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Awards to honour black business leaders

Aug 29 2012 12:29
Fin24

Cape Town - South Africa's premier business-to-business publication for black business leaders, BBQ magazine, will once again host the annual 2012 Van Ryn's BBQ Awards.

This year the awards will focus on 'Creating a Legacy and Building the Future'.

Now in its 11th year, the 2012 Van Ryn's BBQ Awards, widely considered to be the pre-eminent competition of its kind in South Africa, was launched in 2002 to promote sustainable black business in South Africa.

According to David Mwanambuyu, editor of Black Business Quarterly magazine, the awards were born as a result of a need to recognise, honour and celebrate black business excellence at a time when black business was synonymous with informal township trading.

“Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has introduced a new era in black business, which has given rise to some of South Africa's most prominent and successful black business players,” said Mwanambuyu.

Previous BBQ Platinum Award winners include Patrice Motsepe (African Rainbow Minerals), Commander Tsietsi Mokhele (The South African Maritime Safety Authority's) and Philisiwe Buthelezi (Chief Executive Officer of National Empowerment Fund).

He says that the main aim of the awards is to encourage the growth and sustainability of black business in the pursuit of providing a platform to fast-track the graduation of previously disadvantaged individuals into the mainstream South African economy.

“The awards continue to offer a platform to celebrate and showcase those individuals and organisations who are at the forefront of advancing the transformation and empowerment of black business in South Africa.”

The awards include 13 categories and are open to individuals and black-owned and empowered companies and organisations in South Africa. The individual categories include Businesswoman of the Year Award, Businessman of the Year Award, New Entrepreneur Award, Public Sector Visionary Award, Young Business Achiever Award and Community Builder of the Year.

The winners of each category will be announced at a gala dinner on 19 October 2012 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

Individuals and organisations interested in entering can download entry forms online as well as interact with fellow entrants on the BBQ Awards twitter platform.

The closing date for entries is the 19 September 2012.


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