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M&E sector awards finalists announced

THE Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has announced the entrants for the sixth edition of the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence.

The Awards, which aim to promote and reward innovation and excellence in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector, take place at a time when the world is dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEIFSA CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba said that in South Africa, many businesses have had to close, unable to survive the lockdown put in place to curb the spread of the virus. However, there are companies that were better placed to adjust to the new normal by recalibrating their businesses. These included manufacturers that refocused their production lines to making ventilators, or textiles companies that formed dedicated teams to make cloth face masks.

“The adaptability and innovation that were required to respond to the pandemic are precisely what we, as SEIFSA, seek to celebrate through these awards.”

Nyatsumba said while this year’s entries were related to activities that took place before the pandemic started, entrants had demonstrated the sort of commitment to excellence that would be needed to help drive economic recovery after the pandemic.

The finalists are:

Most Innovative Company of Year

• Hencon Conveyors

• Alos Holdings

• Boikano Industries

• Elgin Brown and Hammer

• Mann Makhene Machinery

• Centurion Systems

• Sinter Metals

• Matsway Steel

Health and Safety Award of the Year

• Babcock

• Kaefer

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the Year

• Beka Schreder

Most Transformed Company of the Year

• Boardroom Appointments

• Movidna Services

• Pamodzi

• Trencento

The Artisan Award

• Kgabo Cars

In addition to these awards categories, SEIFSA will honour a member company with the CEO’s Award. This goes to a company that has fully engaged with SEIFSA and its services for the benefit of its employees.

The awards will take place in a COVID-19 compliant ceremony on 20 November 2020 at Summer Place in Boksburg.

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