South African Premier Business Awards 2018 winners announced

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The fifth South African Premier Business Awards 2018 were held on 30 January 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The ceremony will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African under the theme Rewarding Business Excellence.

Thirty companies were vying for top honours in ten different categories which include Black Industrialists Award, Manufacturer Award, Play Your Part Award, Proudly South African Member Company Award, SMME Award, Woman Owned Award and Young Entrepreneur Award.

The 2018 award winners are as follows:

Black Industrialist Award

Thata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd

Enterprise Development Award

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa

Exporter Award

Aerosud Aviation (Pty) Ltd

Investor Award

Sumitomo Rubbers South Africa

Manufacturer Award

Thata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd

Play Your Part Award

Clover Mama Afrika Trust

Proudly South African Member Company Award

La Van Skin and Body Excellence System

SMME Award

Memeza Shout (PTY) Ltd

Women-Owned Business Award

BBD Steel Supplies

Young Entrepreneur Award

Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services

Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services clinched the first award of the night having competed with two other companies in the Young Entrepreneur Award.

“I feel honoured, I feel very, very happy, words cannot describe how I’m feeling right now,” said Leboneng Mathebula, Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services Chief Executive Officer.

The electrical and civil infrastructure contracting company was started in 2009.

Speaking of her company’s win, Mathebula said she feels honoured that the hard work she put into the company was recognised.

“I feel motivated, I am so proud. It just goes to show that hard work really does pay off if you have a passion for it and it shines through everything that you do. This motivates me, this is what I wake up for everyday and not just the awards but someone recognising the hard work that we as a team put in,” she said.

Mathebula is among those who were honoured across the ten categories of the awards.

Innovative companies

In his keynote address, dti Minister Rob Davies said innovative companies are key to South Africa’s transition to the fourth industrial revolution which encompasses technologies that are growing at a rapid rate.

“It means that we have an enormous effort as a country to ensure that we are prepared and ready for this,” said Davies, adding that the World Economic Forum (WEF) this year released a report on the readiness for the fourth industrial revolution.

The report ranked South Africa 45th in a list of countries showing that the country is in a nascent category.

“That’s not the worst place on the list, we are hardly ready for the fourth industrial revolution. What is clear is that the attributes required to be ready for the revolution are that we need to be encouraging and supporting companies that are going to innovate and constantly seek to raise their competitiveness. Companies that are involved in continuous training and skills development of the people who work for them,” he said.

These he said are the attributes that need to be seen in the local business community.

Minister Davies said the awards aim to recognise companies that meet such criteria.

“We have categories that deal with young entrepreneurs, young people that are showing the kind of talent, ability and willingness to pursue an idea that will be at a premium as the world moves ahead,” said Davies.

Winner of SMME category

Winner of the SMME category, Memeza Shout (PTY) Ltd, a company that provides vulnerable people and communities access to affordable, smart safety solutions, were also ecstatic about their win.

“We feel that we are being recognised for the work that we are doing for trying to contribute to the safety of women and children. The award gives us the strength to go on and not look back,” said Thuli Mthethwa, Memeza Shout Chief Executive Officer.

Minister Davies stressed that the awards are intended to honour people across different categories.

“We have not chosen them as a department, people have nominated potential winners and they’ve gone through an independent process of judging. We want to thank the judges for doing an excellent job,” said Davies.

Other categories in the awards include the exporters, investors and black industrialists awards.

Black Industrialists Programme

Since the inception of the Black Industrialists Programme, which was developed to nurture and support black industrialists, the dti has supported a total of 78 black industrialists since its launch about two years ago.

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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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