Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), supported by Aon South Africa, on Thursday announced the winners of this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry and celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism.
“Consulting engineers are at the forefront of infrastructure development and these awards bear witness to the pivotal role that consulting engineers, as trusted advisers and partners to our clients, play in the delivery of services to the people of South Africa and the African continent.
“Given the pivotal role that Cesa members have in South African society and the economy, these awards are about thanking all the participants for the role they play in our country’s growth. Most of all, the winning projects show us that South Africa still has so much to deliver and offer to its citizenry, and that the potential of the country that we love and call home will continue to require excellence that the consulting engineering industry has to offer,” commented Cesa president Lynne Pretorius.
To promote the consulting engineering industry to young professionals, Cesa recognises the contribution young engineers make to the industry and to the future of the profession. The winner of the Young Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Airports Company South Africa, is afforded an opportunity to attend the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) Infrastructure Conference. This year’s winner is Jabulile Msiza from Jones & Wagener with Catherine Blerch from Aurecon and Pieter Crous from SMEC both receiving commendations.
The category for Engineering Excellence with a value greater than R250-million was won by Aurecon for the Mall of Africa for Atterbury Property. Aecom was awarded a commendation for the acid mine drainage project for the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority. Another commendation was awarded to Royal HaskoningDHV for provincial main road 577 for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.
The category for Engineering Excellence with a value of between R50-million and R250-million was won by Neil Lyners and Associates for the L’ormarins hydropower project. Commendations were awarded to Aurecon for the Stortemelk hydropower plant for Stortemelk Hydro and to Bosch Projects for special maintenance of the N2 Section 11 for the South African National Roads Agency.
The category for Engineering Excellence with a value of less than R50-million was won by Fellow Consulting for Malapa Fossils for University of the Witwatersrand. Bigen Africa received a commendation for the water reclamation plant at the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine for Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Aecom also received a commendation for the Plankenburg Main Outfall for Stellenbosch municipality.
In the category of Best International Project, sponsored by the Built Environment Professionals Export Council, a commendation was awarded to Aurecon for the Mzingani Sea wall in Zanzibar.
Nyeleti Consulting won the Business Excellence category with Knight Piésold receiving a commendation. Bigen Africa won the Mentoring Company of the Year award, sponsored by Bosch Holdings.
To promote mentorship of young engineers, Cesa recognises the contribution mentors make to the industry and the future of the profession. Cornelius van der Wath from Matleng Energy Solutions is the Mentor of the Year. Tongaat Hulett is the Visionary Client of the Year.
In recognition of the role that the media plays in the industry, 3S Media received recognition for Publishing Excellence: Trade Publications and Independent Newspapers received recognition for Publishing Excellence: Daily Newspapers.
UWP Consulting was announced the winner of the Cesa Job Shadow Initiative with Infraconsult as the first runner-up and Bigen Africa as the second runner up. Cesa's Eastern Cape’s Port Elizabeth branch was named winner of the Branch of the Year award.