13 January 2014
The second annual South African Premier Business Awards is open for entries, it was announced on Friday.
The winners of the awards, which acknowledge excellence across all sectors of South African business, will be announced at a gala ceremony at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre on 19 March.
The event is organised by the Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.
“The awards are designed to showcase the best that South Africa has to offer in terms of businesses, products and services,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in a statement on Friday.
Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said Brand South Africa was pleased to be a partner in hosting awards which celebrated South African business entrepreneurship and innovation, as these “are critical in driving the developmental agenda of South Africa and in growing our economy”.
The awards cover a range of categories, including export, manufacturing, small business, rural development, technology, green economy, youth entrepreneurship, media, investment, and SME supplier development.
There are also awards for women-owned enterprises, Proudly South African enterprises, a Most Empowered Enterprise Award, and a special Play Your Part Award.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented. South African entrepreneur and property developer Richard Maponya was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural awards in 2013.
Proudly South African CEO Leslie Sedibe said the awards would honour honour enterprises that promote innovation and competitiveness “as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality.
“As we celebrate 20 years of democracy this year, we will also celebrate local enterprises that have promoted the spirit of success and entrepreneurship in South Africa.”
More information, including entry forms, can be obtained at www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.za.