HOLLANDSE AANNEMINGS MAATSKAPPYEstablished:
This is the subsidiary established in South Africa suffixed SA [it had a South West Africa equivalent suffixed SWA for its contracts there] under the Afrikaans spelling of of the N.V. Hollandsche Aannemings Maatschappij (HAM). The Dutch-based mother company was founded in 1909 by ACCG van Hemert owner of HBM and contractor GA van Hattum Dordrecht (later Sliedrecht). GA van Hattum was director from 1909-1916. The German organisation of van Hattum, Norddeutsche Tiefbau Gesellschaft merged with HAM in 1924 when all the equipment of van Hattum was sold to HAM. The Hollandsche Aanneming Maatschappij (part of Hollandsche Beton Maatschappij) merged in 1963 with Intervam and became the Hollandsche Beton Groep (HBG). In 1971 this merged with Van Oord Werkendam. Later HAM merged with Volker Stevin in 1991. In 2002 HBG and Ballast Nedam merged their dredging divisions and became 'Ballast HAM Dredging' (BHD) 2002. The latter was bought by 'Dragados Spain' and sold in the same year to BAM NBM – in December 2003- Van Oord Groep (Merweoord) merged with BHD to the new company Van Oord NV Rotterdam. [adapted from synopsis in The Industrial History of the Hong Kong Group].
From 1924 until 1927 CLC VAN KRETSCHMAR VAN VEEN served the company contructing the harbour at Walvis Bay, in South West Africa (now Namibia) acting at the same time as consul for the Netherlands at Swartkopmund. From 1938 to 1946 VAN KRETSCHMAR VAN VEEN lived in Cape Town while the company undertook the harbour extentions and Foreshore Reclamation Table Bay project.