Newsflash: 9/2017 2 March 2017
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Award Open for Top Women Architects

Dear SAIA Members

We are proud to announce SAIA's involvement and promotion of Totally Concrete's Women in Construction Awards. That's because this award falls firmly into our Transformation agenda as we strive to promote and support marginalised and minority groups. Through The Women in Construction Award (sub-category, Women in Architecture) we aim to identify and promote female leaders in our profession and encourage women who meet the criteria to enter. In addition, the winner walks away with a number of prizes (from Totally Concrete and SAIA) for self-development and indulgence. Here are the prizes:

  • R10 000 voucher from Alusani Skills Training
  • Mangwanani Spa voucher
  • Moroccan oil hair treatment
  • BMW merchandise
  • Bottle of wine
  • Free SAIA membership for a year
  • Book prize from SAIA

Should you have any questions about this Award, please email Debbie Kirk at:

Kind Regards

Obert Chakarisa
Chief Executive Officer, The South African Institute of Architects

Submit your nomination for the prestigious Women in Construction Awards 2017!

Now in its fifth year, the Women in Construction Awards have evolved into the leading African platform for the recognition and celebration of women in the construction, cement and concrete industry.

The awards, which comprise both individual and organisational categories, acknowledge the increasingly important role women play in the industry and will be decided by an esteemed judging panel of industry experts who will assess nominations in the following eight categories:

Individual categories:

  • Pioneer in Innovation Award
  • New Starter of the Year Award - Under 30
  • Woman Architect of the Year Award - NEW!
  • Woman in Concrete: Lifetime Achievement Award - NEW!
  • Young Entrepreneur / Rising Star Award - Under 40 - NEW!

Organisational categories:

  • Most Innovative Women Training Programme Award
  • Excellence in Career Development Award
  • Excellence in SMME / Enterprise Development Award - NEW!

Nominations are open to individuals and organisations across all sectors of the industry active in Africa, so what are you waiting for? These awards provide a unique opportunity to participate in industry transformation and support the development of women in the construction workplace in Africa!

To submit a nomination please see our online nomination portal: and follow the instructions.

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