HBS Africa Consulting Engineers was started in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1986 as Huff Smith and Associates by Robert Huff, who remains as the current Managing Director. At that time it specialised in the design of Civil and Structural Engineering Projects.

From the outset HBS Africa has embraced the ethos to introduce value engineering into all their projects and to deliver the most cost effective designs. 30 years ago this approach was novel and hugely successful for HBS Africa and consequently we were repeatedly awarded with some of the largest building and civil infrastructure projects of that period.

Over these 30 years HBS Africa has developed a culture where we enjoy partnering with clients to work as an enthusiastic team to provide new and appropriate engineering solutions to developments throughout Africa.

HBS Africa offers design, implementation and construction management services to commercial, industrial, mining, hospitality, education and energy sectors. The Company has offices in South Africa with associated offices in 15 African Countries.

HBS Africa grew rapidly to over 150 personnel and in 1987 was joined by Tony Border to form Huff Border Smith & Associates. Tony Border headed up the Civil Infrastructure Division which over the years designed and supervised the construction of over 40 000 residential stands with associated bulk services exceeding ZAR750 million or USD $75 million at that time.

After 30 years HBS Africa is well established as a brand in South Africa and Africa. Tony Smith and Tony Border have retired and their roles were taken by David Freeme and Peter Chiesa in a seamless transition in 2005.

Over this period from 1988 HBS has successfully completed some of the most prestigious building and infrastructure projects which are summarised as follows:-


  • Over 750 000m² of retail development

  • Over 1,000,000m² of industrial / warehouse development

  • Over 300 000m² of offices, educational and medical development including many iconic buildings.

  • Over 40 000 serviced residential stands

  • Over ZAR750 million or USD $75 million on bulk services - sewerage, water, main roads

  • Major bridges, road-over-road, rail-over-road, road-over-river : ZAR250 million or USD $35 million.

  • Over 20 tourist and environmental projects.

Eight years ago a decision was taken by HBS Africa's Directors to expand into Africa, and we now have associated offices in the following countries:
  • Botswana

  • Mozambique

  • Zambia

  • Ghana

  • Nigeria

  • Uganda

  • Angola

  • Kenya

  • Zimbabwe

  • Malawi

  • Cameroon

  • Swaziland

  • Ethiopia

  • Sudan

  • Tanzania

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Mauritius


HBS Africa has worked in all of the above African Countries over the past 8 years and has introduced the HBS ethos and culture into the development of these projects to the extent where HBS Africa is now the Engineers of choice for many established South African Property Developers, Institutions and Corporates.

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