SA Premier Business Awards - SABC.com


The recipients of the 2nd Annual SA Premier Business Awards - the country's top business awards - were announced in Sandton, Gauteng, on Wednesday, 19 March 2013.

Hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South African and Brand SA, the Awards recognise business excellence and honour enterprises which promote the spirit of success and innovation - as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality.

President Jacob Zuma gave the keynote address at the awards.

"The success of the recipients of these awards this evening demonstrates that our country promotes innovation and success, and that opportunities are being utilised to grow businesses and prosper," said President Zuma.

"More work must be done to improve investment prospects and to encourage youth employment in particular, while not neglecting older workers. More work must also still be done to increase the number of small and medium enterprises," he added.

The top Award for the evening, a "Lifetime Achievement Award", was presented to respected South African business and community leader and icon, Dr. Sam Motsuenyane.

President Zuma handed over the Award.

Dr Motsuenyane is well known for his lifetime of service to South Africans - in business, politics and socio-economic development.

Although he is an elder citizen, he continues to work tirelessly for the benefit of others.

He is one of the pioneers of black economic empowerment and spearheaded the formation of the African Bank.

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