14 December 2023

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), a voluntary association of approximately 600 consulting engineering member firms, has elected David Leukes as its new president.

He was elected at CESA’s 70th Annual General Meeting held on 28 November in Kempton Park, Gauteng. He succeeds Olu Soluade in the position, with Knight Piésold Africa regional manager Vishal Haripersad assuming the role of vice-president of the organisation, a position which was held by his predecessor Leukes.

Leukes has served as a member of the CESA board for several years and is currently managing director of BVi Consulting Engineers, a CESA member company. He completed his national diploma in civil engineering at the Cape Technikon and subsequently attained his BTech degree at the Free State Technikon. Leukes also has an MBA degree from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

In his acceptance speech, he stated: “I am honoured to have served in the industry in my capacity as a CESA board member, where I have been contributing towards the growth and development of consulting engineering in South Africa.”

Born in the Northern Cape town of Upington, Leukes’ fascination with the world of infrastructure started at an early age, leading him on a professional journey through education and leadership roles within the profession. He received a bursary through BVi Consulting Engineers in 1992, which he believes was a major contributor in opening doors towards his civil engineering studies.

“I have over 25 years’ experience in the industry, having risen through the ranks at BVi Consulting Engineers, and I am looking forward to using my skills and leadership attributes to contribute towards driving transformation and bringing positive change within our communities,” said Leukes.

CESA CEO, Chris Campbell, congratulated Leukes on his new role within the organisation and reiterated his support: “We are looking forward to working with the new president and continuing to drive our focus on partnering with industry stakeholders for sustainable, value for money infrastructure development. The president will be officially introduced to members of the media at our annual CESA Media Breakfast, scheduled for 1 February 2024 at the Radisson Blu in Sandton.”

Leukes’ presidency will run until the end of 2025 and will see him play an important role through advocacy in the organisation that is the custodian of the well-being of the industry supported by member firms who employ approximately 19 000 people.

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