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NWE Consulting Engineers consist of some 30 professionals and supporting staff from a range of engineering disciplines and other professionals. We are a driven team, always aiming for quality solutions and growth. Our combined experience, expertise and size enables us to successfully complete projects of all sizes and complexity.

Wouter Engelbrecht

Managing Director

Email:  Wouter@nweng.co.za                                            Cellphone:  084 787 1098

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Pr Eng
B Eng (Civil), University of Stellenbosch

Membership of professional societies:

ECSA: Registered as Professional Engineer at the Engineering Council of South Africa
SAICE: Member of The South African Institution of Civil Engineers
IMESA: Member of the Institute of Municipal Engineering of South Africa

Areas of Professional Capability

Wouter has more than thirty years’ experience in the fields of civil, municipal services, railway engineering and roads. He has been the Managing Director of an engineering consultancy since 1989.

Wouter has extensive experience in the planning, implementation and management of development projects, both as consultant and as a private developer in his own right. He has been involved with projects ranging from residential developments to commercial developments and office parks.

Wouter specialises in urban development project risk analysis and project financial viability modelling.

Read an interview with Wouter Engelbrecht about his career journey and unique leadership traits.

Michael Smuts

Director: Head of Civil Department

Email:  Michael@nweng.co.za                                            Cellphone:  082 458 3878

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Pr Eng
B Eng (Civil), University of Stellenbosch

Membership of professional societies:

ECSA: Registered as Professional Engineer at the Engineering Council of South Africa
SAICE: Member of The South African Institution of Civil Engineers
IMESA: Member of the Institute of Municipal Engineering of South Africa

Areas of Professional Capability

Michael has more than thirty years’ experience in the fields of project procurement, planning, design, contract and construction documentation, overall project supervision and project management. He has extensive experience in the area of  urban engineering infrastructure and bulk civil engineering infrastructure projects. His expertise also stretches to sport and recreation facilities (natural and artificial turf) design and construction.

Michael also specialises in urban development project risk analysis and project financial viability modelling.

Michael is also the proud developer of NWE’s own intelligent project feasibility program.

Jan Engelbrecht

Director: Chief Financial Officer

Email:  Jan@nweng.co.za                                            Cellphone:  084 844 7034

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Professional Accountant (SA)
Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting, University of Stellenbosch
B Acc, University of Stellenbosch

Membership of professional societies:

SAIPA: Full Member of The South African Institute of Professional Accountants

Areas of Professional Capability

Jan is a professionally registered accountant and tax practitioner. After starting out in an auditing environment he went on to gain experience in financial management in various sectors.

He has gained most of his over ten years’ experience in the property development and consulting engineering environment. This includes the financial management of business in other African countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Ivory Coast.

Christoff van Wyk

Technical Director: Head of Mechanical Department

Email:  Christoff@nweng.co.za                                            Cellphone:  072 282 8013

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Pr Eng
B Eng (Mechanical), University of Stellenbosch

Membership of professional societies:

ECSA: Registered as Professional Engineer at the Engineering Council of South Africa
SAIMechE: Member of The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Professional Capability

Christoff has more than ten years’ experience in mechanical engineering building services.

His areas of expertise include mechanical designs for residential, commercial, healthcare, industrial and public entertainment buildings of which some include high-rise buildings.

Charl de Jager

Charl de Jager

Associate: Head of Structural Department

Email:  Charldej@nweng.co.za                                            Cellphone:  083 651 4464

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Pr Eng
MBA, University of Oxford
MScEng (Civil – Structural), University of Stellenbosch
Membership of professional societies:

ECSA: Registered as Professional Engineer at the Engineering Council of South Africa

Areas of Professional Capability

Charl has more than seven years’ experience in structural engineering services for building projects in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

His experience includes the delivery of structures such as multi-storey office and residential buildings, high-end homes, and warehouses. He has wide-ranging experience in utilizing reinforced concrete, structural steel, load bearing masonry and timber in the design of these structures.

Werner Wiid

Werner Wiid

Head of Electrical Department

Email:  Werner@nweng.co.za                                           

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Pr Tech Eng
ND Elec Eng, Cape Technicon

Membership of professional societies:

ECSA: Registered as Professional Engineering Technologist at the Engineering Council of South Africa
SAIEE: Senior Member of South African Institution of Electrical Engineering

Areas of Professional Capability

Werner has more than twenty years of electrical building services experience both in South Africa and the United Kingdom where he further studied and specialised as a Green Building Energy Performance Assessor. He has extensive electrical design and project management experience on large scale electrical engineering projects including medical facilities, laboratories, drama theatre, luxury residential high rise developments up to 50 storeys, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, fitness clubs and office blocks. As part of his international experience he worked both as a contractor and consultant on projects with electrical values up to R450m.

Dawid Marais

Associate: Head of Dam Department

Email:  Dawid@nweng.co.za                                            Cellphone:  072 338 355

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

B Eng (Civil), University of Pretoria

Membership of professional societies:

ECSA: Registered as Professional Engineer at the Engineering Council of South Africa

Areas of Professional Capabilities

During Dawid’s almost fourty years’ career he gained twelve years’ extensive experience in dam engineering and did the planning and design of the first roller concrete gravity arch dam in South Africa reaching the full dam height in the shortest construction period at that time. Since Dawid joined the firm he teamed up with a specialist consultant with more than thirty seven years extensive experience in dam engineering worldwide to mentor him and bring him up to date with the latest technologies of dam engineering.

In the consulting civil engineering industry he gained extensive experience in reports, tendering and contract documentation, project and quality management and construction administration and management. Dawid also prepared numerous successful feasibility studies and launched the First Presidential Resettlement Program in the Northern Cape and managed the project with five consulting engineers to install the municipal services. Dawid also gained extensive experience in pump lines – and pump stations designs, documentation, etc.

Willem Ehlers

Associate: Project Management

Email:  Willem@nweng.co.za                                            Cellphone:  082 327 7841

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Pr Tech Eng
B Tech (Civil), Free State Technicon
Pr CPM
CPM Programme, University of Pretoria

Membership of professional societies:

ECSA: Registered as Professional Engineering Technologist at the Engineering Council of South Africa
SACPCMP: Registered as Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr CPM) at the South African Council of Professional Construction Project Managers

Areas of Professional Capabilities

Willem is a Professional Project Manager, in charge of the Project Management Division. He is also involved in general civil engineering projects as contracts manager/design engineer.

Willem has close to thirty years’ experience in general civil engineering infrastructure as well as built environment projects for both Private and Government clients locally, nationally, and internationally. Willem has been involved in the project management & design of a number of low cost housing developments, private residential developments and bulk & link engineering infrastructure master planning/construction projects over the last fifteen years. His technical design experience includes the design of civil services and municipal infrastructure (particularly hydraulic design – water supply modelling, planning and design) for commercial developments, municipal buildings & facilities, industrial zones and housing.

Renier Basson

Technical Director: Head of Construction Administration

Email:  Renier@nweng.co.za                                            Cellphone:  082 804 1633

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Pr Tech Eng
B Tech (Civil), Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Membership of professional societies:

ECSA: Registered as Professional Engineering Technologist at the Engineering Council of South Africa
SAICE: Member of South African Institution of Civil Engineering

Areas of Professional Capabilities

Renier has more than fifteen years’ experience in the fields of project planning, civil engineering services design, contract & construction documentation, project & quality management (both as Contractor and Consultant) and construction administration mainly in the areas of urban engineering infrastructure and bulk civil engineering projects.

Renier specialises in the proper management of large urban engineering infrastructure projects. He fulfilled the role of Resident Engineer on numerous large civil engineering projects in South Africa and Zambia including an urban roads project in Zambia with a total value of R320 million.