Now rebranding as Zutari, Aurecon wins Engineering Firm of the Year and Tony Igboamalu wins Young Engineering Professional of the Year
15 June 2020: Engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon which is rebranding as Zutari, has scooped two major awards at the 2019/2020 South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA), sponsored by Sanlam and W. Consulting. Aurecon was named Engineering Firm of the Year, while Tony Igboamalu was recognised as Young Engineering Professional of the Year.
Professionals from a wide range of companies were set to gather at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ballroom on the evening of 19 March. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SAPSA Awards dinner was indefinitely postponed.
The organisers subsequently undertook to progressively announce the winners for the 2019/2020 edition prior to hosting a future gathering for all finalists and guests. This marks the fifth edition of the awards, following a rigorous process of determining winners based on strict criteria.
The judges felt that Aurecon has positioned itself as a leading engineering firm in both the local and global context. Its latest Level 1 B-BBEE rating shows that it takes transformation seriously, while its CSI commitment exceeds the construction industry’s requirements.
Igboamalu’s latest accolade follows him being highly commended in the Young Engineer of the Year category at the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards. “It is impressive that at such a young age he has completed his doctorate, demonstrating a commitment to enhancing his knowledge in his field of engineering,” the judges noted.
“In addition, his research and work indicates that he is ‘walking the talk’ in seeking to improve the lives of Africans through enabling access to arguably the most critical resource, namely potable water. Finally, it is heart-warming that he participates in the mentorship of university students and STEM skills transfer to younger scholars in informal settlements,” the judges’ citation read.
Igboamalu says he is extremely gratified at receiving the award, as it represents recognition from his peers in the engineering fraternity for his work in highlighting the link between poverty alleviation and water supply. “I am thankful to SAPSA for the recognition, as well as to Aurecon for giving me the platform to go this far. I believe strongly in mentorship, and this award will assist me greatly in this regard.”
“Aurecon embraces inclusivity as we look to grow and prosper in Africa. Importantly, this means that not only do we acknowledge our diverse perspectives and experiences, but we see the advantage in the unique strengths and talents that each and every one of our valued employees brings to the table,” CEO Gustav Rohde comments.
“It is therefore with great pride that we acknowledge the incredible recognition bestowed upon Tony, as it is such a strong reflection of the values of Aurecon itself. We wish Tony all the best for the future, and look forward to many more amazing achievements and milestones as he continues to grow and prosper,” Rohde highlights.
Reflecting on being acknowledged as Engineering Firm of the Year, Rohde states that this is testament to Aurecon’s strength in Africa. The company has taken a bold step to demerge from the global Aurecon brand to position itself as a business aimed at the African market.
In October 2019, Aurecon officially announced the separation of the African business from the Aurecon Group, effective from 1 January 2020. The company is undergoing many changes, including a total rebranding process, with a completely new name in Zutari, which reflects the company’s African heritage.