Awards Overview

Construction has traditionally been thought of as a male-dominated industry and if you were asked to name a female role model in the sector, you would probably be hard-pressed to think of anyone. Thanks to the evolving concerted efforts to encourage women into the sector, today women are increasingly assuming positions once considered ‘male’ roles, and overcoming outdated stereotypes.

Enterprise development and empowerment of the emerging sector is core to the cidb’s strategy towards fulfilling and implementing an integrated strategy for the reconstruction, growth and development of the construction industry. The cidb has identified women as a critical target for development and has chosen to celebrate and encourage this target through an industry awards process.

During 2019, a name was developed for these awards:

Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction Awards

The aim of the Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction Awards (ERWIC Awards) is to encourage excellence among women and commitment among stakeholders to support women in their professional growth and development. It also aims to promote role models for women in lower grade construction categories, and motivate women in the higher grades.

Award Information
  • Finalists may be organisations or individuals from the private or public sector.
  • Depending on the description and criteria of the category, the finalists may nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party.
  • The majority of the judging process is based on qualitative criteria and not a quantitative process.
  • A scorecard will be provided to advise entrants on how the BBBEE and ownership will be scored.
  • One entry in a category may be awarded a COMMENDATION if the judges believe it is a worthy single entry. Should the single entry not be valid, the category will be withdrawn for that year.
  • Two entries in a category are sufficient to maintain that category. 
  • Requirements of all entrants:
    • Entrants must be actively registered with the cidb, where appropriate.
    • Entrants must disclose BBBEE status. (Applies to Companies/organisations)
    • Entered project must be from Southern African regions.
    • Entered project must have been fully completed within the awards time period. A signed declaration from client is required.
    • Entrants must complete and sign the Entry Declaration.
  • Only projects completed between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 are eligible for entry into the projects award categories for 2022.
  • Projects must be completed on time, within budget and to the satisfaction of the client, and abide by all health and safety regulations.
  • Projects entered in the awards competition in one year may not be re-entered for competition in any other successive year. For the purpose of these awards, a project means a contract that may be verified through the cidb Register of Projects.
  • No Winner, second or third place finalist may enter that SAME category in the consecutive year following that placement.
  • Categories are divided into the following groups:
    • Projects
    • Business
    • Individual
  • Awards entry closing date is subject to change but will be adequately communicated by the cidb.
  • Finalists will be required to be interviewed by judges. Convenient times will be determined and in some cases site visits will be coordinated.
  • The awards event will take place in mid- to late-August, in keeping with August traditionally being positioned as Women’s month.