JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd, a leading multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy are thrilled to announce the promotion of the following members of the team, Sanjay Maharaj and Duane Petersen to Technical Director, Jefrey Pilusa, Emma Day, Bobby Jarratt and Michael Manson-Kullin to Executive Associate, Brent Dewar to Associate.
Sanjay Maharaj has 25 years of diverse experience working in both the private sector and for government. This has placed him good stead when interacting with Provincial, District and Local government officials in executing his duties for JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd. Currently he manages many large water projects in KwaZulu-Natal and undertakes condition assessments and verification for various government departments in the province. His functions also include providing comprehensive infrastructure support to local municipalities. This includes, project management, administrative, financial, technical, business development and legal assistance. Sanjay Maharaj remains extremely passionate about rural infrastructure development, especially in impoverished areas of the country and in addition to his many business development initiatives, Sanjay is also proud of his involvement as a mentor to various young professionals over the years.
Duane Petersen, a professionally registered Civil Engineer and a graduate from the University of Cape Town, started his career with JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd in 2005.
After 16 years with the firm, Duane has had the opportunity to work with almost all the company’s departments and with many of JG Afrika’s senior managers. “I have had an incredible opportunity to work with very experienced and accomplished engineers, who immediately gained my respect, trust, and loyalty. I have tried to emulate their traits throughout my career,” Duane says.
Some of his milestone projects include the development of a river management plan for Stellenbosch Local Municipality; masterplanning for the upgrades to the stormwater system in Mitchell’s Plain and Delft; and most recently the detailed design and documentation for the taming of a river to unlock a large parcel of land for development while providing ecological aesthetics to the local community.
Jefrey Pilusa is a qualified chemical engineer with 15 years’ experience, registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and United Kingdom Engineering Council as an international Professional Engineer and Chartered Engineer, respectively.
Pilusa joined JG Afrika in 2016 as a solid waste engineer and undertook various alternative waste treatment technology projects in this capacity.
Pilusa is passionate about alternative waste treatment, alternative biofuels, and sustainable use of natural resources and he believes appropriate application of innovative waste treatment solutions will transform the waste sector and unlock multiple opportunities.
Emma Day Emma Day started her career with JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd in 2009, as a graduate Civil Engineer after receiving a bursary from the firm. Fast forward 12 years and Emma’s extensive skills and experience have been deployed on many of JG Afrika’s successful geometric design, municipal and structural maintenance projects.
Over the years Emma has been privileged to have many great mentors who have played a pivotal part in growing her career. In her new role Emma plans to continue JG Afrika’s legacy of providing excellent training and mentorship to young engineers. Through this she hopes to make a meaningful contribution to skills development in South Africa.
Bobby Jarratt started his career with JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd in 2008, as an Engineer being based in the Cape Town offices’ Structural division. Over the years, Bobby’s extensive structural design experience has been deployed on many successful JG Afrika projects, including large civil engineering structures, such as road and pedestrian bridges and wastewater treatment works.
Jarratt also continues to help mentor younger members of the JG Afrika team. This is an aspect of his job that he continues to enjoy, considering the large contribution that the strong mentorship he received from senior JG Afrika staff made to his professional growth and development.
As a specialist in renewable energy and project management, as well as an expert independent engineer, Michael Manson-Kullin has participated in many successful JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd’s projects over the years. This includes the design of the civil infrastructure required for Zone 4, as well as the Training and Academic Cluster for the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). Moreover, he completed many pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for the proposed 400 000 bpd crude oil refinery at the IDZ. His experience in renewable energy includes the compilation of prefeasibility and feasibility studies, in addition to undertaking engineering design and participating in project implementation.
Brent Dewar, a qualified Engineering Technologist based at the Johannesburg branch, has over 20 years of experience leading, providing support and participating in large multi-disciplinary planning and design teams, with a specific focus on urban and civil infrastructure for metropolitan and local municipalities, private developers and mining clients.
A dynamic and focused member of the JG Afrika team, Brent always strives for high performance and efficiencies that are required to achieve balanced and collaborative
outcomes and he remains very passionate about community-based engineering projects in which people are centred around the solutions. Brent also enjoys guiding, mentoring, and developing young engineers and colleagues.
Members of the JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd board congratulate the team on their recent accomplishment and know that their expertise and experience will enhance the firm’s existing standing as a leading multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy.