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Shortlist for business awards announced

Standard Bank and KZN Top Business are delighted to announce the shortlisted entries in this year’s business awards. The annual Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards celebrate and promote successful large and small companies, innovative programmes, projects, and people that have made a positive impact on the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Kuben Chetty, Standard Bank Provincial Head of Commercial Banking for KZN, said, “Standard Bank is
committed to partnering with businesses as they start, manage and grow. Our approach is built on a foundation of expert relationship managers who provide deeply personal service, based on an in-depth understanding of clients. It’s not just about transactions; it’s about relationships that deliver value and partnering with clients for growth. We believe that these awards are key in celebrating the businesses that align with our purpose of driving Africa’s growth.”

The following companies have been shortlisted in each of the twelve general categories.

1. Standard Bank Client of the Year – SME CategoryEntrants must have less than R100 million turn over per annum, entrant must bank with Standard Bank.
■ Signa Travel
■ Mac-Rites Panel Beaters & Spray Painters cc
■ Thusi Holdings
■ Argento Trading 117cc
■ Steelco
■ Construction for Africa
■ Black City Media

2. Standard Bank Client of the Year – Larger Enterprise - Entrants must have more than R100 million turn over per annum, entrant must bank with Standard Bank.
■ Royal Tyres
■ Sumitomo Rubber South
Africa (Pty) Ltd
■ Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund

3. Manufacturing Sector - Broadly defined as the physical or chemical transformation of materials or compounds into new products.
■ Sky Tents
■ Argento Trading
■ Joekels Tea Packers
■ Beauty and Brushez Artistry
■ Natal Razor and Wire
■ Sumitomo Rubber SA
■ SA Adhesives
■ Aberdare Cables
■ ND Engineering
■ Studio39 Jewellery Design
■ Mac-Rites Panel Beaters & Spray Painters
■ LHL Engineering

4. Transport/Logistics Sector - Business activities concerned with transport via land, railway, water, pipelines, or air, and activities of travel agencies, post and telecommunications, courier activities, as well as storage and warehousing activities.
■ Grindrod Limited
■ Dynamic Shipping Services
■ Linza Kahle
■ AML Distributions

5. Franchising Sector - A business that provides products or services under the branding and rules stipulated by a parent company.
■ ActionCOACH Marlene Powell
■ Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken
■ RE/MAX Coast and Country

6. Family-Owned/Managed Businesses - Businesses where the majority ownership/management remains within a family and where more than one generation contributes to the success of the business.
■ Asha Law Attorneys and Conveyancers
■ Royal Tyres
■ Heads and Tails Exotics
■ Global Impex S.A
■ Miktek Scientific
■ Steelco
■ Dromex
■ Cafe Monroe
■ Gebodo Projects
■ Drakewoods Group
■ Felix Risk Training Consultants

7. Agricultural and Agro-processing-Processing Sector - Incorporates establishments and activities that are primarily engaged in farming activities, but also includes commercial hunting, game propagation, forestry, logging and fishing. The beneficiation of primary materials and intermediate goods from agricultural, fisheries and forestry-based sectors is included.
■ Heartland Foods
■ Dreamcelsius Group Africa
■ Agrikool
■ GreenHills Laboratory

8. Education, Business and Financial Services sector - This sector includes insurance and pension funding; legal; accounting; education and general business activities.
■ The Busy Bookkeeper & Partners
■ Jacquie Bhana Consulting
■ Morar Incorporated
■ Arvind Magan and Associates Inc.
■ Inspired Financial Management Solutions
■ Bosse Events
■ Powerpoint Lifestyles
■ Dolphin Coast Solar Solutions
■ Fem Build

9. Community Upliftment and Improvement - Businesses or social enterprises that have made a significant positive impact on the community and region they operate in. This could include charitable efforts or developing your local community to make KZN a better place to live and work.
■ Sibaya Community Trust
■ Innovate Durban
■ Grasshopper Soccer Durban
■ Phakamani Empowerment
■ SmartXchange
■ Phoenix Group
■ Do More Foundation
■ SA Home Loans
■ Use It Waste Beneficiation
■ Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund

10. Renewable Efficiency – Green initiatives - This category includes renewable energy, low-carbon transport, energy-efficient buildings, clean technologies, improved waste management, improved freshwater provision, etc.
■ Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions
■ Circular Energy
■ LiteBruim Group
■ SAMAC Engineering Solutions

11. Employee Wellness - Businesses that go the extra mile to engage their staff members through in-house training, flexible working, personal development, workplace wellbeing activity and teambuilding.
■ Beekman Group
■ SRF Flexipak SA
■ Powerpoint Lifestyles

12. Partnership Award - The winning project will reflect the importance of teamwork and effective inter-agency collaboration.
■ Tidy Towns
■ Do More Foundation
■ Phakamani Empowerment

“We want to express our sincere gratitude to all the companies that participated ... and a huge congratulations to the shortlisted candidates in each category. Getting to the shortlist is a great
achievement,” commented Grant Adlam, CEO KZN Top Business.

Leader of the Year
The Standard Bank KZN Top Business Leader of the Year award is an honorary award given to a businessperson who has demonstrated exemplary business achievement, industry influence and is a true inspiration to others. The winner of this award will be announced at the gala dinner.

KZN Top Brand
Voting for the KZN Top Brand is still open and is awarded based only on the results of a SMS voting system. In order to vote for your favourite Standard Bank KZN Top Business Brand 2024, SMS the letters KZN and your chosen top brand’s name to 45633.

A cost of R1.50 per SMS will be incurred (Ts and Cs apply). Furthermore, one lucky voter could win one a one-night stay for two people at the Radisson Blu Hotel Durban Umhlanga.

Voting for the Standard Bank KZN Top Brand award closes on 5 July at 10 pm.

Currently in the running are:
■ Hollywoodbets
■ Mi7 National Group
■ Beekman Group
■ Bluff Meat Supply
■ Icebolethu Group
■ Woodford Group
■ Hirsch’s
■ Bata
■ East Coast Radio
■ LHL Engineering
■ Sky Tents
■ Re/Max Coast and Country
■ Thirsti
■ Morar Incorporated
■ Tyson Properties
■ Goscor
■ SA Home Loans
■ KZN Oils
■ Gagasi FM
■ Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken
■ Royal Tyres

All the winners will be announced at the gala dinner on the 17 July 2024.
#PartneringForGrowth #sbkzntbAWARDS24

For more information Contact Gayle Adlam
T: +27 (0)83 653 0465 or +27 (0)31 267 1977

 Shortlist for business awards announced.pdf

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