CESA Awards Engineering Excellence

CESA supported by Aon South Africa hosted the who’s who in the engineering industry at a gala dinner held at Vodaworld in Midrand on the 16th August to celebrate the 2017 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards. These Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the engineering industry celebrating innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism.

Lynne Pretorius, President of CESA stated, “Consulting Engineers are at the forefront of Infrastructure development and these awards bear witness to the pivotal role that Consulting Engineers, as trusted advisors 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 the South African society and economy, these awards are about thanking all the participants for the role you 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”.

“Clearly an enormous responsibility lies upon your shoulders as the consulting engineers in South Africa, but by the same token, to deliver on these responsibilities, consulting engineers have to operate in a secure, risk-managed environment. It’s our role at Aon South Africa to facilitate that environment, and to ensure that you have a professional and qualified team on your side, every step of the way,” says Terence Williams, CEO of Aon South Africa.

Awards were handed out in the following categories: Young Engineer of the Year; 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; Publisher of the Year; Job Shadow Initiative; and Branch of the Year.

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. The winner is afforded an opportunity to attend the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Infrastructure Conference. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) sponsored the Young Engineer of the Year Award. The winner in the category of Young Engineer of the Year is Jabulile Msiza from Jones & Wagener with Catherine Blerch from Aurecon and Pieter Crous from SMEC both receiving commendations.

Jabulile Msiza, Jones & Wagener

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 TCTA. Another commendation was awarded to Royal HaskoningDHV for Provincial Main Road 577 for the KwaZulu Natal Department of Transport.

Aurecon Aecom
Royal HaskoningDHV


The category for Engineering Excellence with a value between R50 million and R250 million was won by Neil Lyners and Associates for the L’ormarins Hydro Power Project. Commendations were awarded to Aurecon for the Stortemelk Hydropower Plant for Stortemelk Hydro (RF) Property Limited and Bosch Projects for Special Maintenance of N2 Section 11 for SANRAL.

Neil Lyners and Associates, Aurecon and Bosch Projects

The category for Engineering Excellence with a value less than R50 million, was won by Fellow Consulting for Malapa Fossils for Wits University. Bigen Africa received a commendation for the Water Reclamation Plant at the BRP Mine for Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Aecom also received a commendation for the Plankenburg Main Outfall for Stellenbosch Municipality.

Fellow Consulting

In the category of Best International Project, sponsored by the Built Environment Professionals Export Council (BEPEC), 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, sponsored by Bosch Holdings. In an effort 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. Matleng Energy Solutions also won Young Company of the Year. Tongaat Hulett is the Visionary Client of the Year.

Nyeleti Consulting and Knight Piésold Bigen Africa
Matleng Engergy Solutions Tongaat Hulett

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.

3S Media Independent Newspapers

UWP Consulting was announced as the winner of the CESA Job Shadow Initiative with Infraconsult as the 1st runner's up and Bigen Africa as 2nd runner’s respectively. CESA's Eastern Cape’s Port Elizabeth Branch was named winner of the Branch of the Year Award.

UWP Consulting Infraconsult and Bigen Africa
CESA Port Elizabeth Branch

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