In October 2023, Johan Basson (Function Manager, Urban Development) received an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA).

Honorary Fellowship is bestowed upon IMESA Fellows who have, or have had, a distinguished senior executive or senior position in the field of infrastructure engineering. These individuals stand out for their notable contributions to the community and their active involvement in infrastructure engineering, as well as their exceptional and significant service in alignment with the industry and IMESA’s objectives. With a commendable 26-year association with IMESA, Johan has contributed immensely to the municipal engineering sector in South Africa through his various roles and responsibilities.


Johan worked in the Cape Provincial Roads Department (first in the bridge design office, then the geometric design office and later in construction) before he was appointed as Deputy Town Engineer at Oudtshoorn Municipality at an early age. He managed the Engineering department as Acting Town Engineer until the department was transformed into a new entity during South Africa’s transitional years.  Johan joined the private sector in 2005 when he was appointed to manage Vela VKE’s Southern Cape office. From there, he relocated to the Cape Town office and was appointed as Technical Director managing the Development division. When Vela VKE merged with SMEC, he was appointed as the Function Manager for Urban Development.


Johan held various key positions in both the South Cape Karoo and Western Cape IMESA Branches and Council. He currently serves as the Technical Director for the Infrastructure portfolio on IMESA’s National Executive Committee and a member of the National Council. He previously served two terms as Vice President of IMESA and served on various other industry forums.


Johan’s influence also extends beyond administrative roles; he has presented numerous papers at conferences and served as an external examiner at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town.


Passionate about sustainable municipal engineering, Johan’s corporate experience has proven invaluable in navigating the evolving municipal infrastructure landscape. His resume includes project delivery across various continents and countries in the municipal and infrastructure sector. His dedication to IMESA’s best interests is unwavering, exemplifying a commitment to both professional and voluntary service. We congratulate Johan on this well-deserved Honorary Fellowship and recognise his lasting impact on municipal engineering in Southern Africa.