SMEC South Africa’s Kresen Manicum has scooped the title of Technologist of the Year at the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards held in Cape Town recently.

Manicum received the award for his leadership qualities, sustained service to the profession and innovation and enterprise among other things.

In line with his commitment to the profession, Manicum has served in senior leadership roles in the South African Roads Federation (SARF) and SAICE and has implemented key strategic initiatives to the benefit of these organisations and the professionals they serve.

Vast experience in civil engineering

His vast experience in the civil engineering field has seen him design and manage a variety of projects in urban development, geometric design and transportation planning.

Manicum has been intrinsically involved in piloting and delivering numerous successful Expanded Public Works Programmes, asset management and programme management projects, including the R1.7 billion Sanitation Phase 3 project for eThekwini Municipality.

In addition to his project responsibilities, Kresen is SMEC South Africa’s Regional Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, serves as an Executive Director on the Board of SMEC South Africa, serves on the SMEC South Africa National Executive Committee and is the Chairman of the Board of Soillab.

An incredible journey

Commenting on his award Manicum says the 18 years spent at SMEC South Africa has been an incredible journey. “It has provided me with the opportunity to be mentored in both leadership and business by some incredible people namely, our COO Dr Tom Marshall and CEO, Kostas Rontiris.”

“I think the highlight of my career to date is the opportunity to work with and lead the KwaZulu-Natal region.  Our management team are an amazing group of people who are like family. I look forward to continuing my role on the National Executive Committee as this has allowed me to work with all the regions in our firm and has given me the opportunity to get to know staff across the country,” he concludes.