Friday, 1 August 2014 the Exporters Club of South Africa – Eastern Cape hosted their prestigious Exporter of the year banquet at the Boardwalk Convention Centre.
The Exporters club provides its members with networking opportunities in a way that contributes to understanding the foreign trade environment, to generate a professional export fellowship between exporters and support service providers, to link with, and support institutions involved in export education and training, and to give recognition to export achievers and in general to promote an export culture.
The winners on the evening were:
2014 Exporter of the Year went to Jendamark Automation (Pty) Ltd. The winner of this award is the entity that in the judge’s opinion achieved the most success in the period under review. The winner of the Exporter of the year is one of the relevant category winners. They also received a merit award for job creation.
(ABOVE: Receiving their award; the Jendamark Automation team with Kingsley Dell-Robertson (IDC), Quinton Uren (Jendamark); and the Chairman of the Exporters Club Quintin Levey)
The other winners on the evening were;
Category Award Winners:
(ABOVE: Category Award Winners)
SJM Flex Environmental award – This category is this year for exporters who are ISO 14001 accredited and who pursue excellence in environmental management. The 2014 winner of this category was Shatterpruffe. Best provider of services to exporters – This category is for service providers to the export industry, usually forwarding and clearing agents, shipping lines and agents, other forms of transport including courier, insurance agents, underwriters, financial services providers
Merit Award Winners:
•A merit awards to Ford Motor Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd and General Motors South Africa for their continuous improvement
The 2014 winner of this category was Volkswagen Group of South Africa
IDC Job Creation award – This category is this year for exporters who have created the most sustainable jobs over the last year.
•A merit award to Jas Forwarding (Pty) Ltd for their improvement in profitability, job creation and capital investment. The 2014 winner of this category was Coega Development Corporation
Best exporter – small business – This category is for direct and indirect exporters with export turnover up to R25 million
•A merit award to Mend-A-Bath International (Pty) Ltd for improvement in profitability. The 2014 winners was Howden Donkin (Pty) Ltd
Best exporter – medium enterprise – This category is for direct and indirect exporters with export turnover between R25 and R100 million
•A merit award to Salego Industries (Pty) Ltd for improvement in profitability. The 2014 winners was Jendamark Automation (Pty) Ltd
Best exporter – corporate – This category is for direct and indirect exporters with export turnover greater than R100 million
•A merit award to Eberspacher South Africa (Pty) Ltd for their improvement in profitability and capital investment. The 2014 winner was Shatterpruffe
Best exporter – OEM – This is a new category this year and is for manufacturers of original equipment for the automotive industry.
(ABOVE: Merit Award Winners)
The judges for the SJM Flex Environmental award were: Dr Anton de Wit (NMMU), Johnny Pitorino (SJM Flex), Phinda Xipula (SJM Flex), Gareth Andrews (Green Leaf) and Quintin Levey (Exporters Club chairman). The independent judges for the other awards were Zodwa Kepeyi – ECDC, Steve Burgess – NMMU Business School, Zoe Waters – NMBBC, Lance Schultz – AIDC, Neil Mattheus – ABSA Capital, Kingsley Dell-Robinson (IDC) and Quintin Levey (Exporters Club chairman).