Women in Construction Awards Finalists 2017

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. 

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