• Reporting to: Planning Manager
  • Reference: KZN- 2023/04
  • Date Advertised: 04 January 2023
  • Closing Date: 28 february 2023
  • Branch: KwaZulu Natal – Durban
  • Department: Planning

Link Africa EPC (Pty) Ltd is search of a Network Access and GIS Planner for the Durban Region.

Main purpose

Planning of New Routes and Access in the Region. The Planner is expected to undertake project feasibility studies, site visits, and route surveys and prepare detail project scope-of-work, Bill of Quantities, and generate executable files for project implementation. All planning must be done on GIS Tool. Assist project managers with any scope changes and variations during the project implantation phases.


Route Planning

  • Plan and propose new routes in the region based on requests from the business.
  • Look at all new transmission plans and highlight to line manager when new routes are required. A route proposal (desk top study) should accompany the notification
  • Advise the relevant stakeholders on better route options for the transmission Plans

Route Surveys

  • Do route surveys on the route GIS desktop plans
  • Improve on the GIS desktop design
  • Do changes to the GIS desktop plan based on opportunities
  • Plan the best placement of all hand holes and client break-outs on GIS.

Access approvals

  • Do Access Planning approvals (client sites) ensuring that the proposed plan links up with LA’s network at the correct point
  • Ensure that the access plan corresponds with the signed off Transmission plans
  • Update systems accordingly
  • Propose access which DLA should own to relevant stakeholders
  • Obtain Landlord approvals on proposed routes

Planning Database

  • Capture all planned routes accurately on LA’s GIS systems
  • Check as-built documentation and verify that it corresponds to what was built. Do spot checks by driving the routes
  • Update all GIS systems (site creation, Line & Polygon files)

Work Flow System

  • Receive and analyse order
  • Update system on progress statuses
  • Update Material and costing

Miscellaneous & General

  • On a day to day basis ensure that all daily tasks are completed
  • Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time by management

Competencies and Minimum Requirements:

Knowledge, skills, and qualifications

  • National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Light Current) majoring in Telecommunications
  • Affiliations: Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) registration and South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) membership is recommended.
  • Must be in possession of a driver’s license for a minimum of a light motor vehicle.
  • At least 2 – 5 years relevant network engineering experience in a telecoms environment having had exposure in the field, as well as experience across multiple departments/functions in a network environment to understand the interrelationships and interdependencies.
  • Sound knowledge of area of expertise (e.g. cable planning / transmission or Ethernet/IP expertise) with a good cross-disciplinary understanding of the alternative area.
  • Abreast of developments in the technology environment
  • Accuracy Utilizing a GIS Planning tool for optical fibre network planning, FTTx / PON, experience in implementation and project management of the relevant technologies also desirable.
  • Computer Literate (Microsoft Office)

Knowledge Skills and Attitudes applicable to Network Engineering

KNOWLEDGE LEVEL (dep. on specialization)
Technologies (dependent on specialization)
Cable planning: Optic Fibre Medium to high
Fibre parameters (PMD,CD) Medium to high
Hauling, Jointing Commissioning Medium to high
Network Architecture Medium to high
Civil planning: Plinths, ducts, manholes etc Medium to high
Way-leaves and permissions Medium to high
FTTx / xPON Medium to high
Fibre Management Systems Medium to high
Sites and Buildings Medium to high
Geographical Information Systems Medium to high
Test equipment Medium to high
Planning tools High
Network terminology High
Policy (M&P), Strategy High
Regulatory aspects Medium to high
Network High
Safety High
Business Plan High
First Aid Medium to high
SHEQ Medium to high
Computer literate
MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) / SD Access Database high
Visio Medium to high
GIS Tool High
Problem solving and decision making in an uncertain environment High
Forecasting Medium to high
Analytical Medium to high
Strong communicator / interpersonal skills Medium to high
Financial appreciation Medium to high
Time management High
Leadership Medium
Self motivated
Self starter
Accurate / Quality conscious
Team orientated
Customer focused

Personal attributes

  • Pay attention to detail and accuracy
  • Be able to adapt to change on a constant basis
  • Well organized
  • Logical thinking
  • Hard working
  • Self-starter
  • Service orientated

Working conditions
The position requires the job holder do both office and field work (route surveys, Landlord approvals etc.) and do site meetings. It may be required to travel and do stay overs. The position also requires after hour work in order to meet deadlines.

This vacancy is open to all Internal Candidates. Interested candidates must email their detailed CV’s to anniea@linkafrica.co.za by no later than 28 february 2023. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be responded to.

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