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 in excess of R50 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 was also appointed as Councillor on the South African Council for the Construction and Project Management Professions (SACPCMP) for a period of 8 years 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".
After graduating from the University of Pretoria in 2002 with a BSc in Construction Management, Andre joined SIP Project Managers in 2003, relocating almost immediately to Dubai. After 8 years in the UAE, working on several iconic projects in the hotel and leisure industry such as the Madinat Jumeirah and The Address Downtown Burj Khalifa, Andre was offered the opportunity to represent SIP as part of a project management team in Vietnam, for a duration of 3 years, as a Director. The project was a casino/leisure resort in Ho Tram, the first of its kind in the country.
After all this time spent abroad, it was finally time to return to South Africa where Andre has been based since 2013 for several projects, along with some travel involved to work on The Strand Hotel in Namibia.
Now an equity partner in SIP, Andre is excited for what the future holds in terms of the construction industry in South Africa, and the role that SIP will have in it.
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.
Nyameko has been gaining technical & management experience since 1995 in the Property Development & Construction Industry. During this period, he has fulfilled the roles of Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager, Head of Region, Director and Principal.
Nyameko is a pragmatic and solutions driven practitioner, who values forward looking partnerships. He is registered as a professional construction project manager with the SACPCMP. He also has meaningful memberships and relationships in professional bodies such as ACPM, SAIBP, SAPOA, and GBCSA.
His industry exposure and experience are in numerous property sectors such as Housing, Telecommunications, Industrial, Retail, Hotel & Leisure, Commercial, Mixed-Use, Public Institutions and Facilities Management. This is from inception and delivery of Greenfields, Brownfields and Disposal projects.
Private and Public sector clients continue to entrust him with the leadership and management of multi-million-rand projects across the sector in South Africa.
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.
After Graduating from Wits University with a BSc Building, he joined SIP in 1996 following a couple years with a contracting and then project management firm.
He was appointed a director in 2003, a partner in 2012 and is currently responsible for heading SIPs Cape Town office, whilst focussing on expanding their presence into Africa, particularly the Sub-Saharan and Eastern regions.
Over the years, he gained distinctive experience through his involvement in several hotel / resort projects (incl. four One&Only Hotels), resulting in a preference for challenging projects in pioneering locations.
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.