The profession is also expected to expand by 8 percent in the next 10 years, as increasing urbanization and an interest in renewable-energy create new projects for civil engineers. Given the makeup of the field, the scope is wide and diverse.
Namibbeton (Pty) Ltd is one such 100% Namibian owned Civil Engineering Contractors company. From a small private company established in 1982, it now has more than 30 years of continuous construction experience and has become a reliable and formidable player in delivering high quality standards in the highly competitive Namibian construction sector.
Namibbeton Director Onesmus Ipinge (picture below) is a registered Civil Engineer and has served in both the public and private sectors at client, consultant and contractor levels. After matriculation in 2004 at Ekulo Secondary School he embarked on his pre-engineering programme at Unam for 2 years, before moving to the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Civil Engineering in 2009.
“My study at UCT was sponsored by the Roads Authority (RA), hence my career started with the RA from 2010 to 2011. I then joined a consulting engineering firm, Aurecon Namibia, from 2012 to 2013 where I gained valuable experience in designs, contract documentation, construction supervision and contract administration of engineering projects. Whilst with Aurecon I obtained my professional registration with the Engineering Council of Namibia as a Professional Engineer in 2013,” he recounts.
Despite all this, Onesmus still felt the need of becoming a Civil Engineering Contractor, thereby joining Namibbeton in 20140. Namibbeton (Pty) Ltd is a Civil Engineering Contractors company with a proven track record and advanced expertise in construction operations specializing in civil, municipal infrastructure services, road construction, maintenance and rehabilitation, mining, bulk earthworks, pipelines and selected building and concrete works.
On the government’s position in engineering sector he feels, “In general Government has tried to put good policies and regulations in place. Good ideas regarding proper due diligence before over-committing of funds on not so necessary projects, preference to competent local companies, obtaining competitive market related prices and so on. However, from outside it seems like not all officials are committed to the good cause because these promising policies and regulations are not always followed.”
“There is a need for adequate regulation of the industry. There is also a need for protection and preference to use competent local companies over foreign companies. Innovation and technological advancement improve traditional construction and management solutions. It has allowed us to provide cost effective construction techniques resulting in timely completion of projects for the benefit of our clients.
At Namibbeton, we pride ourselves in being a technologically equipped team that grasps the importance of solving technically challenging projects by applying cost effective and innovative construction techniques, all while maintaining high quality standards and environmental best practices. For Ipinge, what sets Namibbeton apart is its people. Namibbeton has a competent team with the right combination of experience, qualifications and technical ability required to solve demanding construction projects.
He concludes, “On top of the relevant qualifications and experience, our team gets continuous training to keep up with the ever-changing technological and management skills. The team is perfected by a big fleet of construction plant and equipment.”
Below are some of the biggest projects Namibbeton has completed:
- Infrastructure services for Finkenstein Residential Development
- Municipal services for various areas in Windhoek, e.g Academia Ext 1, Khomasdal Ext 16, Kleine Kuppe Ext 1 Phase 1, Kleinne Kuppe A&B, Auas Blick Phase 3, Cimbebasia Ext 3 & 4A, Havana Ext 6 & 7, Otjomuise Ext 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 & 9.
- Upgrading to bitumen standards of Main Road 121 between Oshigambo and Eenhana
- Upgrading to bitumen standards of District Road 3611 between Oshikuku and Okalongo
- Shoulder reconstruction and sealing of Main Road 125, Zambezi region
- Valencia Uranium Mine access road construction
- Gravel standards of District Road 3674 between Onayena and Omahenge, Oshikoto region
- Gravel standards of District Road 3683 Ext between Omuntele and Amilema, Oshikoto region
- Gravel standards of District Road 3524 between Izimwe and Nakabolelwa, Zambezi region
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