Mistrust between South Africans is preventing the country from sorting out its infrastructure challenges, says Malani Padayachee-Saman, CEO of SA’s first black, woman-owned civil consulting engineering firm, Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA).MPA has just purchased the SA subsidiary of engineering and development firm Mott MacDonald Africa with co-investment from holding company Motseng Women Investments.Padayachee-Saman, an experienced civil engineer, founded MPA in 1997. It is being re-branded MPAMOT, with Padayachee-Saman as its CEO and Ipeleng Mkhari as board chair.Padayachee-Saman says that after a 30-year career she is excited to make an acquisition which will help her grow her business and do more work across Africa.MPA works largely on renewable energy projects. Acquiring Mott MacDonald gives it exposure to national civil engineering work. Mott MacDonald was involved in the development and construction of the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga and the Nelson Mandela Bridge in ...

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