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Consulting Engineers & Project Managers to the Mining Industry

Who we are

Hennie Read
Chairperson: RSV Group of Companies

Hennie's career began at Union Corporation that later became General Mining. He served in various positions including Junior Engineer, Resident Engineer, Chief Design Engineer, Chief Engineer and Consulting Mechanical Engineer.

He has worked on many mining related projects across the globe, including shaft sinking; surface and underground mine infrastructures; tunneling; base and noble metal plants and refineries; and pulp and paper factories.

He founded Read Engineering in 1986 that led to the formation of RSV (Pty) Ltd in 1991. Today, the RSV Group of Companies consists of eight Linked Enterprises that operate independently and interdependently through a unique collaborative association.

Hennie holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wits University; a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Rand Afrikaanse Universitiet; an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of South Africa; and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering from Wits University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with ECSA; a life-time millennium member with the South African Society for Professional Engineers; a Project Management Professional with the PMI of USA; and a Certificated Electrical and Mechanical Engineer endorsed for Mines and Works from the South African Mines Department.

He is a fellow of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (Great Britain), the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the SA Institute of Corrosion Engineers. Hennie is also a member of the Institute of Directors (SA).

The RSV Approach

Our values are imprinted in our company DNA and resonate in everything that we do. These values have brought us to where we are today - from our humble beginnings in South Africa, to the forefront of the world stage. Our local roots have been translated into one global vision - the RSV Group.



Quality Management and Engineering Excellence begin with our team members. At RSV we believe that maintaining an internal level of excellence is very much dependant on sourcing only the best and most highly qualified individuals for our team. Our employees are registered in a wide range of disciplines, with some also registered in more than one category and more than one discipline.

The company itself is also a member of Consulting Engineers of South Africa (CESA), an ECSA recognised voluntary association.


  • ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation for the Provision of Multi-disciplinary Project Management Services in the Mining, Metal and Industrial Projects sectors.
  • Fulton Commendation for Design Excellence in the use of concrete (2001, Nchwaneng 3 Shaft Decline)
  • South African Steel Instititue Award for Design (2004, Impala Platinum 12 North Shaft Headgear)
  • Fulton Commendation for Excellence in the use of concrete (2007, Impala Platinum 16 Shaft Concrete Headgear

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