Seda Construction Incubator is at the forefront of Contractor Development in South Africa. As testimony to this, SCI has consistently achieved recognition in both the CIDB and the DTI Technology Awards for four years in a row. We are very proud of these achievements.
The seventh DTI Awards were held in Durban in 2013. At the ceremony, Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies recognised and rewarded technical innovation. The purpose of the DTI Technology Awards is to raise awareness about the benefits of using technology to improve the competitiveness of enterprises. The awards recognise individuals and organisations that have contributed towards technology development and innovation in South Africa. They are also aimed at inspiring and encouraging creativity and technological innovativeness amongst business people by rewarding those that make use of technology to advance their business.
Seda Construction Incubator came second in the award for incubator of the Year in 2013 and in 2011 SCI had won the award for the Incubator of the Year while Lakeshore Trading 102 (SCI Client) won the award for the most successful graduated Incubatee. The two runner-ups, Velile Business Enterprise and Sinotho Electrical and Civil Contractors were also SCI Graduates.
THE 4TH WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION EXCELLENCE (CIDB) AWARDS
The Annual Construction Industry Development Boards (CIDB) National Women in Construction Excellence Awards, presided over by former Public Works Minister, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, was held at the SAX Arena in Centurion on August 2011. The ceremony celebrates the achievements of female contractors in the construction industry, and awards are presented to contractors with over 51% women ownership in three different categories.
These awards encourage women to distinguish themselves through performance excellence, as a proven record of performance on projects is a key element of evaluation in selecting award winners. Clients play a significant role in verifying a contestant’s suitability, and are important in developing women contractors by creating opportunities for female participation in contractor development programmes. Over 120 women-owned companies in 9 provinces participated in the awards, with company sizes ranging from CIDB grades one to six.
In the category for Contractors in Development Programmes, Category 3-4, both winners were SCI Incubatees. Sinohlase Construction won with Abangani Projects as a runner-up. Sinohlase Construction run by Nonkuthula Sibisi, entered the incubator at 1GBPE and 1CEPE. They are now at 4CEPE and 5GBPE. Abangani Projects is run by Philisiwe Mthethwa and she entered the incubator at 1GBPE and 1CEPE, the company is now at 1GBPE and 4CEPE.