Doing capital business

2014-11-10 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) presented two awards to the capital’s Businesses of the Year at a glittering event on Friday night.

The annual award ceremony, which has become a highlight in the city’s social calendar, was held in the Royal Showgrounds and was well attended by more than 300 PCB members and other stakeholders.

Midlands Medical Centre, one of only a few independently black owned private hospitals in South Africa, was named Business of the Year in the Services Sector 2014.

It was recognised by the PCB for its passion and vision, exceptional financial performance, application of sound management principles and subscription to the highest ethics.

A commitment to the care of people was also supported by a big portfolio of social responsibility initiatives.

Pressure Die Castings (PDC), the largest brass foundry in the country, won the Business of the Year in the Manufacturing Sector 2014.

PDC makes brass and aluminium alloy window and door handles, brass components used in high voltage insulator cut-outs, and brass sprinkler heads in large volumes, mainly for export to the United States.

The company has a strong financial position in terms of assets built up over the 62 years, has maintained its competitive edge and has shown “remarkable growth in turnover and profitability”.

The Champion Entrepreneur for 2014 was Lumen Pillay, from Lumen’s Auto Solutions, a company started in 2012 that services and repairs vehicles, specialising in Mercedes Benz brands.

Lumen claims to have been fully booked since the business opened in 2012 and there are expansion plans in the pipeline.

This year, under the auspices of the KBCC (KwaZulu-Natal Business Chambers Council), the PCB, along with four other chambers in the province, adopted an entrepreneurial programme initiated by the Ilembe Chamber called The Entrepreneur.

“We partnered with The KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Hulamin and The Witness, and embarked on an exciting journey of entrepreneurial skills development and capacity building. The competition attracted many entrants, 79 in total, all of whom are small businesses,” said PCB chief executive officer Melanie Veness.

The winner of the Entrepreneur 2014 was Philangezwi Ngcobo, trading as Wooden Pyramid.

The first runner-up of the Entrepreneur 2014 was Kaamani Jangali, trading as Izimbali Florist.

The second runner-up of the Entrepreneur 2014 was Taryn Govender, trading as TarynG Training.

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