BFBA Consultants (Pty) Ltd – Consulting Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, previously known as Biderman, Finn, Beekhuizen and Associates Incorporated, was founded in Johannesburg in 1955 by Ervin Biderman and originally styled “E.Biderman-Consulting Engineer”.

From humble beginnings and with limited resources, the company now enjoys nationwide representation through five branches. In addition, various projects have been successfully undertaken in countries outside the borders of South Africa, for example, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.

A milestone in the history of the company was the establishment of the first branch office in Durban in 1968. Two years later, Trevor Finn relocated from Johannesburg and took the fledging branch under his leadership. This set the pattern for growth which led to the establishment of the Pietermaritzburg office in 1971.

The Cape Town office came into being in 1979 with incorporation of a smaller franchise and was initially managed by Ervin Biderman, with Cor Beekhuizen assuming control of the Johannesburg office.

The following is a list of the major milestones in the history of BFBA Consultants, as well as the year in which they occurred :

Major Milestones

1955

Company Founded

Company Founded
1958

Trevor Finn Employed

1962

Take-over Ronald & Nel; Cor Beekhuizen Employed

1965

Trevor Finn made a partner: Biderman, Finn & Adshead

1966

Cor Beekhuizen made a Partner

1967

Formed association with Charles Pein Consulting Mechanical and Air Conditioning Engineers and became Biderman, Finn, Beekhuizen, Pein & Associates

1968

Durban Office opened with Michael Woolgar as electrical representative and Ben Oudkerk as the representative for mechanical & Air-Conditioning

1970

Trevor Finn relocates to Durban as Senior Resident Partner

1971

Pietermaritzburg office opened and managed from Durban

1974

Roy Southby appointed Pietermaritzburg Branch Manager

1974

Pretoria office opened and managed from Johannesburg

1979

Take over of Steele&McQueen, Cape Town and re-location of Ervin Biderman (Current Chairman) as Senior Resident Partner and Branch Manager

1979

Cor Beekhuizen appointed Branch Manager of Johannesburg

1983

Kurt Landman appointed Director and based in Johannesburg and responsible for the air-conditioning and mechanical aspects of the company nationwide

1984

Ervin Biderman retires and becomes a consultant to the firm. Pat West relocated from Durban to Cape Town as Senior Resident Partner

1984

Trevor Finn appointed Chairman

1989

Roy Southby relocated to Durban as Branch Manager

1989

Vincent Vogt appointed Pietermaritzburg Branch Manager

1994

Gary Blackman becomes Partner in charge of Pretoria office

1995

Roy Southby emigrates

1996

Gary Blackman becomes Johannesburg Branch Manager

1998

Ralph Thomas becomes Cape Town Branch Manager

1999

Cor Beekhuizen retires and becomes Consultant to the firm

1999

Vincent Vogt appointed National Regional Manager

1999

Stan Kozlowski appointed Durban Branch Manager

1999

Phil Viljoen becomes Pietermaritzburg Branch Manager

2000

Port Shepstone office opened and managed from Durban

2000

Grant Shepherd appointed Port Shepstone Branch Manager

2001

Trevor Finn retires and becomes Consultant to the firm

2001

Vincent Vogt appointed Chairman

2005

Christopher Chemaly appointed Johannesburg Branch Manager

2005

Delen and Oudkerk cc merged with BFBA Consultants (PTY) Ltd

2006

Abdul Akabor appointed Executive Director

2007

Vincent Vogt Retires and becomes Consultant to the firm

2007

Stan Kozlowski appointed Chairman

2007

Grant Shepherd appointed Durban Branch Manager

2009

Grant Shepherd emigrates

2012

Ralph Thomas appointed Chairman

2012
2012

Stan Kozlowski remains CEO

2015

Restructuring of firm by way of the registration of five new entities, namely:

  • BFBA Consultants Cape Town (Pty) Ltd
  • BFBA Consultants Johannesburg (Pty) Ltd
  • BFBA Consultants Pietermaritzburg (Pty) Ltd
  • BFBA Durban Consultants (Pty) Ltd
  • BFBA Mechanical & Fire Consultants (Pty) Ltd

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