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Gold Medal Finalists for 2013

Saturday, 15 June 2013   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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The ASAQS awards committee have just announced the finalists for this years gold medal for the best final year quantity surveying student in South Africa. The Gold Medalist will be announced during the Green Vision 20/20 Conference Dinner to be held on 20 June 2013 in Cape Town.

The finalists are :

Riané Reyneke - University of  Pretoria

Elana Malherbe - University of the Free State

Andrew Johnson - NMMU – BSc Student

Graham Stuart - NMMU  – B Tech student

The quality of candidates seem to improve every year and the judges will once again be faced with a daunting task when trying to select the winner for 2013. By giving a short C.V. of each candidate readers will appreciate the stature of the finalists this year.

Riané Reyneke

Riane Reyneke






Riané was the best Quantity Surveying student in her final year of her honours degree, she submitted the best dissertation, and was also awarded best achievement in Construction Contracts law, academic honorary colours, BSc(Hons)QS cum laude, 2012

Riané was also in the University of Pretoria top 15% academic achievers, 2009 - 2012

Riané matriculated at the Afrikaanse Hoërskool Kroonstad and is currently employed by AECOM South Africa in their Johannesburg office.

This dynamic young woman is also involved in several social- and  community organisations such as the AECOM Social Responsibility Program in Johannesburg and Black Orange Kairos, of which she says, "My friend Ivan Lukhile established this non profit organisation to assist poor children living in the Orange Farm township. In the past year we’ve been busy with our school shoe projects. We do fund raising events and donate money by ourselves to supply children in Orange Farm with school shoes and socks. This has been an eye opening experience and lies close to my heart."

Elana Malherbe

Elana Malherbe

This Dux student matriculated with 7 A's from Pearson High School in PE where she was head girl in 2008.

After winning the Volksblad Matric of the Year in 2008 she commenced her studies in quantity surveying at the University of the Free State.

Elana won the Bell John prize for most versatile student in 2010 and the Free State prize for best student in Building Contract Law in 2011.

In 2012 Elana won the Dean’s prize for prestigious academic performance.

Her involvement over the past three years as a care giver to mentally handicapped children and adults at the Beudene & Bays Village Children’s Home is testament of her compassion for those less fortunate than herself.

She is employed by Dill & Saunders Quantity Surveyors in Nelspruit.



 Andrew Johnson

Andre JohnsonAndrew matriculated in 2007 from Selborne College, East London with a Palma Virtuti Award for Service and a Merit Award and Magna Cum Laude for Academics.

He started his studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2009 and won the Student Merit Award in 2010.

In his final year in 2011, Andrew won the Golden Key Award for being in the top 15% of students at NMMU.

Andrew excels in a variety of sport-disciplines. He was a provincial surfer from 2005 to 2007 and captained the South African Surf Tag team. In the 2007 South African Life Saving Championships he won bronze medals for the U-19 Double Ski and Taplin events. Andrew finished the Ironman 70.3 and Jumbo half marathon in 2012.

Andrew is currently employed by Leighton Contractors (WA) Pty Ltd as a Contracts Administrator on the $1.5 Billion Gateway WA Project in Perth.

Graham Stuart 

Graham Stuart23 Year old Graham Stuart completed high school at Stirling High School in East London where he won an academic award and sports award for hockey.

After obtaining a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying at Walter Sisulu University, Graham enrolled for his B Tech at NMMU.

In 2009 he was selected as Best student for the National Diploma in Quantity Surveying and was also awarded Bell-John prize for the Best all-round Quantity Surveying Student in any year of study.

Graham says, "My extramural activities include competitive mountain biking, as well as bodyboarding in my spare time. I also contribute, in a small way, by sharing my knowledge of quantity surveying and the built environment with others."

He is currently employed by HRM Quantity Surveyors.

Who would you select as gold medalist this year?


Kgangeile David Jakwe Mr says...
Posted Monday, 17 June 2013
I would pick Riane. Not only does she have the good looks, she has a good heart too. i'm taken aback by her involvement in the non-profit organisation to assist the children. this seems to be a big challenge in our country. Big ups to her indeed.