About Us

Controlab South Africa (Pty) Ltd has its origins in East London with the Head Office situated in Vincent (East London), the main laboratory in North End (East London) and various branch laboratories in Mthatha, Kokstad, Queenstown, Lanseria and Cape Town.  We also have an international sister laboratory in Lusaka, Zambia.

The company continually aims to be at the forefront of its industry by delivering laboratory testing services of a high quality for its client base which ensures the meeting of any statutory regulations and industry requirements pertinent to their project scope.

Controlab is aligned to and are members of – either individually or as a company – with the following organisations, amongst others:

  • ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa)
  • SAIEG (South African Institute for Engineering and Environmental Geologists)
  • SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
  • NLA (National Laboratory Association)
  • MBA (Master Builders Association)
  • NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council)
  • SABITA (South African Bitumen Association)
  • SARF (South African Road Federation)
  • BCCEI (Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry)







In February 2008, we achieved our SANAS accreditation (ISO/IEC 17025) for the laboratory (reference number T0308).  Controlab is audited by SANAS in accordance to the mandatory audit schedule to ensure that our testing procedures meet the required quality standards. 

We participate in the annual National Laboratory Association’s proficiency testing programme and undertake frequent inter- and intra-laboratory correlation comparisons to ensure consistent and reliable laboratory results.

At present, although the accreditation pertains to the main laboratory, Controlab South Africa (Pty) Ltd is in the process of applying for accreditation in various branch offices in South Africa.  Having stated this, it must be noted that all testing and systems are done in strict accordance with Controlab’s Quality Management System (QMS) as accredited for the main laboratory.






Controlab South Africa (Pty) Ltd is fully committed to meeting the required B-BBEE codes relevant to our industry.  At present, Controlab is rated a Level 3 with a 51% black shareholding (B-BBEE Certificate Download)


The company has assisted numerous tertiary/higher education institutions by making available our laboratory facilities and staff for practical laboratory experiential training.  In June 2009 and again in November 2016, one such institution awarded the company with a “Certificate of Recognition” for this.

Through the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE), Controlab has supported the young engineer development initiative by exposing engineers and technicians to material testing and field investigations.








Controlab’s personnel are assessed on a regular basis for competency and our key personnel possess the required expertise and resources necessary in the industry.

Marinus Proudfoot

Chief Executive Officer
Pr Tech Eng (ECSA), R Eng (EngRBZ)
Field/Speciality: Bitumen, Asphalt, Concrete, Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical

Chris Becker

Qualification: National Diploma (telecommunication)
Field/Speciality: Project, quality assurance, facilities and general management
“The road to success is always under construction.”


Sharon Proudfoot

HR & Marketing Manager
Qualification:  Diploma Labour Lab (DLL), Diploma Human Resource Management (DHRM)
Field/Speciality:  Human resource management and marketing activities for the company
“start an exciting new career”


Deon Louw

Managing Director (Controlab) & (SANAS Technical Signatory)
Qualification: MSc Applied Science
Field/Speciality: Civil Engineering
“Only Blue Bull supporter within the Group!”

John Atterbury

Laboratory Manager (East London)
Qualification: Diploma in Civil Engineering (Honours in Soil Mechanics and Geology)
Field/Speciality: Soil Mechanics and Geology

Lee-Anne Proudfoot

Operations Director & Specialist (Environmental Consultant)
Qualification: MSc (Marine Biology), Rhodes
Field/Speciality: Environmental Management
“Professional Natural Scientist – Environmental Scientist  (SACNASP) “

Carolynn Weare

Project Manager & Financial Administrator
Qualification:  Diploma Project Management, Diploma Personal Assistant
Field/Speciality:  Internal project management, administration and financial duties.
“the doors will be opened to those bold enough to knock”

Pye van Heerden

International Operations Manager & Director of Control Zambia Ltd
Qualification: Diploma Retail Management (UCT)
Field/Speciality: Commercial/Operations Manager