Boost for KZN’s bright­est busi­ness­men

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

to nearly 700 busi­nesses, re­sult­ing in over 8 000 jobs be­ing cre­ated.

Win­ners

The over­all win­ner who took away the En­tre­pre­neur of the Year ti­tle and R100

000 plus R10 000 for char­ity was Phu­mu­lani Ng­wenya, the owner of Siyanda Sta­tionery trad­ing as Kwalala Lodge.

Pon­gola res­i­dent Ng­wenya was an en­tre­pre­neur from young, sell­ing boiled eggs and sweet pota­toes at school. A prom­i­nent fig­ure in the lo­cal tourism sec­tor, Ng­wenya has 171 em­ploy­ees.

Five cat­e­gory award win­ners each re­ceived R30 000 plus R5 000 for char­ity. They are: Lo­gis­ti­cal Ser­vices Busi­ness of the Year: Tham­sanqa Ng­cobo of Um­lalazi Trad­ing; Fran­chise Busi­ness of the Year: Muzi­wethu Shinga of Ma­jes­tic

AN AN­NUAL

King Fast Foods; Mi­cro Busi­ness of the Year: Zaba Ngubane of Lo­go­man De­signs; Agri­cul­ture Busi­ness of the Year: Bhekuyise Mag­waza of Ngqobeni Farm; and Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Busi­ness of the Year: Mlungisi Nzuza from Non­goma.

This year’s spe­cial award for the Most Promis­ing Young En­tre­pre­neur went to Sa­belo Buthelezi, the owner of Limco Lo­gis­tics.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Tourism and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Sihle Zikalala en­cour­aged the win­ners to ex­pand their busi­ness and be­come recog­nised both na­tion­ally and across Africa.

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