SAFCEC gets new CEO: Webster Mfebe

The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) has roped in a former trade unionist and ANC activist, Webster Mfebe, to lead the lobby group as CEO.

In announcing the appointment, effective from January 1 2013, SAFCEC said Mfebe is well qualified to take the organisation to a new level.

Before joining SAFCEC, Mfebe was executive director of stakeholder relations in one of the largest construction groups in the country Basil Read. He served Basil read between October 2009 and March 2012. He has also served as a non-executive director of TWP. Between March and December 2012, Webster was managing director of his own company, Phendula Consulting.

SAFCEC is a not-for-gain employers’ organisation constituted in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

Mfebe says his main focus is to align SAFCEC’s mission with the current trends in the civil engineering industry.

“We are looking forward to a number of civil engineering projects that could come from renewable energy projects.” New power stations, PRASA, Transnet and Sanral are expected to bring renewed growth to civil engineering.

“The strategic infrastructure projects and improved budget spend government has planned for middle 2013 will hopefully see tenders awarded in a more efficient and fair manner, with contractors able to deliver on time and within budget,” says Mfebe.

The SAFCEC statement said Mfebe has also made his mark in top positions in the mining industry, as a trade union activist, the broadcasting industry, and in politics, notably the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM) and the ANC.

He holds diplomas in human resource management and international trade, obtained in South Africa and the United Kingdom respectively; and is currently pursuing an MBA with Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom.

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