DUP van Renen, one of three directors at leading engineering firm Afri-Coast Engineers and the operational director for the past 16 years, will retire at the end of this month, leaving a major national mark on the industry.
Van Renen, a respected South African water engineering industry expert, said his career has “absolutely flown by” because he was “having fun”.
Reflecting on his time at Afri-Coast Engineers, Van Renen said he enjoyed growing the company from small beginnings in 1998 into a nationally recognised company. Some of the highlights of Van Renen’s career included the planning, design and construction of the R1.6-billion Nooitgedagt Water Scheme.
“The scheme was planned in 1988/9 by my office at the then Port Elizabeth Municipality. From the first phase to the final leg this has been an incredible high impact project.
“I started on the first phase, the high level supply, back in 1993. Even though I am retiring I will remain as the lead consultant on the last phases of the project which will, when completed, supply some 160 mega litres per day to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality,” Van Renen said.
In fact the highlight and lowlight of van Renen’s career are mutually intertwined with the Nooitgedagt Water Supply Scheme, which arose from one of the most severe droughts Port