On the 30 August 20123 the Exporters Club of South Africa – Eastern Cape hosted their prestigious Exporter of the year banquet. This was the largest banquet to date with 500 seats booked at the Boardwalk Convention Centre. One new category was introduced this year, being the IDC Job creation award.
The judges for the SJM Flex Environmental award were Dr Anton de Wit (NMMU), Johnny Pitorino (SJM Flex), Phinda Xipula (SJM Flex), Andrew Philips (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).
Significant contributions by 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 Stephenson and the guest speaker on the night was Jason Barrass, of ABSA Capital.
The winners on the evening were:
- SJM Flex Environmental award: Volkswagen Group South Africa
- IDC Job Creation Award: Ford Motor Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd
- Best provider of service to exporters: CMA CGM Shipping Agencies of South Africa
- Best exporter – small business: Clinisut (Pty) Ltd
- Best exporter – medium enterprise: Jendamark Automotion (Pty) Ltd
- Best exporter – corporate: Autocast South Africa (Pty) Ltd
- Best exporter – OEM: Ford Motor Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd
- Overall winner as Exporter of the year: Clinisut (Pty) Ltd
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.
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Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/2013/09/exporter-of-the-year-banquet-2013/