Southern Africa 2017 World Entrepreneur AwardTM

Johannesburg, 27 September 2017

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EY today announced the Southern Africa finalists for the 2017 EY World Entrepreneur Award™, as the Southern Africa chapter award marks its 20 year milestone.

In the past 20 years, EY has been recognising and celebrating entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary business acumen, as well as entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, financial performance, personal integrity, influence and strategic direction.

It is these kind of entrepreneurs who find opportunity in uncertainty and lead to the change and economic growth required by societies, who have inspired the award and demonstrate that support and recognition goes a long way towards encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship.

This year’s finalists are no exception, they have found a way to stay ahead of the curve in building their dynamic businesses through innovative ideas. These entrepreneurs have used their purpose to transform their communities by creating jobs and playing a role in growing their local economies.

We are excited to announce, in alphabetical order by company name, the 2017 finalists:

  • Afrimat Limited: Andries Johannes van Heerden
  • Andiccio24 Group of Companies: Charlie Liasides and Jerome Kourie
  • Ascendis Health: Karsten Wellner
  • CallForce: Candice Roberts
  • LAWtrust: Christi Maherry
  • Matekane Group of Companies: Samuel Ntsokoane Matekane
  • Petrocam Trading (Pty) Ltd: Shiraz Abdul Ahmed Gany
  • Reatile Group (Pty) Limited: Simphiwe Mehlomakulu
  • Rhino Africa Safaris (Pty) Ltd (SA): David Ryan and Guido Dunckel
  • Siyanda Resources: Lindani Mthwa
  • The Training Room Online PTY LTD: Kirsty Chadwick

Azim Omar, Africa Strategic Growth Markets Leader at EY says: “Since the first award in 1998, when Adrian Gore of Discovery took home the Award, we continue to see trailblazing entrepreneurs who are using their vision to shape industries and create new markets. We are excited to mark the anniversary with yet another high calibre group of entrepreneurs. It is also encouraging to see the tenacity and strong entrepreneurial spirit these business leaders have shown in an environment, marked by uncertainty and disruption.

Entrepreneurs hold the key to unlocking the growth required for job creation. Their ability to see beyond the possibilities, to shape the future for the next generation and to have a positive impact on their communities through their innovations and job creation, has inspired us.

It is therefore our honour to recognise and celebrate, Southern Africa’s game changing entrepreneurs, as they make a difference in the economies of their countries and by extension, that of our continent.”

The awards programme will provide 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.

This year’s award event will be hosted in November 2017, following that the overall winner will then go on to compete for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in June 2018.

The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award, 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.


Please note. When referring to the World Entrepreneur Awards Programme: The phrase ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR is a trade mark in South Africa in the name of Business Partners Limited. Legally, in South Africa EY are therefore entitled to use only the following replacement phrases - WORLD ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS, WORLD ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS PROGRAMME, WORLD ENTREPRENEUR or WORLD ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAMME as trade marks.

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is a global trade mark of EY and is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in 145 cities in 60 countries.

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