Our track record

A long distance bulk water transfer project, Botswana

Over 400 man years of engineering and construction management input was provided to realize the construction of a 360 km (1.1 to 1.4 m diameter) pipeline to transport water from a dam at Letsebogo River in Northern Botswana to the towns and cities in the populated eastern corridor of the country, including the capital city Gaborone. The pipeline was to augment potable water supplies to these areas.

The North South Carrier Project, a US$ 300 million investment was implemented over a 5 year period with a core team of 50 professionals and a team of another 25 specialists. Services delivered included the preparation of engineering designs and contract documents, management of the tendering and contractor and supplier selection process, and the management of the construction of the whole project. The construction was procured through a package of multiple contracts to ensure completion of the project to time, budget and quality standards. The project included the pipeline, pumping stations, treatment plants, storage and balancing reservoirs, telemetry and control systems and all associated infrastructure.

Upgrading a gravel road to bitumen paved standard, Tanzania

In 2002 the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania initiated a Special Programme aimed at improving its trunk road network in order to stimulate & accelerate economic development of the country. The Manyoni - Singida section (122 km) on the Central Transport Corridor was upgraded to bitumen standard utilizing a design and build contract model. A core team of 6 engineers supported by contract specialists, planners, scientists and technicians are providing Owner’s Engineer services which include the provision of advise to the Employer at all stages of the design and build contract. The FIDIC General Conditions of Contract for Design - Build and Turnkey Projects (The Orange Book) modified as necessary to suit the specific requirements of the project was used to enable the project to be completed in a timely and cost effective manner in compliance with the required standards.
The specific work on this 4 year duration project included the preparation of Minimum Functional Specifications and the Design and Build Contract document, assistance with tender procedure, evaluation of bids, and negotiation with selected contractor and pre-award negotiations. At Construction stage services included the review of contractors design submissions, monitoring performance on site, assessment of progress and contractors milestone payment claims and preparation of progress reports for circulation to all stake holders.

Municipal Infrastructure Expansion of two cities, Swaziland

A team of 49 multi disciplinary professionals with skills spanning from anthropology, architecture, engineering, environmental sciences, urban planning and project management identified a programme of physical infrastructure development, regulatory reforms and institutional capacity building required to provide the necessary municipal infrastructure services for the two cities of Mbabane and Manzini. The project entailed the elevation of the services to these cities to an acceptable quality and reliability in order to first cater for the severe backlog resulting from under investment and inefficiencies of the past, and to support the rapidly growing demand led by economic and social development of the country.

The project preparation assignment (implemented within a 12 month time frame) prepared a US$ 100 million programme in addition to formulating a package of regulatory reforms and institutional restructuring and strengthening measures. The physical infrastructure development to be implemented through 22 construction contract packages comprised new residential and industrial zones, rehabilitation and expansion of existing water treatment works, new sewerage treatment works, new solid waste disposal sites, reinforcement of trunk water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems and the expansion of the urban road system. The project was to be financed by the Government of Swaziland with co-funding from the World Bank.

Technical support to National Airports Corporation, Zambia

In late 1988 the operation of four of the major airports in Zambia, including the International Airport at Lusaka were separated from the control of the Department of Civil Aviation and were made the responsibility of the then newly formed Parastatal Company, the National Airports Corportation Ltd. (NACL). NACL then commissioned a study in order to establish the conditions of the assets they had acquired.

A Condition Survey and Physical Inventory of all the airports facilities was carried out which included the evaluation of the aircraft pavements, terminal buildings, firestations and equipment, other airport buildings, roads and other infrastructure services.

The facility evaluation was judged against ICAO Standards and recommendations were made for the upgrading and improvement of facilities. The proposed implementation plan was prioritized to accommodate a phased development approach.

Ever since this initial study both design and construction management services have been provided on a regular basis to rehabilitate the infrastructure at the Lusaka International Airport and Livingstone Airports to improve air transport and safety as well as cater for the expected increase in tourist traffic from abroad.

Emergency Roads Building & Support Effort, Mozambique

Cyclone Eline struck the provinces of Inhambane, Sofal and Manica and a few days later Cyclone Hudah struc central Mozambique. The floods and cyclones affected al or part of six provinces and Maputo City that accounts fo 48 percent of Mozambique’s population. The devastatio caused by this natural catastrophe impacted an estimate two million people. The major rivers, namely, the Limpopo Save and Búczi Rivers reached hundred-year flood levels completely submerging five major towns. As a result of thi rainfall and flooding, much of the road network in souther and central Mozambique sustained severe damage, rangin from the complete washout of road segments and bridg approaches to blockages of drainage systems & sever erosion.
Some of the worst damaged sections of the road network including a 310m long suspension bridge, were identifie for rehabilitation. Services provided included:

the review of the existing detailed designs and contractual documents
approval of the design and tender documents,
issue of the tender and analyze of the tender submissions,
selection of the preferred contractor and provide construction management services.
The US$ 20million project, financed by USAID, was implemented by 24 professionals in 2 teams of 12, contributing a total of 225 person months over a 3 year period.

Technical assistance to the National Public Works Programme, South Africa

Technical support was provided to the Department of Public Works with the management of a programme of 12 pilot projects being carried out in all the Provinces of the country, with a value of US$ 50 million, and which demonstrated the application of the NPWP principles. This support covered routine management of the programme to ensure that cost and programme objectives were met as well as the holding of workshops with communities, local government and provincial government officials, and consultants to discuss the application of the NPWP principles. Operational guidelines were produced which described ways in which the NPWP principles could be applied.

The guidelines covered job creation and tender documentation; the facilitation of community involvement; the encouragement of local contractors and suppliers; training; and monitoring and evaluation.

Road Rehabilitation, Sierra Leone

The West African state of Sierra Leone emerged from a decade of civil war in early 2002, with the help of Britain and a large United Nations peace-keeping mission. More than 17,000 foreign troops disarmed tens of thousands of rebels and militia fighters in the biggest UN peacekeeping success in Africa for many years.

The Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone received a loan from the European Commission for the Rehabilitation of the 164 km long Masiaka-Bo Highway. The Masiaka-Bo Highway crosses a number of chiefdoms, districts and administrative regions in the south and east of Sierra Leone. The road provides vital access to the north and eastern parts of the country. Rehabilitation of the project road is expected to produce a positive effect on the economic and social activity in the surrounding area including changes in the demands on health service and education.

Services being provided on this project include the review of a tender design and construction management for the upgrading of major road sections and bridge rehabilitation works.

Commercialisation of the Road Agency, Botswana

The inevitable change in the future role, function and responsibilities of all the agencies involved with road infrastructure in Botswana was recognised by the Government of Botswana which provided the impetus to launch an institutional study. A team of 6 professional staff undertook the 3 phased institutional study over a period of six months. The study:

Recommended to Government the most suitable framework for managing the Public Highway network, considering the existing institutional arrangements as well as alternative institutional structures with different types and levels of autonomy;
Proposed the most optimum funding mechanism for the development and maintenance of the road network in Botswana; and
Proposed an Implementation Plan for the option best suited for Botswana together with an estimate of any financial implications. The plan was structured to be flexible enough to allow a phased introduction of the proposed institutional changes.

The First Independently Financed Desalination and Power Plant, Algeria

A team of engineers, project managers, financial analysts, project finance specialists, environmental scientists, lawyers and insurance experts comprised a development team under our leadership to structure the first project in Algeria to deliver bulk water and power services utilizing a project finance framework which incorporated a utility outsourcing model.

This US$ 400 million transaction developed over 7 years is now dispatching 300MW of power and 90 000 cum of water per day from a gas fired power plant running on a simple cycle mode and a sea water desalination plant utilizing a multi stage flash distillation technology. The framework of the transaction itself and the documentation developed for this first project is now being used for a major Independent Power Project (IPP) and Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) programme being rolled out in the country.

Preparation of a framework to increase private sector participation in delivering public sector services, South Africa

The political and economic objectives of the new dispensation in South Africa require a substantial investment in infrastructure. At the same time existing fiscal constraints prevent a sizeable up-front expenditure. Against this background the Department of Public Works which is responsible for providing government accommodation and social infrastructure is being called upon to deliver swiftly and increase value for money. A business unit was commissioned to develop a procurement approach, which would achieve these objectives within the reality of the institutional and fiscal constraints.
The result was the development of the Asset Procurement and Operating Partnership (APOP) modeled on the Private Finance Initiative presently underway in the United Kingdom. A multidisciplinary project team, under the leadership & management of our company’s professionals, working with a steering committee and a reference group developed an approach specifically suitable for South Africa. Within a three month timeframe a draft set of guidelines were prepared and wider institutional and macro-economic policy issues identified.

Creation of an Airport Operation and Maintenance Company, South Africa

A small team of engineers, a facilities management professional, a financial analyst and a business planner identified an opportunity to establish an Airport Operating Company to participate in the emerging market for the privatisation of airport facilities owned and operated by central and municipal governments. The initial market was in South Africa but the business plan was to expand into the rest of Africa.

A Company by the name of Turnaround Management Pty Limited (now re-named Indiza Airports Management) was established in South Africa. This company went on to acquire a 20 year concession to develop and operate the Richards Bay Airport and to operate under arms length O&M contracts four other regional airports. Once the company was fully established and a critical mass created, the operation was sold to a group of investors within the framework of empowerment of the previously disadvantaged citizens of South Africa.

Creation of a Citizen Owned Consulting Company

John Burrow & Partners established a branch in Gaborone, Botswana in 1972. This allowed the company, as one of very few consulting engineering companies represented in Botswana, to participate in the development of Botswana. The company has provided engineering services for the development of a significant proportion of the country’s infrastructure assets. These infrastructure developments included:

paved road networks;
expansion of the capital city & several towns;
development of new towns (eg. Jwaneng);
commercial & industrial facilities including most of the tall buildings in Gaborone;
export quality abattoir in Francistown;
several of the buildings at the University of Botswana;
expansion of the airport infrastructure;
several water transfer pipelines including the North South Carrier.

All the work was undertaken in Botswana and through this work a team of citizen professionals acquired significant experience. In the late 90’s initially management and subsequently partial ownership and finally full ownership was transferred to citizen engineers. The business is now known as Bothakga Burrow Botswana and is one of the argest firms offering Consulting Engineering and Project Management services in the country.

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