Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has recently appointed
Blanché Hanstein as the new Office Manager of its Windhoek Office in Namibia. Hanstein joined the company in Namibia in 2006 and has been instrumental in driving business growth, while forging strong relationships with the public and private sector in Namibia.
Commenting on her appointment, Ferdi Nell, Aurecon Managing Director, Africa, said, “We anticipate growth in many of the regions in which Aurecon is represented across Africa, with Namibia showing considerable potential. Hanstein’s experience in civil engineering and structural engineering, as well as her involvement in planning the infrastructure for developing towns in both Namibia and Angola, will be instrumental in helping us build the capabilities we are able to offer to our clients in Africa.”
Some of the projects that Aurecon has completed in Namibia include the Rehabilitation of hOsea Kutako International Airport, Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) for Rössing Uranium Mine Expansion, a 3350m2 Coca Cola Plant and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment for the Erongo Power Station Environmental.
Hanstein has been with the company for over 12 years and was the Health & Safety Officer in the Windhoek Office for four consecutive years. Completing her National Diploma: Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia in 2005, she joined Africon in Namibia in 2006.
Her Managing Director at the time encouraged her to further her studies, which led to her being awarded an Aurecon bursary to complete her Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Civil through the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2014.
“I’ve been given great opportunities at Aurecon. Besides professional guidance and a bursary, I also had great mentors who helped identify my strengths and build on them,” says Hanstein.
Hanstein says she is looking forward to this new challenge and meeting Aurecon’s key clients to discuss how the company can add more value to their businesses in the coming months.
“We are ready to assist our Namibian clients with the delivery of local infrastructure. Aurecon’s access to a global resource base, combined with our local knowledge and experience, means we can quickly assemble winning teams for our clients. I’m looking forward to leading the Namibian team and ensuring our clients’ projects continue to receive the highest level of technical excellence that Aurecon is renowned for,” concludes Hanstein.