Kobus van Wyngaardt
Title: National Advisor: SHERQ
Phone: +2711 409 0900
Kobus’ journey in the field of health and safety began in 2006 when he was appointed as a safety officer at a mining project undertaken by Aveng Grinaker-LTA Earthworks Engineering in Middelburg, followed by various other projects around the country such as the Eskom Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, as well as the designated SHE Manager for contracts under Sanral’s Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. Kobus was appointed as the divisional SHE Manager for Aveng Grinaker-LTA Rand Roads where he oversaw all SHE related aspects prior to moving to the Mechanical & Electrical division as the SHE Manager on Projects including the Glencore Mine project and Eskom Kusile Power Station project, a position that included assisting with the development and implementation of risk reduction programs together with the development and implementation of Mechanical & Electrical SHE Management systems.
Kobus’ need to gain a better understanding of the role that SHERQ implementation and management plays in the construction sector has seen him actively seek out roles in civils, roadworks, manufacturing and building. He holds a master’s degree in Management of Technology and Innovation within Business Management, and whilst obtaining this qualification, simultaneously developed a risk reduction program for construction projects that improves aspects such as safety performance. An achievement that speaks to his personal mantra of “Through creativity and innovation, the problems of today become the opportunities of tomorrow”.
As the National Advisor: SHERQ, Kobus' aspiration to ensure that the industry reduces all aspects of risk will be achieved through the provision of quality advisory service to members so that they may improve, apply and understand SHERQ management and risk reduction.