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 Mashao Lawrence Lebea  Pr. Eng

President: Engineering Council of South Africa

Mr Mashao Lawrence Lebea was born on 12 May 1960 at Alexandra Township in Johannesburg.

In January 1980, he studied Civil Engineering at Mangosuthu Technikon, completed the National Diploma for Technicians (T4) in December 1983, and in 1989 completed a BSC Civil Engineering Degree. Mr Lebea holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management with the University of Pretoria.

Mr Lebea`s experience in the engineering sector spans over 40 years’ in both the private and public sector with the last being that of Superintendent General (HOD) of the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport in Mpumalanga Province. In May 2002, Mr Lebea founded Mtema Mashao Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd and is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Lebea has trained mentored and coached engineers, technologists and technicians; most of whom were subsequently registered as professional engineering practitioners with ECSA and are currently serving in the different structures of ECSA.

In the previous term of ECSA Council Mr Lebea served as the Chairperson of two High Impact Committees namely the Central Registration Committee and the Research, Policy and Standards Committee respectively. During his tenure as Central Registration Committee Chairperson Mr Lebea, led the introduction and implementation of the new registration model, restructuring of the registration governance structures and among others; oversaw mechanisms for the mobility of South African Engineering Practitioners.

As the Research, Policy and Standards Committee Chairperson he had oversight over the growth of the engineering profession by increasing ECSA disciplines from the original 9 to 11, introduced the ECSA Code of Practice development and the ECSA Policy and Standards Development Framework.  Moreover, Mr Lebea oversaw the maintenance of ECSA’s international recognition by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) and the restructuring of the ECSA Approved Professional Persons recommendation system and Dams Committee.

Mr Lebea is committed to serving the engineering profession and the South African community diligently and selflessly, thereby affecting their lives in a meaningful way. 




Refilwe Buthelezi Pr. Eng

Vice President: Engineering Council of South Africa

Ms Refilwe Buthelezi is the  Vice President of ECSA Council and will serve on the 6th term ECSA Council for the next four years.  

Ms Buthelezi is a qualified engineer, holds multiple qualifications including a BEng in Electrical and Electronics, MEng in Engineering Management and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership.

She specialises in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Management, Risk Management, Innovation and Digital Technology, Project and Programme Management, Stakeholder Management as well as Corporate and Financial Resource Management.

Her numerous accolades include the Mover and Shaker of the Year 2017 Award under the Rand Water COO portfolio. The team she led won the Team of the Year 2017 Award under the same portfolio. Furthermore, in 2013 she was the recipient of the Keith Plowden Young Engineering Achiever Award, which is conferred annually by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE). In 2012, she was a national finalist in the UJ-Group Five Excellence in Engineering and Technology awards under the category: Most Promising Young Engineer or Built Environment Professional.

Ms Buthelezi served in the fifth Term Council of ECSA and was a Vice Chairperson of the Central Registration Committee and a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  She further served as an accredited Assessor, Reviewer and Moderator for professional registration.

In her role as ECSA Council Member, she also participated in the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) and World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) activities.

To promote the engineering profession, Ms Buthelezi has served in other technical fraternal organisations namely the African Utility Technology Council (AUTC), Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA) and the SAIEE.

She has served in the SAIEE Council since 2013 in various roles, is currently a Co-opted Council and EXCO member, and employed as the Operational Technology Asset Manager at Rand Water. 


Ms Buthelezi is committed to working with Council and to transform the country’s engineering industry; this includes gender, race and professional transformation and diversity through engineering excellence, resilience, agility and accountability.