Professionals from various organisations expected to gather at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ball Room on the evening of 19 March 2020 to honour the best amongst them. The South African Professional Services Awards sponsored by Sanlam and were set to be hosted for the fifth time after a rigorous process of determining winners through strict criteria. However, the declaration of the National State of Disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ensuing lockdown regulations have led to an indefinite postponement of the event.

The organisers expect to host the event once the regulations are eased. There has been significant delay leading to anxiety amongst nominees and as such the winners are announced below prior to the event.

Shirley Machaba of PWC is SA’s Best Professional while Turner & Townsend are the recipients of the Best Professional Services Firm Award. There are winners in different fields drawn from two main categories namely the built environment and commerce law and management.

“These awards are important as they give visibility to disciplines that are desperately needed in this country. They also reward entities for performing well in important areas such as transformation, customer service, contribution to the community and commitment to ethical best practice,” says Lebo Monyatsi, Head: Group Market Development and Stakeholder Relations at Sanlam.

“The SAPSA awards present an opportunity to recognize the contributions made by unsung heroes, our professionals, who, in a lot of cases, labour quietly in the back rooms of industry and commerce, flying their flags high – for their country, their clients and their companies. The awards are certainly an opportunity to encourage others to join their rank and file to continue to take us all forward,” says Raymond Chamboko, Director at

Janette Minnaar, the chair of the adjudication panel explains how the winners were determined.

“They were judged based on a host of attributes including demonstration of leadership skills, changing of paradigms and innovation within the bounds of available resources. We also conferred a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards to deserving recipients who had served their professions faithfully for many years,” says Minnaar.

The firm awards were based on the following criteria – business growth, customer service, technical excellence, contribution to the community, contribution to the profession, transformation record and commitment to ethics and professionalism. The criteria were not equally weighted, a strong showing in one category was sufficient to put the firm above the rest.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Engineering firm of the year – Aurecon

Construction sector firm of the year – Turner & Townsend

Architecture and Design firm of the year – GLH  with judges commendation given to Boogertman + Partners

Engineering professional of the year – Pierre Olivier (Hatch)

Construction sector professional of the year – Nathalie Katumba (MMQSMace)

Architecture and Design professional of the year – Claire D’Adorante (Paragon)

Engineering young professional of the year – Tony Igboamalu (Aurecon)

Construction young professional of the year – Siphosethu Plata (Akweni)

Architecture and Design young professional of the year – Alasdair Forsyth (Boogertman + Partners)

Young law professional of the year – Ncayiyana Nozizwe (ENS Africa)

Law firm of the year – Webber Wentzel

Big 4 firm of the year – EY

Accounting firm of the year – Nexia SAB+T with judges commendation for Mazars

Consulting firm of the year – Agizo

Consulting/management professional of the year – Chris Baloyi (Bosch Capital)

Law professional of the year – Tshepo Shabangu (Spoor Fisher) with judges commendation for Christo Els (Webber Wentzel)

Big 4 professional of the year – Valter Adao (Deloitte) with judges commendation for Stephen Ntsoane (EY)

Accounting professional of the year – Aaron Mthimunye (SNG Grant Thornton) with judges commendation for Charles Mazhindu (PKF)

Woman professional of the year – Kim Timm (Aecom) with judges commendation for Noma Ashom (Ngubane) and Vianca Pretorius (BDO)

Commerce, Law and Management young professional of the year – Harsha Desai (Deloitte)

Digital Industry Firm of the Year – Altron

Digital Industry Professional of the Year – Dineo Molefe (T Systems) with judges commendation for Jodi Joseph (Adapt IT)

Accounting Leader of the Year – Shirley Machaba (PWC)

Overall Professional Services firm of the year – Turner & Townsend

Overall Professional of the year – Shirley Machaba (PWC)

Lifetime Achievement Awards  

Fatima Laher (Bowmans), Mteto Nyati (Altron), Sandra Crous (Payspace), Frik Rademan (Avbob), John Truter (WSP), Thandi Orleyn (Peotona) and Andrew Skipper (Hogan Lovells)


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