Chief Executive Cyril Vuyani Gamede receiving the award

Sunil Maharaj, Nirasha Sampson, Bradley Sampson, Cyril Gamede, Njabulo Ngema and Msizi Cele

For the second consecutive year, Umgeni Water was selected winner in the State-Owned Enterprise category of the Nedbank - Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business annual Business of the Year awards, held on 11th November 2016 at Royal Show Grounds. The prestigious award was received by Chief Executive Cyril Vuyani Gamede at a glittering banquet arranged by the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business. Leaders of businesses in Pietermaritzburg and other parts of KwaZulu-Natal were present and applauded as the award was given to Umgeni Water.

Umgeni Water competed against entities of State and was unanimously selected, following a rigorous and in-depth interview that was conducted weeks earlier with Corporate Stakeholder Manager Shami Harichunder.

Umgeni Water was judged in the following areas:

  • Budgetary performance over the past 3 years (financial statements and budget/expenditure reports and audit reports);
  • Provision of future plans (two to three-year plans);
  • Human Resource Development practices and policies, including retention of staff or employment and skills development (prioritisation of BBBEE and Balanced Score Card)
  • Environmental and occupational health and safety practices;
  • Receptiveness of management to innovation and best practice, and
  • Corporate social investment, corporate governance practices and risk management.

Umgeni Water emerged with top marks in the above disciplines and business imperatives which were independently verified through available documentation and procedures.