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Formed in 1961, McConnell Dowell is a major engineering, construction, building and maintenance contractor. With the ability to deliver end to end projects, we pride ourselves on our engineering excellence in three key industry sectors:

  • Building: Commercial and Industrial, Social and Public, Defence.
  • Infrastructure: Power, Transport, Water.
  • Resources: Mining, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical.


Approaching projects with creativity is what makes us stand out from the crowd, and the consistent peer-recognition through winning engineering and environmental awards is testament to that. Our people represent the best and brightest in their fields. We're proud of the passion and success of our team in striving to be the industry leaders, and it shows in our results.

We come up with smart ways to solve engineering problems. We’re inherently inquisitive and we rate ourselves on our ability to innovate; and our clients place a high value on it. It also means we work on more challenging projects that not only require a creative engineering approach, but the need to be inventive logistically in terms of equipment and project management.

Our fundamental philosophy of finding creative solutions to engineering and construction challenges for clients has never changed, with ongoing relationships with our clients being one of our key strategies. We have a track record of building long-term relationships with both national and international clients, which is testament to our innovative and client-focused capability.

The main operational focus of McConnell Dowell is to meet and exceed our clients’ requirements through innovation and teamwork and to promote industry excellence in the management of safety, quality, environment and human relations in every project we undertake.




As a major engineering, construction, building and maintenance company, we pride ourselves on running by a set of core values. 

Safety - Everybody goes home without harm at the end of the day

Sustainability - We act today with the future in mind

Relationships - Committed to creating and maintaining long-term relationships

People - We equip, inspire and empower our people to be their best

Creative - Creating solutions to meet our customers' needs

Fair Return - Reward for all commensurate with the value delivered

Integrity - Honesty, respect and equitable treatment for all, without compromise




McConnell Dowell is 100% owned by Aveng Limited, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in South Africa. 

 Without a controlling shareholder, Aveng is broadly held by the public as well as a number of institutional shareowners, with approximately 30% owned by international investors. 

Aveng boasts a proud South African heritage going back more than 100 years. They have built a strong reputation for playing a major role in infrastructure development, including many landmark roads, bridges, dams, buildings and power stations in numerous developing economies.

The group provides jobs to more than 30,000 people. It has built an international presence, in pursuit of its vision - "Aveng aims to be a leading infrastructure development company providing a diverse range of construction, infrastructure and engineering products, services and solutions for customers, sustainable profitability for shareholders and a great place to work for employees." 

Aveng Group at a Glance can be found here.