Eswatini

Eswatini is home to Dlamini GIBB, a subsidiary of the multi-disciplinary consulting engineering and architectural firm, GIBB. The firm has a strong African orientation with a wide geographical footprint on the continent, as well as a solid positioning and understanding of its key markets. Its headquarters are in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Involvement in Eswatini

Dlamini GIBB relies on its expansive and in-depth understanding of the Kingdom of Eswatini to deliver service excellence to private sector and state owned enterprises. These clients seek highly experienced engineers, robust internal processes, strong performance and a client culture underpinned by execution excellence. Dlamini GIBB ensures that clients receive quality service and customised attention.

Dlamini GIBB has executed complex projects across various sectors and engineering disciplines and remain committed to achieving excellence in every project. A milestone project, and one that Dlamini GIBB contributed to substantially, is the Sikhupe International Airport, where GIBB was involved in various construction packages of the new airport development that included asphalt design and construction work on the 3 km runway.

GIBB in Africa

With infrastructure being the backbone of the continent’s economy, we find ourselves broadening our own scope, to offer turnkey solutions to our clients and ultimately taking Africa forward.

At GIBB, we nurture the skills, starting at our own offices by harnessing top talent and developing future leaders in engineering, and our work speaks for itself.

Selected Project Experience

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Client:
Government of Swaziland, Lutheran World Federation

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
A tripartite agreement was signed in 1980 between the Government of Swaziland, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Lutheran World Federation.

This established the Ndzevane Refugee Settlement in south-eastern Swaziland for members of the Mngomezulu and Matsengwa tribes who were displaced from South Africa. An area of approximately 60 km2 was made available for the approximate 5 400 refugees, comprising about 800 families.

GIBB was tasked with the area to be made available to the refugees for inhabitation and the development of agriculture through the Ndzevane Irrigation Scheme.

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Client:
Eswatini Government, Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
The Maguga Dam and hydroelectric power station was part of the Komati Basin Study performed in north-west Eswatini.

The study was in two parts and included: feasibility studies for the 105 m high Maguga Dam configured as a clay cored rockfill dam, a concrete faced rockfill dam and roller compacted concrete dam; feasibility studies for a 15 MW capacity hydroelectric power station located at the foot of the dam; studies to identify land suitable for irrigated agriculture; agronomic, economic and financial studies to identify how best to utilise water supplies from the dams; and legal studies relating to the international agreement between Eswatini and South Africa.

Tolling of Ngwenya – Mbabane – Manzini Road (Mr3)

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Client:
Government of Eswatini, Ministry of Public Works and Transport

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
The Government of Eswatini, through the office of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, had explored possibilities of funding future capital and/or rehabilitation and/or maintenance programmes along the main corridors in Swaziland. Tolling was one funding mechanism and required further investigation.

The Swazi Toll Advisory Consortium, put together by GIBB, was awarded the project. The objective of the investigation was to determine the rehabilitation and preventative maintenance requirements for the roads along the corridor during the concession period of 22 + 5 years.

Tasks performed were initial and detailed rehabilitation condition assessment of the roads and rehabilitation investigations as well as cost analysis.

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Client:
Eswatini Government, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MPED)

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
This major facility combined the functions of a convention centre, conference hall and Swazi Trade Promotion/Expo Centre with halls and meeting rooms of varying size and function.

With MPED’s support, GIBB identified the feasibility and the optimum location of the project in the Ezulwini Valley; designed preliminary plans for the convention centre options; estimated construction costs estimates and 20 years’ operating revenue.

GIBB submitted monthly progress reports describing the conduct of the work (actual progress versus planned progress), the contract’s financial situation and recorded any significant events and problems encountered during the reporting period as well as the action being taken to resolve these problems.

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Client:
Government of Eswatini

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB’s extensive involvement encompassed providing the Master Planning review, geometric design, airfield navigational systems, drainage and stormwater engineering, pavement engineering, structural engineering, building services and runway friction solutions.

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Client:
Government of Eswatini

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
The Sikuphe International Airport is situated in the Lowlands of Eswatini. GIBB was appointed as the consultant responsible for the design of the airport’s critical structures.

These included the air traffic control tower, the air traffic support building and the fire station. The control tower’s unique design is that it is built on a ground level below the runway, yet is capable of reaching high enough for the ends of the runways to be visible.

It is therefore a much taller tower than typical airport towers, with a total height of 57 m. This height presented design challenges which were overcome by GIBB.

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Client:
Dlamini GIBB Consultants

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed to undertake Apron Geometric design in terms of apron ICAO slope compliance at the King Mswati III International Airport in Eswatini.

This included a geometric design review of all remaining geometric requirements, the concrete apron pavement and materials design review and the concrete slab detailing design review.