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SAICE Awards Category Details

The prestigious annual SAICE–SAFCEC Awards gala event for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements for 2014/2015 was held at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay in Cape Town on 8 October. It was the first time in many, many years that the event has been brought to Cape Town and the Capetonians responded excellently by turning up in numbers!

SAICE received more than 30 project entries from across the country to compete for these illustrious awards. It includes awards for international and technical excellence, as well as community-based projects. On top of that there are awards for the Engineer of the Year and other individual awards, as well as awards for projects entered by the SAICE technical divisions. The photo competition with civil engineering as the theme, attracted more than 50 entries.

SAICE is proud to announce the winners in the following categories for 2014/2015:

  • SAICE National & International Projects
  • SAICE Technical Divisions Projects
  • SAICE Institutional Awards
  • SAICE-LAFARGE Photo Competition 2015

SAICE National & International Projects


The upgrading of Main Road P100

The African Renaissance Roads Upgrading Programme: This R48.8 million project benefited the community without creating a visually unsightly scar in the environment. Due to the successful co-operation between the engineer and the community, Naidoo Consulting used innovative solutions as well as created jobs through labour-intensive construction. Afriscan Construction played their part in this project, which involved building a religious congregation a new church to replace an old vandalised building. Local youth also benefited from this project by getting nationally accredited training and practical experience.

The Evolving Design and Construction of Rural National Roads in Response to Community Concerns

National roads have evolved from catering for road users in vehicles only to more holistically addressing the needs of the affected communities, SANRAL commissioned Aurecon to reconstruct National Route 2 Section 18 between Sitebe Komkhulu and Viedgesville. This approximately R434 million project constructed by Haw & Inglis Civil Engineering, significantly contributed to the creation of employment and business for the local community.


The civil engineering industry makes a huge contribution towards infrastructure creation with the resultant economic and social development in South Africa. Exceptional projects have again been entered and the adjudicators decided on the winner and two commendation:

Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, “Boomslang”

Boomslang is an organic steel and timber footbridge, meandering through and over the treetops of an Enchanted Forest. The South African National Biodiversity Institute, appointed Mark Thomas Architects to design a pedestrian walkway through the Arboretum canopy at Kirstenbosch. The R5 million project, constructed by engineer Henry Fagan in collaboration with the contractor Slingsby and Gaidien Construction, resulted in the creation of a light structure, which minimised materials used.

Umgeni Road Interchange

The upgrading of the Umgeni Road Interchange was a complex project, which required meticulous attention to detail during both design and construction. SANRAL appointed Hatch Goba to design and administer this project, which was constructed by the Rumdel Cape/EXR/Mazcon Joint Venture. The result of the interchange is aimed at reducing traffic congestion on one of the busiest sections of the National Route 2.

Acid Mine Drainage: Witwatersrand Central Basin

Mining activities on the Witwatersrand, exposed underground geology causing oxidation with the pyrite-bearing rock, forming Acid Mine Drainage. TCTA appointed AECOM to provide technical solutions to pump and treat AMD before it rose to the surface. Valued at R600 million, this project is a great example of how civil engineering helped alleviate a major threat to the water supply of the area. Group Five was contracted to this project and ensured that the simultaneous project processes were completed on time.


The Jorf Lasfar Slurry Pipeline Project in Morocco

The project was dubbed the world’s largest phosphate ore pipeline with a capacity to transport 38 million tons of phosphate ore per year. This pipeline is the first substantial, long- distance, high-volume slurry pipeline in Africa with a distance of 187 km. Thanks to innovations by the professional team of Paterson and Cooke Consulting Engineers, and main contractors Tekfen Construction of Istanbul, the project demonstrates that slurry pipelines offer environmental and economic advantages.

Nacala Dam Feasibility Study

Nacala Dam is a strategic import and export route for Mozambique, therefore Millennium Challenge Account Mozambique on behalf of the Mozambique Government, appointed Jeffares & Green in association with Conseng, as well as Lamont to undertake the environmental and social impact assessment, design and supervision of the dam rehabilitation in order to improve the safety of the structure and increase the potential for water supply from the impoundment. The design team made sure that this $39.8 million project was undertaken in a manner that considered the environment and the surrounding communities.

SAICE Technical Divisions Projects


Environmental Engineering Projects (Award sponsored by Sika)
Cederberg Nature Reserve

Structural Engineering Projects (Awards sponsored by Vital Engineering)
Malapa Fossil Cave Cover and Visitors’ Platform

Project Management and Construction
Head Office for the Department of Environmental Affairs

Transportation Engineering Projects
First full-scale EME Construction Project in South Africa

Water Engineering Projects
Mdwaka Dam

SAICE Institutional Awards


SAICE Civil Engineer of the Year:
Deon Kruger from the University of Johannesburg (Award sponsored by PPC)

SAICE Young Civil Engineer of the Year:
Daniel Avutia from SRK Consulting

SAICE Technologist of the Year:
Brian Kannigadu from BMK Engineering Consultants (Award sponsored by Uretek Geo Systems)

SAICE Young Technologist of the Year:
Bulelwa Leni from RHDHV (Award sponsored by Uretek Geo Systems)

SAICE Student Chapter of the Year:

SAICE Branch of the Year:

SAICE Division of the Year:
Water Engineering Division


The winner of the 2014 Most Supportive Advertiser in the SAICE magazine, Civil Engineering, went to Knowledge Base.
The award is made annually by SAICE as the Institution’s way of recognising the continued and loyal support of its magazine advertisers. The award is based on the figures of the previous financial year, and is made not only on the strength of the amount of money spent by an advertiser, but also on factors like general cooperation, meeting of deadlines, and the timely settling of accounts. Without our advertisers our magazine would not be able to reach those civil engineering professionals and associates who depend on our magazine for vital information

SAICE would also like to acknowledge and thank our 2014 runner-up, Voltex

Photo Competition


SAICE initiated the photo competition to celebrate the beauty of the industry and to show the world that civil engineering can be visually pleasing. The photo competition is sponsored by LAFARGE SA, one of the major cement companies in Southern Africa that manufactures and markets cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregate and gypsum. Their slogan:

Build Better

Winning photo – Autumn under the pier
Photographer – Chris Wise

1st Runner up – Pipeline giraffes
Photographer – Karl Kusel

2nd Runner up – Spanning the circle
Photographer – Henning van Aswegen

Highly commended
Metolong Bridge by Corrie Meintjies, and
Reaching out by Deon Classen

What winners! What a night! Join us next year!

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