Four KZN firms honoured

2010-11-10 00:00

FOUR firms in KwaZulu-Natal operating in diverse sectors braved the recession and picked up prestigious provincial entrepreneurship accolades at the 2010 Standard Bank/Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Business Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Durban yesterday.

Ifuba Products (interior building systems) and National NDT Services (non-destructive testing systems for the petrochemicals and engineering industries) shared the honours in Category A for businesses with a maximum turnover of R25 million or less per annum.

PC Training and Business College won the Category B award while Ilembe Technologies won the Women in Business Category C award.

The winners received R50 000 each and a one-year subscription to the DCCI.

Two Pietermaritzburg-based businesses featured among the finalists nominated for the high-profile awards.

The keynote speaker at the event, Julie-May Ellingson, who is head of the eThekwini Municipality’s strategic projects unit and 2010 programme, said the finalists and winners had successfully laid the foundations of entrepreneurship by demonstrating vision, action, innovation, courage, dedication and passion.

She added that Durban’s success during the 2010 Fifa World Cup demonstrated that these foundations also apply to the public sector and to local government in particular.

“We adopted the typical characteristics of an entrepreneur in our approach to the World Cup,” Ellingson said.

She said challenging projects such as the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the beachfront upgrade were aimed at stimulating tourism in the long run.

Pietermaritzburg-based consulting civil engineering and project management company Makhaotse, Narasimulu & Associates, which won awards in 2008 and 2009, was nominated in Category B in 2010 for companies with a turnover between R25 million and R200 million per annum.

Another Pietermaritzburg-based business, Speciality Papers, was nominated in Category C for the Women in Business Award.

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