About CESA

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Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is a voluntary association and represents for its members a body that promotes their joint interests and because of its standing, provides quality assurance for clients. Over 540 firms employing over 24 300 staff are members of CESA; these member firms range from large, multinational, multidisciplinary suppliers of a comprehensive range of planning, design and project delivery services, to many small- to medium-sized firms that tend to specialise in selected areas of the project delivery process.

Mission Statement:

CESA is committed to the promotion of excellence in the consulting engineering industry on behalf of its members and stakeholders. Through its members, CESA seeks to continuously improve the quality of life of people by interpreting the environment and pioneering change in partnering with all key stakeholders. In so doing, CESA strives to enhance the industry and provide a credible impact on all South Africans.

Key Focus Areas:

CESA has identified the following strategic direction for the future of the organisation:

CESA Member Firms:

CESA Structure:

President: Lynne Pretorius
Deputy President: Neresh Pather
CEO: Chris Campbell 

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President: Lynne Pretorius

South Africa is on a dynamic trajectory that requires visionary leadership and flexibility from all stakeholders and role players to adapt to the changing and challenging environment currently prevailing. This is a view from Lynne Pretorius, a professionally registered engineer that holds a BSc Engineering (Civil) and M. Engineering (Transportation) who has worked in the Engineering industry for 22 years after graduating in 1993.

She has worked for both the Private sector and Public sector (four years in the City of Cape Town). Pretorius specialises in transportation engineering with a focus on sustainable transport modes and integration between transport and land use.

She is passionate about the growth of small businesses as well as the development of young engineers. She cautions against corruption and sees it as one of the biggest threat to service delivery and our industry.

Lynne began her career at Aurecon (then Van Wyk & Louw) in 1994 and moved to the City of Cape Town in 2000. She started a transportation engineering consultancy practice in 2004, which was incorporated into ITS Engineers in 2012. She is currently a Director of ITS Engineers.

She is married, has two children, and joined CESA Board in 2013 as a Deputy President and will be taking over the reign as CESA President after the AGM at the Infrastructure Indaba in November 2015.








Chris Campbell
Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Campbell is the Chief Executive Officer of CESA and is responsible for:

  • Implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization (as prepared by the CESA Board),
  • Representing CESA at national and international levels and initiating liaison with client bodies in government and industry. Strategic partners include organizations representing the other built environment professions, contractors, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), and the Group of Africa Member Associations (GAMA).
  • Giving direction and leadership to the CESA MANCO and other CESA employees towards the achievement of the organizations philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives.


Sue Davis
Manager: Finance and Administration

Sue is responsible for:

  • Overall financial administration and management of the accounting system including management of the budgets and reporting to FINCOM, Council and the Board.

  • Statutory requirements for CESA

  • Administration and management of resources including housekeeping, reception, maintenance etc.

  • Human Resources including Employment Equity, and OHS committees

  • Office procurement



Wallace Mayne
Manager: Contractual Affairs

Wallace is responsible for:

  •  Providing assistance to member firms and clients relating to new and existing legislation pertaining to procurement, contract documentation and other related issues.

  • Contractual matters

  • Dealing with existing and new legislation issues affecting the industry

  • Legal matters affecting CESA

  • Risk management and insurance, disciplinary (CESA Code of Conduct) and procurement legislation issues.

  • Provides support to the Supply Chain Management, the Quality & Risk Management and the Membership/ Disciplinary Committees, Business Integrity and the National Treasury – CESA Task Team implementing the Standard for Infrastructure Procurement & Delivery Management (SIPDM)

  • Managing the CESA IT & telephone system

Pummy Mzolo
Manager: Education & Training

Pummy is responsible for:

  • Managing the CESA School of Consulting Engineering
  • Business of Consulting Engineering Development Programme
  • CETA Candidacy Programme
  • Management of Consulting Engineering Development Programme
  • Construction SETA and Services SETA liaison to assist CESA members and CESA access Discretionary Funding
  • Engineers in Practice DVD / Web learning (Life Long Learning Solutions (LLLS))
  • QMS – Assistance to member firms and MRQ for CESA ISO 9001:2008 accreditation
  • Candidate Academy
  • Secretariat to the HR Forum
    Dennis Ndaba
Manager: Strategic Communication

Dennis is responsible for:

  • Positioning CESA as Your Partner in Enabling Consulting Engineering Excellence

  • Identification of relevant issues

  • Development of media content – writing opinion pieces and responding to media articles affecting the industry

  • Increasing CESA's exposure in the media – print, online, radio and television.

  • Building and maintaining media relationships

  • E News and Inside Track

  • Social Media

Bonolo Nkgodi
Manager: Marketing & Events

Bonolo is responsible for:

  • The management of all CESA events

  • Overseeing the production of the Directory of Firms and Annual Review

  • Development of strategies to increase membership and affiliates 


Godfrey Ramalisa
Manager: Client Liaison

Godfrey is responsible for:

  • Client Liaison ( Infrastructure Clients - Private and Public Sector Clients & Public Entities)

  • Stakeholder Liaison

  • Providing support to the Regional committees and their Branch Chairpersons

  • Coordinating the CESA Young Professionals Forum

  • Strategic Projects: CESA Job Shadowing Initiative, YP Sustainability Imbizo and 24th FIDIC-GAMA 2017 Conference

  • Management Representative - QMS

Ann-Marie Kelly
Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

Ann-Marie is responsible for:

  • Administrative and secretarial support to the CESA CEO

  • Adhoc administrative support to MANCO

  • Support to CESA's various committees

  • Coordinates CESA's travel arrangements 

Gillian Wands 
Membership Administrative Officer

Gillian is responsible for:

  • The capturing and maintenance of the Membership Committee Database

  • Preparation and processing of membership applications to ensure they meet CESA's constitutional requirements before being presented to the Committee.

  • Membership, constitutional affairs and general queries.

  • Performs duties as Secretary to the AGM, Council, the Executive Committee, other working committees of CESA and in support of the Contractual Affairs Manager

  • Committee database and annual CESA calendar

Blessings Banda – Training Coordinator
Blessings is responsible for:
  • CPD Short Courses Coordination and Administration

  • CE Coordination and Administration
  • CPD Validation, Coordination and Administration 

Patricia Fanti
Marketing & Events Co-ordinator

Pat is CESA's Marketing & Events Co-ordinator and assists with the following:

  • Provide administration support to the marketing activities
  • Assist in coordinating events
  • Provide internal marketing support
Nomsa Khumalo

Nomsa is the Housekeeper for the CESA offices.

Solomon Mamaila
Facilities Officer and Driver

Solly is responsible for:

  • Preparation and maintenance of the training venues, and assisting SCE delegates

  • Deliveries and collections for CESA

  • General administrative and maintenance duties

  • OHS Officer


Athrometh is responsible for:

  • Invoicing for membership and events at branch and national level

  • Debtors

  • Creditors

  • Assistance with monthly financial reporting

Patience Tsotetsi
Administrator – Document sales

Patience is responsible for:

  • The ordering, managing and sales for all documents

  • Petty cash, stationery, banking, BBBEEE assistance

  • Vendor applications

Phindiwe Kalako

Phindi is housekeeper for the CESA offices.