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Keynote Speakers

Keynote speeches will be delivered at the conference by Prof John Smallwood, Prof Panteleo Rwelamila, Prof Alfred Ngowi,  Mr Bonke Simelane​, Mr Ishmail Cassiem​, Ms Nomvula Rakolate, and Prof Jan Wium.


Professor John Smallwood - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Prof John Smallwood is Professor and Head, Department of Construction Management, and Programme Director, MSc (Built Environment) Programme, and a member of Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises (CREATE), which consultancy specialises in construction health and safety (H&S), and quality. Notable latter related contributions include those to the cidb H&S and quality status reports.  

Both his MSc and PhD (Construction Management) addressed H&S; the latter addressed the relationship with productivity and quality. He is also a National Research Foundation rated researcher specialising in construction-related issues such as H&S. 32 years of H&S and also quality experience includes contracts management, research, publishing, research, course / programme / seminar / workshop development, lecturing, conference organising, judging, and chairing of regional and national forums and committees.  

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and a member of the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM), Ergonomics Society of South Africa (ESSA), Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Institute of Safety Management (IoSM), International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), and South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH), registered as a Pr CHSA and Pr CM with, and a Past-Councilor of the Council of the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP), and a Past-President of the then South African Institute of Building (SAIB). He is also a Past-President, Association of Schools of Construction Southern Africa (ASOCSA), and a Director, Association of Construction Health and Safety Management (ACHASM). International contributions include Coordinator, Africa and Middle East, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Work Group 99 (Safety and Health in Construction), and International Coordinator, CIB Task Group 59 (People in Construction).

Title: Preventing Collapse of Reinforced Concrete Structures and Support Work: Assurance versus 'Accident Investigation'  

  • Construction Management is a discipline and a profession not an acquired title or term
  • Failure of management versus the myth of 'accidents'
  • Quality management and health and safety management: The 'stay standing' duo
  • Construction Managers convert vision to reality: The implications!



Professor Panteleo Rwelamila - University of South Africa (UNISA), Midrand, South Africa

Prof Rwelamila is a project management and procurement expert specialising in procurement policy, infrastructure procurement and management of risks and contracts management. He studied Construction Economics, Project Management and Project Procurement. He has experience of more than 30 years in consulting in construction economics, policy development and conducting studies in project appraisal, project planning, procurement, contract formulation and management, project performance evaluation and strategic project management. He has organised continuous professional development courses for practitioners in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Australia. He is an author of more than 200 peer reviewed journal and conference proceeding publications, research and study reports. 

He is a past non-executive director and board chairman of Msingi Construction Project Management (Pty) Ltd; He has been a consultant to various public and private organisations in South Africa and a joint co-coordinator of CIB W107 and past president of South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP); In 2014, he was a member of the panel to review the CIDB and he was elected by the panel members to chair the CIDB review panel.

Title: Infrastructure Development through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs): Wrestling With Twin Challenges in Emerging Economies – From Rhetoric to Reality

  • What constitutes the public side of PPPs?
  • Marginalization and management of the public as principal stakeholder
  • The need for a paradigm shift from exclusion to inclusion in PPP arrangements
  • Conceptual model for appropriate stakeholder management in PPP projects


Professor Alfred Ngowi - Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Prof Alfred Ngowi is a professor in Civil Engineering and the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the Central University of Technology, Free State. Prof Ngowi holds a Bsc in Civil Engineering, Msc in Construction Engineering &Management, and a PhD in Construction Technology.  He has been a consultant in construction engineering & management in Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa.  Prof Ngowi has keen interest in sustainability in the built environment. He is a NRF rated scientist in construction engineering and management and has published over 100 articles in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.  He is a the co-chief editor of the Journal of Construction in Developing Countries (JCDC); Associate Editor of Built Environment and Asset Management (BEPAM) and reviews editor of the Botswana Journal of Technology (BJT).


Title: What the Construction Industry Needs to Know about Sustainable Development Goals​

  • At its seating in September 2015 the UN General Assembly declared 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be accomplished by 2030.
  • Of the 17 SDGs, 4 are very closely associated with the built environment and these cannot be achieved without the participation of the construction industry.
  • The global campaign for SDGs presents a significant new opportunity for the construction industry.
  • Construction companies could create competitive advantage by branding themselves or in partnership with others as leaders in sustainable development.


Bonke Simelane - Group Corporate Services Director, NMC Construction Group​, South Africa

Bonke Simelane is Group Corporate Services Director for the NMC Construction Group which he joined in 2012. He started his career at Murray and Roberts in 1995 and then had a short stint at Abcon Construction after which he joined Development & Engineering Consultants in 2001 as a Project Manager and eventually became a Director. In 2009 he joined Focus Project Management as a Director. Bonke is the incoming Vice-President of Master Builders South Africa. He is also a Council Member of the South African Council for the Construction and Project Management Professions (SACPCMP) where he is a member of the Construction Management Development Committee. He also chairs the Registration and Education Committee. He is also active in other industry bodies.

Title: TBA



Ishmail Cassiem - Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), Pretoria, South Africa

Ishmail is a Manager in the Construction Industry Performance Programme at the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), responsible for performance improvement, development of best practices, standards and health and safety policies in the construction industry. He holds an MSc in Project Management. He has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry working for civil engineering contractors, the CSIR, and a training company. He participates in various committees at the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).


Title: Introduction of a Register of Professional Service Providers​

  • Proposed framework for the cidb Register of Professional Service Providers​
  • cidb Register of Professional Service Providers; Registration Criteria participation of the construction industry.
  • Professional Service Provider Recognition Scheme
  • Best Practice: Management Systems
  • Best Practice: Membership of a Voluntary Organization
  • Standard for Professional Service Providers Performance Reports



Professor Jan Wium - ​Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Jan Wium, received his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria in 1979 and a master’s degree in 1985. He holds a PhD from EPFL in Switzerland. After working as structural engineering consultant for 20 years, he joined Stellenbosch University as lecturer in 2003. Since 2010, he holds the Chair in Construction Engineering and Management position, focusing on modular construction, risk management and constructability in construction.


Title: Trends in Construction Engineering and Management  

  • The current status of project delivery: Projects have a tendency to be completed over time and over budget, quite often as a result of scope and design changes
  • Tendencies in project design: Design of projects become more and more automated with sophisticated software providing support to the design engineer
  • Trends in management and execution of projects: Management tools such as Building Information Models enable projects teams to improve collaboration and management of design and costing. Tools are however fragmented and a cohesive approach is needed
  • Identified needs for improvement of the project execution phase: Items identified based on comparisons between in-situ concrete and precast concrete construction.



Nomvula Rakolate - Registrar, South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP)​

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