Publication: Mining Review Africa
Issue: April 2019
98-year old proudly South African engineering and environmental consulting firm Knight Piésold (SA) has strategically committed to expanding its footprint in Africa on the back of its growing track record across the continent. Because the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in particular remains a strategic region for the company, it has repositioned its local office to comply with the country’s new sub-contracting legislation and is consequently well placed to take advantage of new business opportunities on its doorstep, environmental section manager AMELIA BRIEL tells LAURA CORNISH.
With some of the largest mining companies in Africa and some of the richest mineral resources in the world, the DRC has and continues to offer service providers such as Knight Piésold a vast array of opportunities to help build world-class sustainable operations.
The company is no stranger to the DRC – and has been delivering high quality projects and designs across the region for over a decade. Briel has over this time established close working relationships with numerous local mining houses and understands the requirements necessary to do business there.
“People’s perceptions about the DRC are negative and they shouldn’t be. If local processes and procedures are adhered to, it is possible to do business in the country,” Briel states. In fact, Knight Piésold is optimistic about the DRC’s future and believes the scope of potential opportunities within its realm of service expertise is extensive.
Having executed a wide range of different services including impact studies, water monitoring. tailings supervision, geotechnical studies, etc., the company is fully equipped to deliver on all three service pillars in the country. These include consulting and engineering designs in the fields of mine residue (environmental and geotechnical), hydropower (power and water) and roads and infrastructure.
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