Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies announced the winners of the Sixth Annual South African Premier Business Awards at a ceremony in Sandton on Wednesday evening.

The winners were: AfroZonke Projects and Investment; Saab Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd (two awards); Coega Development Corporation; J.Bunyan Timbercraft cc T/A Timbercraft; Jane Massey Trading cc and RSAMade; Eco Smart; CTE Investments (Pty) Ltd; Intercessor Army Franchising, and Bathu Swag (Pty) Ltd.

The awards, in different categories, were presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Proudly South African and Brand South Africa.

Davies said in his keynote address that the awards aimed to promote and encourage businesses across all sectors to embrace transformation, and to grow the South African economy and make the country a globally competitive nation.

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“While recognising excellence in business through an initiative of this stature, we will also ensure that we put our focus on those areas of business regulation that require amendments to improve enterprise and industrial development, fast-track economic transformation and equity, and protect consumers,” Davies said.

The SA Premier Business Awards, he said, were about recognising and celebrating South Africa’s entrepreneurs and companies that invested in both human and technical resources in various activities and the produce quality products and services. He congratulated all the finalists and winners.

“These awards are an affirmation of your hard work and dedication towards the implementation of the country’s blueprint and advancing our global competitiveness,” said acting Chief Marketing Officer of Brand South Africa, Sithembile Ntombela. “Once again, congratulations on your achievement to all the entrants and particularly the winners.” she said.

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The CEO of Proudly South African, Eustace Mashimbye, commended winners and entrants who were committed to local production and increasing levels of localisation in their supply chain.

– African News Agency