Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA)

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is a non-profit organisation and the ‘Voice of Consulting Engineering’. CESA was established in 1952 as a voluntary association of independent consulting engineers in private practice whose membership has grown over the years to 540 member firms in 2016, employing more than 23 500 people and earning an annualised total fee income in excess of R20 billion per annum, which translate to around R204 billion maintenance and new construction projects in South Africa.

These member firms range from large, multinational, multidisciplinary suppliers of a comprehensive range of planning, design and project delivery services, to many small- to medium-sized firms that tend to specialise in selected areas of the project delivery process.

CESA aims to:

  • Uphold engineering & professional standards and the maintenance of quality by its members
  • Enhance the professional and business interests of its members
  • Serve clients with professionalism, integrity and independence of judgement
  • Improve the quality of life for all South Africans by the promotion of engineering excellence
  • Maintain the integrity of the engineering procurement process for effective infrastructure delivery & maintenance
  • Develop the business and technical skills & expertise of members, clients and professionals in the built environment
  • Transform the consulting engineering sector in accordance with the Construction Charter

CESA represents for its members, a body that promotes their joint interests and, because of its standing, provides quality assurance for clients. CESA member firms:

  • Adherence to quality management systems, and the basic tenets of commercial viability, on which CESA members' businesses depend, underwrite the quality assurance implicit in membership.
  • A commitment to continuous education and to the upliftment of their staff and the communities they serve. Many firms have empowerment programmes, contribute to bursary schemes and assist professionals and construction companies to grow. The Construction Industry Charter is gazetted in terms of Section 9 of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE), which informs transformation and is the basis on which public sector procurement takes place.
  • Carry a required level of professional indemnity insurance, which provides clients with financial recourse in the event of non-performance, insufficient design, failure or neglect caused by the engineer.
  • Implement and maintain an ISO based Quality Management System and the Business Integrity Management System (BIMS) in terms of the CESA Code of Conduct.


  • Country: South Africa