History of the awards

The early years

The inaugural South African Construction Awards were presented in 2007 and covered 10 different categories. Award winners gave favorable reports and feedback, noting a number of benefits ranging from increased profile and positive customer response to increased coverage from local and national press and improved staff morale.

We held our first gala event at the Cape Inn Hotel in Cape Town, with most of the winners attending to collect their awards. The pre-dinner reception provided winners with a chance to network with other companies and many worthwhile business relationships stemmed from that first gathering.

In 2008 we held our gala event at the V&A Waterfront Resort – a very popular choice of venue amongst winners. As the reputation of the awards grew, attracting more publicity and entrants from a wider range of provinces, so did the demands on space. Consequently, we moved the gala evenings to the Cape Sun Hotel.

By this time the South African Construction Awards were established as the premier programme recognizing and rewarding excellence in their field and the gala dinners had become essential dates on the construction industry calendar.


We are honoured to have a panel of more than 10 well-respected experts from a range of complementary backgrounds, who volunteer their time to assist in the selection and judging process. Many represent well-established professional bodies from different provinces.

Over the years leading branded companies have sponsored the awards as a means of raising their profiles and making new business contacts amongst winners and their clients. Malvern Guarantees, Jeep, Asite, Corobrick, Hydro Form, NHBRC, and Transnet have been prominent headline sponsors.

More recently, major international media partners have come forward in support of the excellence and endeavor shown by participating companies such as the City Press.

Organizer’s Statement

Decisions on award winners are given by an expert panel of independent judges.

Sponsorship or the judges’ opinions does not imply endorsement of any of the individual award winners by the sponsors or the judges. The judges are selected by the South African Construction Awards organizers for their expertise in a variety of disciplines relating to the design, development and marketing of infrastructure.

The awards are given for the quality of design, construction and presentation of individual contractors and construction companies, project managers, engineers, surveyors, interiors, architecture and suppliers. The awards are not an endorsement from any sponsor or judge but are a recognition of achievement in a particular category or discipline by an expert judging panel.

The sponsors and judges take no responsibility for the activities of any award winner.

Information recorded by the judges on score sheets is stored for three months after the final gala presentation in each award year; it is destroyed thereafter.

Benefits of winning

  • Previous winners have reported a significant increase in sales / business as a direct result of winning an award.
  • The independent endorsement of your company’s expertise and professionalism.
  • Use of the widely recognized branded winners logo for use on your website and marketing / public relations material.
  • Supported by major media partners and recognized quality branded sponsors.
  • Award winners report positive results including higher awareness, sales and levels of staff morale.
  • Awards supported by 5 professional bodies nationwide and independently judged by a panel of over 12 experts.
  • Global media coverage reaching an international audience.

Press Coverage

Our media partners ensure international coverage and help raise the profile of winning companies. You will be able to attract significant trade, regional and local press coverage by utilizing the skeletal press release we provide.

Alternatively, our general press release which has been circulated widely throughout the media will give you all the information you need to compile your own. Contact your local and regional media, particularly outlets where you place regular publicity.

We are happy to accept contact from them and conduct interviews on your behalf.

Public Relations

Some of SA’s most successful public relations companies have provided a professional award presentation and submission service. We can put you in touch with firms prepared to offer a no-obligation PR consultation.

Taking advantage of this offer can help you build on your company’s success by ensuring you get the right message across to all the right people.


You should feature your award prominently on the web.

Mutual links can be set up between www.saconstructionawards.co.za and your own site.

We have a portfolio of websites which receive 120,000 unique visitors per month, helping to promote award winners and showcase their properties.


Your awards logo can be used (subject to certain guidelines) on all your company’s adverts, websites and marketing materials.

Particularly innovative ideas have included branding on company vehicles, a projection on the side of buildings (especially effective at night) and posters that cover hoardings at new developments.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The South African Construction Awards is a national competition to find the finest commercial and residential construction companies in the country.

It includes a series of Awards presentation and business networking events.

Custom-built sponsorship packages perfectly suit your needs

Opportunities can include…

  • Awards branding: include your company’s logo on every award ribbon issued
  • Event relocation to a venue of your choice
  • Event branding: prominent promotion of your company at the SACA Awards events
  • Seminars: introduce your products or offerings to an audience of keyed-in, switched-on potential clients
  • Video presentations
  • Business round tables: structured networking opportunities
  • Exhibition space
  • Tickets to the gala dinner
  • Print advertising in awards publications or our partner, Green Construction Journal magazine
  • Databases of winners and event attendees, including many Director Generals, Procurement Managers, CEOs, MDs and leaders in the field
  • Champagne reception sponsorship
  • Corporate gift sponsorship
  • ‘Goody Bag’ sponsorshipInterested in sponsorship?
    To build a sponsorship package or ask questions, contact our team…

Winners testimonials

We feel the South African Construction Awards makes an important statement about our business and our commitment to design. It represents one of the most reputable accreditation for a design business.
Paul Mhlaka, CEO, Paul Building Contractors

Winning has given buyers that extra confidence in our product and it has most certainly added prestige to our brand.
WBHO CEO, Louwtjie Nel

From a business perspective, our South African Construction Awards distinctions give us an edge over the competition, assuring both potential and existing clients they are partnering with the industry’s best.
Herbert Msagala, Transnet

By winning these Awards, our exposure and credibility has significantly increased in the marketplace leading to potentially larger prospects.
Kobus Verster, Managing Director, Aveng

We use the accolade at all touch points with potential clients, contacts and influences, from our email signature, to the website and all pitch documents.
SiphoMashaba, CEO, KZN Contractors

Winning Contractor of the Year Awards is recognition of the excellent service we provide and gives customers peace of mind that they are dealing with a reputable project management SOC.
Herbert Msagala, Transnet

We promote the achievement of these Awards to our select client groups to reinforce our specialist design skills and as a result, have received considerable individual praise and acknowledgements.
Abafazi Contractors CEO, Monica Masi

The award is recognition of our expertise in the industry and reassures our clients that we are at the forefront of our sector and consistently deliver exceptional results. The award winners’ logo is recognized as a symbol of excellence throughout the global industry and it is an honour to display it on our website.
Johan Van Vuuren, CEO Selmond Engineers.

We’re delighted that wining the Best Tomorrows Company of the Year Awards has had such a positive tangible impact on our business.
Bonnie Mda CEO, Sakhisizwe Civils

Judging Process

Meet our Judges

Loyiso Ngavu

Founder &Chief Executive South African Construction Awards™


Senior Vice President Construction Journal

Cindy Zuma

Head of Strategic Procurement Lend Lease

Tony Nickelsons

Senior Vice President Construction Journal

Mandla Sibeko

Project Director Network Rail Agency

Tracy Dick

Director BIM Strategy and Development

Peter Kruger

CEO Waterfall Engineering SA

Jan Du Toit

Head of BIM BIM Task Group and Cape Contractors

Willy Bassson

Technical Manager Construction Products Association

Awards Ceremony








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