Jacobs expands South Africa engineering business

The South Africa-based joint venture of Jacobs, named Jacobs Matasis (Proprietary) Ltd., has acquired the business and assets of Ilitha Projects and Ilitha Staffing, two South African professional services companies operating out of Cape Town.

Jacobs has worked in a formal alliance with Ilitha Projects and Ilitha Staffing since August 2011, successfully completing a number of projects together.

“The expanded resource base we gain through Ilitha allows us to enhance our service offerings for customers and provide more opportunities for employees," said Jacobs vice president Bob Irvin.

Ilitha Projects provides project management and EPCM services to clients in a broad range of market sectors, including oil and gas, refining, chemicals, power, nuclear, marine mining and metals. Ilitha Staffing supplies technical contract staff sourcing and management services with a strong emphasis on integration with the client’s culture and business practices.

“From the outset we have been highly impressed by the integrity and values of the Jacobs organization," said Ilitha CEO Dave Welbourne. "Ilitha is fully aligned with these values and with the sustainable Jacobs relationship based business model, which we expect to smooth our integration into the Jacobs Matasis operation.”

The acquisition adds an engineering office in Cape Town and 161 professional services staff to Jacobs Matasis, bringing its personnel count to over 300.

"The acquisition strengthens our ability to compete with other major engineering and construction firms operating in Southern Africa; with the goal of achieving growth in the Sub-Saharan African market," said Jacobs Matasis chairman Dr. E.M. Dipico.

Jacobs Matasis, a Jacobs joint venture with Matasis Investment Holdings (Proprietary) Ltd., is aligned with South Africa’s economic transformation imperatives and has achieved Level 3 Status in terms of the country’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment legislation.

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