15 FEB 2012



AFRICAN ACCESS NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS 2012



2012 saw African Access celebrate a decade of the National Business of recognising and celebrating outstanding South African businesses!

The 10th African Access National Business Awards took place on 17 July 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre. In celebration of the Awards' milestone birthday, this year's event was spectacular. Over the past 10 years, the Awards have grown from strength to strength, both in attendance and participation. Each year a handful of carefully selected individuals and organisations are honoured for their contribution to the South African economy. This year was no different and there was a number of exciting categories for entrants to consider.

THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA WAS USED TO REVIEW ALL ENTRANTS:



  •  PEOPLE (employees, society)


  •  PLANET (environmental)


  •  PROFIT (turnover, profitability, growth)


  •  OHS 18001


  •  Social economic development


  •  Skills development


  •  Policies


  •  ISO 14001


  •  Environmental impact assessment


  •  Annual turnover


  •  Turnover growth


  •  Rate of profit


  •  ISO 9001


  •  Productivity






INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

Top Performing Businessman Of The Year Award?(Sponsored By African Access Holdings)
THIS AWARD WENT TO THE BUSINESSMAN WHOSE LEADERSHIP IS REFLECTED IN HIS SERVICE TO HIS COMPANY AND ALSO TO INTERESTS NOT EXCLUSIVELY HIS OWN. HIS COMPANY MUST HAVE ACHIEVED GREAT SUCCESS IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT.
Winner - Kumba Iron Ore - Mr Chris Griffith

Top Performing Businesswoman Of The Year Award?(Sponsored By African Access Holdings)
THIS AWARD GOES TO THE BUSINESSWOMAN WHOSE LEADERSHIP IS REFLECTED IN HER SERVICE TO HER COMPANY AND ALSO TO INTERESTS NOT EXCLUSIVELY HER OWN. HER COMPANY MUST HAVE ACHIEVED GREAT SUCCESS IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT.
Winner - Aegis Media Ssa - Dawn Rowlands (CEO)

Top Performing Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (Sponsored By Acsa)
THIS CATEGORY IS ONLY OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS UNDER 40. THIS AWARD GOES TO THE PERSON WHO TOOK SIGNIFICANT PERSONAL RISK TO START A BUSINESS OR BUSINESSES AND BUILT THEM INTO A SUBSTANTIAL ENTITY. THE RECIPIENT MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT THE BUSINESS HAS ACHIEVED FINANCIAL SUCCESS AND IS CLEARLY SUSTAINABLE
Winners - Spark Atm Systems - Mr Marc Sternberg

GOVERNMENT AWARD: Top Performing Parastatal Of The Year Award
THIS AWARD WILL GO TO THE PARASTATAL THAT HAS SHOWN THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS BY WORKING WITHIN ALLOCATED BUDGETS, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECONOMY, INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE IN FULFILLING THEIR SERVICE DELIVERY MANDATE AND GENERALLY MAKING THE GREATEST IMPACT THROUGH THEIR KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS.
Winner - Automotive Industry Development Centre (Aidc)

HEADLINE AWARD: Lifetime Achievement Award (Sponsored By Safm)
THIS AWARD WILL RECOGNISE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY. THROUGH THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, WE SEEK TO IDENTIFY EXEMPLARS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP WHOSE SUCCESS CAN TEACH FUTURE GENERATIONS BY THE EXAMPLE THAT THEY SET. THE AWARD WILL ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE INDIVIDUAL'S LEADERSHIP IN BOTH BUSINESS AND THE COMMUNITY.
Winner - Mr Trevor Manuel

ORGANISATION AWARDS: Investing In People Award
IN RECOGNITION OF THE COMPANY THAT HAS DEMONSTRATED SIGNIFICANT RESULTS IN PER CAPITA EXPENDITURE THROUGH TRAINING, EDUCATION, WELLNESS AND HEALTH. AREAS SUCH AS PRODUCTIVITY; THE RATIO OF SKILLS PROCUREMENT VERSUS. TURNOVER; STAFF TURNOVER; COMPANY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.
Winner - Kumba Iron Ore

Alt-X Award

A QUANTITATIVELY-JUDGED AWARD FOR COMPANIES ON THE JSE'S ALT-X BOARD. FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE SUCH AS SALES GROWTH OVER AN ACCOUNTING PERIOD IN BOTH RAND'S AND PERCENTAGE, GROWTH IN SHARE PRICE, AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT (EARNINGS PER SHARE) ARE ALL KEY AREAS OF INTEREST.
Winner - Calgro M3 Holdings Ltd

Logistics Award (Sponsored By Kintetsu World Express)
EXCELLENCE IN SPECIALIST LOGISTIC SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRY, FROM SUPPLY CHAIN TO DISTRIBUTION, CONSTRUCTION LOGISTICS, SHIPPING, SOFTWARE AND WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS. ENTRANTS SHOULD DEMONSTRATE IMPROVEMENT IN TERMS OF MANAGING STOCK LOSS, JUST-IN-TIME DELIVERY; AS WELL AS CRISIS MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES.
Winner - Imperial Logistics

Innovation Through Technology Award
THIS AWARD GOES TO THE COMPANY WHOSE TECHNOLOGY-BASED INNOVATION DEMONSTRATES IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, PRICE, QUALITY, EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCIES WHICH ENHANCE THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY. THIS COULD BE AN INTERNAL SYSTEM OR A PRODUCT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.
Winner - Aegis Media Ssa

Customer Focus Award (Sponsored By Berco)
THIS AWARD WILL BE MADE TO THE COMPANY THAT DEMONSTRATES THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SERVICE AND LOYALTY TO ITS CUSTOMERS. THEY MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT COMPREHENSIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE PROCEDURES AND POLICIES HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE AND SHOW HOW THIS HAS RESULTED IN INCREASED LOYALTY AND A LARGER CUSTOMER BASE. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION INDEX SCORES SHOULD BE PROVIDED
Winner - Microsoft Sa (Pty) Ltd

Marketing Excellence Award (Sponsored By Bizcommunity.Com)
IN RECOGNITION OF MARKETING INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY, THIS AWARD WILL ACKNOWLEDGE A MARKETING STRATEGY THAT CAN DEMONSTRATE SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON BOTH THE COMPANY TURNOVER AND THE BRAND'S PUBLIC PROFILE.
Winner - Kraft Foods South Africa

Fast Growth Smme Award
THIS CATEGORY IS OPEN TO SMMES WITH A TURNOVER OF R5-R35 MILLION AND A TURNOVER GROWTH OF 20%-50% IN THEIR LAST FINANCIAL YEAR. THE WINNER WILL HAVE DEMONSTRATED SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN THEIR MARKET SECTOR THROUGH BEST BUSINESS PRACTICES AND INNOVATION, UNDERPINNED BY A STRONG FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE.
Winner - Carat

Diversity In The Workplace Award (Sponsored By Nbc)
THIS COMPANY MUST BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND TRANSFORMATION IN THE WORKPLACE. COMPANIES MUST SHOW THEY ARE INTEGRATING BLACK, FEMALE AND DISABLED EMPLOYEES INTO THEIR WORKFORCE, AND PROMOTING DIVERSITY. THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHOW PREFERENTIAL RECRUITMENT POLICIES, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES AND THE PROGRESS THEY'VE MADE IN TRANSFORMING THEIR WORKPLACE.
Winner - DAV Professional Placement Group

Esg Award (Sponsored By Department Of Environmental Affairs)
THIS AWARD WILL GO TO THE COMPANY THAT HAS SHOWN A STRONG ADHESION TO ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE POLICIES. EVIDENCE OF ACHIEVEMENTS OF SET TARGETS IN THESE AREAS MUST BE DEMONSTRATED. THE WINNING ENTRANT WILL ALSO BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN PROMOTING ESG POLICIES AND, BY DOING SO, SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER CORPORATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA TO FOLLOW.
Winner - Procter & Gamble South Africa

Employer Of The Year (Sponsored By African Access Holdings)
THIS AWARD WILL GO TO THE COMPANY THAT CAN BEST DEMONSTRATE HOW THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS HUMAN RESOURCES POLICY HAS CREATED A STIMULATING AND SUPPORTIVE WORKPLACE, WITH A WELL-MOTIVATED, WELL-TRAINED, AMBITIOUS, INNOVATIVE AND INTEGRATED WORKFORCE. OPEN TO PRIVATE, PUBLIC AND THIRD SECTOR ORGANISATIONS, THIS AWARD WILL RECOGNISE THE ENTERPRISE THAT HAS DRIVEN DEMONSTRABLE EXCELLENCE IN A NUMBER OF AREAS.
Winner - Kumba Iron Ore

Small/Medium Internet Business Of The Year
OPEN TO ANY SA ORGANISATION TRADING ONLINE WITH A TURNOVER OF UNDER R25 MILLION, THIS AWARD WILL GO TO THE CANDIDATE THAT CAN BEST DEMONSTRATE CONSISTENT GROWTH AND STRONG FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE FROM E-COMMERCE.OPEN TO ANY ORGANISATION FROM THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE OR THIRD SECTOR, JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR DEMONSTRABLE EXCELLENCE IN A NUMBER OF CORE AREAS.
Winner - Demographica (Pty) Ltd

Business Education & Training Award
Winner - Multichoice South Africa (Pty) Ltd


Diversity In The Workplace Award (Sponsored By Nbc)
Winner - DAV Professional Placement Group


Recognition Of Social Responsibilities
THE RECOGNITION OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AWARD WILL GO TO A COMPANY THAT HAS ACHIEVED OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. THIS AWARD RECOGNISES THE INCREASING IMPORTANCE OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE BENEFITS IT CAN BRING TO A COMPANY. THE AWARD WILL GO TO A COMPANY THAT HAS CLEARLY OUTLINED THE BUSINESS DRIVERS BEHIND THEIR CSR PROGRAM, AS WELL AS ITS IMPACT ON THE CHARITY, CAUSE OR WIDER COMMUNITY.
Winner - Renault South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Stokvel (Sponsored By Postbank)
THIS AWARD WILL GO TO THE STOKVEL THAT DEMONSTRATES THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SUCCESS, FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH ITS OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME OR INITIATIVE. THEY MUST DEMONSTRATE HOW THIS HAS BENEFITED THE STOKVEL MEMBERS AND THE COMMUNITY.
Winner - Bambanani Club , Siyazama Club



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