About the awards
Do you know an individual or organization that have exemplified inspiration, vision, innovation and leadership for women in construction – Get ready to submit your nomination!
The 5th annual Women in Construction Awards Gala Dinner will take place on the 24 May 2017 co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Women in Construction Awards is a collaborative platform dedicated to recognising excellence in Africa within the construction, cement and concrete industry.
The Awards categories will recognise those women who are Pioneers in Innovation within the built environment as well as identifying those "Young entrepreneur/rising stars'' - who have put themselves out there and has been identified as the one "to watch" as they get a foothold within their sector.
The awards will also acknowledge organisations which have stepped up and developed women's roles through innovative training programmes as well showing their commitment to developing the careers of women in the industry.
This year's awards celebration will be attended by senior-level executives, key decision-makers and suppliers, within the construction, cement and concrete industry.
2017 nomination categories
- Pioneer in Innovation Award
- New Starter of the Year Award - Under 30
- Woman Architect of the Year Award
- Woman in Concrete: Lifetime Achievement Award
- Young Entrepreneur / Rising Star Award - Under 40
- Most Innovative Women Training
- Excellence in Career Development Award
- Excellence in SMME / Enterprise Development
Official government partner
2017 Prize sponsors
Most Innovative Women Training Programme Award:
The City of Cape Town's Transport Authority
The City of Cape Town's Transport Authority, Transport for Cape Town (TCT) is responsible for planning, costing, contracting, regulating, monitoring, evaluating, communicating, managing and maintaining the City of Cape Town's transport infrastructure, systems, operations, facilities and network. TCT is the custodian and authority over the entire ambit of the transport and related lifecycle for infrastructure in Cape Town. TCT aims to improve the transport system in a pioneering, industrious and fair manner, through setting the standards and managing a complex environment. Further, it is required to regulate efficient and safe, integrated, intermodal and inter-operable transport systems, as well as ensuring performance oriented service delivery for all citizens and visitors to Cape Town.
Excellence in Career Development Award:
Thobile Bhembe, Junior Site Agent Inyatsi Construction (Winner)
This year's Women in Construction Awards (WICA) aims to recognise the number of women in construction which has been of particular concern in recent years, as women are still under-represented, with the percentage of women graduates in engineering still below 20% in many countries in the continent. These awards will recognise those women who are Pioneers in Innovation within the built environment. Inyatsi Construction has taken this this call seriously and nominated their Site Agent of Inyatsi Associates, Thobile Bhembe as the leading example of how the construction industry has overcome the patriarchal sector.
Thobile has really made her name as the FIRST female site agent within Inyatsi Construction Group, meaning she is the only female site agent in all our subsidiaries across the sub-Saharan market (Swaziland, South Africa Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana). She's the first female site agent in a staff compliment of 3500 employees. A woman who is passionate and innovative, Thobile has captured the business value within the built environment, cement and concrete industry
New Starter of the Year (Under 30):
Etheldreder Koppa, Assistant Project Manager, NationalHousing Corporation, Tanzania
"The Women In Construction Awards is an enabler, which shows women that their efforts within the industry are recognised. Seeing and hearing about women excelling in the construction sector proves that there is support for women in this male-dominated industry"
Athi Myoli, Director, Women in Construction Awards
Pioneer of Innovation Award:
Noluthando Molao, Associate Director,Turner & Townsend, Johannesburg
"Winning the award is recognition of all the hard work I've put in over the last ten years while building my career. I'd like to encourage other women wanting to break into the construction industry by saying that anything is possible with hard work, perseverance and a plan. It's vital to remember no-one wins alone. I have learnt that different people have different strengths and one should be able to acknowledge this and draw from this"
Pioneer of Innovation Award
This award recognises a Pioneer of Innovation, a woman who is passionately and innovatively leveraging new technology, information, processes or management with the aim of being more proactive, productive, and essential to creating business value within the built environment, cement and concrete industry.
New Starter of the year (Under 30 years)
The candidate for this award is an up and comer who has put themselves out there and has been identified as the one "to watch" as they get a foothold within their sectors.
Young entrepreneur/rising star Award (under 40 years)
Young women are shaping the future of construction in Africa today with tremendous dedication and energy. This award provides a platform to unearth and recognise that inspirational and exciting leader of tomorrow (under 40 years of age).
Women in Architecture Award
The story of every woman in architecture is important, as each has her own struggles and hurdles. It is from this understanding that the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), in its work with the Women in Architecture SA (WiASA) initiative, promotes this particular Award for Women in Architecture.
Woman in concrete: Lifetime achievement award
Most Innovative Women Training programme
The focus is on "blue collar" innovative training programmes upskilling individuals and women owned SMME's. Are you an external training provider, a department within the public sector or a company with a successful in-house training programme?
Excellence in Career Development
This award recognises and honours the extraordinary efforts of companies and public agencies that have demonstrated leadership and dedication and who promote leadership and career advancement for women in the industry through mentoring, recognition, educational activities and networking. We are looking for organisations who have clear policies, processes and procedures which are geared towards women in construction.
Excellence in SMME/enterprise Development
The Women in Construction Awards not only enable you to enjoy peer recognition of your achievements, which also provides for career evaluation and the celebration of achievements, but provides a platform for you to be a change agent in Africa and role model for future leaders:
The number of women in technical / engineering has been of particular concern as women are still grossly under-represented, with the percentage of women graduates in engineering still below 20% in many countries in the continent, and the number of women actively employed in the construction sector being much lower.
The extensive PR campaigns showcasing the finalists is aimed at encouraging companies to employ and train more women in the sector and highlights the exciting opportunities for young women considering a career in construction.
Renowned industry leaders from across the globe sit on the judging panel
|Hon. Susan Shabangu
Minister of Women in the Presidency
CEO, Concrete Society of Southern Africa
Director, JD and Associates Developments
Vice President, CIOB
Director, Architects Collective
Executive Director, The Association of SA Quantity Surveyors
|2015 Winner Pioneer in Innovation
Director, Rehauwe Construction and Development
Deputy Director: EPWP VUK'UPHILE LEARNERSHIP PROGRAMME
Junior Site Agent, Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd
|2015 Winner New Starter of the Year (Under 30)
Candidate Quantity Surveyor, VSB Quantity Surveyors
CEO, Constructs LLC
Editor, Concrete Trends
Managing Director The Concrete Institute
Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield
Co-founder & Managing Director, Sasamela Trading Enterprises
|2016 Winner Pioneer of Innovation Award
Associate Director, Turner & Townsend
|New Starter of the Year (Under 30)
Assistant Project Manager, National Housing Corporation
Get your brand in front of some of the most influential leaders in the industry and sponsor the awards. Sponsorship packages are tailored to fit any budget and based on specific needs.
The multifaceted media and PR campaign supporting the awards programme allows sponsors to highlight their strong commitment to the development of women in construction as a whole. Sponsors are able to associate their brand with the values of diversity and inclusion and support the development of women in the construction workplace in Africa!