history of Fairbrother Geotechnical Engineering

In 1964 James Fairbrother, a mechanical engineer by profession; started a part-time waterwell business in Cape Town. Using the concept of a fork lift, he built a drilling rig to install waterwells for residential dwellings and farmers.

In 1974 the company expanded its services into the geotechnical market by offering geotechnical drilling investigation services in addition to its waterwell business.

Ian Fairbrother and Peter Fairbrother joined the company in 1979 and 1986 respectively and both maintain a strong presence in the management team.

Adrian Meerburg joined the company in 1990 and is currently the Operational and Managing Director of the company.


We now have over 100 employees with 13 exceptionally skilled and experienced geotechnical foremen (with the average geotechnical experience at 19 years each).

The company has been at the forefront of a number of geotechnical projects which include installing some of the deepest anchors ever in South Africa at 55m for the upgrading of the Cape Town Container Terminal.

The company also received the award for Technical Excellence from the South African Institute of Civil Engineers for 300 ton permanent rock anchors which were installed to stabilise the Hely-Hutchinson and Woodhead dam walls on Table mountain.

We take pride in our reputation for providing a highly professional service which has been earned over the past 40 years.

The company operates throughout South Africa and Southern Africa.


Management Structure


Peter Fairbrother

Ian Fairbrother

Adrian Meerburg

Financial Director Technical Director Managing Director
B.Com. C.A. (SA) A.C.M.A B.Sc. (Civils) NHD (Civils)

Paul Fairbrother



Financial Manager    
B.Bus.Sci (Finance)    
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