Lithon Project Consultants was established on the 1st of October 2002 in Oshakati in the north of Namibia by Adriaan Grobler, a civil engineer and the Executive Chairman of the company. The company at that stage mostly focused on project management and civil work.
On the 1st of May 2004 Wil Bezuidenhout, a structural engineer, joined the company as a director and shareholder where after the second office was opened in Windhoek. This enabled Lithon to also provide structural engineering services to our clients. Under Willie’s leadership the electrical and mechanical division was also started up to make Lithon a fully multi-disciplinary engineering firm.
Frikkie Holtzhausen, a civil engineer and former town engineer of Swakopmund, joined Lithon on the 1st of November 2008 as a director and shareholder and opened the third office in Swakopmund to serve our clients on the west coast of Namibia. From 1 July 2014 he was appointed as Managing Director.
Gert Maritz, who joined Lithon as a young engineer in 2004, became the office manager for the Oshakati office when Adriaan Grobler moved to the Windhoek office in January 2008. Gert became a director of the company on the 1st of January 2009 and then in May 2011 a shareholder as well. Gert started specializing in transport engineering and the services of Lithon further expanded to include transport engineering.
Early in 2010, Ambassador Tonata Itenge, with whom Lithon had been doing business with on an ad-hoc basis since 2004, suggested that Lithon venture into the mining industry as well. This led to the establishment of the mining division in Lithon. Ambassador Tonata Itenge at that stage also became a non-executive director and shareholder of Lithon.
Barnabas Uugwanga, a mining engineer, joined Lithon in 2010 to head up the mining division. He became a director of the company and also shareholder in 2011. He was seconded to one of our clients on a full time basis toward the end of 2012 and Jan Fourie took over the lead of the mining division and continued to expand the mining services division. Jan was appointed as director of the company at the end of 2013 but has since resigned.
Barnabas re-joined Lithon in April 2014 as Director: Business Development and also took over the lead on the mining division.
Lithon maintained its exponential growth especially during the 2009 to 2015 period and in another bold move decided to expand the company to South Africa as part of our long term strategic plan and in line with our vision. Jannie Grobler, a civil engineer and aviation specialist, was appointed as managing director of Lithon Project Consultants in South Africa and a formal engineering office was opened in Johannesburg (Ekurhuleni) close to the Oliver Tambo International Airport.
Lithon’s long term strategy is to continue to expand globally as business grows and as we find the right people to join our company.