COMPANY NEWS

DIVISION HEAD: WATER AND SANITATION

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Zainul Haque Shiekh as Division Head: Water and Sanitation. With over 26 years of experience in the built environment across Asia, Australia, and Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Ghana, and South Africa), Zain is a professionally registered civil engineer and holds a Master's degree in civil engineering. His skills and experience encompass strategy development, a robust technical proficiency in Water and Sanitation, leadership and management of multi-disciplinary teams, international exposure, coaching and mentoring, client management, project management, and strong design capabilities. We eagerly anticipate Zain's leadership in the Water and Sanitation Division and extend our best wishes as he becomes a part of the Mariswe family.

APPOINTMENT OF LEAD ENGINEER: GEOMETRIC DESIGN

We are pleased to welcome Ms Sizakele Mofokeng as the Lead Engineer: Geometric Design in the Transportation division with effect from 01 February 2024. Sizakele will be based in our Bryanston office. Sizakele is a professionally registered civil engineering Technologist with 13 years of experience, specialising in road and drainage design and documentation. Her key experience includes road planning, detail design and documentation; preparation of schedules and tender documents; compilation of proposals i.e. assisting with pricing and formulating methodologies and site supervision. We look forward to Sizakele leading the Geometric team and wish her well as she joins the Mariswe family.

EXECUTIVE MANAGER: WATER AND SANITATION

Jaap van Wyk has been appointed as the Executive Manager: Water and Sanitation. Jaap is a Professional Engineering Technologist with more than 26 years’ experience in the municipal engineering sector. He has 18 years of experience at a senior managerial level. His key experience includes the following: Project and programme management Financial management Contract management o   Management of multi-disciplinary projects Procurement for engineering projects Water engineering Municipal infrastructure projects. Jaap has been with Mariswe since January 2015 and is currently the Executive Manager: Cradock. Congratulations, Jaap-we wish you everything of the best in this new position.

MARISWE 50TH CELEBRATIONS

Message from our CEO, Nonkululeko Sindane... A heartfelt thank you to our staff, clients, suppliers, and communities for your support in what has been yet another difficult year. The loyalty of our long- term clients means a great deal to us. Equally, we are grateful to those clients who are new to Mariswe for putting your trust in our company. In 2022 we celebrate our 50th anniversary and we thank you all for helping Mariswe to reach this significant milestone. We look forward to returning in the New Year ready to show all our stakeholders why we got here and how we plan to stay strong for another 50 years....
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THEMBINKOSI LEARNERS SHOWCASE THEIR NEW BUSINESS SKILLS

A new initiative to teach economic independence at Thembinkosi School for learners with special educational needs in Tembisa has found voice in a successful Market Day where the learners showcased their creativity and sold their wares. Mariswe’s Nurture a Girl initiative has supplied female learners at Thembinkosi with basic hygiene needs for the past five years. In 2021 the programme stepped up to provide tools to help its beneficiaries at Thembinkosi become more self-sufficient upon leaving school... Learn More

BEST PICTURE

Congratulations to Jeremiah Tsunke of Mariswe’s Western Cape Transportation team on winning the general category of the South African Road Federation’s annual photographic competition with his picture titled "Hartenbos Overpass".
Mariswe works hard to achieve real and sustainable transformation within our company and among our partner suppliers. We are proud of our team’s achievement of Level 1 status for five consecutive years. While we are happy with our progress, there is always more work to be done and we will continue to step up our efforts in 2022.
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SEEKING TRUE COLLABORATION AND TRANSPARENCY IN CONTRACTS

Would be you be open to different forms of contracting if they were more responsive to your operational challenges? Picture reducing 20 to 30% of your project capital and time and channelling that value to other projects or areas of your business.  In an otherwise evolving construction ecosystem, the presumption that contract mechanisms are a holy grail that cannot be changed or improved entrenches adversarial relationships between the client, its engineer, and the contractor. Every aspect of the construction value chain is transforming except for our contracting methodologies... Learn More

GROWING STRONGER THROUGH ADVERSITY

This has been a challenging year for us all personally and professionally. I am extremely proud of the way everyone in Mariswe embraced the changes that were forced upon us by Covid-19. Our teams around South Africa and further afield showed that they could be flexible when it came to isolated working conditions and no face-to-face contact with their colleagues and clients. On the other hand, without exception they remained firm on quality. We do not compromise on quality. And we kept that promise to our clients throughout lockdown. Learn More

TREATING WATER WITH THE RESPECT IT DESERVES

Day Zero, predicted for 12 April 2018 in the City of Cape Town, would have been the largest drought-induced municipal water failure in modern history. While it was narrowly averted, some municipalities in South Africa have not been so lucky. “Water is a social need, a human right, and a vital cog in our economic future. This dovetails with Mariswe’s ethos of ‘Improving Lives. Engineering Solutions’.”

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BUILDING A HERITAGE

Heritage Day is about celebrating our cultural roots. It is also about our shared heritage as a nation. “This heritage includes engineering achievements too numerous to mention. But we need to do so much better if all our citizens are to benefit from what our country has to offer. “Let us begin by training more engineers and encouraging diversity in this critical sector. The experienced elders of our profession must mentor young entrants so that they, too, have the passion and knowledge to create a rich heritage around our built environment. “We must work together to build a heritage our children will be proud of.” Learn More

QUALITY MANAGEMENT IS KEY

Following another successful ISO 9001:2015 audit result in July 2020, Mariswe’s CEO Nonkululeko Sindane has paid tribute to the firm’s robust quality management processes and controls. Mariswe’s QMS was re-certified as compliant with ISO 9001:2015 and no non-conformities were raised. ‘’We are reliant on our well-established QMS more than ever in this uncertain economy. I’m proud of our latest positive audit and confident in our ability to use our QMS to deliver professional projects, communicate efficiently and build our talent pool, among others.” Learn More

BECOMING PART OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTION

Covid-19 may have thrown the world off balance, but it has also opened the door to a smarter way of working and delivering construction programmes more efficiently. A prime example is the recent launch of Mariswe’s Strategic Projects Unit.

Read our cover Story in IMIESA Infrastructure News - July 2020
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KUBEN GOVENDER APPOINTED REGIONAL HEAD OF INLAND PROVINCES AT MARISWE

We are delighted to announce that Kuben Govender has been appointed as the Regional Head of Inland Provinces at Mariswe, effective 1 April 2020. Kuben takes over this responsibility from Gareth Coleman, who assumed the additional role of Acting Head of the Inland Provinces for two months following the departure of Vuyo Booi at the end of January 2020. Gareth leaves Mariswe on 31 March 2020. Learn More

MARISWE WINS JOB SHADOW INITIATIVE

Mariswe’s HYPE once again made us proud, hosting 157 learners from 11 schools in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape as part of the 12th CESA Job Shadow Initiative. In line with our ethos of engineering infrastructural solutions that build communities and improve people’s lives, Mariswe’s YPs have successfully participated in the Job Shadow Initiative every year since its inception. On 14 August CESA announced that Mariswe had won the 2019 Job Shadowing Initiative and Poster Competition. Learn More

MARISWE STAFF PUT THE PUZZLE TOGETHER AT EASTERN CAPE INTERNAL LAUNCH

To raise excitement leading up to the launch, the lunch committee created a puzzle of the Mariswe logo. Puzzle pieces were hidden in random locations around the East London and Mthatha offices throughout the launch week. As the pieces were collected, the logo slowly came together to give staff a closer view of what we would look like in the future. Learn More

THE DAWN OF MARISWE AT KWAZULU-NATAL INTERNAL LAUNCH

Staff signed their pledges to help improve the lives of people in our communities. The more adventurous took part in a colourful photoshoot using a Mariswe-branded frame to reflect our new beginnings, with hats, masks, bow ties and floral garlands added for a festive touch. With the formalities over, a spit braai lunch was served on the sundeck. Learn More

BUTTERFLY TRANSFORMATION THEME FOR OUR INTERNAL INLAND OFFICES LAUNCH

The venue looked beautiful, with butterflies in Mariswe colours as centrepieces to the tables, explaining the theme of a caterpillar (UWP) transforming into a butterfly (Mariswe). Each guest received a corporate gift pack including branded t-shirts, USBs, notebooks and pens. Inside seven large green UWP-branded balloons were hidden blue balloons spelling out M-A-R-I-S-W-E. Following the launch announcement, they were popped to symbolise the release of the old name and the unveiling of the new name. Learn More

TOP TOASTMASTERS ACCOLADE

In 2018 the Toastmasters Club based at the Mariswe Bryanston offices achieved President’s “Distinguished Status”, the highest accolade in the international Toastmasters community. The award...
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