The inaugural SA Premier Business Awards, hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), put on show the very best South African businesses in a number of sectors of the economy.
The objective of the awards is to identify and recognise South African businesses that invest in human and technical resources in a variety of projects and promote job creation. The awards were held in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies stressed the additional value of these awards to recognise and pay tribute to these companies which hopefully is transformed into tangible commercial reputational benefits and in so doing further enhancing their brand and position in market.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, the top award, went to business mogul Richard Maponya who is well known for developing a business empire in spite of the limitations and restrictions of apartheid.
Maponya stated that this award was a great honour and at the same time congratulated all the young people who received awards…..” South Africa is making history.”
The winners, per category, were announced as follows:
1. Rural Development Award: Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT)
2. SMME Award: Malcom – Ezindaleni Hydraulics & Engineering
3. Young Entrepreneur Award: Miss Earth South Africa
4. Women-Owned Enterprise Award: Segakweng Enterprise And Strategy Consulting
5. Quality Award: Coega Dairy
6. Technology Award: Tshwane University of Technology
7. Green Award: MTN SA
8. Media Award: Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk
9. Proudly South African Enterprise Award: G.U.D Holdings
10. Most Empowered Enterprise Award: MTN SA
11. Investor Award: Nestle (South Africa)
12. Manufacturer Award: Powertech and Bell Equipment Company SA
13. Exporter Award: Abagold and Saab Grintek Defence
14. Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Richard Maponya
Anthea Davids-Thames, executive director of Social Change Assistance Trust (Scat), was ecstatic to receive this acknowledgment for all the work they have done in contributing to rural development. “We are proud as an organisation in terms of our contribution to our beloved country but more so proud of the communities we support,” she said.
More entrepreneurship encouragement
Davies stated that these awards were a combination of previous award ceremonies, and also that these awards and accolades can assist to inspire considerably more entrepreneurial efforts for the entire country and society.
As many as 159 entries were received and were assessed by a 12 member panel consisting of a variety of role players from business and labour in addition to the Department of Trade and Industry.
The fifth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) is going to be unveiled next week and will outline government’s intended plans to industrialise the South African economy. IPAP now falls under the New Growth Path, an economic framework for 2010-2020, with the primary goal and objective of creating employment.