JOHANNESBURG, 25 NOVEMBER 2020 – In a year that has highlighted the importance of innovative thinking to drive the agility and resilience needed to dodge economic curveballs such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Centurion Systems walked away with the Most Innovative Company of the Year Award at the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence this evening.
Other winners announced at a COVID-19-compliant dinner held at Summer Place in Boksburg include Pamodzi Unique Engineering, which won the Most Transformed Company of the Year Award for the second year in a row, and Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering, which won the Health and Safety Award of the Year.
Beka Schreder took home the Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility of the Year, while Kgabo Cars and Training & Services won the Artisan of the Year Award.
There were no entries for the Environment Stewardship Award and the Customer Service Award this year.
The annual SEIFSA Awards for Excellence promote and reward innovation and excellence in the Metals and Engineering (M&E) sector. This year’s Awards covered the period between July 2018 and December 2019 and vindicate SEIFSA’s belief that even during difficult times, there are companies in the M&E sector that display excellence and innovation at a time when many others choose to forgo these efforts in order to cut costs to survive.
Centurion Systems was selected as winner of the Innovative Company of the Year Award for creating a solution “that pushed the boundaries of speed, intelligence and technological sophistication, whilst giving a superior user experience”. Its D5 Smart gate motor had lived up to the company’s brand essence of “making lives easier”, the judges said.
Pamodzi once again received the Most Transformed Company Award, having stood out for the consistent and successful implementation of its transformation strategy over the past five years, which culminated in it achieving a level 1 status on its scorecard for 2019. The judges were especially impressed by its successful apprenticeship programme and enterprise and supplier development initiative.
Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering won the Health and Safety Award, having displayed excellence in this category through several interventions put in place to safeguard its employees. The interventions resulted in the company recording a zero disabling injury incident rate across all its business units, a performance that it has maintained for the past 24 months.
While Beka Schreder was the only entrant in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the judges saw it fitting to recognise it for the work it had done in uplifting a community in one of the more impoverished areas of the country. By installing 160 LED streetlights in the East London town of Chintsa East in the Eastern Cape, Beka Shreder enabled community members to walk freely and children to play at night.
In the Artisan of the Year category, Kgabo Cars and Training & Services won for the highest activity in artisan training each year for itself and the industry. In 2019 alone, the company trained 67 apprentices at different levels.
In addition to these Awards, SEIFSA recognised the Cape Engineers and Founders’ Association with the CEO’s Award for Association of the Year. This prestigious award is presented to a SEIFSA-affiliated Association that has shown the best level of compliance, growth, participation and benefit offered to its membership and for promoting the interests of members in a specific region or sector.
HC Heat-Exchangers received the CEO’s Award for Company of the Year for having engaged with SEIFSA the most, using the Federation’s products and attending its events.
Finally, Jeffery Thomas, who is currently Director of the SA Reinforced Concrete Engineers Association (SARCEA), was honoured with the CEO’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry. Mr Thomas has played a significant role in the industry for the past 50 years. Apart from being at the forefront of various training schemes, he has served on the SEIFSA Council for the past 25 years as a representative of SARCEA.
“I congratulate all the recipients of tonight’s Awards. Each one of them demonstrates that the Metals and Engineering industry is brimming with potential and excellence, giving us the confidence that we can turn the industry’s fortunes around if we all focus on building partnerships that allow us to focus on our strengths and excellence,” said SEIFSA CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba.