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Why Structural Engineering Is Just As Relevant As Ever

Structural engineering forms an important part of civil engineering, and has risen to become a cornerstone in the world’s construction sector. During the 20th century, structural engineering became central to the construction process. From the Eifel Tower to the World Trade Centres to even large apartment blocks, structural engineering still plays a key role in how we construct our buildings today.

Everyday, technology advances, and new advanced like CAD software has been introduced to streamline the design and final analysis phase, with structural engineering becoming part and parcel of the construction procedure today. So what are some of the key benefits that structural engineering offers as an engineering discipline? Let’s take a look.

Structural Design Support

Skilled structural engineers bring the capability of providing detailed information regarding foundations, floors, beams and roofs, as well as the quantity of steel needed to complete a project. They play a key role in designing of individual elements, as well as the structure as a whole.

Structural Analysis

Using complex and amalgamated materials in modern structures necessitate effective and accurate structural analysis for design reliability, safety, strength and material specification. Skilled structural engineers detail the capabilities of structures concerning support and performance, and is invaluable to the construction process.

Safety Evaluation

Another crucial benefit of modern structural engineering is that these engineers help in predicting safety, and assess capacity and stability of a structure against dynamic and static loading. This helps to keep buildings and people safe at all times.

At Bigen Africa, we’ve been providing our expert services since 1927, and have enjoyed rapid growth in the industry of infrastructure management. Today, we have a staff complement of well over 500 employees, and we are a proudly BEE compliant company. We also have a stable of expert structural engineers at hand to provide you with the expert services and solutions you need. Contact us to discuss your structural engineering needs in greater detail today.


Should You Outsource Your Infrastructure Management Needs?

Managing vital components such as processes, policies, equipment and data can have far reaching consequences on the effectiveness of an organisation. Effective infrastructure management mainly guarantees conformance to standards between the company’s internal and external entities, while also enhancing the lifespan of the company’s infrastructure and assets.

When you outsource your infrastructure management needs, helps to free up your management and team’s time and resources, allowing them to focus on their core activities. At Bigen Africa, we work towards enhancing the quality of life of all citizens through service delivery to communities across the African continent. The art and science of physical asset management is at the hart of all we do, and our smarter thinking philosophy.

Our commitment and passion for excellence remains our driving force in providing value adding infrastructure management services and solutions. We have an integrated view of asset management, with the aim of helping to maximise the development of region. We facilitate co-ordinated practices and activities through which an organisation sustainably and optimally manages assets and asset systems.

Get More from Outsourced Infrastructure Management from Bigen Africa

Our asset management capability also includes intimate knowledge of various acts, guidelines, standards and regulations, all of which impact on the management of physical assets in the infrastructure environment.

We make use of nationally and internationally recognised best standards, including:

• PAS 55:2008;
• IOS/IEC 15288: Systems Engineering and Life Cycle Processes; and
• DPLG Guidelines for Infrastructure Asset Management in Local Government 2006-2009.

We also add additional value by guaranteeing compliance with PFMA/MFMA, GRAP, National Treasury Regulation, and GIAMA, among other legislation that impacts on asset management practices and activities. Our team of dedicated industry professionals remains committed to adding value to our clients’ concerns.

With a disciplined approach to the management of physical assets, we continue to raise the standards of ethics and values in our industry. Speak to us for expert assistance and opinions on your infrastructure management needs, and let us help you get the most out of your physical infrastructure.


The Power of Reliable and Expert Rural Water Supply Construction Management

Access to a secure and safe source of fresh water is a human right. This is why at Bigen Africa, we have evolved, learned and grown to think differently and smarter about rural water supply construction management, as well as infrastructure development. Our solutions have also evolved to span the entire lifecycle of water cycle projects.

In order to remain at the cutting edge of our industry, and to provide our clients with maximum benefit, we combine integrated and sustainable development partnerships by providing clients with the advantage of tailored infrastructure on-site. What’s more, we also deliver sustainable projects while at the same time aiming to improve the quality of life of every day South Africans.

What You Can Expect from Bigen Africa

We’ve worked hard to develop an attractive value proposition for our clients. This includes integrating entire value chains in a water and sanitation infrastructure development project, through our carefully chosen partnerships and in-house capabilities. As a leader in the rural water supply construction management industry, we deliver these solutions from the project’s inception and preparation phase right through to feasibility studies and implementation, with ongoing asset management and construction supervision.

In order to ensure the success of any cost-effective and sustainable sanitation and water system, you have to integrate social, physical, institutional and financial elements. Subsequently, our water and sanitation services include:

• Water engineering services;
• Sanitation engineering services;
• Solid waste engineering services; and
• Mining and industrial water engineering services, among others.

Let us help you get the most out of your water supply construction project. Aside from this management solution, we also offer many other management consulting solutions, including program and project management, mining and industrial, revenue enhancement and environment services, to name only a few.

We bring many years’ experience to our industry, and to every project that we undertake. Speak to us today to learn more about what our company can do for your community. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have.


How Your Company Benefits from Professional Construction Management Solutions

When taking a construction management approach to a major building project, seasoned experts who are experienced in specialised areas such as cost estimating, value engineering, systems analysis, procurement and construction co-ordination help keep a project in check. These professionals are experienced in bringing in construction projects on time and within budget.

The involvement of a seasoned construction management company can help you to save money while also delivering the project by meeting the various targets and milestones. Let’s take a look at some of the many other ways in which your business can benefit from hiring a professional construction manager to oversee every aspect of your construction project.

Enjoy The Lowest Possible Project Cost

An obvious benefit of partnering with a seasoned construction manager is the fact that you enjoy the lowest possible project cost, based on choosing the lowest bidder from each of more than three dozen bid divisions. You can also rest assured that your construction manager works to advocate exclusively for your business, throughout the entire construction process.

These are only a few of the obvious ways in which professional construction management can benefit your company. At Bigen Africa, we’ve been providing expert management consulting services for many years. We bring expertise and best-practice metholodogies to each project that we undertake, and partner with our clients to enhance the sustainability of their construction projects, while also meeting delivery targets and achieving developmental and strategic objectives.

Expert in Management Consulting

Aside from providing construction management, we also offer many other management consulting solutions, including program and project management in the implementation of a portfolio of projects within large and cross-cutting programs. Our asset management solutions help our clients to effectively maintain infrastructure and manage their assets.

These are only a few of the ways in which we continue to lead the way forward in our industry. Our team is ready to provide you with the expert construction management solutions you need to bring your projects in on time, and within budget. Speak to us today for expert service and advice.


Leadership Magazine February 2017




Take Your Company Forward with The Best Project Management South Africa Has To Offer

In order to reach new heights, as well as to stay ahead of the competition, you need solid project management solutions steeped in internationally aligned best practices. That is exactly what you receive when you partner with us. As one of the leaders in the very latest project management South Africa has to offer.

We have rooted our project support and management services in international best practice, and we believe that good projects are based on best practice methodology. Our Projects Delivery Division presents numerous capabilities through which we deliver on client objectives. Thanks to our commitment to customer and and client service excellence, we consistently deliver on our promises and help our clients pull off projects with great success.

All of our project management specialists are registered internationally with the Project Management Institute as Project Management Professionals, as well as in South Africa, as Professional Construction Managers with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professionals. This is just one more reason why we are your first choice when it comes to partnering with the project management South Africa has to offer.

Project Delivery Models Delivered To Scale

In order to offer our clients the very best solutions possible, we offer various project delivery models best suited to project scale and complexity. Some of these delivery models are offered as project management consulting services, which range from single capacity assistance to owner’s team participation, to full EPC and EPCM + F offerings. Whatever your needs are, you can rest assured that we will always go the extra mile to far exceed all expectations placed on us.

Our value proposition also extends to effective, efficient and economical use of resources, techniques and tools, in order to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget. To learn more about our innovation in the application of best practice project management and change management, speak to us today. We look forward to providing you with all the information needed to make an informed business decision.


Bigen Africa launches Health division with key senior appointment

Bigen Africa, a thought-leading, solutions-driven infrastructure development Group with a firm foothold in southern Africa and a fast-growing Africa footprint, is expanding its service offering to South African clients with a new focus on healthcare provision facilitation, and has appointed an expert in the field to spearhead this new development.

As the Group’s new Managing Director for Health, Dr Victor Letsoejane Litlhakanyane is determined to realise his long-held aspiration of improving access to quality healthcare services to underprivileged communities on the Africa continent.

“The extreme disparity in access to quality healthcare between the impoverished and the wealthy has come under the spotlight with the South African government putting plans in place to introduce national health insurance,” says Dr Victor, as he is affectionately known. “According to research, more than 80% of the country’s population depends on the public healthcare system that is simply not sufficient in its service provision. There is a pressing need for improvements to access, facilities and staffing at both hospitals as well as primary health care clinics.”

Acutely aware of these needs, and based on his extensive experience in the medical and healthcare sectors, he has long felt the calling to help make a difference to those in need of better healthcare, a mission that resonates strongly with Bigen Africa’s creed of “doing good while doing business”. A leading provider of value-based and integrated engineering, management consulting, development financing and advisory services, Bigen Africa’s vision is to improve the quality of life of all through the development of sustainable infrastructure solutions, with an emphasis on the socio-economic impact of all activities undertaken. As a group of “engineers with a conscience”, Bigen Africa is changing the engineering landscape across Africa, where its footprint covers 19 countries, by not only helping governments achieve their infrastructure development goals, but also ensuring socio-economic benefits for local populations where projects are undertaken. Establishing a Health division has been a priority and Dr Victor, with his particular background and credentials, is deemed the ideal catalyst for the envisaged services.

His vision for the Group’s role is largely to ensure that the difference between healthcare provided to the privileged and the underprivileged is bridged, and that technology and education are used to streamline the processes involved in the provision of healthcare.

“Bigen Africa aims to provide an end-to-end service, from feasibility and fund sourcing to designing and managing healthcare facilities,” Dr Victor explains. “This vision will be achieved by leveraging both public and private sector resources, and identifying communities which are lacking in basic healthcare.”

His commitment to making a difference in the healthcare sector stems from his own determination to be a doctor despite challenges he faced. He acknowledges the role that his community played in his upbringing and support whilst at Medical School. That support enabled him to enroll at the University of Natal and complete his MB ChB degrees. He thrived at university and was elected in leadership roles at the Medical Students’ Representative Council, Alan Taylor Residence House Committee, Black Sport Union and the Happy Valley Clinic Committee.

After graduating and registering as a Radiation and Clinical Oncologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), he was ready to pursue a career in clinical practice and mentoring of others, but the universe had other plans. Shortly after the national elections in 1994 he was encouraged to apply for the role of Chief Director of Health in the Free State province. It was not easy to put his career plans on hold, but his vision and sense of responsibility prevailed and he accepted the role, only to assume a second leadership position in healthcare nine years later, this time in the private sector where he spent seven years as Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer for the healthcare group Netcare.

However, he remained dissatisfied with the lack of adequate access to quality healthcare experienced by a large section of the South African population and clung to his dream of making a difference. His opportunity came in 2011, when he was able to create Ditau Health Solutions, an African company developing innovative solutions for African health challenges.

“I was not actively looking to get back into the corporate sphere because I had a vision of private- public partnerships in healthcare systems,” Dr Victor explains. “Healthcare is not made up solely of medical care, but also involves a wider range of facets, from the provision of shelter, running water to sanitation and female health education. I accepted my new role at Bigen Africa because of the good work that the Group has already done in these spheres and in highlighting the differentiators involved in providing quality healthcare on the African continent.”

He has been extensively involved in private public projects in the healthcare sector on the African continent and these prototypes have operated successfully across the continent.

“I proudly pay my taxes because I know my contribution helps to ensure that a family obtains an RDP house, or an impoverished student is able to complete tertiary studies,” he says. “However, there is so much more that can and must be done to ensure that Africa emerges from under the cloud of poverty and lack of basic living requirements such as healthcare.

“Our role is to ‘do good’ in those communities that are not in a position to uplift themselves. This does not diminish the communities’ and individuals’ own responsibility to ensure that the facilities provided are maintained and respected, and that the lives and well-being of those medical and healthcare professionals who work in the townships and rural areas are treated with due courtesy.”

Bigen Africa is proud to welcome Dr Victor on board and excited about working together on health service offerings that will make a real difference to the people of Africa in terms of access to healthcare.


Does It Make Sense to Outsource Infrastructure Management In Your Business?

More and more companies are seeking to outsource their infrastructure management, and with good reason. It can be a great benefit to any company, having a dedicated and professional team managing their infrastructure. However, how do you know if it’s the right decision for your business? You start answering this question by taking a closer look at some of the many benefits associated with outsourcing your business’s infrastructure management.

By outsourcing infrastructure management, your growing company can retain its focus on your core competencies. This means you won’t be bogged down by administration and other tasks that might take away from your resources and concentration. As your business continues to grow, the growth of its infrastructure will also require a more dedicated approach.

Another benefit of outsourcing your infrastructure’s management is reduced labour costs. Hiring a team of full time professionals to handle all the company’s infrastructure needs can be more expensive than simply outsourcing the need to an external, third party. What’s more, you can easily scale the outsourced service to meet your growing needs, or downscale it should the need arise, and it’s far easier to do than when you are dealing with full time employees.

Choose Bigen Africa’s Dedicated Outsourced Infrastructure Management Solutions

Bigen Africa is one of the leading outsourced infrastructure management service providers in South Africa, and with good reason. We provide value based and integrated management and engineering consulting, as well as infrastructure management, advisory and development financing solutions to a growing clientele. Since our inception, we have worked with many companies not only in South Africa but throughout the rest of the continent as well.

With our state of the art business approach, we always strive to change lives through our sustainable and positive infrastructure developments. If you would like to learn more about us, and find out how we can help you enjoy greater returns from your infrastructure, simply contact us today. We look forward to providing you with all the information needed to make an informed business decision today.


Bigen Africa appoints Ruan Minnaar as Human Capital and Marketing Director

Bigen Africa appointed Ruan Minnaar as Human Capital and Marketing Director. He is a dynamic executive with an excellent academic, business and personal record across a wide range of disciplines.

“Ruan is a focused and performance-driven executive with a strategic mind-set and a proven ability to deliver long-term value,” says Anton Boshoff, Bigen Africa CEO.

He started his career as a business economics teacher at the Langenhoven, and later, Garsfontein High Schools in Pretoria, where his strategic approach, analytical skills, innovative thinking, and leadership qualities were immediately recognised at local and at provincial level.

In 2008, he joined the health and nutrition organisation, Your Life, to launch its Pretoria branch with 24 staff members, following his passion of working with people. There he structured and implemented programmes and policies in the areas of training, compensation structures, benefits and incentive packages and employee orientation. His management style followed an open-door approach to foster teamwork and positive dialogue, which, combined with dynamic marketing initiatives, saw the business establish and rapidly grow its footprint.

In 2013, he joined Angel Lifestyle, a direct sales company, as managing director with his main responsibilities being sales and business development in 12 African countries. A natural leader, he successfully led a team of 600 000 sales consultants and 150 professional staff members in eight branches. The depth of his governance exposure increased to include strategic business plans and liaison with governments and regulatory bodies. On a business level, he achieved success with innovative, strategic ideas to improve workflow and introduce technology efficiencies, driving costs down and improving the gross profit margin. He remained active in his involvement in human-capital, revising existing and implementing new policies and generally streamlining the HR processes.

Towards the end of 2009, Ruan founded and ran Dunamis Properties, recruiting and building a team of 30-odd agents in three cities, eventually achieving sales in excess of R150 million a year. Factors behind his success included championing diversity, introducing leadership initiatives and maintaining a culture of appreciation for staff achievements. His business acumen is underpinned by an MBA in general management from the Regent University in Virginia Beach, USA.

Some five years later Ruan returned to the human-capital arena where his passion lies, and joined CCI Consulting as a strategic consultant. He established the Leadership Academy, achieving master-training status for all of European Xpand’s products, processes and training materials. Overseeing a team of ten consultants across the country, he was responsible for implementing strategic leadership-development programmes at businesses, and non-profit and educational organisations.

In 2015, Ruan was the co-founder of Lifework Leadership, a group of business professionals who are eager to create a platform to develop a strong community of Christian business leaders in Pretoria. The Lifework Leadership programme is designed for leaders who desire transformation from the inside out and has benefitted a number of prominent leaders in the transformation of their companies, churches and communities, across vocation, denomination and race.  Ruan continues to lead this programme in his capacity as Executive Director of Lifework Leadership.

Ruan’s experience across the full business spectrum, in various sectors and across the African continent, makes him ideally suited to guide and manage the Bigen Africa human capital strategy and implementation. His proven expertise in talent selection and retention, performance monitoring and strategic relationship building, combined with his management approach in terms of risk management, governance and problem-solving, will guide Bigen Africa’s Human Capital Department to contribute in no small way to the group achieving its Vision objectives.

Ruan Minnaar, described as a communicator par excellence, an activator, maximiser and inspirational leader, took up his position at Bigen Africa on 1 January 2017.


Why Does It Pay To Invest In Construction Management Africa?

Large construction projects can easily become very complex, as there are many “moving parts” to any such project. It can be challenging keeping on top of every aspect of the project, especially if it doesn’t form part of your day job. It’s because of this that more companies than ever are investing in the best construction management Africa has to offer, to help them remain competitive, save money and to deliver their projects in on time.

So why does it pay to hire a construction management company? When you have an independent and dedicated team of professionals managing your construction project, you can look forward to enjoying many great benefits. For one, your construction manager operates as an objective and experienced owner’s representative, protecting your interests throughout the project.

This service also has the potential to reduce the overall project costs, which are usually well in excess of the fees. Savings can derive from enhanced competitive bidding, contract negotiation and value engineering, as well as reduced changed orders and reduction in overall time. These are only a few of the many advantages and benefits you can look forward to when you invest in the best construction management Africa has to offer.

Partner with Bigen Africa for Expert Construction Management Solutions in Africa

As a forward thinking and industry leading company, we have worked with many of Africa’s largest businesses and developers to help them bring their construction projects in on time, and on budget. Throughout our long history of celebrated service, we have gained valuable insight into the construction sector which we are looking forward to sharing with you.

Aside from providing professional construction management solutions, we also offer many other value adding services including development finance, management consulting and engineering solutions, among others. We are always at hand to provide you with all the information needed to make an informed business decision. Contact us to discuss your construction management needs in greater detail, and to find out what we can do for you.