Viva Engineering was established in 2006 as a steel fabrication specialist. Founded on the principles of professionalism, excellence, integrity and accountability, we quickly became the partner of choice for key international clients in the mining, industrial, infrastructure and commercial sectors.

Viva Engineering’s reputation for cost competitiveness, quality, on-time delivery and safety enabled it to grow organically into structural design, shop detailing, trial assemblies, transport & logistics and on-site installation as our clients requested us to take control of other parts of the value chain. Today Viva Engineering is a respected turnkey SMPP Contractor to many international clients.

With more than 150 highly-skilled and experienced individuals making up the Viva ‘family’ and a manufacturing facility of over 8000m2 that meets ISO9001:2015 and international manufacturing standards, we are able to deliver projects of any size across Sub-Saharan African and the world.

Viva Engineering is proudly 51% Black-owned and 30.6% Black-women-owned. We’re committed to transformation and the development of empowered enterprises; through the transfer of skills and knowledge we’re creating sustainable businesses that can successfully compete in the industry.

We’re guided by our values and driven by our vision ‘to be the most trusted turnkey SMPP contractor in sub-Saharan Africa known for keeping our promises and delivering projects on time, in full and always safely’.

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Viva At A Glance

14 years in the industry

300 – 500T fabricated per month

8850m² workshop and yard

8 overhead cranes

2 mobile cranes

Over 520 projects completed to date

Meet our team

Collen Gibbs

Director

Collen Gibbs co-founded Viva Engineering in 2006, when he saw an opportunity to apply his experience and his commitment to professionalism, excellence, integrity and accountability to partner with clients to build a truly client focused steel fabrication business, and contribute to the success of the steel fabrication industry. Having gained international experience in Project and Construction Management over 12 years at Sandvik Mining Systems, Collen applied his skills and hard-work ethic to build and grow Viva Engineering into the respected turnkey SMPP steel fabrication company that it is today, providing excellence in steel construction to clients in Africa, and around the world.

Collen’s Project Management accolades include winning the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) 2005 Export Award for Excellence in Engineering for Obajana Cement's Horizontally Curved, Elevated Gantry Conveyor System in Nigeria. He’s also been instrumental in project-managing the first Sandvik Mobile Spreader in South Africa at the Sishen Iron Ore mine, the first Up Current Classifier in South Africa and the first Teeter Bed in South Africa at Anglo Coal, Landau, among many other successful projects throughout Africa.

Collen is passionate about his home-family and his work-family, and making a difference in the lives of his 150-strong team at Viva Engineering. He is an avid trail runner and canoeist, having competed in local and international ultra-marathons over the years.

Juan-Rich Muller

New Business Manager

JR Muller joined the Viva Engineering family in 2015, with nearly a decade of experience in structural steel fabrication behind him. JR’s first 5 years at Viva Engineering were in the role of Estimator, managing all the project pricing for tenders and establishing relationships with new and existing clients. JR’s track record of service excellence, innovation and client focus ultimately led to his promotion to New Business Manager in 2020.

JR has been instrumental in meeting Viva Engineering’s sales targets for three consecutive years (2017, 2018 and 2019), a feat that he credits to the determination and work ethic that he shares with his team. As a relatable manager with clear communication skills and an eye for detail, JR possesses a natural leadership ability that helps his team to remain motivated and focused.
JR is energetic and spirited, enjoying the fast pace of the steel industry, and the thrill of ringing the brass bell that signals a sale. Outside of work, he applies this energy and passion to playing cricket for a team that he also captains. He also enjoys spending quality time with his wife and 2 boys and following a variety of sports.

Claudio Trocado

Drawing Office Manager

Claudio Trocado is the Drawing Office Manager at Viva Engineering, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in detailing and draughting.

Claudio pursued his career in steel detailing, after obtaining a Diploma in Hi-Tech Project Engineering Draughting in 2002. Knowing exactly what he wanted to achieve and learn, Claudio threw himself into relevant roles at structural engineering and fabricating firms, developing as a detailer and learning how to apply the latest technologies to yield the highest quality product.

Claudio joined Viva Engineering in 2020, bringing his passion and expertise to one of South Africa’s biggest turnkey SMPP contractors. With two decades of experience in Tekla Structures detailing and over 11 years’ managing a structural engineering and drawing office, Claudio brings with him a track record of professional shop detailing and in-depth understanding of the steel fabrication industry.

Claudio is passionate about technology and finding solutions that make life in steel fabrication simpler. He works hand in hand with design and layout engineers, using 3D software that can be passed onto shop detailers with minimal interface and loss of information.

When he’s not formulating high-tech solutions, he can be found in the great outdoors, or cycling with his friends.

Dieter Knoren

Quality Manager

Dieter Knoren is Viva Engineering’s Quality Manager with 20 years of experience in multiple industries.

Dieter started his apprenticeship at Stein Müller SA as a pressure vessel Boilermaker in 2000 and qualified in 2002. He joined Serken Engineering as a qualified boilermaker in 2002, and then joined GEA Air-Cooled Systems as a pressure vessel boilermaker in 2005. Hand-on experience and hard work propelled Dieter into the role of Quality / Workshop Manager at GEA Nilenca, where his capabilities continued to evolve.

Starting his own business in 2014, DLC Engineering, Dieter refurbished heat exchangers and condensers internationally, after which he returned to South Africa in 2015 and joined the Viva Engineering team. Here, Dieter flourished in his work, managing the quality department and quality requirements with precision and integrity. During Dieter’s time at Viva Engineering, the company boasts a 0.2% comeback rate and has also been instrumental in obtaining CE certification and ISO 9001 certification for the company.

Dieter combines discipline with versatility and creativity to coordinate the smooth running of the company’s quality department, yielding products that have put Viva Engineering on the map and earned its reputation for international quality steel fabrication and structural engineering.

Away from the workshop, Dieter is a family man who treasures time at home with his loved ones. Passionate about learning, he is always looking for opportunities to expand on his knowledge and skills and stay on top of industry trends.

Jaco Bezuidenhout

Operations Manager

Jaco Bezuidenhout is the Operations Manager at Viva Engineering, boasting and impressive 23 years of experience in the steel fabrication and construction industry.

Jaco’s interest in steel fabrication emerged when he was young, and he spent as much time as he could learning boiler-making skills over weekends and during holidays. Developing his expertise in general boiler-making during through part-time roles meant that he was a semi-skilled boilermaker before he even landed his first full-time job at Transfab Engineering, in 1999. Here, was a fabricator of pressure vessels, chutes, tanks, structural steel and pipe fittings.

Jaco joined Viva Engineering in 2010 as Workshop Chargehand. Since then, his opportunities within the company have evolved, with promotions first to vendor Inspector / Expeditor and then Workshop Foreman. Having invested so much into his work at Viva Engineering, he was appointed Operations Manager in 2016, responsible for the planning and execution of projects, management of sub-contractors, and managing the workshop and its complement of about 100 employees.

Jaco possesses a lifelong passion for steel fabrication and has developed and compliments his technical skill with people management and problem-solving skills.

Jaco’s other interests include taking time out at the off-road bike track and playing club rugby with friends.

Leon Pretorius

Project Manager

Leon Pretorius is a Project Manager at Viva Engineering, serving the structural steel fabrication industry for over 22 years.

Leon first entered the industry in 1998, as an apprentice boiler-maker at AECI, during which time he also obtained his N2 certification, studying development drawings, and plate and structural steelwork theory. He then accepted an offer from Horne Hydraulics for a boilermaker and fitter role, working in fabrication, welding and hydraulics. He moved on to Crown Gold Recoveries as a boilermaker, working with pipe developments, structural steelwork, and site erection.

Having spent 9 years growing and developing his expertise, Leon joined Viva Engineering in 2007 as a skilled boilermaker, specializing in the fabrication of structural steelwork and platework. At Viva Engineering, Leon’s career evolved with multiple promotions, filling the roles of Welding and Fabrication Inspector, Quality Manager, and finally, Project Manager in 2013.

Leon is a determined manager who works well under pressure and with all types of people - with these qualities, and his insatiable spirit of learning, he has led his department to complete on high-quality projects successfully, on time, and always safely.

When he’s not managing his team or learning a new skill, Leon enjoys target shooting, cycling and being outdoors with family and friends.

Clive Procos

Project Manager

Clive Procos joined Viva Engineering in the role of Project Manager in 2013. Having refined his skills in business administration, tendering, customer relations and new business development in his long career in the auto trading industry, Clive expanded his expertise in 2009, joining Cosira International as a project Expeditor and Site Coordinator. It was here that Clive was first exposed to the internal workings of an SMPP steel fabrication company, including planning and design, drawing, manufacturing, quality control, assembly, logistics, and on-site erection.

In Clive’s first 7 years at Viva Engineering, he has managed over 75 projects ranging from 1 ton to 2000 tons, for a high-profile portfolio of clients including FLSmidth, ELB Engineering, Hogarths Engineering, Zimplats, Sandvik Mining Systems, DRA, Thermo Fisher, and many others. Clive has delivered to clients throughout the world, including South America, the Middle East and many countries on the African continent.

In his personal time, Clive can be found in the great outdoors, traversing a golf course, playing indoor soccer, or spending time with his family and friends around a braai. As an avid carpenter and builder, Clive enjoys making home improvements and sharing home improvement tips with his friends.

Rutherford Modiba

Financial Manager

Rutherford Modiba is the Financial Manager at Viva Engineering, a highly-skilled, financial accountant with years of experience behind him.

With a BCompt in Financial Accounting, Rutherford’s career in accounting began with 4 years of grueling article work - he worked as a Bookkeeper during his first year, and filled the position of Senior Audit Clerk in his final three years. Rutherford proved himself to be an asset in these roles, learning and growing as he worked.

Rutherford joined Viva Engineering in 2011, where he quickly showed his value by tackling the company’s financial administration with determination and resourcefulness. Through sound business knowledge, analytical skills and an ability to work under pressure, Rutherford tends to the broad and demanding duties and responsibilities of a Financial Manager.

Rutherford’s greatest achievements at Viva Engineering include reconciling a tax return which had been stuck in limbo for 3 years, saving the company considerable money. He has also improved the accounting department’s efficiency and boasts an unqualified clean audit since joining Viva Engineering

Exercising his openness, adaptability, and the ability to work as part of a team, Rutherford is a valuable member of the Viva Engineering family. When he’s not saving the company’s money or studying towards his CTA Honors, Rutherford enjoys off-road driving and pursuing his interest in motorbikes.

Tammy Cronje

Human Resources Manager

Tammy Cronje is the Human Resources Manager at Viva Engineering, with two decades of experience in people-management.

Tammy proved herself early on in her career in a high-demand position at the Spar Group, managing the enterprise’s barcoding system for 4 years, before moving to Abaphansi Trading as a Labour Broker. She excelled in this position for 10 years, with thanks to her training and certification in VIP and Pastel Payroll, HR Management and Labour Relations.

Tammy joined Viva Engineering in 2011, as HR Manager, and quickly made her mark by building the HR Department from the ground up. Implementing her years of experience, Tammy created the systems and procedures that ensure the department operates effectively.

One of Tammy’s most notable achievements was when she received the Employee of the Year Award 2018, for the exemplary manner in which she manages and cares for the Viva Engineering family.

Tammy is passionate about the Viva Engineering people and works hard to create an environment in which everyone understands how their contributions and success is part of the company’s success. When she is not dedicating herself to the growth of the company, you can find Tammy spending time with her family and planning her next trip to a local destination. She also enjoys exercising her mind by reading and studying.

Mara-Lize Fourie

Project and Systems Administrator

Mara-Lize Fourie is Viva Engineering’s Project and Systems Administrator, applying her natural skills and years of learning to ensure operation efficiency and manage safety regulations.

Mara-Lize hails from a background in retail where she discovered her love for working with people and effective business administration. In 2011, Mara-Lize took the opportunity to join Viva Engineering in a part-time data capturing role. This marked the beginning of what has become a long and successful career with the company. Mara-Lize was appointed as the company’s first Document Control Manager, she was then promoted to the Health and Safety Office in 2017 and subsequently promoted to the management team as Project and Systems Administrator. In this role Mara-Lize is responsible for managing the StruMIS tracking system, supporting the Quality Department in ensuring the effective implementation of Viva Engineering’s quality management system and working with all departments to identify and implement systems that create greater efficiencies.

A testament to her growth and development, Mara-Lize received the Rising Star Award in 2017, recognising her potential, business skills, and her value to the Viva Engineering team.

Mara-Lize is passionate about helping people to thrive and possesses a spirit of learning - regularly seeks opportunities to grow her skills, as evidenced by her many certifications.

She’s a wife and mother and loves to spend her free time with family.

We Are Driven By Our Values

WIN-WIN

Determined. Persistent. Selfless. Respectful.

At Viva Engineering we show up with the attitude and determination to win. We are driven and passionate about making our company #1. We recognise that we will only be the industry leader when we go the extra mile to help our clients and build their trust, because we know that when they win, we win. Clients first! We are open minded and respectful to each other’s perspectives and those of our client’s.

BE THE CHANGE YOU SEEK

Innovation. Continuous Improvement. Future Thinking.

At Viva Engineering we have the courage and resourcefulness to spark change – to innovate and improve our products, our processes and our projects for a sustainable future. We know and embrace continuous innovation and improvement, which is a shared responsibility amongst our team.

2mm TOLERANCE WORLD

Detailed. Systematic. Disciplined.

We operate in a 2mm tolerance world, measuring twice and cutting once. We are focused on the details, work to systems and are organised from start, to finish, with resolve. Even the most minute detail is important, because when we deliver projects, they must be delivered on time, at the right quality and with zero comebacks.

1 FAMILY, 150 PAIRS OF HANDS, A MILLENNIUM OF COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE

Teamwork. Skills. Knowledge. Experience.

We know that to deliver international-quality projects, we need to work as a team. Our people have world class skills, and we are dedicated to using our skills, knowledge and experience to delight our customers. The difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’, is our people.

SAFETY IS #1

Safety – Ours and Yours.

At Viva Engineering we know there are no second chances! Safety is a team effort, it is everybody’s responsibility and is considered in everything we do. There is no priority higher than safety… no matter what. Our people are our greatest asset, as are yours, and their safety is our #1 priority.

Commitment to Transformation

Viva Engineering is committed to transformation with 51% of ownership black-owned and 30.6% black-women-owned. Viva Engineering boasts a procurement level 4 and our Enterprise Development company, Batho Pele, has an impressive procurement level 2.

Delivering World Class Projects

Viva Engineering has delivered some of the industries most impressive projects across sub-Saharan Africa and the world.