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27/11/2018

Durban Chamber KZN Exporter Of The Year Awards

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with Transnet Port Terminals, recently announced the winners and finalists of the 2018 edition of the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards. The Award winners and finalists were announced at the Awards Banquet held at Durban ICC Arena on the 4 October, which were designed to promote and honour businesses that have proved their excellence in robust international markets and to inspire other ambitious companies to export their goods and services.

The 2018 KZN Exporter of the Year Award Winners and Finalists are:
CATEGORY: EMERGING
Winner: BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Amanzi Meters (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Scenicel (Pty) Ltd t/a Avolands
CATEGORY: SMALL
Winner: Anderson Engineering Food & Chemical Equipment (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Amanzi Meters (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust t/a Woza Moya
CATEGORY: MEDIUM
Winner: Bata South Africa
Finalist: Saddler Belts & Leathercraft (Pty) Ltd
CATEGORY: LARGE
Winner: Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Sappi Southern Africa Ltd
Finalist: Dormac Marine & Engineering (a division of Southey Holdings (Pty) Ltd)
CATEGORY: AFRICA
Winner: Amanzi Meters (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Anderson Engineering Food & Chemical Equipment (Pty) Ltd
CATEGORY: SERVICE PROVIDERS
Winner: Indian Ocean Export Company (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Mediterranean Shipping Company (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Kuehne + Nagel (Pty) Ltd
CATEGORY: MANUFACTURERS
Winner: Sappi Southern Africa Ltd
Finalist: BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Anderson Engineering Food & Chemical Equipment (Pty) Ltd
CATEGORY: AGROPROCESSING
Winner: Scenicel (Pty) Ltd t/a Avolands
CATEGORY: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Winner: Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust t/a Woza Moya
Finalist: Africa!Ignite
CATEGORY: SERVICES SECTOR
Winner: Dormac Marine & Engineering (a division of Southey Holdings (Pty) Ltd
CATEGORY: B-BBEE
Winner: Kuehne + Nagel (Pty) Ltd
During his welcome speech, Durban Chamber President, Musa Makhunga, congratulated the winners and finalists as well as the nominees as exports are a crucial area of our economy that can drive economic growth and job creation in our region.

"Exports play a key role in our economy and can have positive knock-on effects on our regional economy as they can result in growth in our manufacturing and industrial sectors which can promote growth along the value chain and job creation.

Additionally, KwaZulu-Natal has a strong trade partnership with countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Burundi and Djibouti on the African continent and China, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, India and Germany in the rest of the world.

We need to improve on those relationships and learn to replicate that success in other countries in order to improve our export profile as well as catalogue of products and services," said Makhunga.

For the past 18 years the title sponsor for the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards has been Transnet Port Terminals and other key strategic partners include Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC).

During her keynote speech, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Chief Executive Nozipho Sithole spoke about TPT's vision to become one of the world's top five terminal operators in the next five years; and how the exporters being recognised at this year's KZN Exporter of the Year Awards can be part of this legacy.

"It is a known fact that KwaZulu-Natal, and the ports of Durban and Richards Bay are key conduits for trade into South Africa and the SADC Region at large. With our existing infrastructure via our ports, road, rail and air logistics platforms we are able to meet all the requirement and demands of Exporters. KwaZulu-Natal is truly the Trade Hub for the region," says Lester Bouah, Executive Manager: Exporter Development and Promotion at TIKZN.

At the Awards Banquet, the Durban Chamber CEO, Palesa Phili, launched the Durban Chamber's new electronic Certificates of Origin solution, essCert, which provides all exporters with a secure, online tool for the application of electronic Certificates of Origin.

In closing, Phili invited all exporting companies and individuals that export their goods and services to other countries to enter the 19th edition of the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards for 2019.

"The Awards create a platform for exporters to promote their businesses as well as their products and services and provides opportunities to capitalise on potential growth and revenue streams via access to new prospects," concluded Phili.

 Durban Chamber KZN Exporter Of The Year Awards.GIF
 Durban Chamber KZN Exporter Of The Year Awards.pdf


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