World Entrepreneur Award™ Southern Africa

Recognising the unstoppable entrepreneurs who create long-term value.

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Here’s to the entrepreneurs reshaping the world.

Humanity is capable of great things. But to build something of long-term value takes grit, persistence and a sense of ambition that’s free of doubt or fear. It takes a special kind of leader to ignore the critics and transform a blue-sky dream into a new reality that contributes value and purpose beyond simple profits. We call these entrepreneurs the unstoppables – those whose unbounded ambitions deliver innovation, growth, and prosperity that transform our world.

The World Entrepreneur Award™ Southern Africa honours the ‘unstoppable’ men and women who build and lead successful, growing and dynamic businesses. An independent judging panel comprising Awards alumni, entrepreneurs and key influencers determine the winners of the Ignite, Inspire and Influence categories each year. The Southern Africa Awards covers the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Launched in Africa in 1998, the programme joins the EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM programme operating in more than 150 cities in over 60 countries worldwide. All programmes culminate in the Global Entrepreneur Of The Year™ annual event. And it’s at this event in Montecarlo, in June each year that all winning entrepreneurs from around the world meet to complete on the global stage for the title of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™.

World Entrepreneur Awards Southern Africa 2020 Winners.

 Mteto Nyati


Influence winner 2020

Abu Varachhia 

Spear Reit

Inspire winner 2020

Ike Chalumbira

Lionshare Holdings

Ignite Winner 2020

All World Entrepreneur Award™ Alumni

  • Master Winners

    Name Surname Company Year
    Adrian Gore Discovery 1998
    Ivan Epstein Softline Ltd (SAGE) 1999
    KK Combi Master Currency 2000
    Mark Lamberti Massmart 2001
    Patrice Motsepe African Rainbow Minerals 2002
    Brian Joffe The Bidvest Group 2003
    Stephen Saad Aspen Pharmacare 2004
    Bill Lynch Imperial Holdings 2005
    Koos Bekker Naspers 2006
    Ndaba Ntsele Pamodzi Investment Holdings 2007
    James Blakemore Zest Electric Group 2008
    Howard Aron OUTsurance 2009
    Willem Roos OUTsurance 2009
    John Copelyn HCI 2010
    Marcel Golding HCI 2010
    Braam van Huyssteen Tekkie Town 2011
    Sipho Nkosi Exxaro 2012
    Stephen Koseff Investec 2013
    Asher Bohbot EOH 2014
    Johann Vorster Clover 2015
    Peter Mountford Super Group 2016
    Andries van  Heerden Afrimat 2017
    Ridhwan Khan Mobicel Communications 2018
    Craig Irvine Irvine’s Group 2019
  • Exceptional Winners

    Name Surname Company Year
    Hassen Adams Grand Parade Investments LTd 2013
    Divine Ndhlukula Securico 2014
    Nadir Khamissa Hello Group 2015
    Shaazim Khamissa Hello Group 2015
    Ran Neu-Ner The Creative Counsel 2016
    Gil Oved The Creative Counsel 2016
    Simphiwe Mehlomakulu Reatile Group  2017
    Davison Norupiri Davipel Trading (Pvt) Limited 2018
    Bronwyn Corbett Grit Real Estate Income Group 2019
  • Emerging Winners

    Name Surname Company Year
    Fulton Ramaphakela Moloko Holdings 2006
    Patrick Dickens Centurion Systems 2007
    David Letschert Union-Swiss (Bio Oil) 2008
    Willy Govender Spatial Data Holdings 2009
    Deborah Fry Fry Group Foods 2010
    Walter Fry Fry Group Foods 2010
    Elmien Scholtz Bio Sculpture SA 2011
    Johanna Mukoki Travel with Flair 2012
    Rob Stokes Quirk 2013
    Justin Clarke One Africa Media 2014
    Khudusela Pitje New GX Capital 2015
    Fatima Vawda 27four Investment Managers 2016
    Christi Maherry LAWtrust 2017
    Deborah Merdjan Camelot Group 2018
    Ashraf Mohamed Polar Ice Cream Company    2019
  • Lifetime Achievers

    Name Surname Company Year
    Raymond Ackerman Pick n Pay 2007
    Richard Maponya Maponya Group 2008
    Andrew Golding Pam Golding Properties 2009
    Betram Lubner MaAfrika Tikkun 2010
    Frans Indongo Frans Indongo Group 2011
    Herman Mashaba Lephatsi Investments 2012
    Johann Rupert Chairman & CEO Richemont 2013
    Sol Kerzner Former Chairman & CEO Kerzner Leisure 2014
    Jannie Mouton PSG Group 2015
    Jabulane Mabuza Telkom SA Limited 2016
    Adrian Gore Discover CEO & Founder 2017
    Gloria Serobe WIPHOLD 2018
    Judy Dlamini University of Witwatersrands 2019
  • Social Winners

    Name Surname Company Year
    Patrick Schofield Streetwires Artist Collective cc 2008
    Shona McDonald ShonaQuip 2009
    Olivia van Rooyen Kuyasa Fund 2010
    Muir Muir The Wilderness Foundation 2011