This year EY marks 21 years of recognising and celebrating entrepreneurs who have consistently demonstrated excellence in their businesses. Since the first award in 1998, when Adrian Gore of Discovery was the inaugural winner, EY continues to see trailblazing entrepreneurs whose vision is shaping industries, creating new markets and generating employment opportunities while contributing to economic growth and development.
The 2018 finalists, in alphabetical order:
- Camelot Group: Deborah Merdjan
- Cash Flow Capital: Xan Myburgh
- Davipel Trading (Private) Limited: Davison Norupiri
- Growthpoint Properties Limited: Norbert Sasse
- In2IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd: Saurabh Kumar
- Tiletoria (Pty) Ltd: Patrick Thonissen
- M&M Brands: Zibusiso Mkhwanazi
- Mobicel Communications: Ridhwan Khan
- We Buy Cars (Pty) Ltd: Dirk van der Walk & Faan van der Walt
- Valemount Trading (Pty) Ltd: Damien Westerman
Roderick Wolfenden, EY Africa Markets Leader, says: “We are delighted to celebrate and recognise these game-changing entrepreneurs from Southern Africa, and acknowledge their incredible achievements.”
“These entrepreneurs demonstrate extraordinary business acumen, financial performance excellence and inspired strategic direction. It is encouraging to see the tenacity and strong entrepreneurial spirit these business leaders have shown in their environments, which are often characterised by uncertainty and disruption. These and most entrepreneurs embrace bold thinking that often sees opportunity in adversity; a relentless drive to build a better working world; and an unwavering commitment to solving their clients’ issues,” he adds.
The awards programme provides the finalists with an opportunity to connect with local and international businesses, and join a global network of entrepreneurs who share their experiences and perspectives. The Southern Africa awards covers: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia
This year’s award event will be hosted on 29 November 2018 in Johannesburg – South Africa and following that the overall winner will go on to compete for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in June 2019.
The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards programme culminates in an annual gala banquet in Monte Carlo in June each year, where entrepreneurs from over 50 countries around the world compete for one of the most coveted global business awards.