Coetzee - Civil Engineer / Project Manager - Aurora, Cape Town, South Africa

Louis Coetzee

Aurora, Cape Town, South Africa


Civil Engineer / Project Manager


As a semi-retired professional, I have 36 years experience in civil engineering and project management, ranging from heavy structures, buildings, services, water and sewer purification, etc. in industrial-, residential- and conservation areas.

Work History


Self employed

From April 2011

Since my semi-retirement in 2011, I am involved in development projects, eg. a retirement village, etc.

Senior Manager


October 2000 - March 2011

Responsibilities as listed under points 3 plus:
• Manages the designs, specifications and quality control of buildings and services (water, sewer, electrical & game fencing), amounting to an average total of R 125 million pa, which form part of the Expanded Public Works- and Infra Structure Development Programs, funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, excluding the internal OPEX - and CAPEX projects.
• Area extended to cover all S.A. National parks (20) with exception of Kruger
National Park.
• Direct reports: one Civil Engineer and two Senior Civil Technicians.
• Part time design and project management for, eg. chicken abattoirs.


Technical Services

January 1992 - September 2000

Provided an advice and support service for construction and maintenance aspects in 13 National Parks (which have assets above R300 million)
• Planned and managed the construction of buildings and services for above Parks, eg. 20 chalets at Addo, 36 timber log cabins, as well as semi-luxury units in various Parks, enlargement of restaurant at Tsitsikamma, tented camp at Marakele, etc.
• Assisted with the planning and implementation of maintenance on the existing infrastructure.
• Ensuring minimal environmental pollution during projects by adhering to EIA guidelines
• Ongoing liaison with Water Affairs/Environmental Affairs/Tourism depts./Regional
Councils/Municipalities and external consultants
• Ensuring the Occupational Health and Safety Act is adhered to throughout Parks
• All related budget control, record keeping and report writing
• Direct report: 1 Senior Civil Technician


Technical Services - Inland Parks

January 1990 - December 1991

Researched, planned and managed the construction of new buildings and services, as well as assisted with the maintenance of existing facilities in 9 National Parks.
• Member of Management Team for Inland Parks Division.

Project Manager

Skukuza - Kruger National Park

June 1985 - December 1989

Direct reports: 2 CAD Draughtsmen, a Senior Technician, Drawing Office Clerk and 3 Surveyors
• Selection and appointment of external Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Civil
Engineers, Geotechnical consultants.
• Design and construct entrance/reception complex at Skukuza rest camp, tourist accommodation, including single units, guest houses and wilderness camps, as well as staff housing, etc.
• Planning aspects and services for new rest camp at Karoo National Park
• Co-ordinated all projects, including maintenance of all assets in Park.

Construction Manager


March 1984 - May 1985

Construction of 3 high voltage switch yards for ESKOM
• Construction of roads, culverts and storm water drainage at Matimba Power Station, Ellisras
• Extensions to existing roads and services at ISCOR township, Ellisras
• Sports and recreation complex at ISCOR township

Civil Engineer, Projects


November 1982 - February 1984

Managed all civil engineering construction and maintenance projects at Grootegeluk Coal Mine and Thabazimbi Iron Ore Mine (Training centre, staff housing, workshops, town streets, services, plant improvements, etc.)
• Managing, motivating and training of 2 Engineers, Quantity Surveyor, Engineering Technician, 5 Construction Supervisors, 2 Foremen and 16 Artisans
• Member of Grootgeluk Mine Management Team

Head of Civil

Maintenance Section

April 1981 - October 1982

Managed all civil maintenance and smaller construction projects.

Civil Project Engineer

Mining Division

September 1979 - March 1981

Managed various civil projects in Grootegeluk Coal Mine

2IC to Section Leader

Grootegeluk Coal Mine

January 1979 - August 1979

Contract manager (civil) of the primary plant construction.

Engineer in Training

Scientific and Mining Data Division

June 1978 - December 1978

Fault finding in Durnacol's water distribution system by means of computer simulation, etc.

Engineer in Training

Mining Division

December 1976 - May 1978

Design, documentation and contract management of projects eg. Wash bay for 120t trucks at Thabazimbi Iron ore mine, apprentice training centre at Kathu, etc.

B.Sc Engineering (Civil) (Full time


February 1973 - November 1977

Artisan Millwright

February 1973 - June 1976

Technical Assistant

Universal Beam Mill Project

July 1972 - December 1972

Millwright artisan

Heavy Mill Section

January 1972 - June 1972

Apprentice Millwright

January 1969 - December 1971

Qualifications & Certifications


University of Cape Town


University of Stellenbosch Business School

Project Management

University of Witwatersrand


University of Pretoria


University of Pretoria


Pretoria Technical College

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