Oh, what a night! This year’s ECA(SA)’s 2018 Presidential Awards were “the best ever” according to popular opinion.  And, as National Director Mark Mfikoe predicted, it was “a night of celebration, laughter, love and a little bit of swag”.

The crème de la crème of the electrical contracting industry was at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre on 15 November to claim top honours in what the judges called “a close contest”, with single points separating the top three in some categories. The Installation of the Year – Industrial category was just too close for the judges to call, and the top spot was shared between Besamandla and Cato Ridge Electrical.

The ECA’s Presidential Excellence awards are all about honouring the industries’ outstanding achievers, who consistently deliver outstanding workmanship and set new benchmarks for the electrical contracting industry. With generous backing from 12 sponsors, the awards, now in their seventh year, showcase the outstanding work from South Africa’s finest electrical contracting companies and rewards young, up-and-coming apprentices.

Once again Brand Engineering and its BEE initiative Besamandla took top honours, together scooping five awards, to the delight of Herman Kriel, Group Managing Director: Installation of the Year (Industrial); Installation of the Year (Hotels and Hospitals); Installation of the Year (Office Blocks) and a clean sweep of the renewable energy categories, taking both awards for Best Contributor to Energy Efficiency and Best Contributor to Renewable Energy.

Edison Power took two awards and the company’s founder, Vivian Reddy was there to see Edison receive trophies for Installation of the Year (Retail and Shopping Centres) and Special Innovative Projects.

The ECA took in 300 apprentices this year and the National Director created a new category, Host Employer of the Year, to show the association’s appreciation to the ECA members who employed the apprentices. That award went to Tshepo Vincent Sello from Vinnie’s Electrical, who spends one day a week with his apprentices, personally mentoring them.

Lilly Maphangwa (Mvela Electrolights) won Female Apprentice of the Year and Zamani Khanzi (ET’s Electrical) took both Male Apprentice of the Year and Overall Apprentice of the Year.

The winners are:

Installation of the Year – Industrial

Winners: Besmandla (Illanga CSP Cable Tray Installation);

and Cato Ridge Electrical (Sumitomo Tyre Manufacturing)

Sponsor: Comtest


Besmandla (Illanga CSP Cable Tray Installation)

Cato Ridge Electrical (Sumitomo Tyre Manufacturing)

Cato Ridge Electrical (Ammonia Plant Upgrade)

Reliant Electrical (Carletonville Waste Management)

Edison Power (Chromtech Tailings chrome Re-treatment)

B&W Electrical (Gamsberg Mine Project)


Installation of the Year – Residential Housing 

Winner: J Turner Electrical (Groenkloof)

Sponsor: Voltex


J Turner Electrical (Groenkloof)

Vyfster Elektries (House Nxumalo)


Installation of the Year – Residential Complexes

Winner: P J Booysen Electrical projects (Steyn City Stand 65)

Sponsor: Copper Development Africa


P J Booysen Electrical projects (Steyn City Stand 65)

J Turner Electrical (Casa Servaas)

Edison Power (Pearls Umhlanga)

Vyfster Elektries (Heritage Hill Estate)

Mabert Electrical Solutions


Installation of the Year – Office Blocks

Winner: Brand Engineering (Scuderia House)

Sponsor: Mufaro


Brand Engineering (Scuderia House)

Besamandla Electrical (Plattenberg Magistrate’s Court)

Edison Power KZN (Fort Hare University)


Installation of the Year – Hotels and Hospitals

Winner: Besamandla (Netcare hospital)

Sponsor: Nestlife


Besamandla (Netcare hospital)

Edison Power Gauteng (Time Square Maslow Hotel)

ISE Group (Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape)


Installation of the Year – Retail and Shopping Centres

Winner: Edison Power Gauteng (Soshanguve Southview)

Sponsor: Momentum


Edison Power Gauteng (Soshanguve Southview)

Duzicube (Checkers Hyper, Centurion)

JBN Power (Hutton Court, Hyde Park)


Reticulation Contractor of the Year

Winner: B&W (Gamsberg Mine Project)

Sponsor: Novare


B&W (Gamsberg Mine Project)

Besamandla (Ilanga Solar)

Besamandla (ACSA East London)

Cato Ridge Electrical (Project Sunrise)

Cato Ridge Electrical (Ammonia Plant Upgrade)


National Safety Award

Winner:  Reliant Electric

Sponsor: Nestlife


Reliant Electric

Edison Power JHB


Brand Engineering


Best Contributor to Energy Efficiency

Winner: Besamandla (San Parks Project)

Sponsor: Schneider Electric


Besamandla (San Parks Project)

Besamandla (ACSA Upington)

Besamandla (ACSA Kimberley)


Best Contributor to Renewable Energy

Winner: Besamandla (San Parks Project)

Sponsor: Schneider Electric


Besamandla (San Parks Project)


Apprentice of the Year – Female

Winner: Lilly Maphangwa (Mvela Electrolights)

Sponsor: Brother


Ramatso Sibongile (Edison Power)

Magdaline Maila (Edison Power)

Lilly Maphangwa (Mvela Electrolights)


Apprentice of the Year – Male

Winner: Zamani Khanzi (ET’s Electrical)

Sponsor: HellermannTyton


Stefan Roberts (Designer Lighting)

Tiaan Cerff (Designer Lighting)

Zamani Khanzi (ET’s Electrical)


Overall Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Zamani Khanzi (ET’s Electrical)

Sponsor: HellermannTyton


Woman-Owned Business of the Year

Winner: Swatek Electrical

Sponsor: SA Electrical Contractor magazine


HUG – Hula U Gude

Swatek Electrical


Special Innovative Projects Award


Winner: Edison Power (Liquid Telecom, Midrand)

Sponsor: Major Tech


Edison Power (Liquid Telecom, Midrand)

GPA Elite (Mandela Gala Dinner)

Designer Lighting (Designer Lighting App)

Designer Lighting (BCMM Festive Lighting)


Apprentice Host Employer

Winner: Tshepo Vincent Sello (Vinnie’s Electrical)

Sponsor: Brother


Vinnies Electrical

DC Africa (Cape)

DC Electrical

Ally’s Electrical

M & D Elektries

Regional Excellence Award

Winner: Highveld Training Centre

The awards are the main feature in the November/December issue of SA Electrical Contractor that goes live on 10 December. A limited number of magazines will be printed and distributed through the advertisers and the ECA’s regional offices.


Article by ecasa.co.za


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