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About us

Mbatha Walters & Simpson has more than 80 years experience in the construction industry. The company was set up in 1934 as a partnership to provide construction cost solutions to the building and engineering industries. In 2009 the company was transformed into Mbatha Walters & Simpson (Pty) Ltd. At the same time it broadened its shareholding and made the board more reflective of South Africa’s demographics.

The company has its headquarters in Johannesburg, with offices in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town. It has international links with UK-based Gleeds, which has offices throughout the UK as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia, America and in the Middle East.

In Africa, Mbatha Walters & Simpson has associations with BBL in East Africa, with offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

A clear and focused commitment to transformation at Mbatha Walters & Simpson has resulted in achieving one of our BEE milestones far earlier than planned.

Level 2 Contributor
The company recently received its BEE verification as a Level 2 Contributor – that is, it has a 125% BEE procurement recognition level in the marketplace – receiving the maximum possible scores in the Level 2 category for both ownership and the relevant development requirements.

BRANCHES

Cape Town

  • 6th Floor, Hycastle House, 58 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8001
  • +27 21 423 6200
  • cpt@mwsqs.co.za

Johannesburg

  • 1st Floor, Building 2,
    Pinewood Office Park
    33 Riley Road, Woodmead,
    Johannesburg, 2191
  • + 27 11 234 2696
  • jhb@mwsqs.co.za

Durban

  • 1501 Metlife Building,
    391 Smith Street,
    Durban, 4000
  • +27 31 310 6400
  • dbn@mwsqs.co.za

Petermaritzburg

  • Suite B2, Regal House,
    Victoria Country Club Estate,
    Pietermaritzburg, 3201
  • +27 33 347 0035
  • pmb@mwsqs.co.za

Awards

2002 Winners of PMR Diamond Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2003 Winners of PMR Diamond Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2006 Winners of PMR Diamond Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2007 Winners of PMR Diamond Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2008 Winners of PMR Bronze Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2010 Winners of PMR Golden Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2011 Winners Of PMR Diamond Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2012 Winners of PMR Bronze Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2014 Winners of PMR Bronze Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

2015 Winners of PMR Gold Award

A national peer review award for Quantity Surveyors

services

Services

Read more what we have to offer.

Our services are tailored to each client’s needs and range from assisting in-house teams to taking full responsibility for management of the entire process from site acquisition to final handover of the completed project.

We provide initial cost advice and preliminary budget estimates, help with cost targets and cash flow projections, advise on contract and procurement procedures, prepare tender enquiry documents and bills of quantities, and supply cost monitoring, reporting and control throughout construction.


Mbatha Walters and Simpson believes that effective cost control is the most valuable aspect of its client services. The company uses advanced multi-user computer techniques to enhance the services it offers.

Our cost management and quantity surveying services cover the full range of financial control for both building and civil engineering projects. This includes:
• Initial cost advice
• Preparing feasibility studies
• Preparing preliminary budget estimates
• Cost planning, setting cost targets and cash flow projections
• Reviewing alternative construction methods
• Advice on contract and procurement procedures
• Preparing tender enquiry documents and bills of quantities.
• Cost monitoring, reporting and control throughout construction
• Valuations of work in progress
• Settlement of final accounts with contractors and sub-contractors

Mbatha Walters and Simpson is well placed to act for clients to safeguard their interests in a project. Our client representatives ensure that you receive value for money and that the project is completed on time within the budgets originally set and approved. Our client representatives can also negotiate on your behalf any costs that fall outside the original scope of the developer.

Our client representation services cover the following areas:
· Initial stage: Be involved with setting project objectives, and drafting the skeletal brief and programme priorities. Assist with recommendations for any professional team appointments.

· Feasibility stage: Be involved with the development of the client’s brief. Vet the initial sketch plans to verify that it conforms to the brief, and ensure that allowance is made in the project budgets for all tenant requirements. Advise on, or negotiate and agree, client/consultant agreements and fee scales together with the professional indemnity levels required. Attend all design meetings.

· Pre-construction stage: Examine pre-contract estimates and provisional sum allowances for adequacy. Confirm material selection for both cost and future maintenance efficiency. Advise on contract type and list of contractors for tender purposes. Agree a master cost plan with the quantity surveyor against which the costs of all subsequent design activities and procurement of various contracts will be monitored.

· Construction stage: Scrutinise the contractor’s proposal in terms of resourcing and sub-contractors. Attend site meetings to establish adherence to programme, variation orders issued, and claims for delays. Scrutinise the quantity surveyor’s monthly cost reports. Ensure that all costs not of the clients making are allocated to the consultant/contractor concerned. Monitor monthly payment certificates against the anticipated cash flow schedule.

· Completion: Scrutinise the final accounts to ensure correct allocation of variation costs.

Mbatha Walters and Simpson’s facilities planning and management staff have considerable expertise in planning and fitting out buildings and relocating staff.

We have successfully executed commissions that involved the relocation of clients’ operations to new premises. Projects undertaken range from corporate offices to hotels and hospitals. Our role is essentially facilitation and co-ordination. We work with our clients’ staff, communicating through someone appointed by the client. We have specifically excluded IT investigation and relocation as we understand the need to handle this in-house. A client-appointed IT representative forms part of the project team.

We handle the procurement of fittings, furbishings and equipment. This includes everything from furniture to kitchen equipment, telephones, signage and plants.

Services offered include:
• Preparing and examining staff growth projections

• Motivating appropriate office planning for the building and setting the ratio of open plan or landscaped to cellular offices

• Appointing facilities specialists such as space planners

• Determining storage systems including fire-proof, confidential and computer media storage

• Preparing a brief for office layout

• Facilitating an information flow/paper flow study by specialist space planners

• Determining appropriate workstation standards: space, type and quality

• Obtaining management and executive approval of office layouts

• Co-ordinate the memorandum of agreement and conditions of contract for direct contractors and suppliers

In short, Mbatha Walters and Simpson will plan, co-ordinate and oversee the relocation of your office to your new premises according your specific needs.

Project appraisals are undertaken on behalf of donors, equity or lending institutions usually before the signing of funding agreements and generally before construction begins.

Mbatha Walters and Simpson has conducted project appraisals for financial institutions such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the African Development Bank. We have also acted as a lender’s consultant for several projects.

An appraisal provides a comprehensive review of a project and aims to identify areas of risk. This can include:
• Evaluating project documentation including loan agreements, project brief and design parameters, professional appointments, contracts, technical documents, drawings and tenders.
• A site visit to identify the conditions under which the work will be executed.
• Reviewing implementation to assess the risk of delays and their possible impact on cost.
• Evaluating the technical and management expertise of the project team.
• Identifying the cost of exclusions from the project scope such as furniture, furbishings and equipment, operational supplies and equipment, and pre-opening expenses.

An appointment as a lender’s consultant usually follows a project appraisal report. Otherwise an abridged project review is needed to allow us to understand the project.

The lender’s consultant keeps the lender aware of all significant matters, beneficial or detrimental, to the successful completion of the project. Our services include:
• Monitoring all costs related to the project.

• Monitoring progress of the design and specifications.

• Monitoring compliance with life safety and other guidelines required by the lender.

• Assessing, through to project completion, the performance of the staff employed by the sponsor as set down in the relevant agreements.

• Preparing reports showing cost to date and cost to completion of the entire project.

• Reviewing any variations requiring the lender’s approval and, if required, advising the lender on whether approval should be given.

• Verifying payments and notifying the lenders when a disbursement should be made.

Mbatha Walters and Simpson Engineering Services is a separate branch office in Johannesburg specialising in civil and mining work.

The company carries out cost consultancy and quantity surveying service for both building and civil engineering projects. These cover the whole range of financial control, including:
• Initial cost advice.

• Preparing feasibility studies.

• Cost planning and setting cost targets, budgets and cash flow projections.

• Reviewing alternative construction methods.

• Advice on contract and procurement procedures.

• Preparing tender enquiry documents and bills of quantities.

• Full cost monitoring, reporting and control throughout construction.

• Valuations of work in progress.

• Settling final accounts with contractors and sub-contractors.

• Preparing replacement valuations.

Mbatha Walters & Simpson strives to set the standard for the industry. We have extensive experience in the use of the following industry guidelines.

• The General Conditions of Contract for Works for Civil Engineering Construction (Sixth Edition 1990).

• The FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineering Associations) Conditions of Contract for Works of Civil Engineering Construction (Fourth Edition 1987).

• The FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction for building and engineering works designed by the Employer (First Edition 1999).

• The FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Electrical and Mechanical Works (Third Edition 1987).

• The New Engineering Form of Contract.

• The application and use of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) 1200 Standardised Specifications and the SABS 0120 Code of Practice.

• Principal Building Agreement as prepared by Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC).

Mbatha Walters and Simpson has substantial experience in preparing replacement cost and reinstatement valuations for insurance purposes.

Our client list includes landlords, property unit trusts, body corporates, banks, insurers, brokers and loss adjusters.

We also regularly act for insurers and loss adjusters in the settlement of claims.

projects

Projects

We believe our work speaks for itself. Browse our most recent projects below.

team

Our Team

Meet the Directors

Qinisani Mbatha

Qinisani Mbatha

Managing Director View Details
Sharendra Bedesi

Sharendra Bedesi

Director View Details
Chris Rudham

Chris Rudham

Director View Details
Sam Clark

Sam Clark

Regional Director (Pietermaritzburg) View Details
Eric Sumnall

Eric Sumnall

Regional Director (Johannesburg) View Details
Nolan Humphries

Nolan Humphries

Nolan Humphries – Regional Director (Cape Town) View Details
Jochen Steuber

Jochen Steuber

Associate Director (Johannesburg) View Details
Vumani Sithole

Vumani Sithole

Associate Director View Details
Qinisani Mbatha

Qinisani Mbatha

Managing Director

Qinisani Mbatha holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying from the University of Natal as well as a Masters in Commerce (Project Leadership & Management) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
He is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS), Member of The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) and Member Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS).
His experience includes all aspects of Quantity Surveying and Project Cost Control in relation to Office, Retail, Hospital, Industrial, Hotel and Residential Developments, Contracts Documentation i.e. Fidic, NEC, JBCC and Plant Parts Supply Agreements and Technical Advisory (Project Appraisal) to project finance (Building and Financial engineering).

Sharendra Bedesi

Sharendra Bedesi

Director

Sharendra Bedesi holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying from the University of Natal.
He is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS), Member Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS) and Member of the KZN Chapter Committee of the ASAQS.

His experience includes all aspects of Quantity Surveying and Project Cost Control in relation to Office, Retail, Hospital, Industrial, Hotel, Casino and Residential Developments.

Chris Rudham

Chris Rudham

Director

Chris Rudham holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying (Cum Laude) from University of Natal as well as a MSc (Construction Management) from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

He is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS), Member Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS) and Fellow Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

His experience includes all aspects of Quantity Surveying and Project Cost Control in relation to Office, Retail, Hospital, Industrial, Hotel and Residential Developments.

Sam Clark

Sam Clark

Regional Director (Pietermaritzburg)

Sam Clark holds a BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying from the University of Natal.

He is a registered Quantity Surveyor (PrQS) and Member Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASQS) KZN chapter committee.

His experience includes all aspects of Quantity Surveying and Construction Cost Management in relation to commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare, hotel and leisure, retail and residential
developments.

Eric Sumnall

Eric Sumnall

Regional Director (Johannesburg)

Eric Sumnall is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS), Member Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS) and Professional Associate Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

All aspects of Quantity Surveying and Cost Control in relation to Office, Retail, Hospital,
Industrial and Residential Developments

Nolan Humphries

Nolan Humphries

Nolan Humphries – Regional Director (Cape Town)

Nolan Humphries is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS), Member Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS), member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and member of the South African Institute of Valuers.
His experience includes all aspects of Quantity Surveying and Cost management in relation to Hospital, Commercial, Industrial and Residential Developments. Client representation and monitoring brief duties are undertaken on a regular basis in the Health and Fitness sector. Specialised duties include the management of budgets and the settlement of claims.

Jochen Steuber

Jochen Steuber

Associate Director (Johannesburg)

Jochen Steuber holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying from the University of Witwatersrand.
He is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS), Member Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS) and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
His experience includes all aspects of quantity surveying in relation to preparation of estimates, budgets and feasibilities, value engineering, procurement advice, preparation of tender and contract documents for principal and subcontracts, tender adjudications, professional fee calculations, cost control and administration, cost reporting, change management and control, valuations and payment certificates, tenant installations, FF&E/OS&E costing, preparation and negotiation of final accounts, as well as replacement valuations, commercial assurance and options analysis.

Vumani Sithole

Vumani Sithole

Associate Director

Vumani Sithole holds a BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying from the University of Cape Town.
He is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS) and Member Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS).
His experience includes involvement in all stages of Quantity Surveying services including preparation of Replacement cost insurance valuation.

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