Ergosystem is pleased to announce that Cape Branch Manager, Dirk Durnez has been appointed as Belgium’s Advisor for Economic Diplomacy for the Cape, South Africa. His first initiative is to set up a Cape chapter of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce of southern Africa in order to strengthen the network of Belgian, European and local business people.
Designated by Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, the position was created to provide information and give advice on economic and financial opportunities to the Belgian diplomatic network in South Africa. The appointment, by Royal Decree, is based on Dirk’s 17 year experience as an entrepreneur in South Africa, where he designed and executed award winning specialised construction projects in Africa and the Middle East.
Also known as Mr Kubik, Dirk has been at the forefront of modular construction in our country, setting new standards with record breaking specialised construction projects at Canal Walk and Cape Grace in Cape Town, Sheraton Pretoria, Monte Casino and Emperors Palace Johannesburg, as well as turnkey projects in the Middle East. In 2009, he received a SABS Design award from the South African Bureau of Standards for his innovative method of modular construction. In 2013, Dirk sold his company to Ergosystem Flexible Walling Solutions, where he is now heading up the Cape Town branch.
“With more and more foreign companies targeting the Cape as a centre of growth for Africa investment opportunities, we are proud to have formed this partnership to promote exchange of resources and knowledge,” said Dean Armstrong, Managing Director of Ergosystem. “Dirk is well respected in the Cape business community, and we know his reputation and dedication will serve him well in this new position.”
Born in Wervik, West Flanders, Dirk originally proved himself an entrepreneur through his company in the Francophone part of Belgium, from where he executed specialised construction and museum projects in 26 countries, including USA, Middle and Far East.
Dirk has been accredited by the Cape Institute for Architecture to do presentations for Continuous Professional Development of Architects* and is member of the South African Green Building Council, The Institute of Interior Design and many other construction related associations.
* CPD is considered important for maintaining knowledge, skills and development of professional career. All registered architectural professionals are required as part of their registration and renewal with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) to have accumulated a minimum number of CPD credits during the five year renewal cycle.