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A celebration of excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete

The Concrete Society of Southern Africa’s Fulton Awards recognises and honours excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete, the promotion of which is a core component of the Society's mission.
The winners and receivers of commendations for the 2019 awards were announced and honoured at a special gala weekend held recently at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg, which was attended by representatives of a broad spectrum of the construction industry.

John Sheath displays the new Fulton Awards trophyJohn Sheath displays the new Fulton Awards trophy

A newly designed Fulton Awards ‘concrete’ trophy was introduced this year, designed and produced by well-known South African artist, Damien Grivas.
Commenting on this initiative, John Sheath, CEO and Director of the Concrete Society said that the new trophy not only displayed what is possible with concrete in terms of shape and finish, but it also brought the awards up-to-date with its modern design and aesthetics.


AfriSam were the Anchor Sponsor for the 2019 Fulton Awards which are a tribute to the late Dr. 'Sandy' Fulton, a recognised world authority in concrete technology. Commenting on AfriSam’s sponsorship, CEO, Rob Wessels said “AfriSam is proud to be the Anchor Sponsor for the prestigious 2019 Fulton Awards. This event is well known for recognising excellence in concrete – a product that is synonymous with AfriSam. We believe it is essential to give a platform to those individuals and companies that are pushing the boundaries in the use of concrete as this process leads to architectural and functional innovation”.

He continued, “…. the Fulton Awards are much bigger than a single construction materials supplier, it is about the industry coming together recognising the possibilities that can be achieved when the boundaries of concrete, both in terms of sustainability and technical performance, are pushed”.

The number of finalists this year reached 31, and each project was visited on-site by the judges over a 3-week period. A breakdown of the location of these projects reveals the following:
 KwaZulu-Natal - 4 Mpumalanga - 1
 Gauteng -13 Western Cape - 10
 Northern Cape - 1 Mozambique - 2



The three judges for the awards in 2019 were:

• Prof Mark Alexander - President, Concrete Society of Southern Africa
• Stephen Humphries - Executive Director, Nyeleti Consulting
• Daniel van der Merwe - Professional Architect


Lead judge for the Fulton Awards, Prof Mark Alexander said “while the schedule was exhausting at times, it was incredibly stimulating and inspirational to see just what our colleagues in the concrete industry are still achieving, despite the dire situation of the construction industry. We heard stories of the difficulties of working with the new sub-contractor requirements, of the lack of skills on occasions, but always there was a sense that these problems had been tackled and overcome, to produce what was in every case a true testimony to the versatility and beauty of concrete, as expressed in a wide variety of different structures, buildings and products”.

The categories in 2019 are:

• Buildings up to 3-Storeys
• Buildings more than 3-Storeys
• Infrastructure up to R100 million value
• Infrastructure >R100 million value
• Architectural Concrete
• Innovation in Concrete Projects
• Innovation in Concrete

There were seven trophy winners and eight judges’ commendations, as follows:


Commendation – 37 Commerce Crescent, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Winner – 90a Bellamont, Umdloti, KwaZulu-Natal



Commendation – 236 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape Commendation – Water City, New HO for Dept. of Water and Sanitation, Cape Town

Winner – Battery Park, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape


CATEGORY: INFRASTRUCTURE up to R100 million value

Commendation – eThekwini Municipality M25-C9 Underpass, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Winner – New Arch Bridge over the Olifants River, Western Cape



Commendation – Grayston Pedestrian Bridge, Sandton, Gauteng Commendation – Kathu Solar Park, Northern Cape

Winner – Maputo-Katembe Bridge and North Link Roads, Mozambique



Commendation – Origins Centre Rock Art Gallery, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Winner – House La Lucia, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal



Commendation – N17-1 Regents Park Bridge, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Winner – Sal and Caldeira, Maputo, Mozambique



Winner – Norval Foundation, Steenberg, Western Cape


» View details and photos of winners & commendations



The Gala weekend celebrations were a great success albeit a little chilly from those from warmer climes. PPC sponsored a technical presentation by Prof Mark Alexander who ran through all the entrants in some technical details, together with some anecdotes from his tour of the projects.

PPC also sponsored the Friday Night dinner and entertainment (with a 1980’s theme) which featured Immediate Past President of the Concrete Society, Hanlie Turner, as the MC for the evening, and comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout as the official entertainer.

A prize was awarded for the best 1980’s costume, which was won by Arno Smuts who dressed up to represent Thomas Magnum of ‘Magnum P I’ fame. Schalk Bezuidenhout acted as the judge for this.


Hanlie Turner ensuring continuityHanlie Turner ensuring continuity
Schalk Bezuidenhout performsSchalk Bezuidenhout performs

Arno (Magnum) Smuts with his wife ElreneArno (Magnum) Smuts with his wife Elrene


The next day saw the holding of the Fulton Golf Day (sponsored by Lafarge) and the special ladies’ event – ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Matinee! Although the golf saw fewer players than in previous years, the ladies’ event was fully booked. I wonder why!!

The main gala event - dinner and presentation of awards – was sponsored by Chryso SA and a very fine affair it was too. All 31 projects were presented to the guests on audio-visual and this culminated in the presentation of the awards and commendations. John Sheath, CEO of the Society announced the winner, and trophies and certificates were handed over by the Prof Mark Alexander.

Addresses were presented to the guests by Rob Wessels, CEO of AfriSam as Anchor Sponsor, Norman Seymore, MD of Chryso SA as sponsors of the gala evening and Prof Mark Alexander as President of the Concrete Society.

The evening also featured the presenting a prize to the winner of the Banner Competition, sponsored jointly by Lafarge and Ash Resources. Lafarge’s Country CEO, Rossen Papazov presented the prize of four nights’ stay at the 5-Star Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve in Port Alfred, to Megan Middleton from AfriSam, whose name was pulled from a box containing all the 100%-correct answer sheets.


Rob Wessels, CEO AfriSam   Anchor SponsorRob Wessels, CEO AfriSam Anchor Sponsor
Norman Seymore, MD Chryso   Sponsors of the Gala EveningNorman Seymore, MD Chryso Sponsors of the Gala Evening

Rossen Papazov, CCEO Lafarge presents the Banner Comp. prize to Megan MiddletonRossen Papazov, CCEO Lafarge presents the Banner Comp. prize to Megan Middleton


Prof Mark Alexander addresses guestsProf Mark Alexander addresses guests
Members of the project team for the Maputo Katembe Bridge receive their trophy for winning in the category   Infrastructure R100 millionMembers of the project team for the Maputo Katembe Bridge receive their trophy for winning in the category Infrastructure R100 million


The final act of the evening was to present a special prize, sponsored by AfriSam, to one of the winning projects of a Fulton trophy. The prize was a trip for two members of the project team to accompany AfriSam to Japan to, amongst other things, attend one of the matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The winner was Luis Gaspar, Alternate Director of SS-Construções (Moçambique) Lda, (a member of the Stefanutti Stocks group of companies) the contractors on the Maputo-Katembe Bridge.


Feedback from guests attending the event was very positive and, as the chart below illustrates, everyone had a very enjoyable weekend.



Browse the 2019 Weekend Photo Gallery here:

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