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The South African Premier Business Awards is an annual event hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa. The awards recognise business excellence and honours enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality. These awards bring together all single sectored awards, among others technology, manufacturing and women in business. 
 

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 CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

Award Categories

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award
  2. Manufacturers Award
  3. Exporters Award
  4. Enterprise Development Support Award
  5. Women-Owned Businesses Award
  6. Investor of the Year Award
  7. Proudly South African Enterprise Award
  8. Play your Part Award
  9. SMME Award
  10. Young Entrepreneur Award
  11. Black Industrialist Award

 

Category and Rationale

Criteria

1. Lifetime Achievement Award

This is a discretionary award to recognise an individual/s who have contributed significantly to the economic development of South Africa during their lifetime.
The Minister of Trade and Industry will consider an individual with a consistent and outstanding track record of no less than 30 years’ active involvement in business.

  • A South African entrepreneur who has succeeded and achieved major successes in business for a period of no less than 30 years.
  • An entrepreneur with a proven track record in business.
  • An extensive track record with regard to the mentoring of upcoming entrepreneurs and involvement in community projects aimed at uplifting the economic conditions of others and South Africa in general.

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2. Manufacturers Award

  • The award recognises companies that have contributed to the growth of the South African economy through the setting up of manufacturing plants and the production of high-quality products. These organisations are recognised for their efforts in reinventing manufacturing in a manner that ensures South Africa’s competitiveness, feeds into the nation’s innovation economy and invigorates the domestic manufacturing base. The objective is to position the nation to lead the world in new disruptive advanced manufacturing technologies that are changing the face of manufacturing.
  • In this category, two sub-groups will be recognised:
    • Emerging manufacturer with an annual turnover of R20 million to R50 million.
    • Large manufacturer with an annual turnover of R50 million and over.
  • Audited annual turnover
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Profitability
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Product development and innovation
  • Employment creation
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Local content
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Procuring from local suppliers
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Local and global manufacturing/ quality tools, including standards adopted, e.g. Applicable occupational health and safety standards/regulations, accreditation, certification, industry standards, environmental (green economy) etc.
  • Implementation of a quality management system and other tools for quality of service delivery (please specify)
  • The organisation should demonstrate product excellence and customer satisfaction (i.e. how does the product respond to the needs of the customer?).
  • Does the company participate in skills development and the upliftment of unemployed HDI?
  • Skills development spend on critical skills and/or core skills for a percentage
  • The organisation should display a degree of product innovation to deliver on customer demands.
  • Please provide specific examples of where the manufacturer has adopted changes based on specific customer requests.

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3. Exporters Award

This award recognises all export industry sectors from services to manufacturing. It aims to encourage other South African companies to participate in international business development or markets. The nominees must show a solid track record of trading in foreign markets for the last three fiscal years.

  • Audited annual export turnover
    (Closest financial years)
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Profitability and sustainability (Gross Profit)
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Product development and innovation that was derived in South Africa and is now being exported
  • Opportunities created for job creation
    1 Jan – Dec 31 2013
    1 Jan – Dec 31 2014
    1 Jan – Dec 31 2015
  • Local content utilised in your offerings (please comment on your supplier development programmes)
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • To which markets do you export?
  • Local and global manufacturing/quality tools, including standards adopted, e.g. applicable occupational health and safety standards/regulations, accreditation, certification, industry standards, environmental (green economy) etc.
  • Implementation of a quality management system and other tools for quality of service delivery (please specify).
  • Please indicate whether your company has been assisted through the dti incentive scheme.

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4. Enterprise Development Support Award

This award recognises Corporates which procure from Small and Medium Enterprises, in particular black and women owned companies. This award recognises companies that have further demonstrated excellence in their compliance with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) prescripts.

  • Do you have a SMME Supplier Development Programme? Yes/No
  • Number of SME Suppliers on development programme
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
  • **Please attach the list of your suppliers with contact numbers.
    Procuring from SME suppliers
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Skills development spend on critical skills and/or core skills for a percentage
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015

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5. Investor of the year Award

This award aims to encourage the expansion of investment into South Africa. It recognises the investment and commitment of global and local companies, to create jobs and stimulate the economy through investments.

  • How many jobs were created in South Africa – both directly and indirectly - through the investment and economic activities of your organisation?
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Please refer to your investment commitment in terms of funding and skills upliftment.
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Is the investment beneficial to the community where it is located?
  • Does the company procure from local suppliers? (Please indicate to what extent it adheres to local supplier development and any specific programmes in place.)
  • Skills development spend on critical skills and/or core skills for a percentage
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015

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6. Proudly South African Enterprise Award

This award is specifically aimed at enterprises that are active members of Proudly South African. The award recognises enterprises that manufacture or supply high-quality local products and/or services, are known for being proud members of the campaign and adhere to the Four Pillars of the Campaign.

  • Local product development and innovation
  • Employment creation
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Local content
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Procuring from local suppliers
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Skills development and upliftment programmes
    *Please provide supporting documentation
  • The company should demonstrate the extent to which it has been utilising the Proudly South African brand in their above- and below-the-line activities (provide supporting evidence and/or documents on how the company has celebrated the Proudly SA ethos).
  • Local and global manufacturing/quality tools, including standards adopted, e.g. applicable occupational health and safety standards/regulations, relevant industry accreditation and or certification, industry standards, environmental practices and/or standards etc.
  • Implementation of a quality management system and other tools for quality of service delivery (please specify).
  • What motivates you to be a member enterprise of the Proudly South African campaign?

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7. Play Your Part Award

The Play Your Part Award celebrates enterprises that excel in displaying active citizenship and nation building in South Africa.

The objective of the award is to uplift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute towards positive change.

  1. Describe the project / initiative in detail
  • Has your enterprise played a part in community upliftment? If so, how?
  • Has your enterprise been involved with youth development/empowerment projects and programmes? If so, how?
  • What values does your enterprise uphold to build the community and contribute to nation building?
  • How has your enterprise introduced programmes aimed at mentoring youth- and women-owned businesses?

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8. SMME Award

This award acknowledges small, medium and micro business enterprises as a key enabler of economic growth and employment in South Africa. The award targets small to medium entities with less than 300 employees and a turnover below R100m. The company should illustrate its sustainability as well as future potential to grow and create more local jobs.

  • Has your enterprise played a part in community upliftment? If so, how?
  • Has your enterprise been involved with youth development/empowerment projects and programmes? If so, how?
  • What values does your enterprise uphold to build the community and contribute to nation building?
  • How has your enterprise introduced programmes aimed at mentoring youth- and women-owned businesses?
  • This category targets SMMEs with less than 300 employees. Evidence of this must be provided.
  • The SMME must provide evidence of innovation of either a product or system of manufacturing and intellectual property protection.
  • Evidence needs to be provided to demonstrate competitiveness and the market share that the enterprise has captured or penetrated.
  • Product uniqueness must be demonstrated.
  • Evidence must be provided to demonstrate the degree to which the enterprise contributes towards job creation and must be quantified by showing the number of jobs created year-on-year.

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9. Women Owned Businesses Award

The award is aimed at improving the imbalances of the past by recognising women who have made a significant impact in business and their communities.

  • Must be 80% women-owned business trading in South Africa.
  • The enterprise must demonstrate a contribution towards job creation.
    01Jan–31Dec 2013
    01Jan–31Dec 2014
    01Jan–31Dec 2015
  • Skills development spend on critical skills and/or core skills for a percentage
    01Jan–31Dec 2013
    01Jan–31Dec 2014
    01Jan–31Dec 2015
  • Does the company/individual subscribe to quality and service?
  • Does the company/individual contribute towards the empowerment of women in the community?
  • Please list the achievements you are most proud of and explain how your organisation came to implement these programmes or project.

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10. Young Entrepreneur Award

This award recognises 100% youth-owned legal companies trading in South Africa and young individuals who demonstrate high levels of entrepreneurship and innovation. The goal is to enable the business with various forms of support to strengthen it further and ensure its sustainability. The targets youth companies within the sectors listed in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).

  • The business should be 100% youth-owned.
    *Please provide supporting documentation
  • The enterprise should be owned and managed by a South African citizen between the ages of 18 and 35 as defined in the Youth Enterprise Development Strategy (YEDS).
    *Please provide supporting documentation
  • The enterprise must be fully functional and sustainable (a minimum of three years in operation).
  • Proven track record of job creation, particularly of young people (demonstrate cumulative growth of employment over the past three years).
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • Proven track record in developing and implementing unique business ideas. *Please provide supporting documentation
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
    01 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
  • The enterprise must demonstrate mentorship of youth and skills development.
  • The enterprise must participate in programmes aimed at making a difference in the community in which it operates.
  • The owner should demonstrate leadership potential and the ability to scale or empower others.
    *Please provide supporting documentation
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 11. Black Industrialist Award

This award recognises a transformed company within the manufacturing sector that is majority black-owned (>50%), operated, controlled and strategically lead by the following racial groups (African, Coloured and Indian).

 
  • Ownership and Organisational Structure
  • Is the business in the manufacturing sector?
  • Total number of jobs created
  • Please outline the products and services that are manufactured by the company
  • Procuring from SMME suppliers
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2012
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
  • Training provided to SMME suppliers
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2012
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2013
    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014
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