South African businesses honoured
22 March 2013
The best South African businesses in various sectors of the economy were
showcased at the inaugural SA Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department
of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday night.
The awards were held in Sandton, Johannesburg in partnership with Proudly South
African and Brand South Africa, with the aim of recognising South African companies
that invest in human and technical resources in various projects and stimulate job
"These awards are of value in particular because they give companies recognition
and that recognition, we hope, passes on in some kind of tangible commercial
reputational benefit can be significant for companies in enhancing their position in
the market," said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in his opening address at
The top award for the evening was the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was
presented by the minister. The award went to business
mogul Richard Maponya who
is known for building a business empire despite the restrictions of apartheid.
"This is a great honour," Maponya said, also congratulating all the young people who
received awards. "South Africa is making history."
The winners, per category, were announced as follows:
- Rural Development Award: Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT)
- SMME Award: Malcom - Ezindaleni Hydraulics & Engineering
- Young Entrepreneur Award: Miss Earth South Africa
- Women-Owned Enterprise Award: Segakweng Enterprise And Strategy
- Quality Award: Coega Dairy
- Technology Award: Tshwane University of Technology
- Green Award: MTN SA
- Media Award: Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk
- Proudly South African Enterprise Award: G.U.D Holdings
- Most Empowered Enterprise Award: MTN SA
- Investor Award: Nestle
- Manufacturer Award: Powertech and Bell Equipment Company SA
- Exporter Award: Abagold and Saab Grintek Defence
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Richard Maponya
"We are elated to receive this acknowledgement of nearly 30 years of contributing to
rural development," said Anthea Davids-Thames, executive director of Social Change
Assistance Trust (Scat), which took home the Rural Development Award.
"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.
Scat is a veteran independent fund-raising and grant-making development agency
based in Cape Town.
The partners also thanked the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and ABSA
for their contribution to the awards.
Davies said the awards were an amalgamation of previous award ceremonies, and
with such an award ceremony, South
Africa can serve to encourage much more
entrepreneurial efforts in the society as a whole.
Entry form submissions for the awards closed in mid-February. A total 159 entries
were received while a 12 member judging panel comprising of various role players
from business and labour as well as the department among others, were responsible
for selecting the winners. The adjudication process concluded in March.
On 4 April the DTI will launch the fifth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan
(IPAP) which will outline government's plans to industrialise the South African
IPAP now falls under the New Growth Path which is an economic framework for 2010-
2020, with the overriding objective of creating employment.
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