Consulting engineering firm, Golder Associates Africa, recently won the Business Excellence category in the annual Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Glenrand MIB Engineering Excellence Awards.

Golder Associates Africa’s growth has been strong since its inception with an increase in staff from 85 in 2002 to over 300 in 2008, a growth of 253%. At the same time it experienced a growth in turnover of 250% to more than R280 million a year. Globally, Golder will be a billion dollar company this year.

In addition, for the 3rd year running, Golder Associates Africa was named Best Company to Work for in South Africa in the Building, Construction and Engineering category of the annual Deloitte Best Company survey. Golder also won the awards for the 6th best small company to work for in South Africa and 10th best overall company to work for.

“The winning of this award follows on the heels of the successful opening of our two new offices in Africa, Ghana and Mozambique,” Golder Associates Africa managing director, Fred Sutherland, says.

He goes on to say that Golder prides itself on its highly qualified and experienced technical specialists with proven track records in the disciplines of mining, hydrogeology, hydrology, environmental and social sciences, geo-technical and civil engineering, water, waste and process engineering.

“Many new fields have been explored to address sustainable development. In each case the industry has reacted to the challenge by developing areas of its business that address the clients’, the authorities’ and other stakeholder needs to deliver a more appropriate solution. These fields include environmental planning and management, public participation and community consultation, closure and rehabilitation planning; carbon emission reduction and the development of carbon trading related projects, and health and safety.

“These changes have also led to the development of a new breed of engineers and a closer association between engineering and science to provide full spectrum of solutions.”

Golder Associates Africa, which resulted from the acquisition of Wates Meiring and Barnard by Golder Associates in 2002, has experienced significant growth through both acquisitions and organic growth, with its main clients based in mining and industry.