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Curriculum vitae - Wayne Jayes

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Personal Data

First namesWayne
Date of Birth1963
Marital StatusMarried
One adult child
NationalitySouth African
Home languageEnglish
Other languagesAfrikaans
Educational QualificationsBSc Eng (Mech)

Current Employer

I am a self employed free lance engineering and project management consultant. I have in excess of 20 years of engineering and project management experience in the sugar industry in Southern Africa. I have worked on numerous sugar projects including

Employment History

Name of firmSiVEST (Pty) Ltd
Address of firmPO Box 1899
Umhlanga Rocks
South Africa
Service period1 June 2007 to 31 May 2009

Job Function

I worked as the Project Manager and as the Technical and Contracts Manager for the Factory part of the Zambia Sugar Expansion Project. This project was executed under an EPCM style of contract. The Factory project was executed in two phases and comprised

This brown-field expansion project has a value of just over USD100 million, and was executed over two years.

Name of firmBooker-Tate Limited
Address of firmMasters Court
Church Road
OX 93 FA
Service period1 July 2002 to 31 May 2007

Job Function

Since joining Booker Tate Limited I have been working at the Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation's two sugar factories namely Mhlume and Simunye. At Mhlume I was responsible for the design and cost estimate of the expansion of the Mhlume factory. I have also produced studies for the phased de-bottlenecking/expansion of both the Mhlume and Simunye factories.

At Simunye I specified and managed the contracts for the installation of

I am currently engaged in the design and specification of the expansion of the attached distillery at Simunye, this project is currently in progress. My role is as engineering manager of the project, I have led a team of process designers and engineers to produce the process design tender documents and the contraction tender documents. This role will continue during the detailed design, construction and commissioning phases of the project

Name of firm

Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions

Address of firmMurray and Roberts Engineering Solutions
27 Jan Hofmeyer Road
South Africa
Service period1 August 1998 to 31 June 2002

Job Function

At Murray and Roberts Engineering Solutions (formerly Engineering Management Services (Pty) Ltd) I was involved in all aspects of sugar engineering for example

Projects at Murray and Roberts (formerly EMS)

Name of firmTongaat-Hulett Sugar
Address of firm1001 Umhlanga Rock Drive
La Lucia
South Africa
Service period1 February 1988 to 31 July 1998

Positions held

Development Engineer at Technical Management Dept, Head Office1 Feb 94 to 31 July 1998
Plant engineer at Maidstone Mill7 May 90 to 31 Jan 94
Assistant engineer at Darnall Mill1 Feb 88 to 6 May 90

Job Functions

At Tongaat-Hulett’s TMD my job was essentially that of an internal consulting and design engineer. I was involved in all aspects of mechanical engineering, I have had some exposure in the electrical engineering field. Problems I dealt with were wide ranging; examples of the tasks I have performed are:

At Maidstone I was responsible for production and maintenance in the front-end (comprised of a milling train and a diffuser), the powerhouse (six turbo-alternator sets, 25 MW installed power), and the compressor station. The fabrication department, the machine shop, and the condition-monitoring department were service departments which I managed in addition to my production responsibilities.

I had five men reporting directly to me, and was responsible for a total of 92 people. I was also mentor to an assistant engineer and to engineering technicians.

At Darnall Mill I was an assistant engineer. This was essentially an engineer-in-training position, which lasted two years. During this period I worked in all the various sections of the sugar mill.

Special Skills


Professional Societies Member - South African Sugar Technologists' Association. Associate Member - South African Institute of Welding.
Papers published The prediction of vibration forces from measured structural response, read at Noise and Vibration 93 in Pretoria.
Investigation into the Performance of a Diffuser Dewatering Mill, read at SASTA Congress 1994 in Durban.
Application of finite element methods to sugar industry equipment read at SASTA Congress 1998 in Durban
Optimum Distribution of Heating Surface in a Multiple Effect Evaporator Train read at SASTA Congress 2004 in Durban
HobbiesBookbinding, Arduino, leather work, beer brewing