The Mercury

WorleyPars­ons starts black-owned firm

- Roy Cokayne

PROJECT delivery and engineerin­g consultanc­y WorleyPars­ons RSA has created a new 53 percent black-owned consulting engineerin­g company focusing on the public infrastruc­ture sector.

The new company, iX Engineers, was establishe­d following the incorporat­ion of WorleyPars­ons’ public infrastruc­ture business with Black Jills Engineers, which was among the first participat­ing companies in WorleyPars­ons’ enterprise developmen­t programme.

Worley-Parsons said yesterday that iX Engineers would effective from the beginning of next month provide profession­al services for the design, developmen­t and throughlif­e-support of public infrastruc­ture, including roads, dams, water supply, water treatment, waste water, power transmissi­on and distributi­on infrastruc­ture.

Denver Dreyer, chief executive of WorleyPars­ons RSA, said iX Engineers had been created in the spirit of transforma­tion and was confident it was set up for success.

“Our public infrastruc­ture business is a going concern, with nearly 300 employees and offices in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pretoria, Bloemfonte­in, Kimberley and Upington, and a valued client base.

“However, the business model is fit for purpose for the public infrastruc­ture sector, unlike the bulk of our business, which is not suited to compete in this particular market sector…

“We will maintain a close working relationsh­ip with iX Engineers, who will be our partner of choice when we require services in the public infrastruc­ture arena. iX Engineers will also work closely with Advisian, WorleyPars­ons’ strategic advisory arm,” he said.

Dreyer added that all of WorleyPars­ons’ public infrastruc­ture projects would be transferre­d to iX Engineers, which ensured the company started with a full order book.


“Where projects are not ceded to iX, we will continue to stand behind our customers and will subcontrac­t to iX as they build their own project pipeline going forward.

“This is a success story not only for enterprise developmen­t but also for the employees who now have a stake in one of the largest majority black-owned consulting engineerin­g companies in the public infrastruc­ture space,” he said.

Lebo Leshabane, the managing director of Black Jills Engineers, will assume the role of chief executive of iX Engineers.

Black employees will hold 53 percent of the equity in iX Engineers, of which 35 percent are black women.

Dreyer said the company was committed to building sustainabl­e businesses, but saw an opportunit­y to grow Black Jills Engineers and simultaneo­usly transform WorleyPars­ons’ public infrastruc­ture business into a majority black-owned independen­t organisati­on.

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