Johannesburg, 4 November 2016

Professionals from various organisations gathered at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ball Room on the evening of 3 November 2016 to honour the best amongst them. The South African Professional Services Awards sponsored by Sanlam were being hosted for the second time after a rigorous process of determining winners through strict criteria.

Abe Thela of Nyeleti Engineering was crowned SA’s Best Professional while Accenture took home the Best Professional Services Firm Award. There were 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,” said Phomolo Dube, Chief Executive of Sanlam’s Closed Book business who was also one of the judges.

KC Rottok, founder and project manager of the Awards, confirmed that there had been greater participation at this years events with a significant increase in individual entrants.

“Since hosting the competition the last time, a greater number of individuals were nominated for professional of the year. 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,” said Rottok.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Engineering firm of the year – Nyeleti

Quantity surveyors firm of the year – RLB Pentad

Architecture firm of the year – Paragon

Engineering professional of the year – Abe Thela (Nyeleti)

Quantity surveyors professional of the year – Ian Donaldson (Turner and Townsend)

Architecture professional of the year – Anthony Orelowitz (Paragon)

Built environment young professional of the year – Sifiso Dlamini (Golder)

Law firm of the year – Webber Wentzel

Big 4 Accounting firm of the year – PWC

Non Big 4 Accounting firm of the year – Nkonki

Consulting firm of the year – Accenture

Consulting professional of the year – Charles Mwaura (Pamoja Capital)

Law professional of the year – Alan Keep (Bowmans)

Big 4 Accounting professional of the year – Ebrahim Dhorat (EY)

Non Big 4 Accounting professional of the year – Sindi Zilwa (Nkonki)

Woman professional of the year – Sally Hutton (Webber Wentzel)

Commerce, Law and Management young professional of the year – Martin Mudau (Harvest CA)

Lifetime Achievement Awards – Prof. Katz (ENSafrica), Lavery Modise (Hogan Lovells), Suresh Kana (PWC), Trevor Brown (Deloitte), Phill Mashabane (Mashabane Rose Architects) and Hashim Bham (BTKM Quantity Surveyors)

Special commendations – Akweni Project Management, Welekazi Cele (Hatch), NNAQS, Zanele Sithole (RLB), Ian Beaumont (WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff), Xavier Huyberechts (GLH), Bashier Adam (Nexia SAB&T), Annja Louca (ANLO Financial Solutions), RSM South Africa, Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, Africa Business Group, Lexis Nexis and Grant Thornton.