Trueman Goba is the Chairman of Hatch Africa, part of HATCH Ltd. and is also President of the South African Academy of Engineering.
He started as a Survey Technician before graduating with a BSc Engineering (Civil) at University of Natal, Durban. In 1986 he completed a Master of Engineering degree at Cornell University in Ithaca NY, in USA.
He worked for Whitman Requardt and Associates in Baltimore MD, USA, before returning to SA.
Working with Keeve Steyn he was a structural engineer on highway projects, doing geometrics, drainage and bridge designs, as well as on tunnel projects, including planning, drilling contracts, geotechnical measurements, design of appurtenant structures, and construction supervision. Earlier projects in SA included Incrementally Launched bridges on the N3 and N2 and other SANRAL highway projects.
The Glenwood Tunnels, and the Inanda Wiggins Aqueduct were also done earlier.
He established Goba Moahloli and Associates Inc in 1993 which became GOBA (Pty) Ltd and later merged with Hatch Africa (Pty) Ltd, of which he became Director and Chairman.
He was President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) in 2002, and that of Engineering Council of South Africa between 2007 and 2009. He also received ministerial appointment on the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and served on the first National Planning Commission in SA until 2015.
He has been recognised through various awards and three doctoral degrees in Engineering.
The Department of Civil Engineering is part of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.