The Exporters Club was founded in the Eastern Cape 33 years ago and is aimed at organisations involved in exporting, either directly or indirectly, and for organisations with an interest in exporting. There are currently approximately 290 organisations on their database, including automotive, pharmaceutical, agricultural and services industries.
The objectives of the club include providing for the exchange of ideas, information and experience amongst members, to liaise with other export orientated clubs and bodies, and to apply all its funds to promoting the objectives of the club.
The club also aims to provide its members opportunity for networking in a way that contributes to their understanding of the foreign trade environment, to generate a professional export fellowship between exporters and their supporting 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 club annually undertakes several activities in promoting its aims. Monthly meetings are held which are conducive to networking with informative speakers on a variety of export related subjects. These functions are free for members and R100 per person for non-members.
On the 1 August 2014 the Exporters Club of South Africa – Eastern Cape hosted their prestigious Exporter of the year banquet. They hosted over 450 guests at the Boardwalk Convention Centre.
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).
The significant contributions by the sponsors made this event possible. ABSA Capital was once again the Platinum sponsor of the event. The other sponsors for the event were Transnet National Port Authorities (gold), the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (gold), Credit Guarantee (silver), Industrial Development Corporation (Silver) SJM Flex (Silver) and KPMG (bronze). The Weekend Post and Kingfisher FM were the media sponsors.
The master of ceremonies was Jane Stevenson and the guest speaker on the night was Jason Barrass, of ABSA Capital.
The winners on the evening were:
SJM Flex Environmental award – This category is this year for exporters who are ISO 14001 accredited and who pursue excellence in environmental management
- A merit awards to Ford Motor Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd and General Motors South Africa for their continuous improvement
- 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 Jendamark Automation for their job creation
- 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
- A merit award to Jas Forwarding (Pty) Ltd for their improvement in profitability, job creation and capital investment
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 2014 winner was Volkswagen Group South Africa
Exporter of the year 2014 – 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.
- 2014 Exporter of the Year was Jendamark Automation (Pty) Ltd
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