In tackling his new post, Lefadi Makibinyane sees expanding the market base of CESA members for the trading of their services as one of his primary tasks as well as invigorating the advocacy voice for CESA members in both the public and private sectors.

The newly appointed CEO of Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), Lefadi Makibinyane, holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough in the United Kingdom, a post-Graduate Certificate: Management Development Programme (in Project Management) as well as an MBL (Master in Business Leadership) from the University of South Africa’s School of Business Leadership in Pretoria.

In tackling his new post, Makibinyane sees expanding the market base of CESA members for the trading of their services as one of his primary tasks as well as invigorating the advocacy voice for CESA members in both the public and private sectors.

This will help in bringing back the rationale that consulting engineers are in the forefront of every technical/infrastructure development as their service focal area lies in design, material selection as well as specification, overseeing of construction against the design specifications towards quality and sustainable performance, and after-care support during operation and maintenance.

On the issue of corruption, Makibinyane believes that it destroys value and compromises quality of service by denying the community delivery of service and efficient infrastructure.

“It is a crime against humanity and must be uprooted at all costs. The engineering profession promotes ethical behaviour and conduct as an integral principle of technological work and service. The work of an engineer centres on harnessing the might of science for safe human use and benefit within the constraints of the natural environment. One cannot achieve any quality of service as an engineer if you are corruptly natured; hence fairness and equality is a prerequisite for the development of an engineer,” he says.

He cautions that any consulting engineering member firm caught participating in corrupt activities will not only lose their membership of CESA but their work and existence as a firm. CESA will ensure that such a member is blacklisted on the National Treasury database and is removed as a vendor for Consulting Engineering Services from the databases of both public and private sector clients.

Makibinyane has worked for the City of Tshwane as a strategic executive director in the services infrastructure department, as a director of West LB AG, as Vice-President of Fieldstone Africa, and also held various senior positions at Sasol, Industrial Development Corporation, Engen Refinery, Anglo American Coal Division, Nampak, South African Breweries as well as the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa.

A full report is available on the CESA website www.cesa.co.za.