Royal Show presents awards to top exhibitors

2011-06-01 00:00

THE Royal Show presented its business awards on Monday to honour companies and organisations with the best exhibitions — those that provide the best customer service to visitors during the 10-day show.

A total of 78 silver medallions, 39 gold medallions and 15 trophies were presented. Twenty independent judges chose the winners.

The Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) was at the forefront, supporting the event at the awards cocktail luncheon.

Said PCB president Tinus Havinga, “I don’t think there is any other agricultural show left like this one in the world. The Royal Show is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s highlights. This is the best organised large event in the country.”

Havinga also praised the show for the great economic impact it has on Pietermaritzburg.

Businesses and government organisations use the opportunity to showcase their best products and services to the estimated 200 000 visitors who pass through the turnstiles.

Statistics South Africa won the trophy for the best display by a government department and a gold medallion.

The senior marketing officer, Ncebakazi Tiwani, said it is the first time Statistics South Africa has attended the event. She said the platform has helped the data compiler to reach a lot of stakeholders, especially farmers, for its 2011 census that is to be conducted in October.

“Farmers are the hardest people to reach when we’re counting. But here we have an opportunity to communicate with them face to face and tell them about the upcoming census,” Tiwani added.

Jude Ward, a businesswoman from Camperdown who was recently involved in the “blue light saga” with traffic officer Edward ­Mtshali, received the Royal Commercial Floating trophy for the most outstanding display in an exhibition hall.

Ward owns Hey Jude’s Antiques Barn and sells vintage furniture, jewellery and home utensils.

She told The Witness that she was elated to have received the prize and that she held back her tears when her name was called out.

“Last year we got a gold medallion and this year we tried harder and worked even harder,” Ward said.

It took her a month to prepare for her busy stall.

“People can’t stop coming to my stand. Business is good, and we were sold out on Saturday,” Ward added.



TEXT BOX of Winners

•The Royal Commercial Floating Trophy for the best and most outstanding display in an exhibition hall – Hey Jude Antique Barn.

•The Royal Industrial Floating Trophy for the best and most outstanding display an individual building – Ndlovu Fencing.

•The ‘Hulamin’ Floating Trophy for the best and most outstanding display on an open site – Midlands Mascor.

•The West Bank Trophy for the most outstanding motor industry display – Toyota SA Motors.

•The David Wing Trophy for the best display of light-duty agricultural equipment - Pietermaritzburg Power Products .

•The Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce Agriquip Floating Trophy for the best display of heavy-duty agriculture equipment – Northmec.

•The RAS Materials Handling and Construction Equipment Trophy for the best and most outstanding materials handling and construction equipment including heavy duty forestry machinery – Bell Equipment Sales.

•The Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce and Industries Floating Trophy for the exhibitor who has the best South African industrial display – Africa Truck Parts.

•The Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business Trophy for a small business exhibitor – Wizzard Worms.

•Die Pietermaritzburg Sakekamer Shield for the best display by an exhibitor who has not previously exhibited at the Royal Show – Rainey Skyes.

•The Pietermaritzburg Chamber of the Commerce and Industries Award for the most outstanding trade exhibit by a member of the private sector based in the city, promoting the exhibitor’s products or services and promoting the prosperity and/or development of the greater Pietermaritzburg area – McBeans Implement Co.

•The Royal Agricultural Society Trophy for the best display by a government department – Statistics South Africa.

•The Telkom Customer Care Trophy for the best exhibitor who by virtue of warm and helpful receptiveness of the staff and their knowledge and ability to deal with queries and highest standard of customer care and service – Just Boutique.

•The Royal Agricultural Society Trophy for special endeavour – The Sheep and Wool Expo.

•The President’s Trophy awarded for special endeavour – South African National Defence Force.


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