Built Environment Professionals Export Council (BEPEC) presents:

“Show me the Money & Projects”

  • Highlighting the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Africa Strategy, and providing an overview of some DBSA funded and supported infrastructure projects in the region. Of special interest will be the Water & Sanitation, Transportation, Energy and ICT sectors.
  • How the Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) supports projects and project funders in Africa, which will include the benefits of ECIC backed funding of projects. Also an update on the current status of creating a EXIM bank for South Africa.
  • The very important issue of developing and structuring appropriate and sector / project specific partnerships and consortiums, with alternative development financing models for various infrastructure development initiatives.
  • Ways to grow the SA construction services companies’ reach beyond the borders of South Africa.
  • How increasing South Africa’s exports of value-added goods and services can lead to a marked increase in Intra-Africa trade and investment. Also how the public sector project development related services of Trade Invest Africa (TIA) can assist the private sector with accessing exporting opportunities for goods and services.
  • The importance of the role the public sector must play in the development of infrastructure projects on the African continent, with special emphasis on the de-risking such projects so as to create and increase the necessary investment appetite by the private sector.


In order to facilitate a marked increase in the exporting of SA Professional and Construction services and capital goods, South African supplier companies are more than capable to ensure the successful participation in and implementation of some of the already identified regional infrastructure projects.

To be globally competitive both BEPEC, the other members of the Engineering & Technology Grouping of Export Councils (Private Sector), and Trade Invest Africa (TIA) at the dti (Public Sector), are now starting to realize the importance of adopting a SA Inc. approach when bidding or tendering on projects in the region.

It is therefore critical that South African companies, representative institutions, and policy makers develop a clear strategy for regional engagement which would claw back lost ground and entrench us in the region as a whole, taking into account that many of the competing countries can mobilize resources that South Africa does not have access to.

The South African Public Sector (the dti) launched their Trade Invest Africa (TIA) initiative in July 2016 to promote the SA Inc vision through the facilitation of market access and funding access to infrastructure projects, by means of the following:

  • Productive government to government negotiations and agreement on requirements and standards for regional infrastructure projects.
  • Unlocking of participation potential in infrastructure projects along the North-South Corridor (NSC) by updating previously conducted studies.
  • Re-implementation of sector focused ad hoc missions into the region.
  • Interest make-up schemes.
  • Possible creation of a South African EXIM Bank.

The dti is now fully committed to adopting a SA Inc approach towards securing SA participation in large regional infrastructure projects.

The Private Sector is also making a meaningful contribution towards adopting a practical and fully workable SA Inc approach, which will enable the forming of relevant sector specific and specialist technical EPC consortiums, as well as the facilitation and realization of funding requirements (therefore EPC + F), when preparing RFP’s or tendering on regional infrastructure projects.

To this end BEPEC, with assistance from the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and endorsement from the dti, has embarked on a campaign to diversify and expand its exporter base, and to develop and introduce additional categories of membership to include other Built Environment disciplines such as Contracting Services, Town Planners, Land Surveyors, etc.

Further to the above, the Built Environment Professionals Export Council (BEPEC) is now proud to announce that we are now broadening our membership base to include the Contracting Services Sector.

This newly expanded Export Council, which will be re-named and re-branded soon, will function as a united SA Inc focused Council which will assist its Professional and Construction Services member companies and consortiums to access infrastructure projects in Africa. This will allow members not only to partake in this, but also in all other BEPEC export promotion activities and initiatives. It will also allow these companies to benefit from the various export promotion incentive schemes offered by the dti.

All firms who wish to improve their knowledge and expertise in the following areas should attend:

Workshop Info


24 October 2017 from 08:30 to 13:00


Cape Town

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(Includes registration, conference documents and refreshments )

Export Council Members:

*R350.00 pp

*Members not attending without 24h notice will be charged R200.00 pp non-cancellation fee.


R800.00 excluding VAT

Payment before the event is compulsory and no Delegates will be allowed to attend until payment has been received.

CPD Validation:

This event has been validated for 1 CPD Credit in Category 1
(Validation No:  BEPEC 20/05/2018)

Who should attend, and what will be on the Programme?

All firms who wish to improve their knowledge and expertise in the following areas should attend.

Speaker Programme

*Please note that although the core of the programme has been finalised, certain refinements to topics and sequencing of presentations may still have to be made and/or speakers confirmed.

08h30: Registration, Coffee/Tea

08h50: Welcome, Introductions, the SA Inc Approach, & Short feedback report on recent events, ie, Infrastructure Africa, MBSA Congress and CIDB workshop from contractors: Con Korsten – CEO Built Environment Professions Export Council.

09h10: Unlocking Borders, growing your Construction company’s reach beyond South Africa: Pumelele Qongqo – Project Manager – Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

09h25:  Export credit backed financial support: Tommy Motau – SADC, Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC).

10h05: Namibia and what is happening currently with PPP projects planned by GRN,
opportunities and challenges. Adriaan Grobler– Executive Chairman Lithon Holdings.

10h40: Coffee / Tea / Snacks:

11h00: The Development Bank of Southern Africa’s strategy for Africa and overview of DBSA funded and supported infrastructure projects (focus on Transportation, Water & Sanitation, Energy and ICT) on the African continent: Hildabertha Kundu – Principal Investment Officer, International Division, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

11h40: Infrastructure Investment (Water & Energy) in Africa for the next 3 years. George
Daniel – Senior Procurement Specialist, World Bank.

12h20: Aesthetics and risks in infrastructure financing on the African continent with special emphasis on the de-risking of infrastructure projects for both public and private sectors: Taona Kokera – Executive Project Finance, MAZARS

12h50: Q & A session and Closing remarks:

Con KorstenCEO – Built Environment Professions Export Council (BEPEC)
Con Korsten was appointed as CEO of BEPEC in April 2014, and is responsible to represent the export and business interests of Built Environment Professionals within its Engineering and Construction Services member companies outside Africa. He has also been instrumental in the formalisation of the Engineering & Technology Grouping of Export Councils, the establishment of the Business Facilitation Centre in Tete (Mozambique), the initiative whereby Contracting Services companies can now also become members of BEPEC, and the development of the SA Inc approach for member company consortia to successfully and competitively bid on infrastructure projects in Africa.
Taona Kokera Executive Project Finance - MAZARS
Taona is Executive in the renewable energy sector in Sub Saharan Africa. His responsibilities include assisting in developing relationships with sponsors, development banks, International Finance Institutions, Investment banks and developers, in order to extend the Project Finance offering by Mazars into Sub Saharan Africa.
Pumelele Qongqo Project Manager - Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)
Currently I am working for the cidb’s Construction Industry Performance (CIP) programme as a Project Manager in the Monitoring and Evaluation Sub Unit and I’m responsible for producing the Construction Monitor which is published quarterly under the four themes Transformation, Supply and Demand, Contractor Development and Employment. I was responsible in the production of the status report titled “Export of the Contracting Services; A Feasibility Study”.
Adriaan Grobler Executive Chairman - Lithon Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Adriaan Grobler is the founder and Executive Chairman of Lithon Project Consultants and one of the founding members and director of Lithon Foundation. He is a professional civil engineer and obtained his B Eng (Civil) degree in 1991 from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa . He further obtained a Diploma in Property Development from UCT in 2017. He is currently busy with his Certificate in Development Finance at Stellenbosch Business School and have enrolled for his MPhil in Development Finance in 2018. Adriaan has more than 25 years of extensive experience and expertise in project management, planning, design, procurement and construction supervision of civil engineering and building projects in Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania and Angola
Hildabertha KunduDevelopment Bank Of Southern Africa (DBSA) - Head Deal Origination
Hilda is a Deal Originator at the DBSA and holds a Masters in Development Finance degree from the university of Stellenbosch . Hilda deals in the structuring of project finance deals, infrastructure finance, and structured trade finance and project preparation. She has been instrumental in the shaping and structuring of regional programs and corridors, with a background in Economics, Hilda is equipped to advise clients on the financing of large infrastructure deals.
Tommy MotauSADC | Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)
Tommy Motau has over 10 years of broad banking and financial experience covering Financial Markets as well as Corporate Investment Banking including managing portfolios of corporations operating in Construction & Infrastructire, Mining & Metals, Oil & Gas as well as Power & Energy sectors. He has a Masters In Finance from The University of the Witwatersrand Business School (Coursework Complete).