At shareholder, director level, the youngest has been at SIP for 24 years, and combined shareholder experience throughout the company amount to in excess of 400 years and more than R2.5 - billion worth of completed projects.
Having founded the company, initially called Schneid, Israelite & Partners, along with Jules Schneid in 1977, Charles Israelite, although reluctant to admit it, is one of the founding entities of Construction Project Management in South Africa - formalising it as a separately identifiable professional service to one that is well defined, understood and needed in the construction industry today. The growth in the practice in recognition of the contribution and participation of all the directors has resulted in the adoption of the acronym "SIP" representing the culture of the company and portrays its commitment to 'Strength, Integrity and Passion'.
Graduating with a BSc Building Management in 1972, Israelite worked for a building contractor before moving onto a multi-disciplinary firm of consultants. Following this he moved to a company providing construction management services, getting his hands 'dirty' as the contractor. The next stage was in 1977/8 with the Sun City Hotel as his initial project responsibility. He was appointed as a director of Schneid Israelite & Partners in 1980. He was President (and part founder/initiator) of the Association of Construction Management Professionals (ACMP) for seven years. He is also a councillor on the South African Council for the Construction and Project Management Professions (SACPCMP) and through them, was elected as councillor on the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), the overarching council for these councils now regulating the provision of competent services in the Built Environment.
From his work at the CBE, he was elected Chairman of the Identification of Work Committee, which entailed establishing a 'Terms of Reference' for the competence of all professionals to ensure protection of the 'public' in the realm of professional service utilisation. In addition, Israelite is Chairman of PROCSA (Professional Consultants Services Agreement Committee). This Committee comprises representatives from the ACPM, African Association of Quantity Surveyors, Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, Consulting Engineers South Africa, South African Institute of Architects, South African Black Allied Trade Organisation and the South African Property Owners Association, and provides the basis for the Terms of Engagement of professionals within the industry.
Currently COO of SIP Project Managers, graduated from Wits with a BSc as a Quantity Surveyor. He joined the project management division of the then Schneid Group, Schneid Israelite and Partners as an associate in 1986 and was appointed partner in 1988. He was shortly thereafter appointed the project manager responsible for the entire Lost City development. He is responsible for the technical execution side of the service provided by SIP. In addition, he frequently travelled to Dubai to orchestrate the project management services provided by Mirage Mille Leisure Development (MMLD) as SIP has a 40% stake in MMLD. "What makes us different from other companies is, based on our philosophy, we need people who are passionate, and can think on their feet" says Oosthuizen. "We have philosophies and guidelines for the way we approach our service, but we don't want to function like robots either. People must function to their abilities and strengths and this must be done as a team... A team playing to the SIP values. The project comes first and the whole team must adopt and apply this philosophy - it brings all players closer and results in a successful and enjoyable project".
Jeff graduated with a BSc Eng from Wits University and joined Schneid Israelite & Partners in 1983, and became a partner in 1989. He cut his teeth on The Johannesburg Sun Hotel and still to this day says that this was a project that stands out to him as they employed their own tiling and plastering teams and in effect, completed the hands-on part of the project themselves via a construction management service. His speciality has evolved into the building of casinos, offices and shopping centres around the country and his enthusiasm is for meeting budget and time lines as part of SIP's ethos, and for him beating them is a personal target.
Luigi graduated from Wits University in 1977 with a BSc Building and joined the then Schneid Israelite & Partners in 1981, becoming a partner in 1989. His first project was at the Sun City Super Bowl followed by his first really big project the Johannesburg Sun & Towers in 1983. Other projects were project managed by Luigi between 1986 and 1990 and then he moved on to work on the Lost City Entertainment Centre alterations and additions project. Luigi relocated to Cape Town at the end of 1995 to head up the branch office and run the Table Bay project for Sun International. Luigi was involved in growing the office in Cape Town where significant projects such as GrandWest Casino, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, BOE Clock Tower at the Waterfront, Investec Bank regional Offices, various projects at the V & A Waterfront including the One and Only Hotel and Spa and a number of others were undertaken after the Table Bay project and where he remains to this day.
Mark graduated with a BSc Building in 1984 and currently heads up the Planning Department of SIP Project Managers. He joined the company in 1994 due to a perceived need to develop programmes that were workable and integral to the project management process and to supplement and verify the contractor's programmes. A planning department was established. 'Having a specialist planning department differentiates us from most of the other project management companies ' Pijper says. 'We have specialised responsibilities in the organisation to drive the planning and programming process on our projects, providing an objective, unbiased, specialised and professional review of the project programme and status which is always necessary to confirm the real optimum completion date for the projects '.
Frank joined SIP in 1988 whilst still a student at The Durban University of Technology studying Building Surveying. From the get go, he was involved in a number of prestigious landmark projects in South Africa from the Lost City Entertainment Centre, the refurbishment of the Cascades Hotel and Le Touessrok Hotel in Mauritius to name a few. He was then appointed to head up the Mina a' Salam Hotel which formed a part of the larger Madinat Jumeirah Project in Dubai 2000 and the scene was set for him to stay in Dubai for the next 11 years. In 2006 he was appointed a shareholder director. In Dubai his overall industry experience grew phenomenally working on extremely large iconic projects with international consultants and contractors. He returned to South Africa to join the head office of SIP Project Managers in July 2012 ending a very successful sojourn in Dubai.
They are young, they are motivated, from directors, project managers to junior project managers - they all share the same passion for what they do that makes SIP the company it is today. Fresh faces with new ideas is a clear indication of how SIP embraces the next generation to lead the company into the future.