Mott MacDonald has added ports infrastructure expert Rudie Basson as rail and port practice lead in Africa. Basson joins from Transnet, and brings in more than 30 years of sector experience to the firm. The addition supports the firm’s activity within the port’s sector in South Africa.
Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Rudie Basson worked at Transnet Capital Projects as a General Manager in Project Execution. Basson joined the firm in 2006, where he first worked on heading up the Port and Rail Investment Programmes, before being promoted to his most recent role. In his more recent role, he has been responsible for major Port and Rail capital infrastructure projects, which included a number of high profile rail and port infrastructure expansions. Previously, Basson worked for several private sector companies within the export logistics sector, as well as a stint as port manager in Durban, South Africa, and as port manager in Cape Town – where he was involved in the initial phase of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront* redevelopment. Basson began his career as a site engineer on a new coal export rail line in South Africa.
Basson holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master of Business Leadership in Civil Engineering and Project Management, and a Certificate in Arbitration.
Mott MacDonald has picked up Basson, who joins the firm as its rail and port practice lead in Africa. Basson will be based in South Africa and brings more than 30 years of experience in infrastructure projects to the firm. In his new role he will assist with business development in the sector, promote best practice, support the firm’s global rail and port business initiatives, and lay tracks between Mott MacDonald and Transnet.
Neresh Pather, development director at Mott MacDonald in South Africa, says: “Our clients face a number of technical challenges and rely on us to deliver lasting solutions. Rudie’s ability to analyse situations, see the bigger picture and implement projects successfully makes him a fantastic addition to our existing global capabilities. Our clients will benefit from his experience and the knowledge he brings.”
* At the time a wholly owned subsidiary of Transnet.