Suc­cess for cham­ber win­ners in spite one of tough­est trad­ing years

The Witness - - NEWS - ED­WARD WEST

WIN­NERS of the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Cham­ber of Busi­ness Busi­ness Awards had achieved suc­cess in spite of one of the tough­est years for busi­nesses in re­cent mem­ory due to the weak econ­omy, said PCB pres­i­dent Leo Quayle.

He spoke at the PCB Busi­ness Awards cer­e­mony that was held at the Royal Show­grounds on Fri­day night.

Poo­bie Naidoo Sports Whole­salers CC won the Busi­ness of the Year in the Ser­vice Sec­tor Award for the sec­ond year run­ning. The re­tailer and man­u­fac­turer of sports cloth­ing and cor­po­rate wear is a rags­to­riches story that be­gan 25 years ago when Poo­bie and Pat Naidoo started the busi­ness from the boot of an old car. The com­pany also ser­vices cus­tomers in coun­tries like Ja­pan, Den­mark and Spain.

The Busi­ness of the Year in the Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sec­tor 2017 went to Hu­lamin, the world­stan­dard alu­minium rolling mill that pro­duces 230 000 tons of alu­minium rolled and ex­truded prod­ucts. It ex­ports to North and South Amer­ica, Eu­rope, Aus­tralia, Asia and the Mid­dle East.

The joint run­ner­up Busi­ness of the Year in the Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sec­tor 2017 was Pre­formed Line Prod­ucts, a global de­signer, man­u­fac­turer and sup­plier of trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion hard­ware, ca­ble an­chor­ing and con­trol hard­ware and sys­tems, fi­bre­op­tic and cop­per splice clo­sures. The other joint run­ner­up Busi­ness of the Year in man­u­fac­tur­ing was Pres­sure Die Cast­ings, the foundry that makes prod­ucts like brass and alu­minium al­loy win­dow and door han­dles, brass com­po­nents for in­su­la­tor cutouts and brass sprin­kler heads.

The Medium Busi­ness of the Year 2017 was Colour Dis­play, a sup­plier of paint colour cards to the paint in­dus­try.

The Run­ner­Up Medium Busi­ness of the Year 2017 was Brink Tow­ing Sys­tems, which de­signs and man­u­fac­tures ve­hi­cle tow­bars.

The Small Busi­ness of the Year 2017 was awarded to Train­ing Lead­er­ship Con­sult­ing, an in­ter­na­tional train­ing and con­sult­ing com­pany.

The Run­ner­Up in the Small Busi­ness cat­ego­ ry 2017 was Sage­wood Cafe, which was es­tab­lished in May 2015 by two cater­ers, Sue Mal­herbe and chef Greg Oosthuizen.

The Cham­pion En­tre­pre­neur 2017 was Omy Naidoo of Omy Naidoo, who started his di­eti­cian con­sult­ing prac­tice in 2014, con­sult­ing with med­i­cal aid pa­tients in hos­pi­tal and sup­ply­ing low GI meal re­place­ments. The com­pany ser­vices the en­tire prov­ince as well as sev­eral gyms and the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices.

So­cial En­ter­prise of the Year 2017 (Medium) was awarded to the Msun­duzi Hos­pice, which of­fers free hos­pice care to pa­tients in the ter­mi­nal stage of their lives who are re­ferred to them by med­i­cal doc­tors.

The So­cial En­ter­prise of the Year 2017 (Small) was awarded to Sin­gak­wenza Ed­u­ca­tion and Health, which was founded seven years ago and is fo­cused on en­hanc­ing early child­hood de­vel­op­ment.

PHOTO: JONATHAN BUR­TON

Busi­ness of the Year Award win­ners pho­tographed at a gala din­ner event on Fri­day night at the Royal Show­grounds hosted by the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Cham­ber of Busi­ness.

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