Q1: What are the South African Premier Business Awards?
The awards are led by the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa. The awards recognise exceptional businesses and the businesspeople who drive them, ranging from emerging startups to established business institutions. These awards bring together all single sectored awards including, technology, manufacturing and women in business, among others
Q2: Which companies may enter?
Companies/entrants must operate within and be located in South Africa. The Manufacturer Awards will have a sub-category that caters for companies with an annual turnover of between R20 million and R50 million. The SMME category will be open to companies with an annual turnover of between R10 million and R20 million. The rest of the categories are only eligible to businesses that have an annual turnover of R50 million and above.
Q3: How do companies enter?
Companies may enter online at www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.za
Hand delivered entry forms can be downloaded from the website and hand delivered to Proudly SA, 23 Sturdee Street, Rosebank, Johannesburg, for the attention of Kutlwano Mosholi.
Q4: When is the closing date for entries?
Entries are open from 07 September 2016 – 30 September 2016 – 25 August 2016. No late entries will be accepted.
Q5: Will my entry require supporting documents?
Companies/organisations have to ensure that a copy of their Tax, VAT registration forms and B-BBEE certificate, financial statements, audited statements/ letter from the auditors are submitted with their entry form. Entrants who do not submit the Tax, B-BBEE certificate and VAT registration forms will not be considered.
Q6: How many categories may a company enter?
Companies may enter a maximum of three categories. Only one entry form for the Play your Part category must be submitted for each entrant. The Proudly South African Member Company of the Year category is only open to valid members of Proudly South African.
Q7: How are the awards adjudicated?
There is an independent panel of judges as well as external Auditors to adjudicate the winners per category.
Step 1: Pre-selection
Finalists will be selected by a pre-selection judging panel, which will verify numerous administration aspects of the entries, including selective site visits on behalf of the judges.
Step 2: Finalist adjudication
An experienced and distinguished panel of judges, representing various sectors and constituencies, will adjudicate the finalists based on pre-determined criteria. The criteria cover aspects such as innovation, local content, creation of job opportunities, environmental responsibilities and export opportunities, with an emphasis on quality, packaging and branding.
Winning companies will receive their awards at a prestigious banquet ceremony attended by distinguished guests representing Government and various sectors, including business, community and labour constituencies.
Q8: When will the winners be announced?
Once adjudication process is complete, the awards date will be announced and communicated to invitees.
Q9: What are the prizes on offer?
Winners will receive the South African Premier Business Awards trophy and certificate. Along with full rights to use the SA Premier Business Awards stamp of approval for a full year.
Q10: Are there specific criteria for the various categories?
The Manufacturer Awards will have a sub-category that caters for companies with an annual turnover of between R20 million and R50 million. The SMME category will be open to companies with an annual turnover of between R10 million and R20 million. The rest of the categories are only eligible to businesses that have an annual turnover of R50 million and above.
Only one entry form for the Play your Part category must be submitted for each entrant.
The Proudly South African Member Company of the Year category is only open to valid members of Proudly South African.
Companies/entrants should be in possession of a valid B-BBEE Certificate, which must be submitted with the entry.
Q11: Who to contact:
If you have any queries, contact the dti call centre at 0861 843 384.