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South Africa

In South Africa, we've been working with government and organisations to create long lasting solutions across a range of sectors from transport, education and health, to buildings, power and communications.

In 2013 Mott MacDonald acquired the Johannesburg-based engineering specialist PD Naidoo & Associates and established Mott MacDonald PDNA, combining our complementary skills, experience and capabilities into a single-source, end-to-end service capable of delivering the complex next-generation projects that will improve Africa’s social and economic success.

Transport

Mott MacDonald's expansion in South Africa was spring-boarded through our role in programme managing the upgrade of facilities for Transnet, a state-owned transport organisation. We examined the feasibility of a 350km rail route linking lines in the Ermelo/Lothair area via the Swaziland railway network to the ports of Maputo in Mozambique and Richards Bay in South Africa. Today, we are working on a range of major projects including the Eastern Cape Infrastructure Joint Venture, providing Transnet with engineering, procurement and construction management services covering port infrastructure upgrade projects at Port Elizabeth, Port of Ngqura and East London.

We also provided soft-ground tunnelling advice for the completed Durban Harbour Crossing Project, which comprises a 515m new tunnel. The project has won awards for technical excellence and construction techniques. We also provided advisory services for the new Gautrain in Johannesburg.

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Nelson Mandela Bridge, South Africa
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Nelson Mandela Bridge, South Africa We were key players in the consulting team that undertook all design for this landmark bridge linking Newtown with Braamfontein on the fringes of Johannesburg.

Buildings

Mott MacDonald PDNA served as sustainable building consultant providing comprehensive engineering services for the new head office of the South African government’s Department for Environmental Affairs - which won the Project and Organisation Award at the Green Building Council of South Africa Green Star Leadership Awards.

Ahead of the 2010 World Cup we worked as the structural engineer on Soccer City stadium. We also designed the lightweight roof structure for Mbombela Stadium and acted as sub consulting structural engineer on Moses Mabhida Stadium. Soccer City won Fulton Awards – Best Building Project and Concrete in Architecture, while Mbombela won the Tubular Structures trophy at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Steel Awards.

Public Private Partnerships

Our infrastructure finance advisory team is supporting the country’s growing interest in private finance and public private partnerships (PPPs) – our portfolio includes PPP advisory services for four new prisons for the Department of Correctional Services and new office accommodation for the City of Tshwane Municipality and for the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform.

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Soccer City stadium, Johannesburg
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Soccer City stadium, Johannesburg We worked as principal structural engineer on the Soccer City stadium ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

Power

Renewable energy is a fast-growing sector. We are project manager and technical advisor for South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme, designed to attract private sector investment in 3GW of wind, solar and hydropower projects. Our extensive renewables portfolio includes our role as owner’s engineer for the 67MW Hopefield Wind Farm in Western Cape province.

Rising power consumption is requiring modernisation and expansion of transmission and distribution infrastructure. We also completed the upgrade of 80km of high voltage power lines in Johannesburg for City Power to carry twice the power, achieved without switching off power supply, to prevent disruption to customers.
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High voltage power lines upgrade, South Africa
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High voltage power lines upgrade, South Africa Uprating 88kV transmission lines in Johannesburg enabled delivery of twice the power with the same infrastructure.

Communications

Bringing simple, affordable communications to some of the world’s poorest people is the challenge facing our team supporting an innovative start-up operation called SMILE. We were involved from the early stages, building the business plan, securing funding, procuring the network, helping to secure licences and providing programme management.
We are lenders’ and operator’s technical advisor in the delivery of a ZAR 1 billion city-wide broadband network, identifying key risks and mitigation strategies. 900km of fibre optic cable are being laid to provide connectivity across the Johannesburg metropolitan area, covering the city centre, the Sandton financial district and areas not served by existing networks. The municipality will migrate its own telecommunications traffic onto the network too. By building the network using local labour instead of sophisticated machinery, hundreds of local jobs have been created at zero net cost to the project.
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SMILE affordable telephony
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SMILE affordable telephony We helped build the business plan, secure funding, procure the network, and provide management for a project aimed at making mobile telephony affordable for the world's poorest people.

Education

A huge challenge South Africa faces is improving its education infrastructure. The Khanyisa Programme has supported the Limpopo Province Department of Education’s work in implementing its strategic plan for improving curriculum planning, teaching and academic performance in primary schools across the province. Our specialist education team were instrumental in its success. We also managed the Imbewu Programme to enhance the performance of 600 disadvantaged schools in the Eastern Cape.

Health

We have achieved good results on the landmark Strengthening South Africa’s Revitalised Response to AIDS and Health programme, reducing HIV transmission from infected mothers to children from 12% to 3.5% in three years. We are also leading research that has demonstrated the effectiveness of different communication strategies in raising awareness of HIV and how to protect against infection. Findings will shape future prevention initiatives. We are also working with South Africa’s Department of Health to implement free healthcare.

In collaboration with the National Department of Social Development, we are providing the technical lead for a project which aims to care for and protect children made vulnerable through AIDS or other reasons by providing psychosocial support for individual caregivers and promoting caring organisational environments to foster their wellbeing.

Strengthening South Africa's Revitalised Response to AIDS and Health (SARRAH)
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Strengthening South Africa's Revitalised Response to AIDS and Health (SARRAH) Our health experts are managing this programme designed to provide technical advice, funding and support to strategic national HIV and health initiatives. HIV transmission from infected mothers to children has significantly reduced and SARRAH has been pivotal in supporting the South African government's aim to improve the quality of the country's health services and introduce a national health insurance system.
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