History and trajectory
Partners in Development (Pty) Ltd (PID) was established by David Still in April 1993. From a home-based business, PID has grown into an engineering consultancy which employs many people and contributes to projects on a local and national scale. PID has provided planning, design, training and construction management services on over 200 infrastructure projects to date. The majority of these have been in the rural water supply and sanitation field, but they have also included roads, sports facilities, township services, agricultural infrastructure, school sanitation, and the management of several major community-based domestic sanitation projects. In all projects the use of labour has been maximised and managed according to the principles of labour-based construction. Through consulting and research, PID is able to share knowledge and lessons-learned both nationally and internationally.
Where we work
Based in Pietermaritzburg, PID works to improve the sustainability of project implementation throughout KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of South Africa. In this context, PID works mainly with developing communities and is participating in a vision for South Africa in which all people are granted the dignity they deserve as humans and members of society. Through our engagement in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector we have also done work for international organisations such as the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Water for People and Engineers without Borders (UK), and over the years we have provided research placements and/or work experience for many postgraduate engineering students.