Awards & Achievements

Lifetime achievement and finalist for the SAPSA awards



The South African Professional Services Awards are held annually to recognize and honour South Africa’s best professionals from various organizations representing various industries. This year’s awards ceremony was held on the evening of 1 February 2018 at the Montecasino Ball Room and sponsored by Sanlam.

Congratulations to Dr Peter Day for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Engineering for the South African Professional Services Awards (SAPS), sponsored by Sanlam Life Insurance Limited. Choice Judges comment: “Dr. Peter Day is a worthy recipient of this award having dedicated decades of his life to the engineering profession. It is noteworthy that he has taken the time to add to the body of knowledge in his field by completing a doctorate and has a service record within key professional bodies within the built environment …”

Please view photos of Peter’s award ceremony on

Congratulations also to Ms Jabulile Msiza who was selected as one of three finalists for the Built Environment Young Professional of the Year.

Choice Judges comment: “Jabulile caught the attention of the nominations panel having won the CESA Young Engineer of the Year award this year. Other than her technical expertise, two things are particularly impressive about her; she is taking an active role in a bursary programme thus contributing to the advancement of other young aspiring engineers and she is expanding her knowledge by pursuing an MBA. She is a fitting recipient and an example to other aspiring professionals particularly those from a previously disadvantaged background …”.

Verdi Consulting Engineers joined J&W:



Please note, as of 01 January 2018 Verdi Consulting Engineers merged with the Geotechnical Department of Jones and Wagener. Existing projects will remain Verdi Consulting Engineers projects until completion. Email addresses for Verdi Consulting Engineers staff remain active until further notice.

Verdi Consulting Engineers was established in 2007, and specialises in geotechnical investigations and design of large scale geotechnical works for select clients. With their professional approach to all projects, and a solid reputation for service and technical excellence, Verdicon has rapidly established itself as one of the leading geotechnical consulting firms in South Africa.”

J&W at IFAT Africa 2017


Aditi Ramola (International Solid Waste Association), Jonathan Shamrock (Jones & Wagener), Derek Greedy (International Solid Waste Association), Linda Godfrey (CSIR), Mamogala Musekene (DEA), Christa Venter (Pikitup)

The Davos style panel discussion addressed the need to adopt a holistic view of waste management - considering the total waste system, and then discussed developing the most appropriate mix of infrastructure and services to manage the waste. The discussions focussed on incentives and policies required to help create an alternative to dumping of waste including introducing a landfill tax and eliminating illegal dumping/open burning of waste.

Technological solutions and how available funding resources can be leveraged for infrastructure projects was also debated as well as unlocking the economic potential of waste as it has been identified as a sector that can contribute to job creation and enterprise development in South Africa and Africa.

19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (19th ISSMGE)

Dr Peter Day of Jones & Wagener opened the technical proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (19th ISSMGE) in Seoul Korea with the Terzaghi Oration titled "Challenges and Shortcomings in Geotechnical Engineering Practice in the context of a Developing Country."


J&W winning the NOSCAR award for the 5th time in a row

Congratulations to Karien Grove for her hard work and contribution to maintaining our NOSA Five Star System.

There are two routes to obtain NOSCAR status:

Companies must be audited on the NOSA Five Star System, the NOSA Integrated Five Star System (AUDIT PROTOCOL - CMB150) and Aligned Five Star System.

They must have a valid grading (grading is valid for 12 months)

  • DIFR (Disabling injury frequency rate) less or equal to 0.8 and all the other HSE severity rates within NOSCAR limits. J&W's is/was 0 for the period
  • Effort score of 95% or higher (J&W score for 2016 was 95.78%)
  • Company must maintain NOSCAR criteria for 3 consecutive gradings. The company then qualifies for their first NOSCAR status.
  • The second is by winning the International SIC competition on your company's category and meeting the NOSCAR criteria.

The company will be awarded their first NOSCAR


Jabulili Msiza - Young engineer of the year

Heartfelt congratulations to Jabulile Msiza for winning the CESA Young Engineer of the Year Award! We're very proud of you!

Jabulile has been with Jones & Wagener (J&W) for 11 years since qualifying as a civil engineer from the University of Pretoria. She continued her training part time to obtain two Bachelor of Engineers Honours degrees in Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering. She has become a vital part of our Waste Department where she is currently a Technical Director, as well as our management team where she currently serves on the Management Committee. As her management role increased, this sparked an interest in Jabulile to further gain business management training and so enrolled for an MBA through the Henley Business School. She is expecting that degree at the end of 2017.

In her technical role as a professional engineer, Jabulile is a project manager on certain projects and responsible for the management of the design/construction team involved in the compilation of job deliverables. Her specialty lies in the design and construction of waste management facilities and has over the years built up a name for herself in the industry both through her professional work and involvement in many professional bodies.

Jabulile is passionate about people and as such, she is responsible for the HR Human Resources portfolio and maintains various HR policies and procedures and formulates new policies that become necessary as the company grows.

Her work as the J&W Bursary Scheme Administrator involves the shortlisting of applicants, based on the company's requirements at the time, for further interviews by a wider panel as well as the management of current bursary students in terms of ensuring payment of fees, academic performance and workplace training. This is particularly close to Jabulile's heart as she was one of J&W's first bursary students and hence intimately understands the benefits of such a scheme. She also coordinates the postgraduate training for employees as well as general continual professional development training.

Jabulile serves on the J&W Employment Equity (EE) Committee as the chairperson and management representative. The aim of the Committee is to provide a platform where issues and concerns related to employment equity and skills development can be raised for consideration by management, thereby facilitating the achievement of the aims of the EE Act.

We congratulate Jabulile on this award; she is a very deserving and well-rounded engineer of J&W.


Congratulations to Danie Brink on being selected as the joint-winner of the 'Engineer of the Year' award at the South African Institute of Civil Engineers and South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors' 2016 Awards Ceremony.

Danie has served the civil engineering profession in South Africa with distinction throughout his career. Danie became the first CEO of J&W during a period of major political change in South Africa.

As a result, he had the demanding task of identifying ways of restructuring the company so as to comply with Black Economic Empowerment requirements. The continued progress of J&W is a testament to his success in implementing these measures. . To read full article, click here.

50 years of specialist consulting continues to grow excellence

Fifty years ago Jones & Wagener (J&W) founders, Winston Jones and Dr Fritz Wagener, combined their expertise and skills to establish what has now become an iconic firm of consulting professional engineers and scientists in South Africa.

"They believed that excellent technical skills coupled with professionalism and integrity were the key characteristics required for success. That 'belief' has not changed and today, 50 years on, I certainly believe that Jones & Wagener are still blessed with extraordinary employees," says J&W CEO Dr Pierre van der Berg. To read full article, click here.

CESA Young Engineer of the Year Award 2017

Heartfelt congratulations to Jabulile Msiza for winning the CESA Young Engineer of the Year Award! We're very proud of you!

Jones & Wagener celebrates 50 years of specialist consulting

Founded on the 1st of November 1966, J&W offered specialist civil engineering consulting services to the construction, mining and industrial sectors. J&W's expertise expanded when Dr Peter Day joined in 1979, bringing geotechnical engineering expertise to the company. Day became the first chairperson of the J&W board and, along with Danie Brink, the first CEO of the company, the two implemented a new and successful management structure. To read full article, click here.

Winner: Best Presentation - Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference (YGPC 11) 2016

Earlier this year Mondli Magagula submitted an abstract entry for a competition hosted by the Australian Geotechnical Society. The abstract was titled "Site Characterization of the area surrounding a sinkhole, a case study". It describes a geotechnical investigation and design of remedial works which followed the formation of a sinkhole. His abstract was subsequently chosen to represent Africa at the Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference (YGPC 11) held in New Zealand [Queenstown, October 25 – 28, 2016]. To read full article, click here.

Sasol Mining was recently awarded second place in die COALSAFE 2016: Annual Colliery HSEC Campaign competition.

Jones and Wagener made a significant contribution with regards to the risk analysis procedure developed during the Sigma Phase 1 project. Picture: Konrad Krüger (J&W), Marius van Biljon (J&W), Trevor Davids (SASOL Mining), Adriaan Oosthuizen (J&W), Kobus Coetser (J&W), Barbara Botha (J&W)

Peter Day Saice Engineer of the year award








2014 SAICE Engineer of the year award, awarded to Peter Day

Peter Day Saice Engineer of the year award







2013 IAIAsa Premium Award

The IAIAsa Annual Award is awarded "to recognise excellence in Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) practice that advances the Environmental Profession through showing best practice and demonstrates a clear contribution to Environmental Sustainability." Picture - Back: Gina Martin, Olivia Bamford, Jacqui Hex, Anelle Lötter. Front: Gerhard Cronje, Adriaan Oosthuizen

Ellen Khuzwayo Award







2011 Ellen Khuzwayo Award awarded by the University of Johannesburg Council

SAYEP originally Hundred for Hundred Project supported by Jones and Wagener since 2003 has had two awards for its contribution in engineering education for the rural and disadvantaged students.

Ellen Khuzwayo Award From left to right : Prof Roy Marcus: Chairperson of Council, University of Johannesburg, Ms Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela (recipient) , Dr Duduzile Rosemary Mkhize (recipient), Mr Thomas Louw De Beer(recipient), Prof Ihron Rensburg: Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg and Dr Carol Hofmeyr (recipient).

2009 SAICE Presidential Award given by the 2009 SAICE President , Johan De Koker

SAYEP originally Hundred for Hundred Project supported by Jones and Wagener since 2003 has had two awards for its contribution in engineering education for the rural and disadvantaged students.

SAICE Presedential Award

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