NAKO Group: Consolidation of Partnerships Firmly on track

NAKO Group, an African-owned multidisciplinary engineering powerhouse, formed exactly two years ago with the amalgamation of three specialised consulting engineering firms, is proud to announce the change of trading names of their subsidiaries previously known as ILISO Consulting (Pty)Ltd, Triocon Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd. and Lategan Bouwer Engineers (Pty) Ltd to NAKO ILISONAKO LBE and NAKO TRIOCON respectively. The change in trading names will be effective as of 1 March 2016.

The establishment of a consolidated firm to serve the African continent through the delivery of world-class engineering solutions is a vision shared collectively by the leadership of each of the subsidiaries under the capable guidance of Fuzile Felix Fongoqa, NAKO Group’s Executive Chairman since inception.

Through this initiative NAKO Group is now able to provide an even wider portfolio of world-class engineering services in Infrastructure & Logistics, Sustainability & the Environment, Buildings & Facilities and Mining & Industrial. In addition to the national footprint of regional offices within South Africa, NAKO Group also have offices in Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.

With a strong legacy of excellent delivery of projects under their belt as individual brands, amalgamation under the banner of the NAKO Group is already proving to yield positive results in their approach to acquiring new clients, and sustaining existing relationships.

A sterling example of confidence from clients and growth within the African Markets is the recent award of a major water reticulation contract to NAKO ILISO by the Nkane Water and Sewerage Company in Kitwe, Northern Zambia – a project value of USD200M. NAKO Group has specialised and diverse capacity and capability that will enable all of its subsidiaries to actively participate in projects of this nature.

“This is just the beginning of an exciting journey that will build on the strong foundations already created by each of the subsidiaries”, said an upbeat Fongoqa this week, at their Centurion-based head office. “I am encouraged by the positive and welcoming response we have received from various stakeholders, who have shared existing relationships with one or all of our subsidiaries.”

“We are mindful of the hurdles that one encounters when one is embarking on such a fragile but rewarding path. It is for this reason that we are taking a deliberate and meticulous approach to dealing with the detail of the consolidation. In this way, we are certain to have considered all elements of uncertainty that change generally brings with it. I am delighted that our common vision of being an African owned multi-disciplinary powerhouse of consulting engineers remains our true north”, explains Fongoqa.


NAKO Group comprises three world-class consulting engineering consulting firms with a resource base of about 400 people dedicated to the sustainable development of Africa.

The three subsidiaries are leaders in their fields and well rooted in countries where they operate. They all share the founding ethos of NAKO Group of long term presence in the countries of operations; engineering excellence; investment in the development of local expertise and value adding partnerships.

With a strong presence across Africa and a formidable team of experts, NAKO ILISO boasts one of the most enviable portfolios in consulting engineering today. Specialising in civil/structural engineering, environmental and project management services, NAKO ILISO has collaborated with strategic partners from various countries including Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia to deliver sustainable engineering solutions that are tailor made for the African landscape.

NAKO LBE has been at the forefront of civil and structural engineering in South Africa since 1995. With its roots in Secunda, this firm is recognised for its expertise in unique technology solutions for industrial civil/structural engineering structures. Together with its clients, NAKO LBE has contributed to the development of some of the country’s most notable structures such as the Medupi Power Station and the Sasol Air Purification Plants.

Founded in 1993, NAKO TRIOCON has delivered projects across the electrical, electronic, mechanical and fire engineering disciplines in partnership with its clients. Its team of over 50 innovative engineers is committed to technical excellence by providing optimum engineering solutions for each of their clients. Over the past 20 years, NAKO TRIOCON has expanded its African footprint with projects in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland and Zambia.


The Kitwe Water and Sanitation Project, commissioned by the Nkana Water and Sewerage Company, is a key infrastructure development project that has been project financed and managed by the China Henan International Corporation (CHICO). This project, financed at a cost of US$200 000 000 by the Chinese, is a result of a broader government to government agreement between the two countries signed on September 5th, 2012.

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