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Aurecon's engineering efforts recognised by Ambassador of the Year

A picture of Albert Geldenhuys, Dr Bernie Fanaroff and Coenie Fick

Albert Geldenhuys, Dr Bernie Fanaroff and Coenie Fick

3 December 2012 - Albert Geldenhuys, Managing Director of Aurecon South Africa, tells us that Aurecon’s Cape Town office has for the last three years co-sponsored the annual Business Leader of the Year awards, organised by the Cape Town Business Chamber in conjunction with Die Burger newspaper.

At a gala function on 24 August, Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Project Director of the SKA SA project, was presented with the 2012 RSA Ambassador of the Year award, following South Africa’s successful bid for the SKA project. A physics graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Dr Fanaroff later obtained his doctorate in Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He is the Managing Director of Fanaroff Associates and a non-Executive Director of South African power utility supplier Eskom.

Receiving his award, Dr Fanaroff highlighted the exceptional work done by South Africa’s scientists and engineers to win the major portion of the SKA project for the country and complimented Aurecon on their outstanding contribution to these efforts.

In South Africa, Aurecon has been tasked with delivering seven significant packages as design engineers on the project, including construction management and handover. This involves various key LAN networks, several critical buildings and accompanying infrastructure. In Australia, Aurecon is fulfilling the role of supporting infrastructure designer and project manager for construction services as part of the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) project. The project involves constructing 36 array antennas, each with a diameter of 12 metres, together with a Radio Observatory, known as the Murchison Radio Observatory (MRO), and supporting infrastructure by 2013.

The Cape Town Business Chamber has an impressive list of distinguished awardees, including the late Dr Anton Rupert, Raymond Ackerman, and this year’s awardee, Johan van Zyl of Sanlam. Albert Geldenhuys is the immediate past chairman of the Chamber and was delighted to have presented the RSA Ambassador Award to Gary Player in 2011 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Gary winning his first Masters.

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