AltX-listed engineering group, Ansys has been presented with the 2017 Premier’s Special Award by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura.
The annual Premier’s Service Excellence Awards programme recognises individuals, companies and institutions that have made a significant contribution to the socio-economic transformation of the province in the preceding year. The Premier’s Special Award is the programme’s top award and is made at the sole discretion of the Premier and the province’s Executive Council. Six other awards are made in different categories.
All of the awards are made based on nominations received from the public, a process that is designed to entrench the culture of Batho Pele (People First). Batho Pele is a government initiative, first launched in 1997, which aims to enhance the quality and accessibility of public services by constantly improving efficiency and accountability.
“We are deeply honoured to be the recipient of this year’s Premier’s Special Award as it reflects the recognition of the public in general as well as that of the Premier and the province’s Executive Committee,” says Ansys CEO, Teddy Daka. “This unique awards programme is based on active citizenry and acknowledges how important cooperation between government, the private sector and civil society is in making meaningful transformation a reality.”
Over the past two years, Ansys has been through an intensive process of positioning the company as an IP-led engineering and technology solutions provider at the forefront of innovation in all of its areas of operation. This has not only secured existing jobs within the company, but has created many new opportunities in this key sector.
The company has also recorded an impressive growth in earnings, performing well in all of the strategically important sectors it serves, namely the defence, mining, industrial, information security, telecommunications and rail sectors. In both strategic and performance terms, it is therefore closely aligned to the province’s objective of maintaining and growing its position as the country’s economic hub and innovation centre.
Another priority, as expressed in the Premier’s 2017 State of the Province address, is the ongoing effort to build a region that is economically and socially inclusive.
“In both our business and the way which we navigate the broader social context, Ansys is actively committed to transformation and development.” says Daka. “We’re proud of what we’ve done over the past two years and are delighted to have been recognised by the Premier Makhura for these efforts.”