About the awards
The 5th annual Women in Construction Awards Gala Dinner was hosted on 24 May 2017 co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The exclusive Gala Dinner of just over 200 guests was a collaborative platform dedicated to recognising excellence in Africa within the construction, cement and concrete industries.
The Awards categories have 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 have been identified as the ones "to watch" as they get a foothold within their sector.
The awards have also acknowledge organisations which have stepped up and developed women's roles through innovative training programmes and have demonstrated commitment to developing the careers of women in the industry.
This year's awards celebration was attended by senior-level executives, key decision-makers and suppliers, within the construction, cement and concrete industries.
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
- Woman in Media and Communications Excellence
- Young Entrepreneur / Rising Star Award - Under 40
- Most Innovative Women Training
- Excellence in Career Development Award
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 also career evaluation, the celebration of achievements, and the opportunity 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.
WHEN WOMEN CONNECT, THE WORLD CHANGES
Athi Myoli, Awards Director, Women in Construction Awards Gala Dinner
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2017 Lifestyle partners
2017 Official vehicle partner
2017 Official Broadcast Partner of Women in Construction Awards
2017 Preferred PR partner
Most Innovative Women Training Programme Award:
Robus Engineering Training Services (Pty) Ltd
Robus Engineering Training Services (RETS) is a 100% Woman Black Owned (BWO) Company. RETS has been established in 2013, which consist of a group of highly experienced business and technical professionals, with more than 25 years in the infrastructure in the built environment. RETS has a matured network in the public and private sector within South Africa. Identifying opportunities in the broad infrastructure and built environment, with the need for strong black participation in the different areas.
- Growth and Development
- Capacity Building (Skills development) in the built environmen
- JOB Creation
Excellence in Career Development Award:
NHBRC Women Empowerment Programme
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is investing in emerging female entrepreneurs in the construction industry by enabling them to attend a business development programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs). What the 'Women in Construction' Programme entails This is a four-month academic programme with networking and mentorship support. On completion of the course, businesses will have exposure to business leads.
Woman in Concrete: Lifetime Achievement Award
Deborah Terhune, Director, Growing Up Africa
Growing Up Africa is a registered not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in underserved communities. The organization collaborates with university students, designers, building professionals, local community leaders, and global partners in order to develop and build its projects. The projects are based on an 80/20 model whereby eighty percent of the construction budget is provided by in-kind material donations (product sponsorship) from international companies and the remaining twenty percent is generated through funding,. All design professionals, engineers, and architects provide their services for free.
Started in 2008 by Deborah Terhune, Growing Up Africa has had a successful track record with two completed projects and a third, the Devland SOWETO Education Campus, which is currently under construction.
Pioneer of Innovation Award:
Riefqah Abrahams, Director / Professional Architect Cape Town
Archi.CapeTown is a 100% black female owned firm founded by two diverse individual visionaries. Driven by the pursuit of architectural innovation, the original brand was conceptualised at a time where democracy and liberation echoed its sentiments on design – to be free. experimental and inventive. As an architectural practise we define ourselves as Avant-garde architects. Moving forward to consciously plan and design sustainable and resilient urban environments, manipulating space to optimise human interaction and maintain intended social frameworks to improve the quality of space and infrastructure locally and globally. Our Portfolio is a collective of institutional. retail. medical. residential and commercial projects. Working together with clients, ranging from Government, NGOs to individuals, we strive to improve and impact the built environment. What drives us is passion – the rest is dedication. The results are Innovation
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).
Woman 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
The Woman in concrete: Lifetime achievement award is given to an individual in recognition of outstanding efforts and enduring contribution to the concrete, cement and construction industry. This award may only be won once by a member.
Woman in Media and Communications Excellence
This category will showcase an outstanding woman who is actively involved in any aspect of communications (PR, editor, journalist, corporate communications) in the built environment (construction, cement and concrete industries). The award seeks to showcase an extraordinary caliber in delivering information and will recognize her unwavering commitment and communications skills.
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.
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
|New Starter of the Year (Under 30)
Assistant Project Manager, National Housing Corporation
|2016 Winner Pioneer of Innovation Award
Associate Director, Turner & Townsend
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
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