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Engineering Ministries International South Africa (EMI SA)

Designing a World of Hope

Logo: EMI south africa. designing a world of hopeAbout EMI

Engineering Ministries International (EMI) South Africa is a faith-based organisation and a registered non-profit and public benefit (174-790 NPO - 930 062 609 PBO) based in Cape Town. Incorporated in July 2016 in South Africa and affiliated with a global network of EMI offices around the world, we provide architectural and engineering design services for non-profits, ministries, and community-based organisations.

Our vision is to see people restored by God and the world restored through design.

Our mission is to develop people, design structures, and construct facilities that serve communities and the Church.

We are driven by our CORE values

Design: EMI works within the local context to design and construct culturally appropriate facilities that are sustainable, affordable, and transformational.

Discipleship: EMI develops people spiritually and professionally through intentional discipleship and mentoring.

Diversity: EMI builds the church by connecting people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and ethnicities to demonstrate our love for God, our love for the nations and the unity, we share in Christ.

emi core values in a venn diagram

We serve a diverse scope of projects

Education | Healthcare | Community Development | Early Childhood Development | Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

Scope of the services we provide

Designer adding details to an architectural drawing

Feasibility Studies: Consulting in the initial project planning stages.

Project envisioning & planning: Assisting in the development of project concepts and needs analysis.

Land Assessment: Reviewing the potential of existing properties and greenfield sites.

Concept Design: Creating a phased master plan & conceptual architectural design.

Detailed Design: Design development, plan approvals, tender & construction documents.

Project Implementation: Contract administration and project management


Young Professional Development Programme

Professional Mentorship between Maxine Tawane graduate Architect intern 2023 and Kerstin Fourie Architect working on architectural drawings.


EMI SA’s young professional skills development programme partners with graduates in the built environment. The programme seeks to equip and empower them with the skills that are required to join the job market.

The Internship programme consists of a six-month placement focusing on professional development, practical work experience, and personal development focused on soft skills and mentorship.

The Fellowship is a two to three-year programme that focuses on developing young design professionals with further work experience, training, and competence to advance them towards licensure in their respective fields.

Programme design fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Design and Construction Management.

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Words from our interns:

Boikanyo Makhafola - Interior Design Intern 2022

"Throughout activities and EMI, I have engaged with communities in new ways through project work that allows me to contribute practical and sustainable designs, participate in volunteering activities, and have the opportunity to learn from new cultures. It allows me to participate in projects that bring restoration and dignity to communities." Boikanyo Makhafola - Interior Design Intern 2022





Lelani Oosthuizen – Engineering Intern 2022

“My time as an EMI intern felt like a gift that I unwrapped only to find a hundred more little gifts! Incredible people, lifelong friends, spiritually feeding and intellectually stimulating. It was one of the best decisions of my life.” Lelani Oosthuizen – Engineering Intern 2022





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5th floor, 38 Hout Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
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