Last Chance to Enter the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Competition
While consumer confidence appears to be at its highest level in recent times (sitting at +26 for the first quarter of 2018 according to the Bureau of Economic Research), the reality is that rising costs of living present a bleak outlook for many communities in South Africa.
But local entrepreneurs, like Willem van der Merwe, owner of Africa Biomass Company (ABC), who the was the overall winner of the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, have the opportunity to provide much-needed good and services to their local communities.
Through their businesses, entrepreneurs also create employment and skills development opportunities within their own micro-economies, making it critically important to praise and reward local entrepreneurs doing extraordinary things.
Van der Merwe established the company in 2004 and has grown to become a leading expert in land clearing, wood chipping, and wood recycling. The business revolves around the novel concept of grinding up unwanted trees on site, with the use of wood chipper machines, in order to create biomass – a renewable source of fuel to produce energy.
Other winners were: Sizwe Nzima and Siraaj Adams, owners of Iyeza Health (2017 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year); Itumeleng Phake, founder and owner of Zenzele Fitness Group (Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year); Nomfundo Mcoyi, founder and owner of Icebolethu Group (Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year); Siphiwe Ngcobo, owner and founder of iLawu Hospitality Group (Job Creator of the Year) and Mpodumo Doubada, founder and owner of Pimp My Book (Innovator of the Year).
The 2018 instalment of the Entrepreneur of the Year competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS is currently open for entries (closing on 31 May 2018) and is aimed at celebrating entrepreneurial excellence in South Africa.
Now in its 30th year, the competition offers the opportunity for local businesses to win prizes including R 70 000 per category winner and R200 000 for the overall winner, as well as valuable business mentorship prizes and national media exposure.
More information is available here.