AGORA AFRICA’s head office is situated in Pretoria and was founded in 2016 by Frederich van Niekerk, Oostewald van Niekerk and Selwyn Schütze. AGORA AFRICA has strengthened its top structure within the company and broadened its horizons by introducing Nomfundo Nxumalo as an executive Director in 2017
AGORA AFRICA prides itself in being a 51% black woman majority owned, Level 2 B-BBEE rated company. We are 100% committed to embracing and encouraging pragmatic and sustainable economic transformation in South Africa.
We strive to achieve excellent employment equity within our company and beyond by reviewing and evaluating the compliance of our suppliers with provisions of the Employment Equity Act.
We are fully engaged across the board by ensuring maximum participation through skills and technology development, capacity building and empowerment of previously disadvantaged individuals. With a diverse staff profile, we continually review our implementation policies and manage performance against our targets to contribute to an equitable society
Frederich Van Niekerk
As a graduate Quantity Surveyor Frederich had the fortunate opportunity to be working in the United Kingdom in 2008.
Prior to him working in the UK he was involved in construction and quantity surveying on various projects in South Africa. This exposure gave Frederich a very good perception of all phases of a project’s life cycle, reinforcing his ambition of furthering his career in Quantity Surveying. In 2010 Frederich registered with the South African Council of the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP).
Up until 2013 Frederich successfully gained thorough experience as a professional quantity surveyor and he wanted to further his ambition to make a real difference. He started AGORA Quantity Surveyors with the vision to grow into an industry leading quantity surveying practice and slowly but surely expand the vision of the AGORA Group into AFRICA. Today AGORA has a solid service delivery capability in east Africa and in some parts west Africa. To underpin our capability with international clients we have recently expanded our office into Eastern Europe with great success.
“Quantity Surveying forms an integral part of a development. By controlling the financial component of a development project, you control the financial risk element and in effect contribute to constructive decision making, from an early stage of a project’s life cycle, based on calculated risk!”
Nomfundo Nxumalo is a highly creative, passionate and business savvy professional who infuses her positive energy in all that she does. She has strong written and verbal communication skills, that aid her in communicating, developing and executing her ideas. She has excellent common sense, and decision-making abilities. She aspires to contribute positively to the holistic development and refining of Africa as a whole.
With a Bachelor of Science qualification in Architecture, Nomfundo has a technical and design-orientated background. On completion of her tertiary studies, she spent two years at Boogertman and Partners, one of the leading architectural firms in Africa.
Oostewald van Niekerk
A graduate from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Oostewald started his career acting as project quantity surveyor for DMS QS. He then Joined SSQS a Quantity Surveying firm based in Pretoria, South Africa.
Oostewald furthered his career by becoming lead QS at JS & Associates in Sandton, South Africa. Oostewald was one of the founding members of Curacost Quantity Surveyors. He later accepted a position as Executive director at Equate Quantity Surveyors and in 2016 Oostewald was one of the founding members of Agora Quantity Surveyors. He is a highly skilled quantity surveyor with more than 14 years’ experience in construction cost consulting with experience on a wide variety of different types of projects.
During his studies Oostewald was awarded membership to the prestigious Golden Key Organization.
Oostewald is also a registered Quantity Surveyor with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP), The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and a Member of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA)
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