Well-known and notable civil engineer in Paarl, Neil Lyners, quietly celebrated 25 years as an independent consultant earlier this year. He started operating independently on 1 May 1997 (South Africa celebrated its 3rd year of democracy just 4 days prior) and was joined by a young, 27- year-old Mario Filippi (at present the Chief Operations Officer of the company) in October 1997.

Little did they know (a quarter of a century ago) that their association would literally and figuratively soar their future business to uncharted heights.