Nathalie Katumba, Senior Quantity Surveyor At cost consultancy business MMQSMace, has been awarded the Construction Sector Professional of the Year Award for 2019/2020. The accolade 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.

Nathalie is a registered quantity surveyor with the SA Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession and a member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors. She joined MMQSMace in 2006 working on projects approximating R7 million and quickly progressed to managing projects in the region of half a billion rand. Her role at the company has included working on the Royal Bafokeng Palace project, managing the Barclays and Transnet accounts and lately overseeing operational and strategic tasks at the firm including the recruitment of staff.

Watch Nathalie Katumba’s acceptance speech below: