Our Board

MPAMOT will be led and held accountable by a diverse board with more than 100 years’ combined experience and collective track record in engineering, infrastructure development, investment, and sustainability.

Fiscal and operational governance oversight will form an integral part of our board responsibilities. This is to ensure we deliver excellent results and positive impact to our clients, our communities, and our team, while achieving positive returns.

We gain courage and insight through the support and collaboration from our partners.

Ipeleng Mkhari

Ipeleng is the co-founder and CEO of Motseng Investment Holdings, a diversified investment holdings group with investments spanning asset management, integrated property and facilities management, infrastructure investing, logistics and industrial manufacturing for the past two decades. She is a pioneering entrepreneur that spearheaded the vision to introduce a diverse membership base, a mentorship programme and the education trust that supports educating marginalised women in the industry. She is an advocate for transformation and gender mainstreaming. Ipeleng has served on the boards of various unlisted and listed businesses, public sector agencies and non-profit organisations.

“We at Motseng are proud of our new acquisition and strategic partnership with the global brand MMA and local team MPA to form MPAMOT. We strongly believe in the power of collaboration and collective alignment to build stronger, locally owned and gender mainstreamed businesses.”

Malani Padayachee-Saman
Executive member and CEO

As founder, owner and CEO of the first black, woman owned civil consulting engineering firm, Malani Padayachee-Saman has distinguished herself as a visionary entrepreneur, business leader, exemplary professional civil engineer, mentor and spokesperson.

She is committed to mastering technical complexities, while striving towards superior service excellence, development of future engineers; as well as transforming the engineering and development industry through innovative practices and gender mainstreaming.

Her transformational vision and values are underpinned by sound governance that propels the company’s performance. This has set her apart as a first-mover in the industry. She has and continues to contribute to a number of platforms and forums.

“This transaction has taken months of hard work and countless consultations; we are pleased to have finally put pen to paper. This represents growth of MPA and Motseng in the engineering and built environment and expands our horizons beyond our borders in line with our ambition of growth into the African continent. We look forward to providing expanded services for all our current and future clients.”

Dr Dempsey Naidoo
Non-executive member

Dempsey Naidoo has 40 years’ experience as an international businessman, consultant, company founder, director and investor.  He founded PD Naidoo in 1987 and when Mott MacDonald acquired PD Naidoo in 2013, the team had grown to over 600 employees, under his leadership. He remained at the helm and continued to invest in the development of young professionals. 

He is active on a number of boards and shares interests in other businesses too. In 2020, Dempsey was honoured by Kingston University, London with an honorary award as Doctor of the University (Honoris causa) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Black Economic Empowerment and development of the civil engineering sector in South Africa and the region.

"The deal results in an excellently qualified and talented workforce of some 200 experienced professionals that have led and delivered some of the most challenging and successful projects in SA, Africa and internationally in the past 30 years. A truly transformed, empowered and diverse engineering business model has evolved for the private and public sector to utilise, grow and support in its endeavours to progress creative solutions for infrastructure development and delivery. "

Our Team

The strength of MPAMOT is found in our more than 200 team members, who each bring unique skills, experience, and strengths that differentiate us in the industry. We also celebrate the significant achievements of our team, both men and women who shared this journey of growth and discovery with us.

Our early career professionals have been and will continue to be actively involved in the direction of MPAMOT and their rapid adoption of the latest technologic advancement, programmes and systems that will enhance operational efficiencies in this, the Fourth Industrial revolution.

10+ years’ experience
Masters Degrees
Graduate Degrees
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