The most prestigious civil engineering projects were unveiled on 23 October 2019 at the PPS-SAICE Awards ceremony that took place in Johannesburg. The event saw the elite of the industry assemble to celebrate the outstanding innovation and contributions made by civil engineering practitioners for 2018/2019. SAICE was proud to have insurance giant PPS for Professionals partner with them for the event. 

The Institution received over 20 project entries from across the country which competed in categories such as international, technical excellence and community-based projects. Awards were also presented to the Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year and Technologist of the Year who were crowned the crème de la crème of the civil engineering fraternity. 

SAICE is proud to announce the winners in the following categories for 2018/2019:


Highly commended:

Mambedi Lower Dam Spillway

Highly commended: 

Sappi Tugela Treated Effluent Pipeline Replacement

Joint winners: 

  1. Tugela River Bridge (Mabhobhane) 

Project Team: 

Naidu Consulting

Umso Construction (Pty) Ltd

Franki Africa

Inkunzi RMC

Churchyard & Umpleby (Pty) Ltd


Winning Project Tugela River Bridge (Mabhobhane) synopsis:

Members of the Bangindoda community, situated on the Eshowe side of the Tugela, which includes more than 200 learners, faced the risk of drowning daily, when crossing KwaZulu-Natal’s largest river by boat to access basic services such as schools, clinics, pension pay points and the post office which are on the Maphumulo side of the Tugela River. Through ingenuity and innovation Naidu Consulting developed a solution that comprised of the construction of a 330m long composite structural steel truss and reinforced concrete slab deck bridge with spans of up to 40m, the longest composite bridge to be constructed over the Tugela River.

  1. Improvement of the Olifants River Bridge Crossing and Associated Works 

Project Team: 

Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Stefanutti Stocks Holdings Limited

Winning Project Improvement of the Olifants River Bridge Crossing and Associated Works synopsis:

SANRAL commissioned the Olifants River Bridge Crossing improvements and associated works on National Route 7 Section 4 in the Western Cape. These improvements arose because of the need to eliminate the obstruction of traffic on the N7 with it being an important route that provides an economic link between South Africa and Namibia for tourism and freight. The new Olifants River Arch Bridge uses an ancient structural form in an innovative way, making use of modern materials and analysis techniques to provide an aesthetically-pleasing structure. A combination of innovation in design and construction, together with extreme care taken with details and concrete finishes, resulted in an aesthetically-pleasing legacy structure, of which the public, client and all those involved with this project can be proud.


Highly Commended:

Tugela River Bridge (Mabhobhane)

Joint winners are:

  1. Sani Pass Phase 2 Structures

Project Team: Royal HaskoningDHV, SFC Engineers (Pty) Ltd and Ndizani Civil Works cc in Joint Venture and Chris Africa Civils


Winning Project Sani Pass Phase 2 Structures synopsis:

The project is located within a heritage site and an environmentally sensitive area and has an impact on the biophysical environment, botanical, fauna, aquatic environment, socioeconomic environment, tourism, aesthetics and cultural heritage environment.  There was also complicated geotechnical conditions that required innovative foundation solutions. The project provided direct employment of local labour, providing income for the duration of the contract as well as providing skill transfer and additionally used SMME subcontractors on the project.  The project is a good example of team work of all concerned; from the local community to the client, team of consulting engineers and the main contractor.

  1. National Department of Public Works Cluster 1 Technical Support 

Project Team: Naidu Consulting and SMEC South Africa JV

Winning Project National Department of Public Works Cluster 1 Technical Support synopsis:

The Naidu SMEC JV was engaged by the National Department of Public Works to support Public Bodies in KZN, Mpumalanga and Gauteng to implement EPWP through their various projects. Whilst reporting of jobs created was pivotal, this project required careful strategic adjustments to traditional engineering practice in order to balance engineering output against socio economic requirements. The project focused on increased accountability within public bodies through policies, procedures and guidelines. Through this project, the civil engineering industry will play a greater role in eradicating poverty through efficient, effective, economically viable job creation.


Highly commended:

The Viper Elevated Woodland Walkway


Azambi Hydropower Project

Project Team:

 Knight Piesold Consulting 

Kibali Gold Mine

Winning Project Synopsis:

The 11MW Azambi Hydroelectric Project is located in a remote area of the Orientale province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Knight Piésold worked closely with Kibali Gold Mine to develop a purpose-built, low-impact, and cost-effective runof-river hydroelectric project that produces approximately 64GWh of renewable, reliable electricity each year to power the mine. A portion from the mine’s power grid capacity is provided free to local communities, reducing their reliance on deforestation for energy supply. The project will ultimately become a legacy asset for local communities once the mine has reached its end of life.


Most Supportive Advertiser 2018

Civil Engineering Magazine:

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Most Supportive Advertiser 2018

Civil Engineering Magazine:

AfriSam – SAICE is honoured to have the support of industry’s leading supplier of superior quality construction materials and technical solutions in cement, aggregate and readymix concrete.


Engineer of the Year       


Kibiti Ntshumaelo – Kibiti is the Managing Director of Lekwa Consulting Engineers, a medium sized, blacked owned and one of the fastest growing engineering companies in South Africa today. He is also very passionate with community development leading a number of corporate responsibility initiatives in all areas where the company operates. He is also very involved in the development of professionals and young entrepreneurs. Kibiti is a registered Mentor with ECSA and takes keen interest in giving opportunities to young professionals who then grow and become leaders within the industry.  


Young Engineer of the Year

Joint winners:

Jeshika Ramchund – Jeshika Ramchund is a Professional Engineer employed as a Lead Engineer for the Developments Division at Bosch Projects (Pty) Ltd in South Africa. She is passionate about the consulting engineering industry and the engineering profession. Jeshika is currently Chairperson of the Group of African Member Associations (GAMA) Young Professional’s Forum, an Executive Committee member of GAMA and a member of FIDIC YPFSC and the FIDIC Conference Advisory Group. Jeshika has been actively involved with Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) since 2008. Jeshika has served CESA in the capacity of Chairperson of the Young Professional’s Forum, a Council and Board Member from 2014 to 2016.  

Bobby Jarratt – Bobby has been employed at JG Afrika Consulting Engineers in two spells between 2008-2015 and then again from 2016 onwards after a short stint at BVi Consulting Engineers. He has approximately eleven years’ post-graduate experience in the field of civil and structural engineering. During this time, he completed a MSc in Structural Engineering, graduating cum laude.  He currently works in the Structures Division of the company as an Associate responsible for the design, documentation and management of a variety of engineering projects. He is involved with various initiatives and mentoring programmes for junior engineers within the company and the SAICE Western Cape Branch.

Technologist of the Year 


Richard Emery – Richard’s experience and recognition has been gained through extensive involvement in project management, engineering, technical solutions & specialization in the field of integrated solid waste management and engineering services.  This project experience includes potential job creation consideration, Contract management, risk sharing, establishment of agreements and public-private beneficiation opportunities.  Richard has also received the 2008 Presidents Award for exceptional performance in the practice of Waste Management in Southern Africa. His project, for JG Afrika, received the 2018 IMESA Award and 2017 SAICE Award, whilst another project also received the National award for Integrated Waste Management Facility at South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) National Awards plus 2014 CESA Engineering Excellence Awards.


Witwatersrand University Student Chapter – The Chapter strives to drive interest within students to get involved in initiatives presented by the chapter in further developing themselves into becoming a well-rounded civil engineering graduates. Achieving growth year-on-year has always been a focus of the chapter. Reaching wider audiences through creative digital media continues to be an important part of the chapters focus. The chapter hosted over 130 students at our first annual Welcome Day event and embarked on various students centred and fundraising initiatives.


SAICE Environmental Engineering Division – This Division also known as SEED was formed 28 years ago, in 1991. SEED is the champion of environmental sustainability and innovation in the civil engineering industry. The Division has worked independently and in collaboration with together the other SAICE Divisions to promote Environmental Engineering and host informative events for members. Through building a strong environmental network, SEED aims to facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation amongst its members. SEED achieves this through our activities and events, and in any other way, in order to provide their members with the tools to learn and network with other environmental professionals. 


SAICE Durban Branch – The vision of the Durban Branch is in line with the mission of the Institution, which is to promote the justifiable interests of its members and to ensure that society is well served in its civil engineering needs, with emphasis on improvement of the quality of life, protection of the environment and conservation of resources. This year has seen the Durban Branch take the past two year’s theme of, “Giving a dam & making a difference,” and expanding it to, “reaching out, making an impact making a difference.” The next two years will see the Durban Branch strive for transformation despite the current state of the industry and develop each other regardless of gender, race age or creed – all with the aim of uniting industry.

SAICE would like to extend its gratitude to all its partners and sponsors; CCS, ERWAT and the University of Pretoria for its support and in ensuring that this star-studded event was a grand success. 

Issued by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE)

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Nadeena Le’Tang

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