mix for South Africa, there is no objective truth. What is the ideal energy balance between various energy resources? Should we embrace renewable energy, and phase out fossil fuels entirely? Would this approach… Continue Reading →

Insights into SA’s water security

    In May, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane made greater water security for all South Africans a priority, with the department setting a R15.1 billion budget for the 2017/18 financial year.   In light of this, and given… Continue Reading →

Long-term strategy needed to grow black-owned businesses

WHILE some policies are rightfully placed to develop Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa, further consideration needs to be given to the development of large black-owned companies to ensure they can compete globally, undertake large complex projects… Continue Reading →

Exploring alternative water sources in South Africa

Getting serious about desalination

Jacques Laubscher, GIBB Technical Executive: Integrated Infrastructure   In South Africa, it seems that whenever drought starts to bite, talk of desalination returns to the national debate. In principle, everyone supports the idea of desalinating sea water or sewage wastewater… Continue Reading →

Business Day interview with GIBB Technical Executive, Teboho Mofokeng on desalination

GIBB Technical Executive, Teboho Mofokeng talks about being a woman in the engineering industry.

Encourages people to consider waste as a valuable resource

Caption: The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s (IWMSA) Eastern Cape branch hosted the ‘Green is the new Gold’ conference in the splendid World of Windows venue at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium last week. Back Row (Guest Speakers):… Continue Reading →

Behavioural change in the home is key to saving water <iframe src=”” width=”100%” height=”180px” frameborder=”0″></iframe> 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… 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 →

South African women in rail and safety

GIBB, South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firm is commended for their gender equity in training and equal pay. Dr Urishanie Govender confirmed a ratio of 1:1 across 49 unique job categories for GIBB’s Average Annual Package per Employee Code… Continue Reading →

Updated IRP essential for local players to exploit opportunities in the gas sector

The South African engineering consulting industry has positioned itself to harness opportunities in the gas sector, but a clear gas master plan is required to convince investors and other stakeholders to put their weight behind the country’s energy plans. At… Continue Reading →

GIBB opens doors for young civil engineer

As one of South Africa’s leading consulting engineering firms, GIBB continues to pave the way for bright young minds across the country. As part of GIBB’s continuous development of its people and up and coming engineers, the firm has a… Continue Reading →

Water restrictions here to stay

Water conservation experts say restrictions implemented in parts of the country are likely to remain in place for a while. The experts were speaking at a panel discussion hosted by washing powder brand ‘Sunlight’ in Sandton, where restrictions, infrastructure and… Continue Reading →

Reaching your full potential, leads to endless opportunities

As a Junior Civil Engineer at GIBB, Kate Murphy owes her successful career at a young age to her own perseverance and determination. She strives harder each day to make a positive impact on the lives of the people around… Continue Reading →

The need for women town planners

Women are fast becoming valuable resources in the engineering industry, however, there is a need for more women to pursue town planning as a career. Statistics provided by the South African Council for Professional Planners indicate that there is a… Continue Reading →

Development of a Railway Safety Strategy to be presented in Paris

While the number of railway related fatalities remaining fairly consistent at 450 since 2011, the cost of incidents and related measures has increased by R220 million from the last financial period, according to the Rail Safety Regulator’s Anual State of… Continue Reading →

Women also help shape the engineering industry

Women in the engineering industry shared their views on the equality of men and women in the engineering industry at the Women in Engineering roundtable at engineering company GIBB’s head office in Woodmead. The event was to commemorate women who… Continue Reading →

Local expert recognised for geotechnical contribution

“Tunnelling is evident in every part of people’s lives from water supply and sewerage, road and rail transportation, power, and even underground cabling for communication and internet coverage,” says Ron Tluczek, senior associate – geotechnical engineer at GIBB. He was… Continue Reading →

SA hydro plant reaches commercial operation

In South Africa, the Stortemelk Hydro Power Plant reached its commercial operation in July 2016. Having won preferred bidder status in round 2 of government’s renewable energy programme, Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) has now achieved the development of three hydro… Continue Reading →

Prestigious building goes green

The increasing demand on South Africa’s national grid has driven many businesses to invest in alternative energy efficient sources of power. One of South Africa’s leading consulting engineering firms, GIBB, has over the years been involved in numerous projects which… Continue Reading →

Responsible practice could eliminate water-shedding

Water-shedding is a concept borrowed from the electricity sector due to the country’s dwindling water supply. However, according to Jacques Laubscher, senior associate integrated infrastructure and business development manager at GIBB, a black-owned engineering consulting firm, the necessity of its… Continue Reading →

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