The Can Do Professionals

MBB Consulting Engineers offers services in the fields of agricultural, civil, industrial, mechanical, structural and environmental engineering, quantity surveying and project management as well as integrated environmental management.

Background and History

MBB Consulting Engineers was established in 1973 as South Africa’s first agricultural engineering consultancy and initially served the wine industry in the Western Cape. For over 50 years we have embraced the values of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and hard work. We are progressive, harnessing the latest technologies and techniques available. MBB is at the forefront of developing and adapting ideas and systems that are leading the world markets in all our disciplines. That does not mean the latest is the best, we investigate all options thoroughly to deliver the most appropriate engineering solutions to fit your requirements.

MBB strives to produce realistic, innovative and customises solutions to real challenges and in doing so supports equitable and sustainable development. We operate throughout Southern Africa and Africa with offices in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

Who Are We?

We are one of the leading specialist engineering consultancies in Africa, with over 50 years’ experience in agricultural, civil, structural, industrial and mechanical engineering. MBB can confidently tackle any project that needs unique engineering, innovative thinking and a solution-orientated approach. Whether your organisation needs an Olympic size swimming pool, a historical building renovated, or a hydroelectric power station refitted, operated and maintained, we have the skills, knowledge and experience to make it happen.

Our years of experience in every aspect of agricultural development and infrastructure; from the design and implementation of dams and irrigation systems, to the development of bulk water supply schemes, agro-processing and storage facilities, makes us one of the most competent, knowledgeable and trustworthy forces in this field. By tailoring services to fit our clients’ needs, the environment they operate in, and the goals they wish to achieve, we provide ideas that are both successful and sustainable. We are not a “cut” and “paste” type of company, instead we push ourselves to find the exact engineering fit for your project.

MBB also assists clients in maximising production and crop yields while managing resources such as water, electricity and labour, wisely. We specialise in solutions that improve our client’s bottom line profits. We offer a practical, “hands on” engineering approach and deliver a one stop, complete package from project inception through to completion and beyond, with a comprehensive operations and maintenance service. Our engineers are highly motivated, as many are shareholders – it is their company, so pride, dedication and excellence are everyone’s business. We have four offices strategically positioned across South Africa and regularly undertake projects in other parts of Africa. It’s our home, so we know how Africa works and how to get things done on this immense, resource rich but challenging continent.

Our Difference

MBB offers tailor made solutions to meet your needs in agriculture, civil, industrial, agro-industrial,
mechanical and structural engineering through:

Leadership Team

Dieter Heinsohn

Managing
Director
Acer Africa

Dieter Schnetler

Financial
Director MBB Services
International

Mark Zartmann

CEO MBB Services International, Managing Director MBB Consulting Engineers (Pietermaritzburg)

Barend Marx

Chairman MBB Services International, Managing Director MBB Consulting Services (Nelspruit)

Pravesh Nosib

Managing Director
MBB Consulting
Engineers (EC)

Group Structure

MBB Consulting Engineers offers services in the fields of agricultural, civil, industrial, mechanical, structural and environmental engineering, quantity surveying and project management as well as integrated environmental management.

MBB Consulting Engineers(EC)

Grahamstown Eastern Cape

MBB Consulting Engineers(Stellenbosch)

Stellenbosch Western Cape

MBB Consulting Engineers(Pmb)

Pietermaritzburg Kwazulu-Natal

ACER( Africa Environmental Consultants)

Mtunzini Kwazulu-Natal

Feroqs Consult

Nelspruit Mpumalanga

Legal Documents & Membership

MBB Consulting Engineers with its engineers, technicians and specialists are members of the following leading professional engineering organisations.

Black Economic Empowerment

MBB Consulting Engineers is committed to meeting with governments BBBEE objectives at all levels, whilst maintaining excellence in the delivery of services to clients.

POPI Act

Given the importance of privacy, MBB Consulting Engineering (including the holding Company namely MBB Services International) is committed to effectively managing personal information in accordance with POPIA’s provisions. To meet the requirements, herewith MBB Consulting Engineering’s Compliance and Privacy Notice.

PAIA Act

MBB Consulting Engineers promotes a culture of transparency and accountability both in public and private bodies and is committed to a society in which the people of South Africa have effective access to information to enable them to more fully exercise and protect all their rights. Manuals produced in terms of Section 51 of The Promotion of Access to Information Act No.2 of 2000.

Dieter Heinsohn

Managing Director Acer Africa

Qualifications
Ph.D. in the Faculty of Science
Master of Science
BSc (Honours) – Cum Laude in Plant Physiology and Plant Growth and Development
BSc (Botany and Microbiology)

 

Specialist Fields

  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Social impact Assessments
  • Bulk water Supply
  • Resettlement Planning and Implementation
  • Management of Public Participation Programmes
 

Background

Dr Dieter Heinsohn originally trained as a plant physiologist. He then became interested in ethnobotany in which he undertook research assignments.

This paved the way to environmental management, in which he has 29 years’ experience in South Africa and SADC countries (Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mozambique).

He has undertaken numerous environmental and social assessments across a range of sectors (agriculture, including irrigation), bulk water (including dams and associated infrastructure), industry, transport, ports, energy, residential, tourism, and protected areas management and conservation. His role in the many and varied assignments successfully completed has ranged from project manager, team leader, environmental assessment practitioner, preparing environmental management plans, specialist, internal and external reviewer, to team member, each role having different responsibilities and levels of accountability.

Dieter Schnetler

Financial Director MBB Services International

LOREM IPSUM

Mark Zartmann

CEO MBB Services International, Managing Director MBB Consulting Engineers (Pietermaritzburg)

Qualifications
BSc Eng (Agricultural), MSc Eng

 

Specialist Fields

  • Irrigation & Drainage
  • Bulk Water Supply
  • Dams & Water Resources
  • Dam Safety
 

Background

Mr. M Zartmann is a professional engineer with over twenty five years experience in main agriculture, water, and irrigation related projects. The scope of experience within these fields ranges from preliminary investigation and conceptual design to detailed design, implementation and project management. Responsibility levels, likewise, range from being a junior member of a design team, overall project responsibility since 1997, and recently managing director of the Pietermaritzburg office and Director of MSI.

An important factor in the field of agricultural engineering is a multi-disciplinary integration of agricultural practices and engineering design. This knowledge, inter alia, contributes to a unique approach to engineering design in agricultural projects, as practiced and evolved by Mr. Zartmann, with particular emphasis on large-scale agricultural developments. In the irrigation field, Mr. Zartmann has been responsible for the design and project control on a number of large-scale irrigation projects including food crops, tea, and sugar cane, ranging in size from 50ha to 14 000ha.

These works include all aspects of development, from pump station design to hydraulic and pipeline networks. Mr. Zartmann’s in-depth knowledge of a number of hydraulic design programmes and his technical understanding of pipeline hydraulics enable him to optimally design complex irrigation networks. Mr. Zartmann’s irrigation knowledge also extends to the optimal design of flood irrigation, and in particular to the optimisation of earthworks required for the leveling of agricultural fields. A significant period of Mr. Zartmann’s professional career has been spent in the design and implementation of rural potable water, supply schemes. This work has primarily emanated from the SA government’s drive for the provision of domestic water to dispersed rural communities.

Mr. Zartmann has for a period of eight years been involved at different levels, as the subject co-ordinator, lecturer and external examiner for the final year B.SC (Agricultural Engineering) irrigation engineering course at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Barend Marx

Chairman MBB Services International, Managing Director MBB Consulting Services (Nelspruit)

Qualifications
BSc (Agricultural Engineering), MSc (Agricultural Engineering)

 

Specialist Fields

  • Irrigation & Drainage
  • Bulk Water Supply
  • Dams & Water Resources
  • Water Licence
  • Dam Safety
 

Background

Barend Marx is a qualified Agricultural Engineer with 12 years post graduate experience in the water services industry. His experience includes bulk water supply network and pump station design, sewer infrastructure design, construction management, irrigation design, hydrology, design of balancing dams, design of aquaculture ponds, dam safety inspections, water licensing, operating and maintenance, acting as a resident engineer and project management

Pravesh Nosib

Managing Director MBB Consulting Engineers (EC)

Qualifications
  • National Diploma Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Project Management
  • B Tech Civil / Urban Engineering
  • NQF 7 – Labour Intensive Construction
 
Specialist Fields
  • Civil and Urban Engineering Designs and drawings
  • Construction and Site Monitoring
  • Expanded Public Works and Labour Intensive Construction Projects
  • Project Management
  • Data Centre Operation and management
 
Background
A Civil Engineering Technologist, registered with ECSA. Pravesh is the Managing Director of MBB Consulting Services (EC) Pty Ltd involved in the project management and design of built environment projects. He has been involved with the project management of the Working for Water and Working for the Coast Expanded Public Works Projects, (EPWP), of the Department of Water and Sanitation, Department of Environmental Affairs and National Department of Tourism from 2000 to date. Since 2014, he has been involved with Water Conservation and Demand Management, (WCDM) projects. Pravesh has more than 20 years of experience in the project management and built environment sector