Abie Eybers, a Construction Manager with over 30 years experience in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mau
What industry do you work in?
Mining, minerals and Oil & Gas.
What are your strengths?
After 35 years of construction comprising of 20 years of construction management all disciplines became strong points – civil, mechanical, piping, structural, E&I and commissioning.
What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?
When I started to work the construction field paid the best salaries
What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?
To finish the project without any fatalities or serious injuries, within time and budget to ensure a happy client.
How do you manage and overcome these challenges?
By sharing my experience and knowledge with my fellow workers and contractors gaining their respect and getting involved with all construction activities leading by example resulting in successful team players which make successful management very easy.
What has been the highlight of your career?
Completed a Chrome DMS plant in Kazakhstan in severe temperatures within time and budget.
If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?
Roughly $6,000 per month.
What can this person expect to earn after 10 years of experience?
Roughly $30,000 per month.
What advice can you offer people who are in the same industry as you?
Share your experience and knowledge with others.
If you had to describe yourself in FIVE WORDS, what would they be?
Where in Africa have you worked before?
Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mauritania and Senegal
As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?
With the rich gold deposits Mauritania could be the next hot spot.
CA Global is a big believer in Africa, why do YOU believe in Africa?
Yes, because there are lots of minerals available waiting for developers.