The organisers of the Sanlam /Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year have this week announced the 14 finalists of the 2013 competition.
The winners’ of the 25-year-old competition will be announced on 4 September 2013 at the official awards breakfast in Johannesburg.
“We are very excited to venture into the final stages of this year’s competition and wish all of the entrants the best of luck,” project manager for the competition Nimo Naidoo said in a statement.
“We would like to congratulate and commend all entrants, as these are the individuals addressing the unemployment crisis in South Africa and positively playing a role in the growth of our economy. They have all made a significant contribution towards society and all deserve to be celebrated,” Naidoo added.
Here they are:
Jonathan David Pepler (Silverline Group), Wendy Kemp (Accountability Group), Tim Matthis (Thirty by Thirty Marketing), Andrew and Chris Brown (The Daily Buzz), Sue Hadcroft (Cubicle Manufacturing Solutions), Anton Rossouw (Life Path Health), Margaret Hirsch (Hirsch’s), Mariaan Du Plessis and Conrad Smith (The Medical Nutritional Institute), Nandha Moodley (Rubber Engineering), Lewis Thomas (Partners Hair Design), Ebrahim Patel (Malcom-Ezindaleni Hydraulics & Engineering (Pty) Ltd), Andre Visser (Fabrinox), Tommy Makhatho (Bibi Cash and Carry), Paul Kent (Sureswipe).
The winners will walk away with prizes worth R 1.34 million (about US$134 000), including cash prizes of R300 000 (US$30 000) and could benefit from various networking opportunities and associated marketing efforts, the organisers said.
Photo: Nimo Naidoo, 2013 competition project manager