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SEIFSA urges M&E businesses to showcase their environmental stewardship


APRIL 2021 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation
of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) once again calls on companies in the Metals and
Engineering (M&E) sector to submit their entries for the 2021 SEIFSA Awards for
Excellence in the Environment Stewardship Award category.

Now in their seventh year, the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence seek to promote and
reward innovation and excellence in the M&E sector, with this year’s entrants to be
assessed on their performance during the period 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2020.
The Environment Stewardship Award celebrates a company that has taken
the environmental challenges that confront the world seriously and has successfully
implemented the necessary steps to ensure that the natural environment is preserved.

The company will have demonstrated in its entry that it has gone out of its way to
invest in the environment and has successfully implemented initiatives in its day-to-day business operations.

In 2019, the Award was won by Babcock for its water conservation initiatives. The
company had taken it upon itself to protect, control and conserve water usage in the
business through several initiatives, including using water meters at its different sites
and reusing water.

“South Africa faces significant environmental challenges such as water scarcity and
air pollution. Together as the business community, we need to find lasting solutions to
these challenges. By showcasing companies mitigating their negative effect on the
environment through sustainable initiatives, we not only create a platform to engage
on how to further protect our environment, but we also offer examples that other
companies can emulate,” said SEIFSA Chief Executive Kaizer Nyatsumba.

The Award ceremony will take place on 20 May 2021 at a venue yet to be confirmed.
In addition to the Environmental Award, the other categories include:
• Most Innovative Company of Year;
• Health and Safety Award of the Year;
• Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the Year;
• Customer Service Award of the Year;
• Most Transformed Company of the Year; and
• The Artisan Award of the Year.

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