“It always seems impossible, until it’s done”

Nelson Mandela

Head Of Management

Mr Bert Werkman

Director, Head of Designing and co-founder

Mr Bert Werkman is a qualified mechanical engineer with extensive experience in many areas of the engineering industry, which he gained both locally and abroad. His background includes deep knowledge and practical experience in the manufacturing, maintenance and design of turbines and compressors. He is also regarded as an expert in design of various mining equipment.

His 43-years in the industry include positions as plant engineer, production manager and steel foundry manager. Equipped with a MBA, he has established himself not only as prominent engineer, but also as esteemed business mind over the years.

As founder of Africa Hydro, Mr Werkman has proven himself to be an ingenuitive problem solver in all aspects of designing. He has the ability to not only assess complex processes and systems accurately, but to also adjust them to perform optimally. Coupled with his ability to visualize and create sustainable solutions to specific challenges, Mr Werkman’s knowledge, insight and experience form the foundation of this company.


Mr Bert Werkman Jnr.

CEO and co-founder

Mr Bert Werkman Jr graduated from the North-West University in 1999 with a degree in Industrial Relations and Commerce, and has since gained more than 18 years’ experience in Project and Financial management, both in the mining and engineering industries.  

Mr Werkman Jr started from humble beginnings in a foundry workshop and from there moved on gaining experience in many different fields, from drafting and production management, to 15 years’ experience as a Project Manager of many different engineering projects both in South Africa and abroad.  Before co-founding Africa Hydro with his father, he was the CEO of WJ Engineering, Potchefstroom. 

His knowledge of Africa and his many years’ experience as a Project Manager, played a key role in unlocking various hydro projects and together with his team of engineering experts, form the foundation of all these projects.