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What we do

Established in 1986, PROXA is a specialised water solution provider of sustainable water services within the municipal, industrial and commercial sectors.

PROXA’s range of water treatment services cover the entire water cycle from consulting and design, research and development, engineering and construction, and plant modernisation to operational management, maintenance, repairs, after-market service, chemicals, consumables and spares. Our solutions are optimal, reliable and efficiently implemented, while our in-house expertise, extensive research and access to leading global technologies enable us to deliver objective solutions tailored to address our client’s unique set of needs.

But more importantly, we are continually looking for ways to do things better. The result? A custom-tailored, cost-effective solution that frees clients from the challenges of water treatment problems so that they can focus on their core business.

Our desire to always improve results in:

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Office & operations

PROXA is active throughout a number of regions in the world with a particular focus on Africa, the Middle East and Australia. We have offices in Perth, Adelaide, Dubai, Tanzania and South Africa.

PROXA forms part of the MEA AQUA Group of Luxembourg and enjoys over 27 years’ success in the water treatment industry.

GROUP EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

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Patrick Ayoub

CHAIRMAN & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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Elie Sakhat

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Wimpie vd Merwe

CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
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REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

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Marc Beunen

PROXA MOBILE EUROPE:
LIEGE, BELGIUM
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Peggy Medawar

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA:
SHARJAH, UAE
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Richard Lynn

AUSTRALASIA:
PERTH, AUSTRALIA
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Wimpie vd Merwe

SUB-SAHARA AFRICA
CAPE TOWN
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Elie Sakhat

AMERICAS & EUROPE
DUBAI
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Research & development

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PROXA’s team of skilled engineers harness the latest in technological advances to the ultimate benefit of our clients. We modernise existing water and wastewater treatment plants or design and construct new ones – incorporating the latest standards, technologies, regulations and sustainability practices.

Our 3500m2 technology centre, PROLAB© is fully equipped with both bench scale and skid-mounted pilot plant equipment that is capable of testing a diverse range of unit operations, on- or off-site to enhance confidence in process selection and performance. The centre also performs water analysis, membrane autopsies and projection modelling and is home to one of our most valuable assets, the R&D division. In addition to our own pioneering work, PROXA also collaborates with the University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch, Delft University in the Netherlands and the Water Research Commission (SA), Coaltech, Sasol and Eskom, among others.

Sustainability

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At PROXA, our sustainability strategy is to create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can co-exist in harmony. We strive to promote social and economic growth through ensuring the availability and protection of water, materials and other resources essential to human health and the health of the environment. We also review alternative energy sources on all our designs and where possible, use equipment with more efficient energy consumption. In short, we believe that we have a responsibility to the planet, its people and a future.

Quality

PROXA applies quality management systems across all of its activities and operations, regardless of the country or continent we are working in. These stringent procedures are integrated into a single, all-encompassing management system for the organisation and represent external, impartial proof of the compliance of PROXA’s quality, environmental, health and safety management systems.

This system provides our clients with the assurance that they will enjoy the best possible value and professional solutions from PROXA when addressing their water and waste water servicing requirements.

Training

PROXA provides comprehensive training programmes – not only within our own operations – but also as a service to our clients.

The courses we offer are structured at different levels and, where possible, are accredited by the relevant authorities. At an internal level, all PROXA staff members participate in ongoing training, coaching and mentorship initiatives to ensure they remain motivated and continue to competently meet the requirements expected of them in an ever-changing industry.

Corporate Social Responsibility

PROXA recognises our responsibility in terms of investing in the lives of individuals and communities in our area of operation. We strive to make a meaningful difference to the lives of others. To maximise the effectiveness of our corporate social investment, we focus on uplifting and empowering the youth and on the reinvestment of financial benefits accrued during contracts into local communities, with the aim of stimulating local economic development opportunities or improving the quality of life of people in those communities.

Health & safety

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We acknowledge health and safety as a non-negotiable part of our functions. Each and every project we undertake is done so with the highest priority towards excellence. We achieve this by developing, implementing and maintaining bespoke systems and programmes that are aligned with international standards and adhere to relevant legislation. Our training addresses health and safety issues, with particular focus on the handling, storage and usage of hazardous chemicals, first aid and emergency operating procedures, which are aligned to clients’ own standard procedures. We work together with our employees to actively foster a safe and healthy work environment for all members of our team including our clients, contractors, visitors and any other person who might be affected by our actions.

  • In 2014, PROXA achieved the significant milestone of 2 million man hours worked with zero Loss Time Injury (LTI) across all our operations and construction sites. An accomplishment we’re truly proud of.
  • A phenomenal achievement of >5.7 million man-hours, 11 years, of zero Lost Time Injuries was reached on 3 May 2017. PROXA is proud of its culture of safe operation based on the cornerstones of safety resilience and drive towards operational excellence.

Proxa Water Celebrates Pr. Chsa Registration

Proxa's National SHEQ Manager, Wally van de Venter
PROXA is proud to announce that their National SHEQ Manager, Wally van de Venter, achieved his Pr. CHSA registration on the 11th of August. Wally is one of the first 65 individuals to achieve this notable status in South Africa.

The 2014 Construction Regulations require that projects over R40 million must work alongside a Construction Health and Safety Agent (CHSA). Furthermore, that Health and Safety agent must be registered with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) and carry the title Pr. CHSA. This is the highest of three levels that one can register for within the Health and Safety field and is based on qualifications and relevant experience.

Wally joined PROXA in August 2006 and his input on- and off-site is key in supporting the wastewater treatment specialist’s commitment to the sustainability of a high Health and Safety standard in construction. In short, it’s yet another way in which PROXA continually finds ways to do things even better.

Our Awards

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Proxa won Best Practice award 2016
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Proxa won FEM award of excellence
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Best practice award (2017) – Find out more

  • Patrick Ayoub

    CHAIRMAN & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    EDUCATION: MBA, University of Hartford, Connecticut,
    USA General Management Program, CEDEP INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Patrick Ayoub holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, USA and went through the INSEAD-CEDEP General Management Program in Fontainebleau, France. After 5 years in commercial banking with CREDIT SUISSE in Paris, Patrick held for 6 years treasury positions at UNITED TECHNOLOGIES / OTIS in Paris.

    Patrick joined the water business and SUEZ LYONNAISE DES EAUX in 1994 in Paris as financial controller and was then appointed Group head of Investor Relations from 1996 to 2000.
    He was ENGIE South Africa country delegate from 2000 to 2015, SUEZ Middle East & Africa COO from 2004 to 2006 and CEO of WSSA from 2000 to 2010.
    Patrick has been PROXA chairman since 2008, focusing primarily on strategy, finance and business development of the PROXA group.

  • Elie Sakhat

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    EDUCATION: MEng Civil Engineering CEDEP INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Elie Sakhat holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (ESIB) and went through the CEDEP General Management Program (INSEAD). Elie assumed, within large multinationals (Suez, Lyonnaise des Eaux, Dumez), various design, projects and operations management positions in France, South Africa and the Middle East for more than 20 years prior to joining PROXA as the Chief Executive Officer in 2008.

    Since 1994, Elie has been working exclusively in the water treatment sector – initially in domestic water delivery to urban areas such as Bordeaux in France. Since 2008, Elie focused on water treatment applications mainly in the petrochemicals, mining, power generation and heavy industry sectors.

  • Wimpie vd Merwe

    CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

    EDUCATION: MEng Chemical Engineering General Management Programme, Wits Business School, Johannesburg

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Wimpie holds a Masters’ Degree in Chemical Engineering and has more than 25 years’ experience in development, design, construction and operation of complex industrial water systems. Prior to joining PROXA, he spent 15 with years in the water treatment & environmental industry where he was responsible for technology & application development relating to membrane & resin systems in Australia, France, Scotland and Southern Africa. He continues to focus on developing break-through solutions for key sectors, whilst guiding the Group’s overall technical strategy. He also serves as Managing Director of Proxa (Pty) Ltd and Proxa South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

  • Marc Beunen

    PROXA MOBILE EUROPE:
    LIEGE, BELGIUM

    EDUCATION: Master in chemical engineeringLiège university, Belgium

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Marc holds a Masters’ Degree in Chemical Engineering and has more than 30 years experience in the water treatment industry. He’s fluent in French, Dutch and English. He first joined Degremont as a Project Manager, prior to move to the mobile water treatment business of ECOLOCHEM (who became GE and than Suez Mobile water solutions) as their Business development manager Europe. He joined Suez back in 2002 as Managing Director of Ondeo IS Benelux and launched OIS Mobile. In 2013 He moved to the PWG group as CEO of their thHydris subsidiary.In May 2017, Marc co-founded Proxa Mobile with PROXA and is since active developing the company and promoting the mobile water services of Proxa in Europe.

  • Peggy Medawar

    MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA:
    SHARJAH, UAE

    EDUCATION: MEng Civil Engineering – Water and Environment (ESIB)

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Peggy Medawar holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Water and Environment from ESIB, Beirut (Lebanon) and is fluent in English, French and Arabic. She enjoys 18 years of experience in engineering and design, tendering, project management and management in the consulting and contracting environments of various construction sectors in Lebanon, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Peggy joined Proxa in February 2018

  • Richard Lynn

    AUSTRALASIA:
    PERTH, AUSTRALIA

    EDUCATION: LA TROBE UNIVERSITY Melbourne, Australia MBA Technology Management (2008)
    SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY – United Kingdom, B.Sc. (Hons) 2:1 Chem (1990)

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Richard has more than 25 years’ experience in Utilities in the Resources, Mining, Oil and Gas and Chemical Processing industries in various technical, project and management roles.

    He has worked extensively in the energy, desalination and industrial water sectors since 1998; gaining wide experience with membrane technology in the areas of design, construction and operations.Richard has worked as a consultant, business manager and director in Australia and South East Asia assisting with improving client’s water systems in the industrial sector and developing a better understanding of the impacts of process design on operations reliability and costs.