ACSA hires MMQSMace for $70 million airport improvement projects

19 June 2018 3 min. read

As its presence in Sub-Saharan Africa becomes increasingly prominent, UK-based consultancy Mace has received a boost for business in the form of a contract with Airport Company South Africa (ACSA), which involves three improvement projects in two of the South Africa’s most prominent airports.

Based out of London, Mace is a global consulting firm that finds its area of expertise in the construction domain. Since its establishment in 1990, the firm has grown to employ nearly 4,500 employees worldwide. Mace has offices around the world, including the major financial centres of New York, Hong Kong and Dubai, and generates revenues in excess of $2 billion.

As a strategy for international expansion, the firm has relied on partnerships with “niche consultancies” that are well-reputed in their regional markets, which led them to sign a partnership with a South African firm MMQS in 2013. A construction management firm, MMQS offered Mace a foothold in the market across Sub-Saharan Africa, subsequently bolstered by the signing of another strategic partnership with Kenyan consultancy YMR.

Now, leveraging their strong combined force, MMQSMace has won a major project to renovate two of South Africa’s most prominent airports, namely the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and the Cape Town International Airport. The contract has been awarded by ACSA – the proprietors of nearly all the major airports in South Africa.

ACSA hires MMQSMace for $70 million airport improvement projects

The two airports are highly important links for the continent, the former being the largest regional and intercontinental airport in all of Africa, while the latter is the second busiest airport in South Africa and the third busiest in Africa.

Both airports are in need of infrastructural improvements. OR Tambo Airport is set to see the addition of five new seating areas, and a portion of its airside corridor will also be renovated. The exact nature of improvements to Cape Town international Airport were not specified, although the contract lists three projects in total, worth a total of $70 million.

Commenting on the partnership, Group Manager for Portfolio Management at ACSA, Tshepiso Raletsemo said, “First I would like to congratulate MMQSMace on its appointment to these three key airport upgrade projects. We welcome MMQSMace to the team and really look forward to building a great working relationship as these projects move forward.”

Managing Director for MMQSMAce, Mandla Mlangeni added, “We are thrilled to have been appointed by ACSA as quantity surveyors for this infrastructure upgrade programme. OR Tambo International and Cape Town International are two of the most strategically important African airports, so it’s a privilege to help improve them for the future. By combining Mace’s extensive international aviation experience and MMQSMace’s local knowledge and expertise, I’m confident that our first projects with ACSA will be a huge success.”