Top honours for SMEC South Africa at National Business Awards

24 November 2017
SMEC South Africa was declared winner of the prestigious Infrastructure Development award at the 15th annual National Business Awards, held on 16 November at Emperors Palace. This was against impressive contenders such as Unitrans, GIBB and Palabora Mining Company.
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SMEC delivers high-quality technical and consultancy services to a broad range of sectors, including transport, water, energy, and the built environment. Its achievement at the renowned ‘Oscars of South African business’ resulted from the unanimous verdict of the judges, a collective of industry heavyweights.

Commenting on the win, SMEC South Africa CEO Kostas Rontiris said: “We were extremely proud to come away with the trophy, especially given the calibre of the organisations we were up against. I would like to thank the judges for recognising our hard work – and our culture of teamwork.

“This accolade belongs to everyone at SMEC South Africa, and provides a motivational boost to our efforts. Respected recognition platforms like the National Business Awards have been shown to enhance brand reputation, and we appreciate the exposure this accolade will generate around our services,” Rontiris added.

This year’s 15th anniversary awards marked a decade-and-a-half of showcasing the achievements of both companies and individuals (CEOs, entrepreneurs) at the forefront of South Africa’s economy, in tandem with prestige publication Top Performing Companies.

Respected speakers at this year’s awards included Norman Mbazima, Deputy Chairman of Top 500 Company of 2017 Anglo American South Africa; Professor Emeritus Brian Kantor, economy stalwart, thought leader, and author of Get South Africa Growing; and group co-CEO of The Creative Counsel, Ran Neu-Ner, himself the winner of the Top Performing Business Leader trophy at last year’s ceremony.

Top Media CEO Ralf Fletcher, who gave the evening’s welcome address, commended the achievements of the finalists and winners. “In my 20 years of immersion in the science of business-performance recognition, I have seldom seen such a powerhouse collective of innovators, job creators, and drivers of the economy, all together on the same roster. Tonight has only deepened my belief in the global competitiveness and drive in evidence across our economy’s primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors.”


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About SMEC South Africa
SMEC is a global consulting engineering firm providing high-quality, professional services on major infrastructure projects. SMEC has joined forces with Surbana Jurong, Asia’s consultancy powerhouse in the urban, infrastructure and management advisory sectors. This partnership provides a talent pool of 10 000 dedicated people working across a network of 100 offices in 40 countries throughout Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. SMEC’s strength in major infrastructure projects, coupled with Surbana Jurong’s expertise in urban planning, industrial development and management advisory services, enables us to provide critical value-chain services to clients around the world.

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