Business Forum awards businesses, leaders

2017-04-06 06:03
The award winners are Shantelle Harris from the Balobi Group (Business of the Year), Jayne Davies from InFood (Entrepreneur of the Year), Trevor Elliot from Grasslands Agriculture (Business Leader of the Year) and Johan and Astrid Vos from Victory4All (Outstanding Service to the Community). With the award winners are Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen (left) and KBF Chairperson Finney Jordaan (third right).      Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

The award winners are Shantelle Harris from the Balobi Group (Business of the Year), Jayne Davies from InFood (Entrepreneur of the Year), Trevor Elliot from Grasslands Agriculture (Business Leader of the Year) and Johan and Astrid Vos from Victory4All (Outstanding Service to the Community). With the award winners are Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen (left) and KBF Chairperson Finney Jordaan (third right). Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

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EXCEPTIONAL ethical leadership, sound business acumen and commitment to the Kouga community . . .

The Kouga Business Forum (KBF) celebrated outstanding leaders in the Kouga business for their professional achievements and commitment to the community at their annual Business Leadership Awards for 2017 at St Francis Links on March 29.

Johan Vos from Victory4All, scooped the Outstanding Service to the Community Award for their tireless work among the less fortunate in the area.

The new school building for Kings College in Tokyo Sexwale, the Rainbow Centre in Humansdorp, the bakery in Tokyo Sexwale that provides bread to the less fortunate on a daily basis, and the foster homes in Humansdorp are only a few of their worthy projects that change the lives of residents.

“Our success cannot be attributed to one person,” says Vos. “We have the most beautiful team of life changers at our schools and foster homes.

“Some 65 full-time employees and countless volunteers come daily with an abundance of love to assist those in need. Well done team - may God bless you all richly.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to the dynamic Jayne Davies from InFood.

What is her key to success?

“Be driven by fearless passion, create and build harmonious work environments, look after your hard working staff and always remember the golden rule: happy staff equals happy customers.

“My staff and I are as proud as punch about the award. I am proud that I have eight staff members celebrating 10-year service with me this year and that I have led this company and its employees to always search for greater achievments.”

The Balobi Group in St Francis Bay boasts the Business of the Year Award, while Trevor Elliot from Grassland Agriculture was named the prestigious Business Leader of the Year.

“We are honoured by this award and inspired to do better in future,” says Craston Wilson from The Balobi Group.

“Our thanks go to the hundreds of fishermen who go out to sea to bring in the products that we export. Our factory, sales and administrative staff and the St Francis Bay Harbour Association also play a big part in our success as a group.”

According to Craston, the harbour and the fishing vessels operating from it have made a huge difference to the earning ability of people in the Kouga area, which helps to alleviate poverty in the rural area.

The Balobi Group recently launched two new fishing vessels in St Helena Bay. The hale long liner (Karin I) will operate from Cape Town, while the 26-man squid vessel (Maredon) will operate from Port St Francis.

TROPHY WINNERS

  • Outstanding Service to the Community - Johan Vos from Victory4All
  • Entrepreneur of the Year - Jayne Davies from InFood
  • Business of the Year - The Balobi Group
  • Business Leader of the Year - Trevor Elliot from Grassland Agriculture

NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Service to the Community

  • Alan Wright - Dorp van Drome
  • Tom and Sapphire Campbell - SA Schools Project
  • Rieghard Janse van Rensburg - NSRI
  • Esti Stewart - Kouga Tourism
  • Dennis Mauer - Jeffreys Bay Bowling Club
  • John Wiehahn - Paradise Beach Neighbourhood Watch
  • Tanya Lategan - JBay Recycling Project
  • Johan and Astrid Vos - Victory4All
  • Louise Bakkes - SPCA

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Jayne Davies - InFood
  • Braam Badenhorst - A4 Security
  • Liesl Joubert - Air-dried Veg and Fruit SA

Business of the Year

  • Fountains Mall
  • The Balobi Group
  • St Francis Links
  • St Francis Bay SuperSpar
  • Kouga Funerals
  • JBay Computers
  • True Technology
  • Dolphin Leisure

Business Leader of the Year

  • JP Venter - Jeffreys Bay SuperSpar
  • Wernich Cronje - Group W
  • Fasie Malherbe - Cape St Francis Resort
  • Trevor Elliot - Grasslands Agriculture
  • Carl Trahms - Smhart Security

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