DATE: 29 JANUARY 2018
ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE SA PREMIER BUSINESS AWARDS FINALE
It’s all systems go for the awards ceremony of the 5th South African Premier Business Awards that will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre tomorrow, Tuesday, 30 January 2018. The ceremony, where the winners of the prestigious national awards will be announced, will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.
About thirty finalists from across the country will be vying for top spots in ten categories. High profile business and government leaders will attend the ceremony. The theme of the awards Rewarding Business Excellence.
“This awards ceremony is a crucial day in the calendar of our department in numerous ways. It allows us and our partners to take a moment and celebrate the best of what this country’s business has to offer. It provides us with an opportunity to recognise and honour companies that have contributed in taking this country forward by creating employment, increasing exports, investing in various sectors, enhancing industrialisation and transforming our economy,” says Davies.
He adds that the ceremony also provides a platform where business and government leaders come together to network and reflect on the country’s economic opportunities and challenges, and share ideas on more possible areas of collaboration and cooperation.
“The awards themselves have seen us working with companies and institutions such as Old Mutual, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Tsogo Sun and the Wits Business School. This demonstrates and confirms the great strides that government and the private sector can make when working together. We also put together a laudable panel of judges comprising of distinguished and selfless individuals from both the private and public sectors,” says Davies.
He adds that the commendable growth of the awards in stature and quality since their inception in 2013, is testimony to the kind of achievement that can be registered when
government and business pull in one direction in the interest of the county’s economic development. Almost 180 companies entered for the fifth edition of the awards.
“The awards ceremony also provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs operating in the small and medium enterprise sector to rub shoulders with prominent and influential businesspeople in big business and multinational space. We are also successfully making use of the awards to profile the flagship programmes of all the three partners, Black Industrialist Award for the dti, Play Your Part Award for Brand SA and the Proudly South African Member Company Award for Proudly South African,” says Davies.
The programme of the awards ceremony will be directed by Power FM’s Andile Khumalo and SABC Morning Live’s Leanne Manas, while entertainment will be provided by Afro Tenors and saxophonist Ayo.
Sidwell Medupe - the dti Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: 012 394 1650
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Issued jointly by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.