Women in Construction Awards Finalists Announced

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Over 40 finalists have been selected in the Women in Construction Awards (WICA) and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Awards celebrate the achievements of women within Africa’s construction, cement and concrete sectors in addition to recognising organisations that support and contribute to their development in the industry.

“WICA is segmented into eight categories to cater for female contribution across the broad construction industry spectrum,” says Awards Director, Athi Myoli. “The sheer number of nominations received from around the African continent has been overwhelming and this positive response is testimony to the many successes in the industry deserving recognition.”

The category finalists (in no specific order) are as follows:

Individual Awards:

Pioneer of Innovation Award (sponsored by NHBRC) – honouring the woman who is passionately and innovatively leveraging new technology, information, processes or management systems with the aim of becoming more proactive and productive:
Duduzile Ndwandwe, GSC Holdings PTY (LTD) and Romalax Properties PTY LTD
Glorina Nyatshoba, Newglo Trading, South Africa
Grizelda Du Toit, Afrisam, South Africa
Margaret Ezekiel, National Housing Corporation, Tanzania
Nina Ndichu, Mimari Limited, Tanzania
Riefqah Abrahams, Archi Cape Town, South Africa
Shaakira Chohan, Johannesburg Development Agency, South Africa
Sandi Mbutuma, Azzaro Quantity Surveyors (PTY) LTD, South Africa

New Starter of the Year Award (under 30 years) – saluting an up-and-comer who has been identified as the ‘one to watch’ as they gain a foothold within their field:
Halima Simutu, National Housing Corporation, Tanzania
Monique Kriek, Osmand Lange Architects and Planners, South Africa
Mpilo Ntuli, Tiber Construction (PTY) LTD, South Africa
Nomvuyo Hlophe – Sibanyoni, VIP Property Planning and Property Development, Swaziland

Young Entrepreneur / Rising Star Award (Under 40 years) – recognising an inspirational leader for her dedication to shaping the future of construction in Africa:
Dr Bianca Shakinovsky, Pentafloor (PTY) LTD, South Africa
Siyasanga Qomoyi, Sesi Q Trading, South Africa
Thandiwe Solo, Atisa Bokgabane Trading cc, South Africa
Thatho Mokhothu, Refilwe Tshiamo Trading South Africa
Tosin Dabiri, Purple Capital Partners, Nigeria

Woman in Media and Communications Excellence Award – rewarding extraordinary talent in delivering information to and about the industry:
Elsonia Swarts, Free State Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, South Africa
Gill Owens, Concrete Trends Journal, South Africa
Mapule Mphaki, Ms Curvybody SA, South Africa

Woman in Concrete: Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Standard Bank) – acknowledging outstanding efforts and enduring contribution to the concrete sector:
Deborah Terhune, Growing Up Africa, South Africa
Dr Thandi Ndlovu, Motheo Construction Group, South Africa
Dr Snowy Khoza, Bigen Africa Group, South Africa
Gill Owens, Concrete Trends Journal, South Africa
Margaret Ezekiel, National Housing Corporation, Tanzania
Muthoni Kuria, Reata Serviced Apartments, Kenya

Woman in Architecture Award (sponsored by SAIA) – recognising the woman who is excelling in the male-dominated architectural profession:
Althea Peacock, Lemon Pebble Architects, South Africa
Dael Janine Fairbairn, Erasmus Fairbairn Architects, South Africa
Gillian Holl, Veld Architects, South Africa
Judith Paterson, Boogertman & Partners, South Africa
Karuni Naidoo, CNN Architects cc, South Africa
Liana Els Claasen, Liana Claasen Architects, South Africa
Mira Fassler-Kamstra, South Africa
Monique Karen, Gillespie Architects, South Africa
Nadia Tromp, Ntsika Architects, South Africa
Rahdia Parker, Archi Cape Town, South Africa

Organisational Awards:

Excellence in Career Development Award – honouring the extraordinary efforts of a company or public agency to promote leadership and career advancement amongst women in the industry through mentoring, educational activities and networking:
Archi Cape Town, South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works & Infrastructure, South Africa
National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), South Africa

Most Innovative Women Training Programme – rewarding an external training provider, department within the public sector or company with an in-house training programme that upskills individuals and women-owned SMMEs:
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works’ Bursary and Internship Programme
Free State Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s EPWP Contractor Development Programme
SEDA Construction Incubator
Women on Edge Civil Contractors
Robus Engineering Training Services (Pty) Ltd

“This year’s Awards aim to shine a light on the number of women in the industry, particularly as they are still under-represented, with the percentage of female graduates in engineering still below 20% in many countries on the continent,” concludes Myoli.

Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, will be delivering the closing address at the event which is co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo.

To book a seat or table at the gala dinner or for more information about the Awards, visit www.womeninconstruction.co.za

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