The top women in construction were recently awarded for their innovative approach in the construction, cement and concrete industry.

Hosted by the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, the winners of The Women in Construction Awards, were recently announced in Johannesburg. These awards recognise excellence in Africa and the event saw 300 guests from the construction, cement and concrete industry celebrate, recognise and applaud the finalists for 2015.

The call for nominations for the Women in Construction Awards resulted in an influx of 42 nominations. A panel of judges, which consisted of 14 global industry experts, identified 12 finalists, representative of three different African countries.

Currently in its third year, The Women in Construction Awards evolved through a need to recognise and celebrate the role of women in the construction, cement and concrete industry. These awards comprising both individual and organisational categories, acknowledge the increasing, important role of women in the industry.

The individual categories recognise women who are pioneers in innovation within the built environment, while also identifying ‘New Starters’ –women under the age of 30 years – who, through their efforts to date, have been identified as women “to watch” as they get a foothold within the sector.

In addition, the organisational awards acknowledge organisations that have stepped up and developed women’s roles through innovative training programmes as well as showing their commitment to developing the careers of women in the industry.

The winners in the individual category ‘Pioneer in Innovation Award’ are Manana Khotseng, Director, Rehauwe Construction and Development (South Africa) and Solange Ngandu Misengabu, Managing Director, Best Construct (Democratic Republic of Congo). The winner of the ‘Self-Starter of the Year – Under 30’ award went to Lentsu Mmako, Quality Surveyor in Training, VSB Quantity Surveyors (South Africa). In the organisational categories, ‘The Most Innovative Training Programme Award’ went to the Gordon Institute of Business Science: The NHBRC Women Empowerment Programme (South Africa) and ‘The Excellence in Career Development Award’ went to Seda Construction Incubator (South Africa).

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