Mazars Co-CEO Anoop Ninan holding the commendation certificate

International audit and advisory firm Mazars has received special recognition for its contribution to the South African professional services industry. The Special Commendation was granted by the SA Professional Services Awards sponsored by Sanlam and W. Consulting.

Professionals from various organisations were set to gather at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ball Room on the evening of 19 March 2020 to honour the best amongst them. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SAPSA Awards were indefinitely postponed. The organisers of the event have subsequently undertaken to progressively announce the winners for the 2019/2020 edition prior to hosting a gathering for all finalists and guests. This marks the fifth edition of the Awards following a rigorous process of determining winners through strict criteria.

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

“Individuals 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,” said 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.

“We took note of the work Mazars is doing in grooming the youth for the workplace through the Youth Empowerment Initiative that has achieved measurable and sustainable success,” the judges noted. “The company has also made significant strides during the year, winning the audit of Sygnia Group and breaking new ground with the launch of a financial services offering. We further note that Mazars was a recent recipient of an award from the French Consulate.”