These services are led by Mel Clark, who has a wealth of experience within economic development and investment finance institutions in KwaZulu-Natal.
He was instrumental in driving a host of Government-supported economic initiatives in the Province, having been Chief Executive Officer of the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Council, Head of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and, latterly, Chief Executive Officer of the KZN Growth Fund Managers.
He is a founding member of Black Balance Projects and has worked within the company in a full-time capacity since 2007.
Through its economic development services, the company is committed to the active promotion of responsible and sustainable socio-economic development, leading to the upliftment of South Africa’s historically disadvantaged.
The company believes in a holistic development process. Establishing a balance between the need for both development and transformation remains at the heart of the business consulting services offered by Black Balance Projects.
The company’s professional consulting product offering includes:
• Local Economic Development (LED) Strategies: Black Balance Projects is familiar with the most widely-recognised methodologies for undertaking LED studies and for developing practical LED strategies for areas and Municipalities. In particular, the company has the requisite expertise for developing partnerships between public and private sector organisations intent on pursuing local economic development initiatives. Company management has been involved in LED processes in partnership with organisations, such as the National Business Initiative, the Business Trust, the European Commission and others;
• Industry Development Strategies: Following the principles of the Customised Sector Programme of the National Department of Trade and Industry, Black Balance Projects actively manages comprehensive industry clustering programmes. These are aimed at increasing investment and raising the levels of competitiveness of individual industries through systematic programmes and partnerships amongst industry stakeholders. By way of example, the company was appointed by Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal and the eThekwini Municipality to research and facilitate the Ship and Boat-building and Repair Industry Development Programme;
• Black Economic Empowerment Strategies and Initiatives: Black Balance Projects has the capacity to provide Government and private sector organisations with strategic advice regarding Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment strategies and initiatives. The company, for example, plays an advisory role in the KwaZulu-Natal Rural Upliftment Trust, established by the private sector. It also has the requisite expertise in consulting on Corporate Social Investment plans and socio-economic development programmes; and
• Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) Development: Black Balance Projects provides a range of advisory services in the SMME sector, from broad strategy formulation to the development of project-specific business plans.
Malcolm Biggar is a civil engineer and professionally qualified project manager with a wealth of experience in engineering, construction and property development.
He has the ability to strategically utilise labour-intensive methodologies – should project leaders so require – in all built environment projects. He is also a specialist in programmes which focus on the use and development of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises.
Black Balance Projects provides an abundance of experience and expertise in project management activities in both the public and private sectors and in both urban and rural environments with regard to the delivery of responsible infrastructural development.
The company’s engineering design and management proficiency is critical in terms of its design and supervision of construction of urban and rural civil engineering works. This encompasses roads, storm-water, sewer, water and related facilities, such as pump stations, rising mains, trunk sewer pipelines and major storm-water outfalls, amongst others.
Engineering technical services include:
• Project planning as regards production and product flows;
• Materials handling, warehousing, racking and distribution;
• Site planning, inclusive of economic site utilisation, skills and safety management;
• Design, driven by cost-benefit ideals;
• Site earthworks, reclamation and foundation engineering;
• Concrete, steel and masonry building structures;
• Continuous slide concrete structures, such as retaining walls, bunds, basements and pits;
• Industrial architecture and work-force facilities;
• Site security and site services, including water, sewers, storm-water drainage and electricity; and
• Solid and liquid industrial waste solutions.
The company’s core consulting and project management expertise lies in the following key services:
• Project Feasibility Studies: Black Balance Projects provides comprehensive design and scoping;
• Project Management: The company provides project managers to plan and manage projects and programmes;
• Training: Project and programme management training is offered;
• Project Offices and Systems: The company is capable of establishing and implementing project offices and systems for the purposes of effective and efficient monitoring and reporting; and
• Facilitation of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs): The company delivers project enhancement and support through effective business development planning, development and the facilitation of SMMEs, labour-intensive and/or labour-based project implementation systems.
Reneé Hulley’s past experiences lies largely in the development planning field, having attained valuable and extensive experience in strategic and spatial planning at both Provincial and Local Government levels.
Her role, as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, is to set the strategic vision of Black Balance Projects, ensuring that the company is steered in such a way that it remains relevant and a contributor of significance in South Africa’s built environment well into the future.
The company’s innovative and sustainable business solutions provide the bedrock on which Black Balance Projects is founded and it is this sound foundation which affords the company the impetus necessary for the continued professional, timely and relevant delivery of its services in the built environment.
To this end, her appointment as Chief Executive Officer has been followed by a further strengthening of the company’s management team through the employment of a highly competent Chief Financial Officer, Mr Kevin Biggar, who boasts both national and international financing experience, and the acquisition of Vuka Planning Africa, a highly respected company comprising extremely efficient and professional town and regional planners. This has enabled Black Balance Projects to extend and broaden its range of services beyond engineering, economic development and architecture, to include development planning.
Given the company’s varied fields of expertise, Black Balance Projects is perfectly placed to offer a more diverse and tailor-made development approach; an approach which is specifically designed to contribute to the ability of clients to achieve their own built environment developmental objectives.