2013 CESA AON ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARDS – Sustainability is Everyone's Business

Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (CESA) prestigious CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards held at Vodacom World in Midrand on the 14th August this year is a celebration of innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism in the industry. CESA is proud to host this annual event, sponsored by Aon South Africa, as a platform to showcase the important role that infrastructure plays in the sustainable development of our country. The Awards focus on consulting engineers and their clients who participate in or initiate projects that promote the advancement of our nation and the people of the continent.

Climate change, global warming, water conservation these are all sustainability issues on the global agenda. What does sustainability mean in a developing nation where fundamental basic human needs are top of mind for the average person dealing with backlogs in housing; lack of essential services; food shortages; job scarcity; poor basic education; not to mention clean governance and economic freedom?

In South Africa we collectively need to balance social, political and economic issues with a wide spectrum of complex environmental issues. We need to create an awareness of what the earth can provide and how carefully we use our natural resources, especially those that are not renewable. Leadership becomes all the more important and future leaders of third world countries need to be chosen on the basis of their ethical balance as well as their ‘sustainability savvy’!

In our precious country each and every one of us is collectively responsible for creating a sustainable future for generations to come through an improved education system; economic and political certainty; job creation; eradication of corruption; and responsible development – of which CESA and its member firms are the custodians. CESA encourages everyone to all pull together towards a sustainable future……CESA strongly believes that SUSTAINABILITY IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS…

Risk advisors and insurance brokerage Aon has been the proud main sponsors of the event for a number of years now and it’s a relationship that CESA values highly. According to Aon, “CESA members have a pivotal role in South African society and in the greater South African economy. The progress of this country and its sustainability is touched on a daily basis by some facet of engineering and without this science, the vast majority of development and upliftment we need would not happen - the role that engineers now play more than ever before in terms of the wellbeing of our citizens is immense.”

Awards were handed out in the following categories: Engineering Excellence for projects with a value of less than R50million; projects between R50million and R250million and for projects with a value of over R250million; Best International Project; Visionary Client of the Year; Mentor of the Year; Business Excellence; Mentoring Company of the Year; Young Engineer of the Year; Publisher of the Year; Job Shadow Initiative; and Branch of the Year.

The category of Engineering Excellence with a value greater than R250 million was won by ILISO Aurecon Joint Venture for the improvements to the Dr. Chota Motala Road Interchange on the N3 National Road for the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) and Msunduzi Municipality with HHO Africa receiving a commendation for Atlantis Corridor ‘MyCITI’System: Integrated Rapid Transit Infrastructure for City of Cape Town.

The category of Engineering Excellence with a value between R50 million and R250 million was won by Aurecon for the Mayfair on the Lake Office Building for Growth point Properties. GIBB received a commendation for the rehabilitation of East London Airport Project for Airports Company South.

The category of Engineering Excellence with a value less than R50 million, was won by SMEC South Africa for the Tshelimnyama Pedestrian Bridge for South African National Roads Agency. ILISO Consulting received a commendation for the Top Gear Internal Race Track, Moses Mabhida Stadium for eThekwini Municipality.

In the category of Best International Project, sponsored by the Built Environment Professionals Export Council (BEPEC), Aurecon was announced the winner for the NBL Mbarara Greenfields Brewery for Nile Breweries a subsidiary of SABMiller Group with SMEC South Africa receiving a commendation for the Widening and Strengthening of the Okavango River Bridge for Roads Authority of Namibia.

Bigen Africa and Bosch Holdings were announced joint winners of the Business Excellence category. In an effort to promote mentorship of young engineers CESA recognises the contribution Mentors make to the industry and the future of the profession. UWP Consulting won the Mentoring Company of the Year category which this year was sponsored by Bosch Holdings. Kobus Viljoen from Bigen Africa won the category of Mentor of the Year. In recognition of the role that the media plays in the industry, Creamer Media received recognition for Publishing Excellence: Trade Media and Times Media received recognition for Publishing Excellence: Daily Newspapers.

In the Visionary Client of the Year category, CESA nominates candidates for the award, who must then consent to their nomination. Nominees in this category can be from the public, parastatal or private sectors, and are judged inter alia on their contribution to sustainable economic job creation in South Africa and or Africa. Creating sustainable development in communities through skills and knowledge transfer is an equally important factor. The judges also look at the opportunities provided for the growth and expression of professionals, including those from formerly disadvantaged communities. Projects should also have embraced innovative designs that highlight the ability of South Africans in the technological field. CESA this year gave recognition, in the category of Visionary Client of the Year to Transnet and its division Transnet National Ports Authority as well as the Coega Development Corporation for the Coega IDZ and its dedicated deep water Port of Ngqura.

In order 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. Naturally the winner must be available to receive the award and attend the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) convention. Furthermore, he or she must be available to serve on CESA’s Young Professional’s Forum for a 12-month period. Judges look for outstanding performance in areas including technical achievement on a project; educational achievement; recognition such as awards received; contributions to sustainable development – such as environmental initiatives, social responsibilities, and community involvement. And finally, the winner in this category must have leadership ability, and contribute to the image of the firm and the industry as a whole. Once again, this year the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) sponsored the Young Engineer of the Year Award, enabling the winner to attend the FIDIC convention to be held in Barcelona, Spain this year. The winner in the category of Young Engineer of the Year is Andreas Melusi Ndlovu from ILISO Consulting with Jan Theron from Royal HaskoningDHV receiving a commendation.

HATCH GOBA was announced winner of the CESA Job Shadow Initiative with ILISO Consulting 1st runner-up and Royal HaskoningDHV and UWP Consulting joint 2nd runners-up. CESA’s Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth Branch was winner of the Branch of the Year Award which this year was sponsored by Deltek.