The CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards once again, did not disappoint this year, as companies and individuals in the consulting engineering industry walked away with top honours at the glitzy ceremony held at Vodacom World, in Midrand, on Thursday, 16th August. Now in its 51st year and hosted in partnership with platinum title sponsor Aon South Africa, the Awards celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism which was evident in the entries for each category.
CESA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Campbell congratulated the winners and finalists whilst stating that amidst economic challenges and sluggish growth, it is essential to recognize the pivotal role of consulting engineering. “While external factors may pose obstacles, our focus on delivering excellence must remain unwavering.”
Aon South Africa Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nolwandle Mgoqi said, as a long-standing sponsor of the awards, Aon has had the privilege of witnessing the significant contributions made by the engineering industry to our economy and every facet of our society. “Despite challenges and risks, the engineering industry continues to epitomise modernity and progress.”
John Robin Williamson’s contribution to the consulting engineering industry did not go unnoticed as he was honoured with the Lifetime Industry Achievement Award.
In the category, Projects with a Value Between R250-million and R1-billion, KBK Engineers were announced winners for the N1 Musina Ring Road for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).
Zutari was named winner in the Projects with a Value Between R50-million and R250-million category for the Square Kilometre Array Meerkat Extension for the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). Two commendations were awarded in the category with Bigen Africa receiving a commendation for the East London Industrial Development Zone Electrical Upgrade and Zutari receiving a commendation for the Groote Schuur Estate Refurbishment for the COEGA Development Corporation.
In the category, Projects with a Value Less Than R50-million, the Naidu Consulting, MSW Consulting JV was the winner for the Tongaat Water Treatment Works Emergency Remediation Works for the eThekwini Municipality. Zutari received a commendation for the Compilation of the 15-Year Western Cape Integrated Drought and Water Response Plan.
The winner of the Best International Project was ARQ Consulting Engineers for Yusufeli Dam for Limak Construction SA for DSi, the Turkish State Hydraulics Works. Two commendations were awarded in the category with AECOM receiving a commendation for the ABSA Head Office in Zambia; and MPAMOT Africa receiving a commendation for the Beitbridge Border Post Upgrade and Modernization for Zimborders.
In the category Engineering Technology and Innovation – HVAC Building Systems Design Excellence, Maninga Engineering received a commendation for the Test and Examination Centre: Part 1 – Flower Hall for the University of Witwatersrand.
In the category Engineering Technology and Innovation – Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Zutari received a commendation for the Groote Schuur Estate Refurbishment for the COEGA Development Corporation.
BVi Consulting Engineers won the Business Excellence Award, while Koleko Solutions walked away as winners in the Small/Medium Company of the Year category. For the Mentoring Company of the Year award, Naidu Consulting, received a commendation.
Winner of the Mentor of the Year Award was Herman Cronje from SMEC South Africa. In the category Young Engineer of the Year, Mareli Botha was named winner while Darren Pillay and Stephen Rose received commendations.
Publisher of the Year - Trade Publications category went to the Civil Engineering Magazine published by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE); while the Publisher of the Year - Daily News category was awarded to Independent Online News (IOL).
In the CESA Job Shadow Initiative and Poster Competition, BVi Consulting Engineers were announced winners. Mariswe was named the first runner-up with PRDW announced as second runner-up and AECOM being named third runner-up.