Dear Colleagues

At the recent annual event held in July this year, SAIBPP, in a historic move launched a first ever annual list compiled and published in celebration of 100 top Black
property industry players – the SAIBPP 100.

These players are considered by the organisation to be the sector’s most influential leaders and prominent personalities. They have made their name playing a key and impactful role across the entire spectrum of the property sector, and had been nominated for the SAIBPP 100 because they define the standard for others to follow. With blue-chip resumés, they set the bar for excellence both within their realm of influence and within the broader industry.

Outside of the general criteria of principal activity and presence within the property sector, to be eligible for consideration in the SAIBPP 100 of 2022 the nominees had to align with the following benchmarks.

  • have actively contributed to uplifting black people or are high achievers in a
    position of influence.
  • have pre-eminent status or possess the power to exert a real influence on the
    significant events of our time; or use their acquired power to shape and effect
    changes in the sector through their actions and example.
  • have transformed the world we live in through their ideas, talents and
  • have leveraged their status to bring attention to issues of concern which face
    the sector, or used their presence to bring about real and tangible change.

Even though influence is hard to measure, the SAIBPP 100 focuses on the most impactful individuals rather than the most popular or most powerful. Though some nominees may rarely be spoken about in public, if they have achieved pre-eminence or demonstrated real influence within the property sector, their nomination was considered deserved.

It is undeniable that appearing on the list is a highly-respected honour. As SAIBPP we recognize the harsh terrain that these black property professionals have had to traverse and the storms that they still weather even as we celebrate the SAIBPP 100 giants.

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Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Notification

Dear Clients & Colleagues

As our country works to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, we at Mbatha Walters & Simpson (MW&S) also acknowledge that the safety and well-being of customers and employees is always our priority. As a result, we are currently implementing several measures to ensure business continuity while limiting any impact on the service we provide to you and mitigating the risk and further spread of the coronavirus.

MW&S’ leadership team is actively monitoring the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 situation and is taking steps to mitigate the risk and further spreading of the virus.

Some of the steps that we are taking include amongst others:

  • Suspension of all non-essential face to face engagement, including: o Planning and site meetings of more than 5 (five) people, work events and non-essential travel.
  • o The MW&S team remain available via teleconference and virtual methods to participate where essential and in so doing provide project and business continuity.
  • Assisting employees – providing continuous education about importance of good hygiene and having structures in place for them to work from home should it be necessary.
  • Limited access of visitors to our working space i.e. MW&S Offices.
  • Suspension of all touch screen access controls and foremost maintaining social distancing.

The above measures in no way suggest that any of our employees have been infected or affected by the virus but we are being extra conscious of the safety and wellbeing of our employees and their families, our clients, and the communities in which we operate.

We assure you that MW&S will maintain business continuity and that we remain available on all communication channels i.e. landlines, and mobile phones, and we also encourage virtual meeting technology to engage and support you during these trying times as experienced by our economy.

Our management and staff will continue to monitor this situation closely and communicate further as the need arises in order to ensure that we do everything possible for you, our clients and colleagues, as well as our employees and the community at large.

Yours sincerely

Managing Director

PMR.Africa Awards 2019 – Diamond Arrow Award

Once again we are delighted to be recognised by our valued clients and the rest of the industry who have collectively rated us first in the category of medium sized quantity surveying firms.

This year marks a 3rd consecutive year of MW&S receiving this Diamond Award. It is certainly an accolade worth celebrating.

We owe this award to our dedicated staff and their continued commitment and responsiveness to reliable and reputable service offering to our clients.

Our Wall of Fame

Dear Colleagues

There is nothing more rewarding than taking on an assignment that , when completed , yields a positive acknowledgement and sentiment both to oneself and those that have assisted to shape its success. Today, we must recognise an old idiom which when recited reminds us that “understanding talent in the workplace and blending human and business skills , when combined, often deliver s extraordinary increases in talent performance ”. In support of this ethos, I can certainly profess and further emphasize that coupled with a personal willingness to achieve what is import ant in one’s career path , driven by a grounded inquisiti on to better what is learned and reshape future prospects, achieves a phenomenal preposition to one ’s path.

We are very encouraged with what Sean Heydenrych and Shikhar Soni have done in lifting t heir specialist skills set and casting their names on the infamous “ MW&S Wall of Fame ” by making a positive contribution , firstly to their colleagues in Durban , and more so to the rest of the firm , particularly those who are still busy with their APC s. Testimony to this , I’m reminded of an unknown scholar who maintains that you are not qualified as a n expert in your field of study until you specialize .
This is the same premise that engulfs a quantity surveyor to advance his or her APC to be recognised as a Professional in his or her way of specialist knowledge.

As the year draws to its final close and with a huge dent to our patience , particularly on those projects that have been drastically delayed in implementation, I believe there’s a lot of more exciting things yet to grace our appetite in the next com ing months which will put to test all these qualifications attained by our very own this year.

For this moment calls for celebratory remarks to both Sean and Shikhar for passing their APC s, writing their own names to the wall of fame in MWS career development . A contest set up by two ladies earlier this year that has seen them finish the year with a bang !

Mandela Day

On Mandela Day, MW&S and Rivoningo Consulting Engineers joined Kaya Cares (Kaya FM) at Entandweni Primary School in Zondi, Soweto, to hand over a container library.

Nelson Mandela CEO Sleep Out

Exciting news to share!

Tonight one of our own, namely Qinisani Mbatha (Q), will be participating as one of the distinguished guests in this year’s CEO SleepOut™ event taking place at Johannesburg’s Liliesleaf Farm. This event also marks what would have been Madiba’s 100th birthday celebration.

The CEO SleepOut™ Trust’s goal is to receive donations from third parties in relation to The CEO SleepOut™ Events, to provide funding and support services, and to ensure the funds are disseminated to the appointed Primary Beneficiaries with absolute transparency and accountability.

It will be Q’s first CEO SleepOut™ event and he’s bracing himself for the freezing cold highveld weather. Despite the cold though, Q is looking forward to enjoying a spirit of ubuntu with fellow business people. This experience will allow them all to have greater empathy when it comes to homelessness in South Africa.

Let’s give our support to Q while he and others #RiseToTheChallenge!

Nelson Mandela Sleepout

Bosses of companies join CEO SleepOut event to celebrate Mandela’s 100 years at Liliesleaf:

Pic from The Star dated 13 July 2018 of L-R:
Qinisani Mbatha (MW&S)
Tollo Nkosi (Umso Construction)
Max Boqwana (Thabo Mbeki Foundation)
Monty Ditibane (DBI Consulting Engineers)
Richard Ndlele (Viewtag)

PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Award

Mbatha Walters and Simpson received the PMR.Africa 2018 Diamond Arrow Award in the category of medium-sized quantity surveying companies after a national survey was conducted on quantity surveyors in South Africa.

This is the 17th consecutive year for MW&S to receive a prestigious PMR.Africa award for Excellence, voted as one of the top quantity surveying companies in the measured category, with emphasis on the Diamond Arrow which we have been awarded 7 times over the years.

This achievement is a clear reflection of the hard work and dedication offered by our team of professionals and support staff.

We would like to thank everyone who has played a significant role in our continued successful journey, from our dedicated team through to each client, consultant and contractor who has supported us throughout our years of tailored service.

Our Own Pride and Joy!

Dear Colleagues

Allow me to share with you very exciting news that occurred during
the month of May 2018. We have in our midst, in fact, for the first
time, two admirable Quantity Surveyors who have done this
company very proud by meritoriously cracking yet another career
milestone within our walls.

These individuals heeded our call to run a course that defines
excellence, severity and dedication in becoming a fully-fledged
professional within this exciting knowledge management industry
that we serve. They have reclassed the interpretation that defines
the art of career growth and foremost the understanding that
there is no secret to success other than preparation, hard work and learning from failure, and this was very well done.

A lot of us would like to think that this is pure luck, but I beg to differ and rather share my belief which embodies that luck is a factor of thinking and we become lucky only when we give our best as they both clearly did.

To those that are still in pursuit of their APC – let this be a beacon of light and encouragement to always remember that the key to success in anything you do is to “study while others sleep, work while others loaf around, prepare while others are playing and dream while others just wish”.

With those kind words, please join me in congratulating our “Rising Stars”, Ms Lebo Masera and Ms Esther Rwelamila, who passed their APC during the month of May 2018.

“A sigh of relief to you both, you have finally done it and most of all 
Congratulations on your great achievement! You have made MW&S very proud!!!”

Qinisani Mbatha
Managing Director

Introducing Frans van der Walt to our organisation

It is with much delight that I should introduce to you and welcome Frans van der Walt to our organisation:

Frans joined the Johannesburg office as the Office Manager effective from 1 May 2018.

Frans is a registered professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS, MAQS) with well over 29 years’ experience, of which 25 had been spent in a senior management and shareholding position, and 19 years in a chief executive position, managing his own practice. He has spent 28 years in Richards Bay, a vibrant town in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal.

Frans has gained extensive experience on various types of projects as Quantity Surveyor, and evolved into Principal Agency and Project Management role for the selected clients that he served. In recent years Frans played a significate role as Strategic Development Advisor to prospective Industrialists, pursuing the development of mega projects in the Richards Bay. He played a leading role in assisting developers to ensure successful developments, through pro-active advisory and risk-management, etc. services. Frans is a team player.

For all his previous roles and the leadership he demonstrated together with the huge repository of strategic development information on the northern KZN region, he has been recognised by various Professional and Business Representative bodies for the engagement and strategic role he played, namely:

  • KZN Regional Committees for ASAQS KZN
  • Zululand Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ZCCI)
  • Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ)
    and many others.

    Frans joins the dynamic team in the Johannesburg office to assist with the maintenance of our quality standards to our existing clientele and to those whom we are pursuing in offering our tailored service/s.

    Please join me in welcoming Frans who will be working with all of us in our different capacities, fulfilling yet another goal setting task ahead of making centenary a reality for Mbatha Walters and Simpson.

    Qinisani Mbatha
    Managing Director