Executive & Leadership Coach/Mentor, Commercial  Writer, Online English Tutor, Project Manager 



I offer a professional consultant project management service throughout the lifecycle of the project or programme as required by the client. This includes the project management function for the planning, executing, monitoring and control, close and evaluation of projects and programmes. The knowledge areas governing the project management process are undertaken as per the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

I also offer mentoring in project management for clients who have project managers who are inter alias dealing with difficult ice breaker projects, want mentoring on challenging areas in project management or have young project managers who need to learn the relevant knowledge and skills quickly and efficiently.

“Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements.”
- A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

Skills and Experience

I have the following key proven experience and skills within the field of project and programme management:

  • Proven Track Record

Proven track record of over 25 years in successfully undertaking lead project management Proven track record of over 25 years in successfully undertaking lead project management services and implementation of projects and programmes. Successfully led various multi-disciplinary teams through the full project life cycle in the assessment and structuring of the macro economic, policy, financial, legal, technical, educational and training, environmental and heritage, social impact, gender and development and risk aspects of projects and programmes

  • Project and Programme Portfolio

Project and Programme portfolio include inter alia the Development Infrastructure sector in developing countries, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), Education and Training sector, Telecommunications sector, Social Housing sector and Aviation sector and extensive experience in relation to a wide range of projects (both multi-billion rand projects and small projects).

  • Client Range

Exposure to a wide client range which covers the public sector (central, provincial and local government levels), private sector, international development agencies, non-government organizations – NGOs, tertiary education and training institutions in South Africa, institutions in some SADC countries, SMMEs and individuals. Worked on projects with international development agencies such as International Finance Corporation (IFC), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), European Investment Bank (EIB), Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Export Development Corporation of Canada (EDC).

  • Mobilisation and Management of Resources

Exceptional ability to mobilize, motivate and apply appropriate resources in the execution of projects and to effectively and efficiently manage a number of concurrent activities to successfully deliver on expected project outcomes. In-depth understanding of operating within multi-cultural work environments, nationally, internationally and in some countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

  • Communication

Excellent communication and networking skills. Superior language ability in English and Afrikaans. Very good report writing skills.

  • Negotiation

Skilled negotiator, having participated in local and international negotiations on investments into various large infrastructure projects at senior level with governments, aid agencies as well as private sector companies.

Portfolio of Projects and Programmes successfully excecuted

An extract
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portfolio of project and programme
follows below:


Project / Programme:


National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC), National Presidential Lead Program Large Scale Rental Housing (Project cost: approximately R1,4 billion).
Investigation into the feasibility to establish approximately 6000 rental housing units in the low and medium social housing market in three provinces in South Africa, based on a PPP delivery model (project currently held in abeyance pending a decision to proceed by government).

Technical Advisor to NHFC senior management

New Head Office for the SA National Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Pretoria (Project cost: approximately R1.2 billion).
Transaction Advisor to the DFA to investigate various accommodation options for a new head office building (i.e. a PPP) and assisting the Department to take the project through the required National Treasury PPP approval processes and negotiations up to the appointment of a Preferred Bidder who will construct and operate the project for 25 years (project completed).

Lead Consultant Project Manager for Transaction Advisory Team during the planning phases of the project

Colleges Collaboration Fund: Business Advice to Further Education & Training Colleges, South Africa.
Public-Private Partnership initiative between the SA National Department of Education and the National Business Initiative (NBI) to support key areas of intervention in the Further Education and Training Colleges in the country.

Lead Consultant

New Head Office for the SA National Department of Arts, Culture, Science & Technology (DACST), Pretoria.
Investigation into a Public-Private Partnership option for DACST as part of a joint campus with the Department of Trade and Industry’s new service delivery campus (project discontinued during late feasibility study stage due to a change in strategy by DACST with respect to procuring its head office).

DACST Project Officer/Champion

SADC VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) for Air Traffic & Navigation Services Company (ATNS), Isando (Project cost: approx US$ 2million).
Reviewed the feasibility of the current SADC VSAT project (including a 10-year financial model) and proposed a business case for ATNS.

Lead Consultant

Burundi & Rwanda VSAT Network for ATNS, Isando (Project cost: approx US$ 400 000).
Preparation of a business case to determine the basis for the provision of a VSAT service to Burundi and Rwanda (technology option and financial scenarios).

Lead Consultant

SADC Upper Airspace Control Centre (UACC) for ATNS, Isando (Project cost: approx US$ 6million).
Preparation of a business case to determine the basis for ATNS’s involvement in the to-be-established SADC UACC (including developing a financial model and location criteria for host country bid proposals for the Control Centre).

Lead Consultant

Mozal Aluminium Smelter, Mozambique (Project cost: US$ 2billion).
Led the DBSA due diligence into the Bank’s investment of US$ 70 million for Phases I and II of this limited recourse finance deal, as part of a multi-country lender group. Led the DBSA negotiations in London to close the transaction. Monitored the successful implementation of the project. (Project sponsors: BHP Billiton, Mitsibushi, Industrial Development Corporation).

DBSA Lead Project Manager

Celtel Zambia Ltd, Cellular Network in Zambia (Project cost: US$20 million).
Led the DBSA’s due diligence on joint DBSA investment US $10 million) with International Finance Corporation (IFC). Led the DBSA negotiations in Zambia to close the transaction. Monitored the successful implementation of the project. (Project sponsor: MSI International).

DBSA Lead Project Manager

Proparco Equity Investment, Paris, France (Equity investment: FRF 5,1 million).
Led the DBSA’s due diligence re an equity investment into Proparco, a French development finance, to obtain a 1% shareholding in Proparco as part of a mutually beneficial long term strategic partnership between the DBSA and Proparco. Monitored the successful conclusion of the deal.

DBSA Lead Project Manager

Mmabatho Fire Station & Training Academy, North West Province (Project cost: R10million).
Led the DBSA’s due diligence into investing in the establishment of a new fire station and training academy. Monitored the successful conclusion of the transaction and implementation of the project.

DBSA Lead Project Manager

Winterveld Schools & Clinics Programme, North West Province (Project cost: R10 million).
Led the DBSA’s investigation into the requirements of both the schools and clinics programmes and monitored the conclusion the project legal documentation and successful implementation of the projects in the Winterveld area. Extensive community consultations formed part of the project.

DBSA Lead Programme Manager

Odi Manpower Training Centre, North West Province (Project cost: R35 million).
Led the DBSA’s due diligence on this project, which was implemented on a fast-track construction method. Monitored the conclusion of the legal documentation and successful implementation of the project.

DBSA Lead Project Manager

Universities of the North-West (previously University of Bophuthatswana) and University of Limpopo (previously University of Venda: Various Academic Facilities (Project cost: R15million).
Investigation into the DBSA’s financing of various academic facilities (lecture halls, etc) at these universities. Assessment of the academic and physical master plans of these institutions formed part of these projects. Monitored the conclusion of the project legal documentation and successful implementation.

DBSA Divisional Manager

Lesotho Highlands Water project: Training of construction workers (Project cost: approx R1 million).
Investigation into the DBSA’s financing of the technical training of Lesotho workers to become employed in the construction of the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme.

DBSA Divisional Manager


"I had the pleasure of working directly with Madi during his time as a Senior Project Manager at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), and her tremendous abilities never ceased to amaze me. Ms. Hanekom has extensive knowledge, skills and experience in the development field having worked in a development finance institution (DFI) environment focusing mainly on infrastructure development for 17 years in various senior capacities (i.e. Senior Project and Programme Manager and Divisional Manager). She successfully led various multi-disciplinary teams through the full project cycle (from conceptualization - marketing, structuring, due diligence, financial and technical closer) in the assessment and due diligence of all the key areas, including socio-economic, development impact, sustainability, institutional, financial, legal, technical and risk aspects of both multi-billion rand and smaller projects. These projects included project finance deals such as the MozalAluminium Smelter (phase 1 and 2, a major anchor for the Mozambique economy) in Mozambique and the Celtel Cellular Network in Zambia (pioneering the digital technology and bridging the digital divide in Africa), as well as social infrastructure projects, such as the Winterveld Schools and Clinics Programmes, and secondary education and tertiary education projects. Ms. Hanekom also has well-developed communication, planning and organization skills, with a strong aptitude to motivate and train high performance teams and individuals in order to transfer skills and execute strategies and implementation plans effectively. He has high levels of cognitive and emotional capacity and is versatile, adaptable and energetic. Given an opportunity I will not hesitate to work with her again." Mlulami Manjezi, Divisional Executive, Rural Development Partnerships Division, DBSA, February 2013.

"Madi has an outstanding track record in managing project teams to ensure successful outcomes. Madi is the epitome of a solution- and results-orientated professional. Despite the many pitfalls and challenges that arise, Madi has demonstrated the ability and determination to bring a number of complex and groundbreaking projects to successful conclusion. Ms Hanekom is a person of unquestioned integrity, outstanding project management capabilities, and a deep understanding of both business, as well as infrastructure finance, the social dimensions of socio-economic development. Her energy and commitment will ensure the successful completion of any task. I have no hesitation in recommending her for any role that requires management, oversight and guidance of any project or process within the sphere of infrastructure finance, project management, human resource development or business development." GNJ White, Acting Chairman: Ithala Limited; Director: Ithala Development Corporation; Director:
Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, February 2013

"I’ve worked closely with Madi on several projects, and can highly recommend her Project Management and Infrastructure Development expertise for any client looking for an exceptionally hard-working, focused, output-oriented manager to deliver on complex projects. She is single-minded in her pursuit of delivery on time and within budget, and has a vast experience of problem-solving within the public sector. Madi has extensive experience in the field of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), having worked in various capacities over the years: as a financier of infrastructure projects; as a Project officer, as well as in the capacity of Adviser to Government. Over the past 20 years she has gained strong insights into the challenges of infrastructure delivery. Her experience of the Development Finance Institution (DFI) environment is an additional asset to anyone who chooses to work with her on addressing development issues in general, and in particular infrastructure challenges, given the critical role that DFIs are playing in dealing with these issues in South Africa. Her expertise is indeed hard to come by, particularly in a market characterized by capacity constraints such as South Africa." Dr Claudia Manning, Managing Director: DAI Johannesburg, February 2013

"I worked with Madi Hanekom on some of the the first PPP/PSI transactions in SA and Southern Africa. I found her to be a focussed project manager, able to obtain best possible contributions from various disciplines in her project team." Jessica Cronje, Relationship Executive, Absa Corporate & Business Bank, February 2010

"I also wish to thank you for the enthusiasm and effort with which you undertook the work during your appointment with NHFC, as well as your proactive suggestions and the high quality of reports submitted." Gerry Holtzhausen, Assistant Executive Manager, National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC), April 2008

"Ms Hanekom performed exceptionally well in the role as Senior Project Manager and key member of the Private Sector Investment Unit of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. A particular project that demonstrates her capabilities and achivements is the Mozal project, a greenfield 500,000 tonne per annum aluminium smelter located in Mozambique. This very complex project finance transaction with challenging contractual arrangements and involving a large number of parties, resulting in a challenging negotiation process, was recognised as a major project finance achievement by the international financial community. Madi handled her responsibilities exceptionally well and earned the respect of all the parties with whom she interacted." John Barton-Bridges, Manager: Private Sector Investments Unit, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), September 2001


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