AGORA AFRICA’s founding members and directors, Frederich van Niekerk and Oostewald van Niekerk are both directly involved in the management of the company and the projects which we are appointed for. Clients liaise directly with an AGORA Director on any development or project, ensuring comfort and full control over decision-making. AGORA AFRICA has strengthened its top structure within the company by introducing Nobuhle Makwakwa as Director in 2020.


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!”

Nobuhle Makwakwa

Nobuhle is a young, kind and career driven individual who strongly believes in personal growth and development.

With a vigorous passion for the building industry, she obtained her BSc degree in Construction Studies and BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying from the University of Witwatersrand.   Since joining the team in 2019, she significantly expanded her expertise in the High-end Residential, Educational, Commercial, Healthcare, and Mixed-Use Development Sectors. 

Her enthusiastic interest in the development in Africa drives her to enquire more knowledge, explore new trends and expand our footprint throughout the continent.

Nobuhle currently holds memberships with the Association for South African Quantity Surveyors, the Wits ASAQS student Chapter, the Wits Construction Economics and Management (CEM) Student Council, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, as well as the SA Miniacs Charity Group.

She is also serves as a Mentor at the Wits University Mentorship Programme.

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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