Date: 15 October 2018

The prestigious annual SAICE Awards gala event for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements for 2017/2018 was held at the Southern Sun, Cape Sun in Cape Town on 12 October 2018. The event was responded to excellently and highlighted the remarkable industry accolades from around the country.

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. Awards were also presented to the Engineer of the Year, including 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 40 entries.

SAICE is proud to announce the winners in the following categories for 2017/2018:


Technical Excellence Project Awards

Winner: PwC Tower

PwC tower is a testament to how good engineering can enhance architectural aesthetic.  Developed to be a work of art just as much as it is to be the perfect office space for one of the largest consulting firms on the planet.  The twist in the structure from ground to roof is the tower’s central architectural feature bearing resemblance to Dubai’s Cayan Tower and is the first of its kind in Africa.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Strandfontein Desalination – Marine Works

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Construction of the Cape Flats 3 Bulk Sewer – Phase 2

HIGHLY COMMENDED:  The Upgrade Of The Mt Edgecombe Interchange on National Route 2 Section


Community-based Project Awards

Joint Winners: Winner 1: Habu Community Water Supply Project

Prior to the completion of the project in 2017, Habu did not have access to a regular water supply for about three years. Four months after completion it is Botswana’s first formally community-managed water supply scheme. The project continues to receive much acclaim from the Botswana government.

Winner 2: Upgrading of Themba Road L3096

Local Road 3096 is situated in the heart of the rural uMbumbulu area, typified by a severe lack of facilities and high unemployment. The completed all-weather road which prioritized community participation and benefit under the EPWP framework is now fully functional and regarded as great achievement by members of the community.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tugela Pedestrian Bridge

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Upgrade Of D1613 From Gravel To Concrete Wearing Surface Utilising Labour Intensive Methodologies


International Project Awards

Winner: SHAP – St Helena Access Project            

St Helena is the 2nd most remote inhabited Island in the world and is situated in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. No airport or ship berthing facilities existed before this project commenced.  The completion of the airport changed a 6-day ship voyage from Cape Town into a 6-hour flight from Johannesburg and made access to the Island much easier.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Sydney Metro Cable -Stayed Bridge

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Matola Coal Terminal – Berth Deepening Project



Geotechnical Engineering Division Award

Winner: Gamsberg 4Mtpa Zinc Mine – Tailings Storage Facility

Gamsberg Mine is located in a remote region of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.  Significant construction cost savings for the client as well as improved water recovery in this water scarce area of the country were achieved when the design was optimised by changing the deposition method to on-wall cycloning hugely reducing the earthworks quantities.


Marine Engineering Division Award

Winner: Strandfontein Desalination – Marine Works

This project was undertaken within an extremely constrained programme requiring close collaboration between the client, design engineers and contractors. The successful implementation of this in the face of significant technical, environmental and social challenges is considered to be a great example of the skills, passion and determination inherent to South African civil engineers.


Project Management & Construction Division Award

Winner: SHAP – St Helena Access Project             


Railway and Harbour Division Award

Winner: Matola Coal Terminal Berth Deepening Project

The design and construction of the Matola Coal Terminal Berth Deepening project is a benchmark for South African engineering excellence, ingenuity, innovation and collaboration, executed in accordance with international best practice standards


Sika Structural Engineering Division Award

Winner: Wupperthal Pedestrian Bridge

This project went beyond typical solutions employed in rural pedestrian river crossings to create a unique and elegant structure of which the community are proud of. An innovative design allowed this to be realised within the limited budget allocation of the client


Transportation Engineering Division Award

Winner: Grayston Pedestrian Bridge             

The Grayston Pedestrian Bridge forms part of a pedestrian and cycling corridor built to connect the residents of Alexandra Township to Sandton in Johannesburg. It literally bridges the gap between two communities with very different economic backgrounds whilst creating a strong visual landmark in the economic hub of the country.


Water Engineering Division Award

Winner – Leliefontein Pump-as-Turbine Station

This project is deemed a first of its kind in South Africa. Designed to be operational for at least fifty years Leliefontein is a true marriage between multiple engineering disciplines and serves as an example of how municipalities can use low cost, off the shelf equipment like centrifugal pumps and induction motors to generate clean power using potential energy in their existing infrastructure.



Branch of the Year

Winner – SAICE Durban Branch

Under their vision of “Giving a Dam! – Making a Difference!” the Durban SAICE Branch has embarked on seventeen initiatives in 2018, seventeen of which have been successfully completed to date and the remaining four are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.


Division of the Year

Winner – SAICE Project Management and Construction Division

The division has continued to roll out initiatives including training courses during 2018. The PMCD Division also hosted talks and facilitated site visits. The Division also reaches out to the younger generation by through its universities and other tertiary educational institutions


Student Chapter of the Year

Winner – SAICE University of Johannesburg

The UJ civils society has grown tremendously over the last 35 years and is one of the most established and recognized civil engineering student societies nationally as well as internationally.  It is most probable the most widely travelled student society in the world with academic excursions and member visits to various continents across the globe.



SKI Civil & Structural Engineers – Photo Competition

Winner: Name: Nabeel Ahmed Hassen

Photo Title: One lift at a time                         



Name: Tessa Brunette

Title: Grain Silo Pillows and Trafficable Skylights


2nd Place

Name: Tessa Brunette

Title: Old Mutual at Night


3rd Place

Name:  Ansunet van Wyk

Title:     Kusile Power Station Reflects the Power of Construction


Most Supportive Advertiser

Winner – Civil Designer South Africa

RUNNER UP – Kaytech



CIDB Technician of the Year

Winner – Pierre Nyathi

A senior technician in the Municipal Services division of Nyeleti Consulting, Pierre Nyathi is recognised by his peers as a self-driven municipal services technician. He has 12 years of working experience, with his expertise in water reticulation, sewer reticulation and stormwater reticulation designs and construction supervision for rural and township developments and Medupi Power Station.


Technologist of the Year

Winner – Kresen Manicum

Kresen has served in leadership for more than 10 years. As Regional Manager for SMEC South Africa KZN Region, he has led his region through a tough time in the industry with the region showing growth in both employees’ revenue and profit. He has been involved in a number of prestigious upmarket private developments for some of the largest private developers in SA. He has also played an instrumental role in numerous voluntary associations throughout his career.


PPS Young Engineer of the Year

Winner – Ntseuoa Motsieloa

Ntseoua is a professional structural engineer in Buildings and Civil Structures (Water Retaining Structures, Bridges.  He has 8 years of experience in construction industry and consulting, with a strong background in concrete materials, planning, engineering management and design. He has lead multidisciplinary team multi million rand projects. He is an active presence in industry societies and constantly volunteers his time and resources to the cause which are closest to his heart, namely: mentorship and professional development.


PPS Engineer of the Year

Winner: Malani Padaychee-Saman

In the past 25 years Malani has worked on various projects within the engineering environment and has distinguished herself as an exemplary engineer. She is actively involved in industry and over the course of her career she has showcased technical engineering competence, leadership and invested in skill transfer in the establishment of MPA Consulting Engineers where as CEO she is inspiring and developing future engineers and transforming the industry.


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

For more information please contact:

Nadeena Le’ Tang

Tel: 011 805 5947

Cell: 071 008 2052



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