About Us

AfriCoast Consulting Engineers is one of Africa's leading independent multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy firms. Headquartered in Nelson Mandela Bay, the firm specialises in the design and implementation of all major engineering disciplines: civil engineering (water, sanitation, roads, transportation - port, road and rail - and storm water), structural engineering (buildings, bridges, water retaining structures and wind turbine bases) and infrastructure management in South Africa.

Since its inception in 2000, AfriCoast Consulting Engineers has delivered projects collectively worth well over R300-billion for its client base.

AfriCoast Consulting Engineers provides solutions that are responsive, innovative and strategically planned and implemented against world-class standards. The firm is a member of the Consulting Engineers South Africa Association (CESA) and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). AfriCoast Consulting Engineers is an ISO 9001:2015 registered company.

AfriCoast Consulting Engineers is certified as a Level 1 Contributor based on the Construction Sector BEE Codes.

AfriCoast Consulting Engineers is a majority black - owned Company. Equity Ownership is currently made up as follows;
40 %     Employee ownership at Management Level
51%      External Black Ownership [EPE Special Fund 4 (RF) (Pty) Ltd]
Total Black Ownership is therefore 91%

Company Profile

AfriCoast Consulting Engineers is innovation, solutions, service and delivery oriented. We offer a wide menu of services, enhanced by a central strategic approach, a solid team of experienced and expert staff, and endorsement by various industry bodies.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be amongst the world’s leading companies providing sustainable consulting engineering and project management solutions.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a world-class infrastructure consulting engineering and project management company providing a service that will add sustainable value-engineering solutions to the operation of its clients in commerce, industry and the public sector.


Our strategy is to ensure that foundation core principles are adhered to across our projects. This means a commitment to:

  • Delivery of quality: Prioritising international standards to deliver projects of world-class quality standards.
  • Technical expertise and skills: Housing award-winning and multidisciplinary engineering expertise to realise
          excellence, quality and innovation on projects.
  • Excellence: Embracing vision and values of excellence across all projects.
  • Solutions and innovation: Embracing multi-dimensional thinking to offer innovative and strategic solutions.
  • Partnership-orientation: deeply committed to client collaboration on all projects, conventional or turnkey.


AfriCoast Consulting Engineers was established in 1998 in Port Elizabeth by its current directors, Venance Da Silva and Donald McGillivray, who saw a need for world-class engineering services in the region.

Since then AfriCoast Consulting Engineers has gained a reputation as the go-to engineering firm for out-of-the-box, cost-effective engineering solutions not only in the Eastern Cape, but across South Africa. The multi-disciplinary engineering company has expanded significantly and continues to grow in alignment with the need for key infrastructure and maintenance in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Our People

Award-winning, industry respected and forward-thinking individuals, including engineers, professional technologists, technicians, CAD operators and administrative support function, ensure the delivery of world-class projects and client service at AfriCoast Consulting Engineers.

Our teams possess analytical aptitude, leadership and problem-solving skills that ensure the planning and delivery of projects against world-class standards.

More than 40% of our employees are professionally qualified and, on average, have around 20 years' of experience.

Our management team members have more than 35 years’ experience in all aspects of consulting engineering.

Board of Directors

AfriCoast Consulting Engineers is headed by the highly experienced operations team of Chief Operating Officer and executive director Kevin McRae, three technical directors ,Thomas Jachens, Wessel Vosloo and Sizani Mrwetyana along with AfriCoast’s three non-executive directors, founders Venance da Silva and Donald McGillivray, and Bronwyn Boswell, who represents AfriCoast’s equity ownership partner, Engeli Enterprise Development.


Venance Da Silva (Pr Eng Pr CM)
Non-executive Director (Chairman)

DJ McGillivray (Pr Eng Pr CM)
Non-executive Director (Chief Executive Officer)

Venance is a registered civil and structural engineer, and construction manager, and a past president of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa.

Donald is a registered civil engineer and construction manager with a wealth of experience in the built and natural environments.

Venance and Donald co-founded AfriCoast in 2000, responding with innovative and dynamic engineering solutions to the development opportunities that abounded in the region. The company has since established a reputation for delivering local insight and professional expertise at globally benchmarked levels.

Kevin McRae Pr Tech (Eng)
Executive Director (Chief Operating Officer)

Kevin heads AfriCoast’s Water and Sanitation Division. In over 25 years’, he has chartered the course of an impressive consulting engineering career, specialising in the fields of water and wastewater treatment and supply.

Bronwyn Boswell (BCom)
Non-executive Director

Bronwyn is a B-BBEE Development Consultant for Engeli Enterprise Development, AfriCoast’s equity partner. She adds value to the company’s strategic Enterprise and Socioeconomic Development, helping to ensure AfriCoast’s sustainable and significant role.

Core Management Team

Our highly responsive team of technical directors, project managers and engineers have considerable experience in delivering conventional and turnkey projects, offering the highest levels of scientific, technical and operational expertise. Our core management team, led by COO Kevin McRae, ensures that tight management and adherence to our service strategy is in place on every project.

AfriCoast Consulting Engineers actively recruits the best engineering talent on offer in the country. Our staff profile reflects this and we are always searching for the best and brightest to welcome onto our team.

Clarine Coltman (BCom)
Executive Office Manager

Clarine has been a valued member of the AfriCoast team for more than a decade, primarily in the areas of Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and has sound knowledge of both the business and its multi-disciplinary industry.

Thomas Jachens (Pr Eng)
Technical Director

With more than 25 years in the civil engineering industry, Thomas brings extensive experience to his position as technical director of Roads, Transportation, Infrastructure and Civil Engineering at AfriCoast.

Wessel Vosloo (Pr Eng Pr CPM)
Technical Director

Wessel’s extensive list of engineering project involvement since 2002, with a particular focus on concrete-related works, advantageously equips him to manage AfriCoast’s Structural market sector.

Sizani Mrwetyana (BTech: Civil Eng)
Technical Director

Sizani is Manager of AfriCoast’s demanding Water and Sanitation Division. He has been a valued member of the AfriCoast team since 2006, and has extensive civil engineering experience both in the private and local government environments.


Rieyaad Salie (NMech)
Manager: Concrete Rehabilitation

Rieyaad’s expertise includes concrete diagnostics investigations, bridge diagnostics and recommendations, and concrete rehabilitation, as well as durability index testing and laboratory services.

Gerrie van de Merwe BTech (Civil)
Manager: Water & Sanitation

Gerrie has over 3 decades’ experience and in the design and construction of roads and stormwater systems, water operations and sewerage, including large diameter sewer main rehabilitation. He has a longstanding involvement with the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa and has served in various leadership portfolios.


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