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AWARDS: World Entrepreneur Awards Winner Announced


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Braam van Huyssteen, Founder and Managing Director of Tekkie Town was last night named the winner of the Southern Africa chapter of the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur Awards which is held in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and in association with Regenesys Business School and Swiss International Air lines.

Braam van Huyssteen was selected as the winner in the Master Entrepreneur category, while Elmien Scholtz, Founder and Director of Bio Sculpture SA was named the winner of the Emerging Entrepreneur category and Andrew Muir, Executive Director of the Wilderness Foundation winner in the Social Entrepreneur category.

Ajen Sita, CEO for Africa at Ernst and Young says: “Ernst and Young has been recognising successful entrepreneurs through this programme for the past 14 years. We are humbled to be associated with and award these individuals who are making a remarkable difference to our economy and the societies which we operate and live in. We congratulate all finalists for their exceptional performance.”

The Importance of the World Entrepreneur Awards

Sita continues, “The private sector together with government needs to continue to support and acknowledge such individuals in order to achieve true economic sustainability and long term growth. This will ultimately ensure the creation of employment which will go on to put South Africa on the map as a leading entrepreneurial economy. “

Zanele Xaba, Country Leader for the Southern Africa Chapter of the World Entrepreneur Awards at Ernst and Young, says, “We are extraordinarily proud of awarding this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr .Frans Aupa Indongo. Dr Indongo is known as the godfather of entrepreneurship in Namibia and has played a critical role within the retail sector in that country. Meeting and awarding visionaries such as Dr Indongo is truly inspiring.”

Dr Indongo has the admiration of the Namibian Nation. He is respected as a person who, despite all the odds, excelled to become an ultra business icon, demonstrating that entrepreneurial flair cannot be bound by circumstances.

“Social entrepreneurs are individuals who have created an innovative solution to a seemingly intractable problem facing society. The social enterprises that stand out to us at the Schwab Foundation are those that have been able to build a financially self-sustainable, scalable entity that has already delivered tremendous long term social impact to large number of beneficiaries. I am very excited about the candidates we have received from across Southern Africa as it is a testament to the power of visionary individuals with sound business models to make a transformational positive change in the world”, says Abigail Noble, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship regional Head for Latin America and Africa.

How the World Entrepreneur Awards Can Motivate the Future Entrepreneurs

Howard Arrand, Chairman of FNB Gauteng comments, “FNB has always been committed to entrepreneurship. We need the contribution of entrepreneurs to the overall market economy to grow substantially. Growth will increase our tax base, our employment base and add significantly to South Africa’s overall economic competitiveness. In an uncertain global economy, the ability to innovate and adapt is unquestionably an element to our economy we cannot promote enough. This ability characterises every successful entrepreneur. The more we build an economy of entrepreneurs, the better chance we have of thriving through difficult times and beyond.”

Braam will fly the Southern African flag high alongside his West and Eastern African counterparts next year when he competes at the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year event in Monte Carlo next year June. He will vie against country winners from an expected 50 nations. The global programme celebrates the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs and ensures that their contribution to their country’s economic and social progress is widely recognised and honoured. The World Entrepreneur Awards are considered one of the world’s premier business awards akin to the business Oscars globally.

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