The consulting engineering practice, Van Heerden Calitz & Hayes, was established in Pretoria in 1953 when founder member Willem van Heerden entered the civil and structural engineering field.

As the practice expanded he was joined by Gerrit Calitz and George Hayes. The practice quickly gained widening respect and stature. In the mid 1980's came the amalgamation with two more firms, Salmon & Cilliers Inc and Werner WO Kurzke & Partners which added branch offices in Pietersburg, Rustenburg and Mafikeng.

In the 1990's the firm was joined by Jamie Paola & Associates and thereafter by Mc Cartan, Shaw and Robinson.

As the firm matured, growing ever more progressive and more dynamic in a fast-changing South Africa, it was renamed to:
Civil Concepts (Pty) Ltd


Civil Concepts is strongly service-orientated. Our approach is characterised by strong leadership from the principals and their personal management of projects. In many ways this is a unique feature of our firm. All the principals are like-minded in their preference for hands-on involvement rather than a supervisory or remote management role, nurturing long-term relationships based on mutual trust.

Our clients are kept informed, their needs are complied with, quality is ensured and we are totally committed in our endeavours to complete projects on time and within budget. This firm keeps abreast of the latest technology and developments in both the engineering and information technology industries, enabling us to offer innovative, cost-effective and appropriate engineering solutions.

The approach enables Civil Concepts to undertake a diversity of projects regionally and nationally. It also ensures that in every possible way, we meet the most exacting needs of our clients. Municipalities, regional and provincial authorities as well as private sector clients have reciprocated with continuing business through referrals based on expertise, quality of work and track record.  


Listed below are a few projects we have been involved with or are currently busy with:

  • Balwin Foundation
  • Viva Foundation
  • Wizkids
  • Funanani
  • Manger Care Centre
  • Pioneer School for the Blind