For the second year in a row, SMEC South Africa emerged winners in the Infrastructure Development and Maintenance category of the 2018 National Business Awards held in South Africa on 15 November 2018. SMEC is a member of the Surbana Jurong Group.
This award recognises organisations involved in innovative, sustainable and efficiency-enhancing infrastructure development and maintenance. The scope of the category includes development and maintenance of roads and railways, ports, energy, water and sanitation, housing, access to basic services, healthcare and education. SMEC South Africa was recognised for exemplary social and environmental contributions through their excellence of service, commitment to customers, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.
SMEC South Africa’s Regional Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Kresen Manicum, also won honours for his profession – he was named Technologist of the Year at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards.
At a dinner held in Cape Town on 12 October 2018, Mr Manicum was presented the prestigious award, given out to a registered Professional Technologist who has shown leadership qualities; provided sustained service to the profession; encouraged personal and professional growth among fellow professionals; shown innovation and enterprise; and is a worthy role model.
Mr Manicum has been with SMEC South Africa for 18 years and served in senior leadership roles in the South African Roads Federation and SAICE. Recently, he has been involved in piloting and delivering numerous successful Expanded Public Works Programmes, asset management and programme management projects. On receiving his award, Mr Manicum said working at SMEC provided him with “the opportunity to be mentored in both leadership and business by some incredible people, namely, our Surbana Jurong Africa COO Dr Tom Marshall and South Africa CEO Kostas Rontiris”.
The highlight of my career to date is the opportunity to work with and lead the KwaZulu-Natal region. Our management team are an amazing group of people who are like family. It’s a true privilege to be part of this team and the wonderfully talented staff in the region.”
Mr Kresen Manicum
SMEC South Africa’s Regional Manager for KwaZulu-Natal