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In memoriam Johan Liebetrau

Monday, 17 December 2018  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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It is with great sadness we inform you of the heartbreaking news of the death of NEA (Nabih Elias Azzam & Partners) Dubai Director, Mr. Johan Liebetrau. We have been informed that he passed away on the 9th December during his vacation in the Maldives due to a heart attack.

Johan had a career that spanned over thirty-five (35) years in the Quantity Surveying profession. He approached each project as a new challenge to deliver to the satisfaction of the Client.

The formative first 19 years of his career were spent employed by one of the largest South African Quantity Surveying practices, Farrow Laing & Partners (later re-named Davis Langdon).

In 2000, he resigned from Farrow Laing to establish a Quantity Surveying practice together with four other colleagues. The practice was known as Mahlati Quantity Surveyors.

In 2012, he accepted the post of Vice President Quantity Surveying at Damac Properties and relocated to Dubai. Damac Properties is the largest privately owned property development company in United Arab Emirates. The project portfolio was mainly located in Dubai with further projects in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar. His position as VPQS at Damac became redundant due to restructuring of the QS Department.

In 2015, he joined Nabih Elias Azzam & Partners as Operations Director in their Dubai office.

The secret to his success was his hands-on participation in the projects from inception, through estimating, design development, procurement, administration and close-out. This ensured active budget management through direct contribution and, where necessary, value engineering and dispute resolution.

He enjoyed the levels of communication, collaboration and planning necessary to complete successful projects. He thrived on holding a position that requires holistic involvement and where he was able to draw on his experience and exercise initiative. He added considerable value to any project, as he was an ambitious and dedicated individual, with attention to detail and strong communication skills.

He was well liked by his clients and colleagues alike.

Johan loved adventure – scuba diving, traveling, hiking; he has successfully summited Kilimanjaro via Arrow Glacier and loved piloting gliders and light aircraft in his youth.

He will be sorely missed by all.