Nkosinathi Phiwayinkosi Thamsanqa Nhleko

Mr Nhleko is the Minister of Public Works of the Republic of South Africa with effect from 31 March 2017. Mr Nhleko holds a Diploma in labour law from the Graduate Institute of Management and Technology and a Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Change from Leeds Metropolitan University. Mr Nhleko previously served as the Minister of Police of the Republic of South Africa with effect from 26 May 2014 until 30 March 2017.

He served as a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 2005 in the National Assembly in various capacities, including Chairperson of the Ad hoc Committee on Funding of Represented Political Parties, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, Chairperson of the ANC Caucus, ANC Chief Whip of the Majority Party, and as a member of the Judicial Service Commission.


Mr Nhleko’s professional career includes serving as the Director-General of the Department of Labour (RSA), Head of the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in the Department of Public Service and Administration, Deputy Municipal Manager for uMhlathuze Municipality and as a Regional Commissioner for the Department of Correctional Services in Kwazulu-Natal Province.

Programme Director

Peter Ndoro

Broadcast Journalist

With nearly three decades of experience as a broadcaster, both in television and radio, Peter Ndoro is a familiar face and voice in South Africa and across the continent. He is currently a current affairs anchor/producer for the SABC.

His vast experience saw him complete a three year stint as a news anchor/producer at BBC World Service in London specialising in Pan-African news and current affairs. Other appointments saw him producing and presenting business programmes for CNBC Africa where he was also the Director for Corporate Communications. He also spent some years at SABC Africa presenting their flagship pan-African breakfast news programme.

Further assignments include work at the business channel Summit TV as a prime-time Business News Anchor and as a Presenter on the Pay TV channel, M-Net. Listeners also heard his voice on Talk Radio 702, Highveld Stereo and SAfm.

Peter trained as an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand and graduated from the University of South Africa with a degree in Accounting. Prior to entering the broadcast arena, he worked in accounting, advertising, marketing and business management. Peter is currently in his final year of MBA studies.

With his understanding of current affairs, particularly pan-African issues, and knowledge of business affairs, Peter has become a sought after Conference Facilitator, Master of Ceremonies and Programme Director both in South Africa and abroad.


Anthony Afordofe

Anthony Afordofe the founder and CEO of Akweni Group (Pty) Ltd, a group that provides project management, construction, property development, facilities management and logistics services within the built environment.

Anthony is also a shareholder in Asanele Consulting, an OHS services company providing services to public and private sector built environment clients.

Anthony received his qualification in Architectural Technology from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2000 and in 2006 he then obtained his Diploma in Project Management at Varsity College, and from early on his career, was responsible for Architectural & Project Management work for 2 top large construction project management companies in South Africa.  His extensive hands-on construction expertise has brought positive implementation results with the Clients with whom the company has been engaged.

Anthony is a registered professional construction project manager with the South African Council of Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP); serves on the Marketing Committee of the SACPCMP Board as well and he is also an EXCO member of the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM) and Board member at BEPEC (Built Environment Professions Export Council).

The Akweni Group business has grown over the years with a strong footprint, local offices and presence in West Africa, with a substantial team on the ground in West Africa and managing projects across South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. Akweni Group would provide practical and technical business solutions to the challenges in the built environment to uplift communities, cities, nations and Africa at large. Akweni Project Management turnover in 2016/2017 came from business in South Africa and Rest of Africa, a 60%, 40% split in revenue.

Mark Andersen

Mark is employed as Operations Manager: Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) at NOSA. Mark read law (BA LLB) at the University of Natal (now KZN) – Durban campus. He is an admitted advocate.

Mark has been consulting in the management of occupational health, safety and environment for 21 years. His particular interest is the common ground between legal requirement and best management practice, which forms the basis of his various consulting services (auditing, training and general consulting).

In this time, Mark read for a Diploma in Advanced Integrated Risk Management (Australia), and secured the Facilitators Diploma in Occupationally Directed Education and Training Development Practice (ODETDP).

Revona Alice Botha

Revona Alice Botha, a black female with more than 27 years’ experience in the environment of major engineering construction, as a registered professional (Professional Project Manager with the SACPCMP & Professional Engineering Technician) has being selected as a winner (twice) in 2017, for Women in Construction Awards (May 2017) – Overall Winner!

  • At the Standard Bank Top Women’s Awards (July 2017) – in the Top Woman in Construction Award category

Certainly, a well-deserved win for the impact Revona Botha have made, and will continue to make, towards the realization of 50/50 gender parity across our economy. She has worked 8 years for Transnet (Spoornet), qualified in 1992 as the 1st black woman Electrician (Artisan) and being promoted to an OHTE Technician; worked 11 years for Eskom (Distribution & Transmission) as a Technician, Reconciliation Advisor and Project Coordinator.

Roelof Botha

Dr Roelof Botha is currently Joint Managing Director of GOPA Group SA, a multi-disciplinary research company that specializes in development facilitation. He has been an economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 17 years and is an experienced presenter & sought-after consultant. In 2005, he received the Sake-24/ABSA award for Economist of the Year, based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators.

He is a regular commentator on topical macroeconomic issues (in the national and regional media) and has authored more than 100 articles, books and research publications. Dr Roelof Botha’s broad experience includes management accountant of a listed industrial company, financial editor of a daily newspaper, economic policy advisor in the Department of Finance, senior economics lecturer at the University of Pretoria & University of Johannesburg, chief economist of the South African Federated Chamber of Industries, and visiting lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) & Tshwane University of Technology.


Topics that address South Africa’s challenges & opportunities in 2017

(Please note that any combination may be chosen)

The global economy

 Global economy gaining some momentum

 China facing structurally lower growth

 The dawning of a new World order- multiple superpowers

 International credit ratings agencies losing face Socio-political overview – South Africa

 Labour unrest – a serious threat, but potential solutions exist

 The nature of social unrest – a macro or micro-level problem?

Cobus Coetzee

Cobus Coetzee is an experienced SHEQ Specialist, who has worked in civil and mechanical engineering, FMCC, Steel Manufacture, Project Management and General construction.

He has conducted audits both nationally and cross border, one of the highlights was conducting a full legal compliance audit on the Gautrain as the lead auditor for a well-known certification company.

He has developed and implemented integrated Management systems for different companies.

He is a registered Techsaiosh with SAIOSH as well as registered CHSM with SACPCMP.

He prides himself on his ability to work independently and his commitment to performing the tasks allocated correctly the first time every time.

James Flint

James Flint, heads up the Safety Department for WBHO building North. Giving project support and guidance in terms of health and safety for all building projects in the north region. Currently mentoring 8 candidate health and safety officers to their registration goals and assisting and development in terms of health and safety for WBHO’s enterprise development and Voluntary Restitution Program partners.

A SHERQ related dissertations for his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and honours in Environmental Science such as research into the culture of health and safety in the civil engineering contracting industry and the status of building sand supplies in the Western Cape have allow for a solid academic foundation which has been supplemented by over ten years of involvement in the construction sector. James is registered as a Construction Health and Safety Manger at the SACPCMP and has served for 2 terms on the Department of Labours Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety. Also representing Business on various key technical committees whilst serving on ACOHS..

Vince Harmse

Vincent Harmse / Construction Health and Safety Executive / South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP)

The South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is a statutory body established in terms of Section 2 of the Project and Construction Management Act (Act No.48 of 2000). The SACPCMP regulates the Project and Construction Management Professions to protect the public.

His primary responsibility is to oversee the registration of Construction Health and Safety professionals amid a substantial backlog that materialised since the inception of the registration process. He has been key to the implementation of several initiatives to streamline and improve the registration of CHS professionals.

The professionalization of the CHS industry is currently a major concern for the SACPCMP and involves substantially more than the registration of professionals. He is therefore also actively involved in the development of the guidelines to the Construction Regulations, the development of mentoring programmes, the promotion, development and expansion of H&S qualifications on tertiary and pre-graduate level and the alignment of the scope of services, on all registration levels.

Vaughan Hattingh

Vaughan holds an MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from Kings College, London and is a qualified attorney and director of MDA Attorneys, who has provided commercial advisory services to leading role players in major infrastructure development, water processing, civil, energy, mechanical piping and erection, engineering, petro-chemical and mining sectors for the past 15 years.

Vaughan’s expertise lies in the drafting, negotiating and commercial implementation of bespoke and standard form construction contracts (including particularly the FIDIC Suite of Standard Form Construction Contracts (1st Edition, 1999)), managing claims for additional time and / or cost in connection with construction contracts, designing and facilitating training programmes across a spectrum of relevant industry related topics and representing either contractors or employers in alternative dispute resolution procedures (including particularly adjudication, mediation and arbitration).

Vaughan is a specialist adjudication practitioner who is regularly engaged in adjudication procedures, representing either contractors or employers and acting as adjudicator. He has together with Professor Maritz (Head of Department of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria) designed the University of Pretoria’s Certificate Programme in Construction Adjudication which he continues to facilitate and lectures on.

Vaughan is a regular contributor to international and local publications including the Construction Law Journal, the Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology and the Civil Engineering Contractor.

Celestine Jeftha

MS Jeftha has worked in the management consulting and learning environment for over 15 years.  My experience and knowledge lies within Learning and Development.


She holds a Master’s degree in Business Management and am currently enrolled with Unisa for a Master’s degree in Business Leadership. I have extensive consulting experience in the areas of: • Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Learning and Development needs analysis
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning and Development implementation
  • Development of Customer Service Interventions


Ms Jeftha is registered with the South African Board for People Practices as a Chartered Human Resources Professional: Learning and Development. She has facilitated a range of subjects which includes:

  • Performance Strategy
  • Marketing Management
  • Problem Solving • Teamwork and Team Dynamics
  • Leadership
  • Personal Mastery and;
  • A range of other soft skills


Personal Behaviour improvement specifically around the victim-victor mentality, have always been a driving force in my learning and development initiatives and just a small shift from “they” to “me” is a battle won. Leadership and Personal Development has thus always been a key focus in my career. Ms Jeftha is very passionate about People Development and have a natural ability to connect with those she encounters. This connection allows her to engage at a personal level with people and this connection gives her the courage to challenge individuals to change and step up from being a victim to becoming a victor and take responsibility and accountability for self.

Joep Joubert

Joep Joubert has extensive qualifications and experience in a wide range of competencies and skills honing his abilities in occupational health and safety, education and training, management, leadership and business management. He has formal training in military studies, occupational health and safety, management, work study, project management and organisational development, amongst others.

Joep holds, and has held a number of leadership positions in various forums both locally and nationally. He took a voluntary package from the SA Army as a Lt-Col., was the chairman of the Magalies branch of the Institute of Safety Management (IOSM) and was the last chairman of the National Standards Generating Body for Occupational Health and Safety (SGB: OHS) before its activities got halted, amongst others. Joep is the current President of the IOSM.

Joep was involved and managed various OHS training establishments from being the Technical Manager for Training at the National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA), Divisional Manager Training at DEKRA Norisko Industrial South Africa (Pty) Ltd. and establishing the South African Academy for Occupational Safety and Health CC (SAACOSH). He used to be the Co-owner of Pinnacle Occupational Safety and Health Services (Pty) Ltd, a group of OHS Consultancy firms delivering OHS services in amongst others, the construction industry and the MD and co-owner of the Advantage ACT group, a group of companies providing training, auditing and amongst others, legal consulting services to the SA industry. Since the sale of these companies to the BBF Safety Group, he holds the position of Group Manager: Training and Certification in Pinnacle OSH Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

Con Korsten

Con Korsten was appointed as CEO of the Built Environment Professions Export Council in April 2014, and is responsible to represent the export and business interests of Built Environment Professionals within its Engineering and Construction Services member companies outside of South Africa. He is also accountable for determining strategic direction, initiating new approaches, implementing and developing appropriate business development strategies, representing BEPEC to stakeholders and members’ clients at a national, continental, and international levels, as well as liaising and lobbying client bodies in government and industry.

Con is also providing the necessary leadership to ensure the successful implementation of BEPEC’s Mission, Vision, and Business Plan, whilst ensuring continuous Value-Adding services to its member companies.

Apart from the above Con has up to now also been instrumental and has played a major role in the formalisation of the Engineering & Technology Grouping of Export Councils, the establishment of the Business Facilitation Centre in Tete (Mozambique), the initiative whereby Contracting Services companies can now also become members of BEPEC, and the development of the SA Inc approach for member company consortia to successfully and competitively bid on infrastructure projects in Africa.

Before the appointment as CEO of BEPEC, over a span of approx. 40 years which started in 1974, Con has recently in both self-employment and formal appointment roles been involved with the following in respect of engineering and managerial positions:

  • Project Management assistance to owner-builders in the Tswane and Kungwini municipal areas. Successfully completed in excess of 100 residential dwellings, ranging from 160 m2 to 800 m2. Average cost savings 15 to 20%, (Self-employed)
  • Project coordination and management, Feasibility studies, Sourcing of international and local funding, and facilitating the execution of development and investment projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (Employer Strategic Concepts).
  • Industrial Engineering studies & consulting, and Projects Management & Control on large industrial projects, i.e. Pretoria Metal Pressings, Robertsons Mushrooms, OMC Engineering, Armscor, Consul Glass, etc. (Employer BKS Consulting Engineering).

Con is a graduate from Pretoria University (BSc Industrial Engineering), University of the Witwatersrand (MBA), and Damelin College (Diplomas in Production Management and Business Management).

JP Landman

JP Landman Top Independent Political and Trend AnalystJP Landman is an independent political and trend analyst. He consults to, and works with, a number of South African corporates on future scenario trends. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics and social capital. Among some of the unique research projects his consultancy has undertaken was the role of public institutions in battling corruption (quoted by the UN in a report on corruption), the interplay of demographics and economic growth, and an overview of trends around poverty alleviation in SA.

Whilst working as an analyst on the JSE in the 1990s he was voted the top analyst in political trends. JP is a popular speaker and consistently enjoys top ratings. He has a BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch (1978), studied Economics and Development Economics at Unisa (1979 and 1980) and later at Harvard (1998 and 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003).

Daniel Leslie

Daniel is a New York qualified finance and regulatory lawyer based in Johannesburg.  He works in the financial services specialist unit of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.’s Pan African Group.His experience extends to compliance and regulatory matters including international AML compliance, having advised major international entities on compliance with relevant regulatory laws. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Legal Principles for Combatting Cyberlaundering, following his resourceful research on cyber-security at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany.

Daniel had previously worked with prominent international law firms in the energy and regulatory sectors, and formerly as an associate legal officer at the International Criminal Court.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree (English Literature), LLB Law (cum laude), LLM and PhD degrees.

Some recent experience:

  • Advised a number of Fortune 500 companies on the legal ramifications of cyberlaundering for purposes of establishing a cyber security legal framework.
  • Advised a major inter-governmental agency on the international legal ramifications of South Africa’s proposed cybercrime bill.
  • Developed anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance programs for NGOs in Africa being funded by a Fortune 500 US-based entity, and that operate in key African jurisdictions, such as Nigeria, and South Africa.
Mokgadi Martin Mabitsela

Mr Mokgadi Martin Mabitsela is a Transformation and/or Developmental Agent at the Council for the Built Environment. Mr. Mabitsela has a Bachelor and Honours in Development Studies from the University of Limpopo. Mr. Mabitsela is currently appointed as the Transformation Officer at the Council for the Built Environment (CBE). Mr Mabitsela has served as a Transformation Projects Assistant under the Economic Impact and Policy Alignment Unit at the National department of Public Enterprises from 2016 to early 2017.

He also served as a Project Officer within the Transformation, Skills and Youth Chief directorate at the Department of Public Enterprises between 2015 to early 2016. He also served under the Talent Pool Programme as a Transformation Project Coordinator at the National Department of Public Enterprises under the Transformation and Youth Directorate during 2013 to 2014.

Mr Mabitsela worked as a Student Assistant for the first, second and final year undergraduate students at the University of Limpopo: Department of Development Planning and Management from 2009 – 2012. He was also a Webmaster and DDPM project facilitator in the S.A.D.E.S.A (South African Development and Environmental Student Association) and was a Student leader for Developments Studies during his studies for a bachelor and post grad.

Mr. Mabitsela has been involved in a number of initiatives at project and programme level for the public sector at National, Provincial and Local Government levels and also in his personal capacity at community level at his home towns, Mankweng (Turf) and Makotopong Village in Limpopo Province.  He has a fantastic understanding of government policy and the legislative framework at National, Provincial and Local government levels in so far as transformation and development.

Thabo Masombuka

Thabo Masombuka, reputable in the economic transformation space as a STRAIGHT TALKER, Thabo is an Empowerment transformation practitioner and economic   empowerment advisor With over 10 years of private and public sector experience, including the legal, compliance and institutional advisory role in various capacities.


In 2011, started specializing in organizational strategy development, human resource, Skills development and change management motivational facilitation.  He is often responsible for stakeholder facilitation and management of wholesale enterprise Development advisory, stakeholder enhancement and activations. A consumer activist, he has a particular focus and orientation on the significance of customer services and delivery.



  • Thabo is a qualified and Admitted Attorney that has worked in the various sections of the insurance industry, first as a Senior Legal Advisor in which he was responsible for legal compliance and monitoring of various consultancy and distribution level, and secondly as a Head of the Legal and Compliance function at Momentum. He is a commercial lawyer focusing on empowerment transaction advisory and BEE fronting investigations.
  • He worked as a Director for BBBEE Sector Codes and Partnerships at the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) in the empowerment division where he facilitated the review and implementation of the BBBEE policy framework, including the strategy, by guiding a number of stakeholders and public clients on the BBBEE best practice.
  • In 2010, He completed a KHAEDU Public Sector Senior Management and Executive Development Programme which focuses service delivery excellence and outputs that focuses on BATHO PELE, with specific reference to high standard of professional ethics, efficiency, accountability and transparency at all times.
  • Having previously served in a Section 166 Municipal Finance Management Act role as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee, Thabo currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairperson of the King Hintsa Technical and Vocational Education and Training College (TVET) as appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training. He therefore becomes an external council member responsible for Governance & Oversight, a role he assumed since October 2014. The TVET Colleges are responsible for building training capacity and opportunities for youth in various Engineering, Automobile, ICT and Agricultural sectors.
  • During his tenor in the public sector, the time, he gained extensive fronting investigations, BBBEE compliance audits as an important aspect of economic empowerment services. He has facilitated a number of seminars, high level conferences and strategy session for listed companies.

He is currently the CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) – An industry executive authority responsible for overseeing transformation and empowerment in the construction sector.

George Mbuthia

Lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

George Mbuthia studied construction project management at the University of Cape Town before proceeding to lecture to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of KwaZulu Natal. He has also undertaken research on infrastructure delivery, programme analysis and development, and policies in the construction and infrastructure sector.

George has worked in diverse organisations in the construction industry across Africa, and as a result is passionate about the industry’s growth, development and maximising the socio-economic impact of the industry. He is currently the General Manager at Procurement Dynamics, a consulting firm specialising in programme/project management and infrastructure development.

Gregory Mofokeng

Gregory currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE), which was established in 2007 to serve as a federation for organizations representing black contractors and consultants in the industry. Before being appointed the CEO, he served as the organization’s Secretary General for 10 years.

He is a National Executive Committee member of the Black Business Council (BBC), an umbrella body of black business in the country. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) and also serves as a council member on the Council of the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP).

He chairs the board of Tusk Construction Support Services (Pty) Ltd. The company was established in 1999 and it provides amongst others Bridging Finance, Performance Guarantees, Material Supplier Credit and other Support Services to the emerging contractors throughout the country.

He is also the chairman of Empiric Steel (Pty) Ltd. The company manufactures, supplies and installs structural steelwork, architectural steelwork, mild steel balustrades, spiral stairs, staircases, and any general steel work complete with corrosion protection.

German Mphahlele

German is a seasoned Enterprise Development Practitioner. Currently with the CIDB as an Enterprise Development Manager, responsible for coordinating the implementation of a National Contractor Development programme (NCDP), a government programme whose objective is to promote equity ownership across the different contracting categories and grades as well as improving skills and performance in the delivery of maintenance and capital works across the public sector. A former Director for Emerging Contractor Development Programme with the National Department of Public Works.

Once upon time he was the head of a Vocational Training School for exiles in Tanzania. Was part of a three-man team to set up a Skill and Employment Programmes for disadvantaged youth in Durban and later a Training Manager. He has a Diploma in Carpentry and is a Qualified Teacher for Vocational Training Schools.

Brenda Ntombela


Brenda Ntombela is the Head of Secretariat: Human Resource Development Council of South Africa. She is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Secretariat. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Limpopo, where she received her B Cur (I et A) degree. She thereafter received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of South Africa.  She also has completed various management courses

Brenda has worked in various fields, such us Higher Education and ICT, where she served as a Councillor for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). She also worked as a consultant in ICT policy making and regulations in Africa. She is a currently serving as a Council member at the Durban University of Technology. She also serves as a member of the Transformation Committee of the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions

Brenda is an influential leader, with experience in policy and regulation formulation and research to name but a few.

Jeff Pipe

Jeff being Pr Eng (ECSA); Pr CPM (SACPCMP) and Pr C Mentor (SACPCMP) has been in the construction industry for 34 years working in various roles from that of Employer, Engineer and that of Contractor.

He is one of the founding members of Archway Projects, a company that has now successfully been in business for 14 years and is a company specialising in project management, engineering design and SMME Development.

Archway Projects were the project managers of choice of the City of Johannesburg for those projects they needed to have ready for the World Cup Soccer Event. He further has been actively involved with the renewable energy sector taking both wind turbine plants as well as a solar plants successfully to completion. He is an assessor at SACPCMP and he is on the SACPCMP committee for Mentorship.

Uwe Putlitz

Uwe Putlitz was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Building Contracts Committee from January 2011

Uwe qualified as an Architect and as a Project Manager (1st M Sc Building) with diplomas in financial and project management from the University of the Witwatersrand, where  he has lectured part time and acted  as external  examiner. Uwe also presents the building module in the annual SAPOA-Wits Property Management Programme

Uwe has worked with various architectural practices, culminating as managing member of Building Strategy Network for the past 20 years. Professional experience includes being the ‘clients representative’ for phase 2 of the SABC’s TV Centre and numerous other broadcasting projects, and a variety of health care, leisure, retail, and industrial projects, as well as being part of the professional team for the Gautrain Hatfield Station, and conducting various feasibility studies.

In his spare time he is the vice chair of the Endangered Wildlife Trust and was the founder chair of the Busk aid Soweto  String Project

John Smallwood

Prof John Smallwood is the Professor of Construction Management in the Department of Construction Management, Nelson Mandela University, and the Principal, Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises (CREATE). In both capacities he specialises in, among other, but mostly construction health and safety (H&S), ergonomics, health and wellbeing, primary health promotion, quality management, and risk management.

Martin Smit

Project Management Specialist/Consultant/AdvisorMartin Smit has been working for Eskom for 37 years and has held various management positions in construction, outage, maintenance, and project management. Currently he is working in the Eskom Project Management Office as a Project Management Specialist/Consultant/Advisor. Martin has extensive experience in the development and application of project life cycles methodologies and best practices. Martin has presented at various conferences during his career. He has a MSc (Management of Technology and Innovation) in the domain of Project Management.

He also has various qualifications in engineering, information technology and management. He is registered as a student at the North-West University for the degree Philosophise Doctor – Development and Management Engineering. He is a Project Management Professional, Professional Construction Project Manager and a Professional Technologist (Engineering). Martin loves it to spend time in nature and to tour in South Arica and the neighbouring countries. His interests include investing and he is passionate about swimming for exercise.

Coenraad Snyman

Coenraad Snyman is a specialist in the procurement of contracts in the engineering, construction and mining sector, in contract administration, claims and dispute resolution. He has practical experience in the use of most construction and engineering contracts, including FIDIC and NEC. He has represented both Contractors and Employers in various disputes and has been appointed as a mediator and arbitrator.  Coenraad is sought after and is often used as a trainer and facilitator on FIDIC, NEC and JBCC forms of contract – both locally and abroad.

He was appointed a Director and Head of Training for Hill International/HKA and was based in Dubai, UAE, from January until July 2017.


Previously and until September 2012, he was employed as a senior contract specialist at AngloGold Ashanti, the 3rd largest gold producer in the world. At AGA he was involved with the procurement and management of EPC and EPCM contracts on capital expansion projects situated in Namibia, Mali, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Prior to joining AngloGold Ashanti, Coenraad was a Director of Turner & Townsend and acted as head of their Contract Services division in Africa. He has been admitted as an attorney in the High Courts of South Africa and Lesotho. Coenraad has decided to return to South Africa to re-open his consultancy business (which he ran since leaving AGA until joining Hill International) and now once again practises as an independent consultant to the mining, engineering and construction industry, provides training in the procurement and use of FIDIC, NEC and JBCC contracts and is available for appointment as an adjudicator, arbitrator or DAB member.

Qualifications : BA (UCT), BPproc (UNISA), LLB (UNISA), Degree certificate (in Air and Space law) (McGill)

Rev Naledi Stemela

Rev Naledi Stemela is a multi-gifted human rights activist, minister, motivational speaker who is passionate about empowerment of women and Youth.  She has worked extensively with communities and religious women and young women’s organisations during her tenure as a minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (2001-2007). Currently Rev Stemela is the Chief Director in the Department of Public works, where she established the unit which deals with empowerment of Women, People with Disabilities, Youth and Children.  She has influenced policy and programmes in the department especially with her advocacy and activism.

Current position entails: Chief Director Gender, People with Disabilities Youth and Children (Department of public works)

  • Develop and facilitate programmes on the empowerment of women, people with disabilities and Youth in the department;
  • Manage and facilitate researches related to broad gender, disability and Youth development aspects;
  • Ensure coordination of frameworks for effective implementation of empowerment policies;
  • Ensure and oversee the enforcement of gender mainstreaming within the department;
  • Advocate and ensure awareness on Gender, Disability and Youth mainstreaming within the core business of the department
  • Advocate for the Promotion and protection of Children’s rights within the department
  • Ensures monitoring and evaluation of policies in the department;
  • Develop key indicators to measure adherence to gender issues on departments operations

Oversees Diversity Management in the department

Hubert Thompson

Hubert Thompson is registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of the Republic of South Africa (ECSA) and admitted and authorised to practice as an advocate of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa, although he is not a practicing advocate. He is a Fellow of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE).


Hubert is accurate, careful, precise, systematic, logical and compliant. He is also a determined, reliable, good listener, deliberate and dependable person. Under pressure, he is strong, a self-starter, initiator and alert when a stressful situation appears. It provides him also with the ability to execute tasks allocated to him and prepare on a timely basis the necessary reports responsive to the task at hand. This makes him valuable in any robust procedure to resolve disputes.

Hubert serves on the Panel of Mediators and Arbitrators of the SAICE since 2009. He is also a Member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) since January 2014.


Hubert is presenting since 2013 courses on “The Legal process dealing with Construction disputes” under the auspice of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering as part of the continuous professional development of persons registered in terms of the Engineering Profession Act 46 of 2000 and the Construction Management Profession Act 48 of 2000

Lizelle Van Rooyen

Lizelle van Rooyen started her career as a project assistant in 2003 with Group Five Projects (Pty) Ltd. She has since been involved in various small to large commercial and infrastructure projects locally and internationally for 14 years plus.

Lizelle obtained her N.Diploma in International Communications from Tshwane University of Technology and completed the Programme in Project Management through University of Stellenbosch. She has worked for several blue chip construction and engineering (EPCM) companies and has since joined the Development Bank of South Africa’s Infrastructure Delivery Division in 2015.

In recent years she has focused her career as Project Execution Planner and is an avid advocate of the Lean Construction tool called “Last Planner® System”. Lizelle is an active member of the international non-profit body “Constructing Excellence” and “Lean Construction Institute” (LCI) and has a focused interest in the research, development and implementation of “best practises” with regards to communication, collaboration and coordination on construction projects.

Abimbola Windapo

Dr Abimbola Windapo is an Associate Professor of Construction and Project Management at the Department of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is a Registered Construction Project Manager and Mentor with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP), a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), and a Registered Builder with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON).

She has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. She practices in, writes, lectures, research and mentors future professionals on the practice and performance of construction businesses and projects – management of project delivery processes, compliance to building/health and safety regulations, construction innovation, sustainability and. contractor development. She is also the Editor of the Journal of Construction Business and Management (JCBM) a University of Cape Town and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife initiative.


Rowan Crowie

Rowan is currently the majority Shareholder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crowie Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Chief Executive Officer of Enza Construction (Pty) Ltd, a property and infrastructure group that comprises of subsidiaries operating in the property development, infrastructure development and construction space.Rowan previously headed up the Property Division of the South African Reserve Bank and prior to this, he worked for Murray and Roberts Construction (Pty) Ltd, where he managed the construction of a number of prestigious projects.

Rowan’s key competencies include the Formulation and Development of Policy and Strategic Planning; the conversion of Strategic Initiatives into Broad policy Frameworks; the Implementation of Affirmative Procurement Initiatives; Property Development and Development Management; Stakeholder Identification and Liaison; Client Liaison.

Crowie Holdings is an Investment Holding company, providing integrated property and construction solutions through its various subsidiaries and investments.

The group currently employs approximately 500 staff with a turnover in excess of R1 Billion.

Rowan was appointed by The Minister of Public Works as a Councillor to the South African Council for the Projects and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).

Claire Deacon

Dr Claire Deacon is Managing Member of OCCUMED cc, established in 1994. OCCUMED cc has traded as claire deacon and associates [cd&a] since 2008.  OCCUMED cc is an associate of CREATE with Professor John Smallwood (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).  Claire practices as Construction H&S Agent (CHSA), and obtained her Professional status (Pr.CHSA) with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP) in 2013.Claire has a General Nursing Diploma from Groote Schuur Hospital; a B.Tech in Occupational Health from the Peninsula Technikon; a BSc Medicine, (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering from UCT, and completed a Masters in Community Nursing (MCur) (by research) at the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE).  Claire was admitted to, and completed the prestigious Research Capacity Initiative (RCI) with the South African Netherlands Partnership for Alternative Development (SANPAD) in 2006 (cum laudee).  Claire completed her PhD (Construction Management) in 2016, entitled ‘The effect of the Integration of Design, Procurement and Construction relative to Health and Safety.

Further registrations include: Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); the Ergonomics Society of South Africa (ESSA); SA Nursing Council, (SANC), and the SA Society of Occupational Health Nurses (SASOHN), and is a Graduate Member the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) (UK).

Appointed to the 4th Term Council in 2014, and as a Council member has a number of supporting roles that include: Exams subcommittee, CHS Committee, Chair CPD and HR Committees, Programme accreditation, CHS Assessor and Interviewer.  Claire is a furthermore a Director of Section 21 Association of Construction H&S Managers (ACHASM), and in this capacity supports ACHASM at the Built Environment Professionals (BEP) VA Groups, and on the SACPCMP VA Committee.

Tjiamogale Eric Manchidi

Tjiamogale Eric Manchidi started his career with Grinaker Properties and Projects (Pty) Ltd, a Construction Project Management and Property Development Company, in December 1994 where he was employed as a construction site engineer. He later joined Blue Circle Cement and McDonalds SA as Business Development Consultant and a Construction Project Manager respectively.He joined the National Department of Public Works as a Director of APOPS (Asset Procurement and Operating Partnership Systems), a public private partnership programme in August 1998. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of   Procurement Dynamics (Pty) Ltd (also known as PD Consulting). The company focuses on project and programme management, construction policy, planning and delivery management support; and economic development.

He obtained BSc (Building) and MSc (Building) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is Professional Construction Project Manager registered with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions

Doug Michell

Occupational Health and Safety career commenced in 1983. During that period he has been involved with the Mossgas project, Lethabo Power Station and numerous Refinery expansion projects. During a contracted period with the Master Builders Association North he established and facilitated a cadet programme for construction health and safety officers based on SAQA learnership principlesSpecial projects include, Active member of the Development Quality Partner established for the development of an Occupational Health Safety qualification.Member of the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) – Registration for CHS practitioners

Served on the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOSH) reporting through the Chief Inspector to the Minster of Labour and currently serves on the technical committee.Contributed to the development a training manual for IoPSA and the IWH guidelines for working at heights. Spare time is spent studying Law through UNISA.

Itumeleng Molosi

Itumeleng Molosi matriculated at Orlando West High School in Soweto, Johannesburg in 1977. As a bursary holder of LTA Ltd he obtained a National Certificate in Engineering at Technikon SA (currently UNISA) in 1982 and in 1987 he obtained National Higher Diploma in Building Survey (QS) at Natal Technikon (currently Durban Institute of Technology). He is registered with SACPCMP as a Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr CPM). Since 1987 he has worked as a Site Contract Quantity Surveyor (QS) in major Construction companies namely LTA Ltd and Murray and Roberts Civil in large scale contracts – N3 Toll Concessionaires in Warden – Freestate and Inanda Dam to Wiggins Viaduct and Tunnel in KZN.His work as a Project Manager started at Engen Petroleum Ltd from 1994 where managed a construction of several greenfield and retrofit Service Stations in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. In 2004 he joined the Department of Public Works as a Senior Project Manager, a position he held until he was promoted to a position of Director of Projects in 2011, a position he currently holds. As a Director of Projects he manages a team of Project Managers as well as other professionals in various disciplines to deliver on Infrastructure Projects as well as the implementation of the Expanded Publics Works Programme (EPWP).

Isaac Mzumara Nkosi

Mr. Isaac Mzumara Nkosi is a Professional Construction Project Manager and Practitioner in the Built Environment. Mr. Nkosi has an MSc in Project Management and BSc in Construction Management from the University of Pretoria; and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Malawi. Mr Nkosi has attended courses in Economics, Financial and Strategic Management with the University of Pretoria. He is a registered professional of the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions and a member of the Association of Construction Project Managers.  He has served as an Assessor with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions since 2009.Mr. Nkosi currently owns and manages his own Project and Construction Management consulting practice, I.N. and Associates Project Managers, which is based in Tshwane, South Africa. Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Nkosi worked for SIP Project Managers and Diagonal Projects Africa where he gained extensive experience as a professional Construction Project Manager.

Mr. Nkosi has more than 20 years’ experience in the Built Environment, working in various capacities as a Construction and Project Manager on, among others, multi-billion rand projects including urban and rural infrastructure projects; office building projects; retail facilities projects; upmarket and affordable housing projects; and casino and resort developments. These projects include the Vodacom Head Office Park, Midrand; Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Cape Town; Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Durban; the OR Tambo Office Campus, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Tshwane; the Silverstar Casino and Entertainment World, Mogale City; and the MIO-Liviero Mixed-use (Residential, Commercial and Light Industrial) Developments in Ga-Rankuwa and Centurion, Tshwane.

Bonke Simelane

Bonke grew up in Daveyton, Benoni. He matriculated in Davey High School after which he obtained a National Diploma in Building from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and then proceeded to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) where he obtained his Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management. Bonke is currently Group Corporate Services Director for the NMC Construction Group which he joined in 2012. He is also President of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) and is its first Black President since its founding more than 100 years agoHe started his career at Murray and Roberts in 1995 and then had a short stint at Abcon Construction after which he joined Development & Engineering Consultants (DEC) in 2001 as a Project Manager and eventually rose to become a Director. In 2009 he joined Focus Project Management as a Director.

He is a member of the Construction Management Development Committee of the SACPCMP where he’s involved in efforts to raise the profile and prestige of the Construction Management profession in South Africa. He also chairs the Registration and Education Committee of the SACPCMP. He is also active in other industry bodies like the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). He was also the Vice-President of the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM).