MPA Legacy

Malani Padayachee & Associates (Pty) Ltd, better known as MPA, was established on 1 July 1997 by Malani Padayachee-Saman, one of South Africa’s few professional female civil engineers. In 2022, we celebrated 25 years of excellence as a black woman-owned civil and structural consulting engineering firm, committed to providing professional services to clients with a focus on maximising customer satisfaction. After the acquisition of Mott MacDonald MPAMOT continued to provide sustainable and excellent engineering solutions to enhance the lives of all South Africans.

MPAMOT is proud of our ability to offer a diverse range of expertise. MPAMOT’s track record in various areas of specialty enables us to offer a comprehensive service to clients. MPAMOT strives to provide clients with superior solutions based on sound engineering principles.

As part of our ethos of helping to structure a better South Africa in the future, MPAMOT is cognisant of the role that our customers play in creating a sustainable solution and ensuring that local communities are uplifted in the process – through skills transfer, job creation, or preserving the environment.

Our Journey

2020
Aug 01
2020 And Beyond

MPAMOT embarks on a journey of utilising local skills to transform the continent.

2020
Aug 01
MPA Growth
MPA rebrands to MPAMOT and acquires Mott MacDonald Africa, to be the largest women-owned and managed company on the continent.
2018
Jan 03
Jan 03
17th Annual Oliver Top Empowerment Entrepreneur Of The Year Award
2018
Jan 03
Jan 03
SAICE National Engineer Of The Year Award
2018
Jan 03
Jan 03
SAICE National Engineer Of The Year Award
2016
Jan 03
Jan 03
CESA AON Engineering Excellence Award
2016
Jan 03
Jan 03
CESA AON Engineering Excellence Award
2015
Aug 01
MPA Grows Exponentially
MPA grows exponentially and moves from a qualifying small enterprise to a generic enterprise in terms of their BEE status.
2014
Jan 03
Jan 03
WIEBE, Women In Engineering And Built Environment- Winner Company Sector
2014
Jan 03
Jan 03
Women In Engineering And Built Environment (WiEBE) Certificate Of Achievement
2014
Jan 03
Jan 03
Africa Women In Construction- Industry Transformation Award (2014)
2014
Jan 03
Jan 03
Africa Women In Construction- Industry Transformation Award (2014)
2012
Aug 01
Working In Africa
MPA expanded operations and commenced working on the continent, with their first project in Zambia.
2012
Aug 01
MPA Opens Western Cape Regional Office
MPA opened Western Cape regional office.
2012
Aug 01
MPA Opens Western Cape Regional Office
MPA opened Western Cape regional office.
2011
Jan 02
Jan 02
Women In Engineering And Built Environment (WiEBE) Certificate Of Achievement
2011
Jan 02
Jan 02
EOY, Sanlam / Business Partner Small Business Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist
2010
Aug 01
MPA Opens KwaZulu-Natal Regional Office
MPA KZN regional office was opened, after not working in the province for many years.
2009
Aug 02
Aug 02
Hot Dip Galvanising Award (Overall Winner)
2007
Aug 02
Aug 02
TWIB (Technology For Women In Business Achiever Awards) – 2nd Runner-Up
2007
Aug 01
10th Year Anniversary Milestone
In celebration of the 10th anniversary, MPA hosted a brunch at the Johannesburg Country Club attend by staff and clients.
2006
Mar 01
Sale Of MPA KZN Office
Mrs Padayachee-Saman sold her shares in the MPAKZN office, which rebranded to MAP Africa, in order to focus on her young family and her Gauteng operations.
2004
Aug 01
National Library Of South AfricaSale Of MPA KZN Office
Completed the National Library of South Africa.
2004
Aug 01
7th Year Anniversary Milestone
To commemorate their 7th anniversary milestone, MPA hosted a multi-cultural gala event at Monte Casino, attended by 180 guests, including staff clients and business partners. The event showcased the diverse service offering of the organisation and the cultural diversity that is uniquely MPA.
2003
Aug 02
Aug 02
Impumelelo Top 300 Emerging Empowerment Companies
2001
Jan 01
KZN Office Opens
Malani, established MPA KwaZulu-Natal regional office with two partners, Mr P Narainsamy and Mr P Jaggernath.
1997
July 01
Business Registered
In July 1997 Mrs M Padayachee-Saman Pr.Eng, founded Malani Padayachee & Associates(MPA), the 1st woman-owned and managed consulting engineering practice in South Africa.

Motseng Women Investments

Motseng Women Investments (Pty) Ltd. is a newly founded women-owned investment entity directly affiliated to Motseng Investment Holdings (MIH). Founded by Ipeleng Mkhari, the goal at Motseng is to integrate Motseng’s women executives as owners and managers of the business. MWI was established to leverage the 20 year plus history of MIH in principal investments. With the depth and knowledge base from MIH, we are confident that Motseng will develop into a leading women-owned and managed organisation.
COMPANY
AWARD
YEAR
Motseng Property Services
Best SMME by Black Business Quarterly
2003
Motseng Investment Holdings
PMR Golden Award
2004
Motseng Property Services
PMR Golden Award
2005
Motseng Property Services (Westgate Shopping Mall)
Roodepoort Chamber of Business “Business of the Year” finalist
2007
MOTSENG CONCESSIONS (IAPP)
OR Tambo Building won a South African Property Owners Association design award
2010
Motseng Property Services (Pavilion Shopping Mall)
Best Shopping Mall in the “Your Choice Awards”
2010
Motseng Property Services (Pavilion Shopping Mall)
Mahlamba Ndlopfu received three awards
Trophy Award of Excellence for “Best Turf and Maintenance” of the garden, Trophy Award of Excellence for the “Best use of Colour” in the landscape.
Gold Award -Overall Winner (National) - “Maintenance and Turf Work”,
House OR Tambo received two awards.
Bronze Award for “Maintenance and Turf”.
Bronze Award for “In-house Design & Construction” and upgrade of the garden.
2010 & 2011
Motseng Facilities Management
PMR awarded 3rd Best Facilities Management Company in South Africa
2012
COMSERV SELMEC
Winners of the Vodacom CEO Award for Business Partner of the Year
2014
COMSERV SELMEC
Vodacom Mozambique Safety and Service Excellence
2018

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald’s history in Africa stretches back more than 100 years, to the first heightening of the Aswan Dam in Egypt, when co-founder Sir Murdoch MacDonald began what became the company’s long association with hydro-electric power development.

Since then, the global engineering, management, and development consultancy has been continuously working across the continent, bringing power and clean water to communities, developing transport connections to support economic development, creating the built environment to support urbanisation, equipping young people with skills to succeed and combating poverty and disease.

Mott MacDonald has contributed to development in 40 African countries spanning energy, water, transport, buildings, communications, health, and education. The consultant has also played a key role in the growth of the region’s public-private partnerships and privately financed infrastructure, bringing internationally award-winning commercial and technical advisory expertise in addition to management and technical expertise.

Milestones in Mott MacDonald’s history in Africa include the expansion of its presence in the power market with the 2010 acquisition of South Africa and Botswana power consultancy Merz and McLellan, which first came to the region in 1910 and whose founders were instrumental in the creation of South Africa’s national electricity supply utility Eskom. This move enabled Mott MacDonald to provide a strong combined local and international resource offering engineering services for the transmission and distribution sector, all types of renewables, thermal generation, electrical and mechanical inspection, and nuclear power.

In 2013, Mott MacDonald acquired South African engineering consultancy PD Naidoo & Associates [which itself developed from a start-up engineering consultancy and through key acquisitions (GFJ, Siyenza, CBI and several others) became one of South Africa’s leading companies] and combined PDNA’s operations with its sub-Saharan Africa business to create a multi-disciplinary business providing design, implementation, and management services in sectors ranging from property and infrastructure, transport and water, to industry, mining, and communications.

As part of the ongoing evolution of Mott MacDonald’s involvement in Africa, its South Africa and Lesotho infrastructure consultancy business – formerly Mott MacDonald Africa – was acquired by MPAMOT on 3 August 2020. This transformation to a women-owned, local led business provides the South African operation with a strong base for continued growth. The global group and MPAMOT have a strong cooperation arrangement and will continue to partner together in pursuing infrastructure projects in Africa.  The Mott MacDonald contracting and the international development unit in South Africa continues. The parties will cooperate in helping develop social and physical infrastructure across the rest of the continent.