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A team of highly experienced professionals

Our Team

Waco Engineering Services Team

Waco Engineering Services (WES) has over 100 years of experience and is led by a team of highly experienced professionals

Michael Graham ElsChief Executive Officer – Waco Africa

Michael Graham ElsChief Executive Officer – Waco Africa

Michael has a BSc (Quantity Surveying with Distinction) from UCT and commenced as CEO of Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd in July 2010. Mike’s working career began as a professional QS in Cape Town in the late 80’s.

The next 20 years saw Mike starting and running two mid-tier construction companies specialising in commercial construction and development, the second of which he ran until his appointment to Waco Africa.

Gregory SlabbertChief Financial Officer - Waco Africa

Gregory SlabbertChief Financial Officer - Waco Africa

Gregory started his career with the Group as the Accounting Manager of then subsidiary, Continental Tyres and this was followed by fulfilling the positions of Group Accountant and then Group Executive – both at Waco International.

Greg currently fulfills the position of Chief Financial Officer of Waco Africa, a position he has held since April 2004.Greg holds a B Com (UPE) and B Compt Honours (Unisa) CA (SA).

Otto BothaDirector (Managing)- WACO Engineering Services

Otto BothaDirector (Managing) - WACO Engineering Services

Otto manages Waco Engineering Services. He has more than 21 years’ experience in Civil Engineering, covering construction, temporary works design and management. He specializes in temporary works and structural design, as well as construction methodology and value engineering.

Otto is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and the Engineering Registration Board of Botswana. He is a registered Temporary Works Designer with the Institute for Work at Height’s Professional Body. Otto has a B Eng Degree in Civil (Structural) Engineering and is a Member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering. He is on the Advisory Board of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Civil Engineering.

Vaughan BurgessSenior Engineer - WACO Engineering Services

Vaughan BurgessSenior Engineer - WACO Engineering Services

Vaughan is a Senior Engineer at Waco Engineering Services. He has 45 years’ experience in Civil Engineering including surveying, reinforced concrete design, temporary works design, draughting, estimating and construction management.

He is registered as a Professional Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa, as well as a Member with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering. Vaughan is also a Member of the Chamber of Engineering Technology, a Member of Concrete Society of South Africa, a Member of South African Institute of Draughtspersons and is registered as a Temporary Works Designer with the Institute for Work at Height’s Professional Body.

Edgar FaberSenior Engineer - WACO Engineering Services

Edgar FaberSenior Engineer - WACO Engineering Services

Edgar is a Senior Engineer at Waco Engineering Services . He has 40 years’ experience in Civil Engineering, specializing in temporary works design, construction methodology. He also mentors and coaches young engineers and technicians.

Edgar has a National Diploma for Technicians (T4), a Baccalaureus Technologiae Engineering Degree in Civil (Structural) Engineering and is registered as a Professional Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa. He is also a Member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering and a registered Temporary Works Designer with the Institute for Work at Height’s Professional Body.

Stephan VenterSenior Engineer - WACO Engineering Services

Stephan VenterSenior Engineer - WACO Engineering Services

Stephan is a Senior Engineer at Waco Engineering Services. He has 30 years’ experience in Civil Engineering, mainly in construction and temporary works design. Stephan specializes in temporary works design and his main function is to design and inspect temporary structures.

He obtained his National Civil Engineering Diploma (T3) in 1987 from the former Vaal Triangle Technicon and completed an additional year of studies to be awarded a National Diploma in Civil Engineering (T4) at UNISA in 2013. He is a registered Temporary Works Designer with the Institute for Work at Height’s Professional Body. Stephan is a registered Candidate Civil Engineering Technician with the Engineering Council of South Africa and an Associate member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering.

Francois ErweeEngineer - WACO Engineering Services

Francois ErweeEngineer - WACO Engineering Services

Francois is currently employed as an Engineer at Waco Engineering Services. He has more than 7 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering industry, covering largely construction, design and management. He specializes in temporary works and structural design, as well as construction methodology.

Francois has a B Eng (Civil) Degree from the University of Pretoria. He is registered as a Candidate Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and is registered as a Temporary Works Designer with the Institute for Work at Height’s Professional Body.

James DialeJunior Project Technician - WACO Engineering Services

James DialeJunior Project Technician - WACO Engineering Services

James is a Junior Project Technician at Waco Engineering Services. He has more than 2 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry, covering temporary works design, manufacturing and refurbishment of temporary works equipment. James’ current function is to design temporary structures including formwork and support work layouts, and access platforms.

He graduated with a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg in 2017 and with a BTech Degree from the University of Johannesburg in 2018. James is registered as a Temporary Works Designer with the Institute for Work at Height’s Professional Body and is in the process of registering with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Candidate Engineering Technologist.

Candice Van DykCoordinator - WACO Engineering Services

Candice Van DykCoordinator - WACO Engineering Services

Candice is the Coordinator for Waco Engineering Services and has been employed by Waco Africa for the past 6 years. She started at Form-Scaff as Internal Sales, was then promoted to Branch Coordinator and then moved over to the Waco Engineering Services as Coordinator in July 2019.

Candice provides office and administrative support to the Waco Engineering Services team where she is responsible for general administration and record keeping which includes functions such as creating quotations, maintaining project registers, invoicing, procurement, training and IT support.

We are Waco International

Waco Engineering Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Waco Africa, a leading industrial services business in South Africa. Waco Africa is part of Waco International with operations in Africa (South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries), Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United Kingdom.

The Group provides services in the areas of formwork, shoring and scaffolding, insulation, painting and blasting, hydraulic and suspended access platforms, relocatable modular buildings, portable sanitation products and integrated hygiene services.

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