Construction / Facilities
East London
Dawie Stokes


About Dawie Stokes:

I am fortunate to have worked in various countries from United Kingdom and South Africa to Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. In the past 6 years I have worked on contracts in Africa under challenging conditions which I absolutely thrived on. I get along with people across the spectrum and have a soft spot for Africa. My experiences have taught me to adapt to any environment, think out of the box, motivate and lead my team, and make things happen. All projects are a team effort. I do my best to provide for my family.




  • Construction experience within bulk earthworks, road construction, pipelines, concrete work including high rise buildings, post tensioning slabs, general building work including finishes in hospitals, hotels, retail, banking, industrial, motor trade and food sector
  • SACPCMP registration as Professional Construction Manager
  • National Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Project Management responsible for contracts ranging anything between from R40m up to R300m
  • Key leadership skills with the ability to engage, support and motivate staff 
  • Health and Safety Act Management,  Labour Relations Management, Quality Control Systems ISO 9001 accreditation 
  • Contract Administration – JBCC & FIDIC 
  • Hands on experience
  • A good understanding of site survey 
  • Contractor’s report writing
  • Experience within the health, manufacturing, hospital, banking and security, residential, motor trade and retail industry
  • International experience within UK, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana
  • Excellent work ethic 



  • The contracts that I have worked on since 2016 have all achieved tender profit margins above expectation.
  • Site won 1st place in the National Master Builders Health and Safety competition for contract values above R500mil. 
  • Construction of 130 bed hotel in Zambia with South African Architects specifying material from South Africa, however completed project 6 weeks ahead of schedule.
  • Recognized for quality output on Garden Court Hotel, resulting in another contract with same client.
  • Accelerated the construction of an office block and dairy processing plant from 8 months down to 6 months 
  • Constructed a 500m² vault for a reserve bank within a 5mm tolerance.
  • Constructed the first radiation rooms out of reinforced concrete in London as part of University College London Hospital where the walls were 1.5m wide and roof slab 2.5m thick.
  • Constructed post tensioning slabs with a turnaround time of 8-10 working days.

2019 – 2022        Current Stefanutti Stocks Botswana

2016 – 2019        Stefanutti Stocks Zambia 

2008 - 2016        Stefanutti Stocks Building South Africa

                                Contract Manager – responsible for the management of full project cycle

  • Programming – done on CCS, task specific programs were issued to site agents, foremen and subcontractors. Program updates communicated to consultants and client
  • Health and Safety compliance – method statements and risk assessments
  • Chairman of health and safety meetings
  • Managing the design and sign off procedure for all false work
  • Quality Control – as per company quality control plan
  • Ensure compliance with ISO 9001 quality procedure and standards
  • Ensure work is carried out to specifications and standards as defined in contract documents
  • Project coordination of site teams and subcontractors
  • Liaise with professional project team and attend project site meetings
  • Reviewing contract drawings and coordinate between the different trades
  • Management of shop drawings
  • Chair various coordination meetings 
  • Ensure sufficient and effective resources management
  • Ensure work is carried out within allowable and budget
  • Timeous procurement and ordering of material
  • Managing information release schedule
  • Formulate delays and potential claims
  • Managing the maintenance of site plant



  • Blue Jacket Shopping Centre, Francistown, Botswana: Consists of a parking garage and renovation of existing double storey, including a new roof structure. Shops continue trading during construction
  • NTT Nissan Dealership, Francistown, Botswana: New build consisting of showroom, offices, workshop, wash bay and carparks
  • Coca Cola Water Treatment Plant, Gaborone, Botswana: New build
  • Maun Airport, Maun, Botswana: New build and refurbishment of existing terminal building. 
  • Ridgeway Hotel refurbishment, Lusaka, Zambia:  155 room renovation, 4 blocks in sequence whilst ensuring hotel remained operational during the renovations
  • National Milling Corporation Office Block, Lusaka, Zambia: Built multi-level office block, canteen, change room, mill offices, laboratory, 2 x weigh bridge offices, and 2 x truck waiting, 2 x gate houses, pump station and electrical room
  • Garden Court Hotel, Kitwe, Zambia: New build 130 bed and conference facilities with carpark 
  • Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, East London, South Africa:  New build 600 bed – 50 000m² responsible for concrete structure and all the external works including the substation, entrance bridge, gate house and completion of 5 wards
  • Sunningdale Dairy, East London, South Africa: Industrial contract that was accelerated from 8 to 6 months.
  • SA Reserve Bank, East London, South Africa: Two phases consisting of a new build and refurbishment of existing building. External facades consisted of sandstone cladding. Internal security was of the highest specifications for a national security key point. 
  • Beacon Bay Crossing Shopping Centre, East London, South Africa: Consisted of 2 x 3 storey office blocks, 12 shops and parking


2007                       Ilima Projects - East London, South Africa (company closed down)

Contract Manager – responsible for the management of the full project cycle

  • Contact Management of up to 30 subcontractors
  • Draw up Construction program
  • Procurement and ordering of materials
  • Assist in submitting monthly valuation claims
  • Manage subcontractors and site teams


Contracts: Komani Hospital, Queenstown, South Africa


2002 – 2007        Laing O’ Rourke - London, United Kingdom 

                                Project Manager – 2 years, Project Engineer – 1 year, Site Senior Engineer – 2,5 years

  • Responsible for managing projects for the Expanded Business Unit within Laing O’Rourke constructing concrete structures, post tensioning slabs, pre-cast concrete, piling, demolition and earthworks.
  • Managing health and safety
  • Managing quality control as per company procedure
  • Compiling method statements and risk assessments
  • Adhering to site program
  • Coordinating site teams and subcontractors
  • Ensure production targets are met
  • Timeous procurement and ordering of materials
  • Managing temporary works 
  • Construct to site drawings and specifications
  • Participate in the design in build process
  • Manage tower and mobile cranes lifts



  • Goldman Sachs Data Centre, East Grinstead, England
  • Fitzrovia Head Office for ARUP – 6 floors, London, England
  • Crampton Street Residential - 9 Floors, London, England
  • Tabard Square Long Lane Residential - 23 Floors, London, England
  • More London Plot 3 & 4 Offices - 11 Floors Composite Slabs, London, England
  • White Chapel Dentistry Laboratories, London, England
  • University College London Hospital - 18 Floors, London, England


2000 - 2002        Power Construction - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

                                Site Technician / Site Surveyor


  • Umtata Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Mthatha, South Africa
  • Ezibeleni Township development, Queenstown, South Africa
  • Boardwalk Casino Civil Works, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


 1999 - 2000        Stocks & Stocks Civil Engineering - Namibia & South Africa

                                Site Technician


  • Lüderitz Harbour Wall, Lüderitz, Namibia
  • Goodwood replacement of bulk sewer, Cape Town, South Africa


1997 - 1998         Hiload Construction - Cape Town, South Africa

                                Site Technician


  • Wildevoël Vlei Sewerage treatment works, Kommetjie, South Africa
  • Caltex Garage, Saldanha, South Africa




1997       National Diploma in Civil Engineering (3 Year Course)

Port Elizabeth Nelson Mandla Metropolitan University


Training and courses attended

  • SACPCMP – Registration as Professional Construction Manager
  • Crane appointed person (Planning of mobile crane lifts) – Birmingham UK 
  • Managing Temporary works – UK 
  • Leading edge training - UK
  • Labour Relations - SA
  • JBCC – SA
  • FIDIC red book - Botswana
  • CCS Programming - SA
  • Managing Others - SA
  • Various Health and Safety courses – UK
  • Construction and Building Standards and Specification – SA

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