‘Strong confidence in city’ at PCB banquet

2013-11-11 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG is a city with considerable prospects and potential. This endorsement by Communications Minister Yunus Carrim on Friday at the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business’s (PCB) annual banquet, also acknowledged the city’s 175th anniversary.

Over 500 business people attended the city’s premier business function to mark the city’s birthday and hear the results of the 2013 Nedbank/PCB business awards, held at the Royal Showgrounds’ Olympia Hall.

The event was hosted by PCB, Nedbank Business Banking, Vodacom, Msunduzi Municipality and The Witness .

Jenny Goddard, regional business head, Nedbank Business Banking, echoed Carrim’s sentiments and said that gauging by the investment they are seeing, there is strong confidence in the city. “We’ve seen a 400% increase in business,” she said.

Other speakers included PCB president Paris Dlamini, Anup Kaihar (regional manager of Vodacom), Witness editor Andrew Trench and Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela.

PCB CEO Melanie Veness said the final decision for the Nedbank/PCB business awards had proved to be very close. “The standard of entries this year, particularly in the Business of the Year category, was exceptionally high and the competition was tough,” she said.

Winners in four categories were named.

Save Wholesalers Cash & Carry CC were named Business of the Year, having been recognised for their “fresh approach to retail, foresight in developing state-of-the-art IT systems, sound business strategy and impressive growth in turnover and profitability”.

The competition was so close for the runner-up position that the PCB named two this year: Midlands Medical Centre (Pty) Ltd — which won this category last year — and Servworx Integrated Service Solutions (Pty) Ltd.

Meadow Feeds and Nashua Pietermaritzburg also got a special mention.

Anetta Maharaj, from Mayascape CC, was named Champion Entrepreneur of the Year. Mayascape CC was awarded the management contract for the Tsogo Sun Stay Easy Hotel in Pietermaritzburg and the hotel has shown exponential growth over the past three years.

Small Business of the Year was awarded to City Locksmiths, and Rocwood Designs CC were named as runners-up.

Emergent Black Businessperson of the Year was Amanda Xaba of Mfenendala Communications and the runners-up were Paul and Buhle Ntuli who run Godide Pallets.

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