KZN Top Business Awards 2016 - CELEBRATING SUCCESS
The winners of the KZN Top Business Awards 2016 powered by eLan Property Group were announced at a gala dinner held at the Greyville Convention Centre on the 28 July. The annual KZN Top Business Awards, now in their tenth year celebrate achievements in the public and private business arena over the past year.
The gala dinner was attended by many captains of industry and their invited guests from across the province. Master of Ceremony, Derek Watts of Carte Blanche set the polished tone for the evening; entertaining the guests and directing the proceedings in superb style.
A major theme of the evening was the importance of building partnerships between the private sector and government to promote investment and development in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.
In her welcoming address, eThekwini Deputy Mayor Nomvuso Shabalala emphasized the City's commitment to promoting eThekwini Municipality as an investment destination of choice. She said that the City actively strives to retain existing businesses and attract new businesses in partnership with national and provincial government as well as the private sector. There are also a large number of catalytic project underway that will have a huge impact on the future development of the greater Durban region.
FNB economist Marc Appleton delivered an informative presentation on the South African economy. He said that although we are currently facing economic uncertainty; KwaZulu-Natal is still one of the cheapest places in the world to live and has many advantages and investment opportunities.
Guest of Honour, MEC Ms Belinda Scott, KZN Department of Finance added, "Housing, office, shopping mall and resort development projects are on the increase, creating fertile investment opportunities for mainstream construction and downstream supply services. She also echoed the message from National Treasury; "We must persist with, and redouble our efforts to work together - government, business and labour - to improve our growth prospects and to create more business and work opportunities."
The eLan Property Group has come on board for the last two years as key sponsor of the KZN Top Business Awards. CEO of the eLan Property Group Mark Taylor said, "We are once again delighted to be part of this event. The company is active in supporting the business community and we would like to bring positive energy to KwaZulu-Natal to promote development in the region as a whole."
The KZN Top Business Awards acknowledge business success, innovation and ethical practice. Lalita Dhasiar-Ventura co publisher of the KZN Top Business said, "We believe that we need to communicate the importance of striving for success in South Africa, through transformation and innovation. Traditionally, business awards are about financial returns, increased sales or market share. However, the awards recognise companies and organisations that integrate responsible business practice into their mainstream operations, which result in a positive impact in the marketplace, environment, community and workplace, creating a better life for all in KZN. To build an economy creates opportunities for all."
The winners in each category are:
Mining and Quarrying:
Richards Bay Minerals
Construction and Development:
Shree Property Holdings
Transport, Storage and Communication:
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Financial and Advisory:
Black Balance Projects
Social and Community Services:
Municipal (Investment Promotion):
Government (Promoting socio-economic growth):
KZN Growth Fund
Defy (selected by public on-line vote)
SLG sponsored a new award this year -
KZN Top Business Personality of the Year Award.
The 2016 winner is Anant Singh
This award is in line with SLG's values of which People First is a key component. Nkosinathi Solomon said, "This award is given to a business person who has demonstrated exemplary business achievement, industry influence and is a true inspiration to others." The 2016 winner is Anant Singh who is a man of tremendous ability. He has raised the profile of the film industry in KZN, received numerous international awards as well as contributed to the KZN economy through various property development initiatives.
Grant Adlam, co publisher of the KZN Top Business Portfolio said, "KZN Top Business and the eLan Property Group would like to formally congratulate all the 2016 nominees, finalists and winners on their exceptional