Inga Vanqa

Owner, Inga Vanqa Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers

From an early age, Inga Vanqa knew that he wanted to pursue a technical career in the built environment, but it was only when he was introduced to quantity surveying in a career guidance class in his matric year that he knew which path he was going to follow.

“Quantity surveying held huge appeal for me because it fuses a number of disciplines, including technical know-how, law, finance and economics, a combination that very few professions offer,” he says.

By the age of 20, Vanqa had already completed his studies and was working as a candidate quantity surveyor. Once qualified, he completed his master’s in the built environment, and is currently working on his PhD. His qualification as a professional construction project manager means that he is one of few South Africans qualified in two professions in the built environment industry.

His local and international experience gave him the confidence to start his own firm from his parents’ garage three years ago, and he’s built it up to employ five full-time professionals and four part-time personnel.

He is leading the construction of state-of-the-art offices for the department of public works in Aliwal North, worth R200-million, where his firm is both the principal agent and quantity surveyors. He has also worked on a coal mine project in Mozambique and the expansion of the manganese terminal at the Port Elizabeth harbour.

With “green” building principles already having found significant favour in the private sector, Inga is working hard to introduce these guidelines to public sector projects, to see them built on more environment-friendly and energy efficient terms.

“The problems South Africa is faced with at the moment provide interesting opportunities for smart young people to come up with innovative solutions to make our country better, and that’s exactly what I’m doing,” he says. “For a young person who is ambitious, driven, and willing to work hard, the possibilities are endless and the only limit is one’s imagination.”

Vanqa spends his spare time with his wife and son, and enjoys reading about South African politics, economics, and literature related to his profession. He’s an ardent fan of Kaizer Chiefs and the Sharks, and recently took up golf as a great way to unwind. — Kerry Haggard

Twitter: @IngaVanqa