Young Engineer of the Year

Young Engineer of the Year


2019 - Winner: Jeshika Ramchund (Bosch Projects)
2019 - Commendation: Dr Tony Igboamalu (aurecon)

2018 - Winner: Shamiso Kumbirai (Aurecon)
2018 - Commendation: Ntseuoa Motsieloa (Nyeleti Consulting)
2017 - Winner: Jabulile Msiza (Jones & Wagener)
2017 - Commendation: Catherine Blersch (Aurecon)
2017 - Commendation: Dr Pieter Crous (SMEC)
2016 - Winner: Dr Gabi Wojtowitz (Aurecon)
2016 - Commendation: Louis de Waal (Bosch Projects)
2015 - Winner: Dr Geoff du Toit (Aurecon)
2015 - Commendation: Rudolf Le Roux (Arup)
2014 - Winner: Makotsene Makgalamele (HHO Africa)
2014 - Commendation: Dr Cobus van Dyk (UWP Consulting)
2013 - Winner: Andreas Melusi Ndlovu (ILISO Consulting)
2013 - Commendation: Jan Theron (Royal HaskoningDHV)
2012 - Imraan Mahomed (BKS)2011 - Mpho Ramphao (Aurecon)
2010 - Willem Sprong (GIBB)2009 - Lucas-Jan Ebels (UWP Consulting)
2008 - Andries van Wageningen (Kwezi V3)2007 - Michele Kruger (Goba Consulting Engineers)
2006 - David Freeme (HBS Africa Consulting Engineering)2005 - Khelane Ndwandwe (Asakheni Consulting)
(Tributes: March 2014 | August 2014)
2004 - Clint Koopman (ILISO Consulting) 

About CESA

CESA's Profile - click to download

CESA has been in existence for over 65 years and has a diverse member base across a broad spectrum of company sizes and ownership profiles, from both a race and gender perspective. The CESA membership base is made up of companies that are wholly locally owned and operated as well as some that are locally operated but owned by multi-national groups. Member companies offer consulting engineering services that include a comprehensive range of planning, design and project delivery services across all engineering disciplines including Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial and Mining etc.

Mission Statement

CESA is committed to the promotion of excellence in the consulting engineering industry on behalf of its members and stakeholders. Through its members, CESA seeks to continuously improve the quality of life of people by interpreting the environment and pioneering change in partnering with all key stakeholders. In so doing, CESA strives to enhance the industry and provide a credible impact on all South Africans.

Key Focus Areas:

CESA has identified the following strategic direction for the future of the organisation:

CESA Member Firms:

CESA Structure:

President: Neresh Pather
Deputy President: Sugen Pillay
CEO: Chris Campbell

Founding documents

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President: Neresh Pather

At a Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (CESA) 64th Annual General Meeting held at the CESA Seminar in Johannesburg on Tuesday 7th November, Neresh Pather from Mott MacDonald Africa was inaugurated as President of the organisation for the next two years, succeeding Lynne Pretorius. Sugen Pillay, Managing Director of Zitholele Consulting was elected to serve as Deputy President of CESA for the same period.

Pather, a Statutory Director of Mott MacDonald Africa, currently heads up the Transportation Sector in their Africa Business Unit. He holds a BSc. Engineering (Civil) degree and a MSc. Engineering degree in Transportation and as such has led many transport and strategic infrastructure projects within the company.

He has more than 24 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Pather was the “CEO of PD Naidoo & Associates Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd” for a period of 12 years. He joined the company in 1997 and held a number of positions in the capacity of Director before becoming the CEO.

“I am truly humbled by the privilege bestowed on me to lead our industry and I hope that CESA will be able to renew and reinvent itself to increase our relevance to our clients and especially to our young professionals who will ultimately take over the leadership of the industry. Our work on the Transformation of the Industry will definitely continue as we seek to broaden this in the years ahead, to ensure that CESA becomes more inclusive, relevant and able to put the industry at the forefront through "Effective Ethical Leadership", he proclaimed. 









Chris Campbell
Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Campbell is the Chief Executive Officer of CESA and is responsible for:

  • Implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization (as prepared by the CESA Board),
  • Representing CESA at national and international levels and initiating liaison with client bodies in government and industry. Strategic partners include organizations representing the other built environment professions, contractors, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), and the Group of Africa Member Associations (GAMA).
  • Giving direction and leadership to the CESA MANCO and other CESA employees towards the achievement of the organizations philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives.

Sue Davis
Manager: Finance and Administration

Sue is responsible for:

  • Overall financial administration and management of the accounting system including management of the budgets and reporting to FINCOM, Council and the Board.

  • Statutory requirements for CESA

  • Administration and management of resources including housekeeping, reception, maintenance etc.

  • Human Resources including Employment Equity, and OHS committees

  • Office procurement



Wallace Mayne
Manager: Contractual Affairs

Wallace is responsible for:

  •  Providing assistance to member firms and clients relating to new and existing legislation pertaining to procurement, contract documentation and other related issues.

  • Contractual matters

  • Dealing with existing and new legislation issues affecting the industry

  • Legal matters affecting CESA

  • Risk management and insurance, disciplinary (CESA Code of Conduct) and procurement legislation issues.

  • Provides support to the Supply Chain Management, the Quality & Risk Management and the Membership/ Disciplinary Committees, Business Integrity and the National Treasury – CESA Task Team implementing the Standard for Infrastructure Procurement & Delivery Management (SIPDM)

  • Managing the CESA IT & telephone system

Bonolo Nkgodi
Manager: Marketing & Communications

Bonolo is responsible for:

  • The management of all CESA events

  • Overseeing the production of the Directory of Firms and Annual Review

  • Development of strategies to increase membership and affiliates 


Godfrey Ramalisa
Manager: Client Liaison

Godfrey is responsible for:

  • Client Liaison ( Infrastructure Clients - Private and Public Sector Clients & Public Entities)

  • Stakeholder Liaison

  • Providing support to the Regional committees and their Branch Chairpersons

  • Coordinating the CESA Young Professionals Forum

  • Strategic Projects: CESA Job Shadowing Initiative, YP Sustainability Imbizo and 24th FIDIC-GAMA 2017 Conference

  • Management Representative - QMS

Ann-Marie Kelly
Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

Ann-Marie is responsible for:

  • Administrative and secretarial support to the CESA CEO

  • Adhoc administrative support to MANCO

  • Support to CESA's various committees

  • Coordinates CESA's travel arrangements 

Gillian Wands 
Membership Administrative Officer

Gillian is responsible for:

  • The capturing and maintenance of the Membership Committee Database

  • Preparation and processing of membership applications to ensure they meet CESA's constitutional requirements before being presented to the Committee.

  • Membership, constitutional affairs and general queries.

  • Performs duties as Secretary to the AGM, Council, the Executive Committee, other working committees of CESA and in support of the Contractual Affairs Manager

  • Committee database and annual CESA calendar

Blessings Banda – Training Coordinator
Blessings is responsible for:
  • CPD Short Courses Coordination and Administration

  • CE Coordination and Administration
  • CPD Validation, Coordination and Administration 

Athrometh Motaung

Athrometh is responsible for:

  • Invoicing for membership and events at branch and national level

  • Debtors

  • Creditors

  • Assistance with monthly financial reporting

Patience Tsotetsi
Administrator – Document sales

Patience is responsible for:

  • The ordering, managing and sales for all documents

  • Petty cash, stationery, banking, BBBEEE assistance

  • Vendor applications

Caroline Raborife
SCE Bookkeeper

Caroline is the Bookkeeper for the School of Engineering. Her responsibilities include processing registrations and invoices, SCE debtors and creditors, SCE queries and issuing of CPD certificates for training.

Prudence Mutangire

Prudence welcomes visitors to CESA and assists with customer queries. She is responsible for answering and screening telephone calls, front door access control, security permit verification, service provider records and receiving and despatching goods.

Solomon Mamaila
Facilities Officer and Driver

Solly is responsible for:

  • Preparation and maintenance of the training venues, and assisting SCE delegates

  • Deliveries and collections for CESA

  • General administrative and maintenance duties

  • OHS Officer

Nomsa Khumalo

Nomsa is the Housekeeper for the CESA offices.

Phindiwe Kalako

Phindi is housekeeper for the CESA offices.