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The criteria for entering this award are listed below. (The examples in the description are provided simply for guidance/context).

Entry Criteria:

  • Demonstrable Impact: Show measurable improvements achieved through AI adoption in any aspect of the metal value chain such as efficiency, productivity, cost reduction or quality enhancement.
  • Innovative Application: Highlight unique ways in which AI has been applied, whether in alloy design, production processes, waste reduction, 3D printing optimisation, supply chain management or process enhancement.
  • Demonstrable Benefits: Provide evidence of concrete benefits resulting from AI implementation such as increased output, reduced waste, faster production cycles or improved product quality.
  • Scalability and Sustainability: Demonstrate the potential for the scalability and long-term sustainability of AI initiatives within the company’s operations.
  • Clear Communication: Present the AI adoption journey and its outcomes in a clear and understandable manner, emphasising the practical implications and real-world impact.
  • Potential for Industry Influence: Showcase how the company’s AI initiatives have the potential to influence and advance the broader metals industry through innovation and best practices.
  • Quantifiable Results: Offer specific metrics or key performance indicators (KPIs) to quantify the success of AI adoption to enable the judges to assess the effectiveness of the initiative objectively.
  • Customer/Partner Testimonials: Include feedback from customers or partners, if available, to validate the positive impact of AI adoption on relationships, service delivery or collaborative efforts within the value chain.

This award is made to a company with the best/highest rating by its customers for its dedication and performance in customer service.

 

At the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence Ceremony 2024, we are showcasing   the best of the best in customer service. If your company consistently:

  • Exceeds expectations,
  • Delights customers,
  • Sets the standard for excellence in service.

Then you belong in this prestigious category. Enter by registering your company.

This award aims to recognise a woman owned (51% or more ownership) or led business in the metals and engineering industries. The individual has grown a successful company in the industry. The individual has contributed significantly to the development of the South African metals and engineering sector through her dedication, conviction, vision, commitment and leadership.

 

Who is eligible to enter this category?

o All women-owned or women managed metals and engineering companies (51% or more ownership).

 

Entries will be adjudicated based on the submission of the following supporting
documentation:
a. The nomination may be made by an employee, industry colleague, client or the individual themselves.
b. Where nominated, the nominee must agree to the nomination in writing.
c. Provide valid BBBEE certificate.
d. The nomination must include a motivation detailing the outstanding achievements of the nominee relevant to the metals and engineering sector covering the following areas:
−     Educational achievements.
−     Practical achievements.
−     Recognition of awards received (if any).
−     Evidence of innovative contribution to the industry.
−     Highlight personal and professional barriers that have been overcome.
−     Evidence of continued professional development.
−     Leadership ability of the nominee and her contribution to building the image of the metals and engineering industry in general.
e. Provide a 100-word executive summary of the entry for publication and presentation use
f.  Nominees must be able to make themselves available to be interviewed by the judges.

This award is made to a company that has the highest activity in artisan training each year (for itself and/or the industry).
To qualify, your intervention must have taken place between the period January and December 2023.

 

Describe the role artisans play within the business:

To assist you in answering this question, think about the following:
  • Tell us how the company has invested in apprenticeships.
  • Demonstrate the value apprentices bring to the business
  • State how many artisans you trained during the period

Do you believe in making a positive impact on the lives of others?

Are you dedicated to creating meaningful change through your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives? If so, it is time to showcase your company’s commitment to social responsibility at the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence Ceremony 2024.

What We Are Looking For:

This award is for companies that have implemented a CSR project that makes a significant difference in the lives of its beneficiaries. If your company is dedicated to creating positive change and improving lives through its CSR initiatives, then this is the category for you.

  • Describe the company’s primary mandate
  • List the company’s values
  • State the company’s location (Town, City)
  • Describe the CSI programme and its outcomes.

This award aims to recognise the entity utilising new technologies and showing innovation in their approach to projects and/or their business. Technological advances can lead to significant transformation in ways in which manufacturing is planned, procured, delivered and maintained.  This can also include innovation in Research and Development or Production, in the process of either gaining market advantage or reducing production costs.

To qualify, your intervention must have taken place between the period January 2022 and December 2023

 

Who is eligible to enter this category?

All companies in the Metals and Engineering Sector

Entries will be adjudicated based on the submission of the following supporting documentation:

  1. Provide a 100-word executive summary of the entry for publication and presentation use
  2. The nomination may be made by an employee, industry colleague, client or the individual themselves. Where nominated, the nominee must agree to the nomination in writing.
  3. Evidence of the use of the advances of fourth industrial revolution (4IR) into their engineering projects. Entrant to provide evidence of the use of 4IR advances that are currently deployed in the metals and Engineering Industries, such as:
  • Use of additive technology (3D printing) of construction models drawn from professional and 3D practitioners.
  • Software technology used in infrastructure design and collaborations across geographic locations
  •  Use of robotics which is used to increase productivity and access areas of the engineering projects that may be unsafe for humans to work in, thereby improving industry health and safety practices.
  •  Use of drones that are used to provide progress reports, reducing the cost of time and travel for key project management personnel.
  • Quantum computing and how this has been applied to improve business processes.
  • Implementation of technology to improve sales and business processes.

4. Nominees must be able to make themselves available to be interviewed by the judges.

What is the concept?
To assist you in answering this question, think about the following:
  • What is the problem you are trying to solve?
  • How did you discover the problem?
  • How did you design the intervention?

 

What was the value of innovation in the company project?
To assist you in answering this question, think about the following:
  • Describe how this innovation affected your bottom line?
  • How did this innovation affect employees and suppliers?
  • What was its unique value proposition?

 

How was the project delivered?
To assist you in answering this question, think about the following:
  • How did the company design the roll out of the innovation?
  • Over what period did you roll out the innovation programme?

 

What impact did the intervention have?
To assist you in answering this question, think about the following:
  • What impact did the innovation have in the medium and long term?
  • How was the innovation programme a catalyst for future improvements?

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognises a project in the Metals and Engineering Sector that has been completed in the past two years and exemplifies the practices of environmental stewardship

 

Describe the environmental challenge the company/department faced?

To assist you in answering this question, think about the following:

  • What is the environmental challenge you are trying to solve?
  • How did you discover the problem?
  • How did you design the intervention?

 

Describe the significant change
  • Significant changes or improvements to work practices that enhance the environment.

 

Stewardship practices and achievements.
  • Describe the resource management goals and accomplishments in terms of stewardship. What does this mean?

 

Environment Stewardship at a senior level.

To assist you in answering this question, think about the following:

  • Describe how the company practices environmental stewardship as a part of your company’s management programme.
  • How has a stewardship philosophy impacted management strategies, and other activities that improve the public perception?

The health and safety award acknowledges best practice approaches and achievement in workplace health and safety. To qualify, your intervention must have taken place between the period January and December.

 

Describe the Health and Safety challenge the company/department faced?
  • Identification and treatment of a previously unidentified significant hazard (Risk Assessments)

 

What was the significant change?
  • Significant changes or improvements to work practices that enhance health and safety practice in your company.

 

How did you implement the programme?
Describe how you inculcated a culture of H&S to sustain the intervention?
How did the intervention enhance compliance with Health and Safety Regulation?
This category recognises a business entity owned by a person aged 35 years or younger. The company must be owner managed, independent, demonstrated growth for over two years and be contributing to job creation in the industry.
Who is eligible to enter this category?

o Youth -owned companies (51% or more youth ownership).

o Owned by under 35 years of age as at 31 December 2023.

 

Entries will be adjudicated based on the submission of the following supporting
documentation:
a. The nomination may be made by an employee, industry colleague, client or the individual themselves.
    Where nominated, the nominee must agree to the nomination in writing.
b. Provide Certified copy of the individual’s identity document.
c. Describe history of the entity – from inception to 2023.
d. Provide 100-word CV overview of each of the key personnel.
e. Provide evidence of the entity’s innovation, sustainability and contribution to the industry.
f.  Describe, in no more than two pages, how the entity has empowered youth in the industry.
g. Provide a 100-word executive summary of the entry for publication and presentation use.
h. Nominees must be able to make themselves available to be interviewed by the judges.
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