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Standard Bank and KZN Top Business Unveil Shortlist for Highly Coveted Business Awards

Shortlist for Business Awards Announced

Standard Bank and KZN Top Business are delighted to announce the shortlisted entries in this year’s business awards. The annual Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards celebrate and promote successful large and small companies, innovative programmes, projects, and people that have made a positive impact on the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

“We want to express our sincere gratitude to all the companies that participated ... and a huge congratulations to the shortlisted candidates in each category. Getting to the shortlist is a great achievement,” commented Grant Adlam, CEO KZN Top Business.

The following companies have been shortlisted in each of the twelve general categories and are in no particular order.

Standard Bank Client of the Year – SME Category

Entrant must have less than R100 million turn over per annum, entrant must bank with Standard Bank.

·         Signa Travel

·         Mac-Rites Panel Beaters & Spray Painters cc

·         Thusi Holdings

·         Argento Trading 117cc

·         Steelco

·         Construction for Africa

·         Black City Records


Standard Bank Client of the Year – Larger Enterprise

Entrant must have more than R100 million turn over per annum, entrant must bank with Standard Bank.

·         Royal Tyres

·         Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd

·         Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund


Manufacturing Sector

Broadly defined as the physical or chemical transformation of materials or compounds into new products.


·         Sky Tents

·         Argento Trading

·         Joekels Tea Packers

·         Beauty and Brushez Artistry

·         Natal Razor and Wire

·         Sumitomo Rubber SA

·         SA Adhesives

·         Aberdare Cables

·         ND Engineering

·         Studio39 Jewellery Design

·         LHL Engineering


Transport/Logistics Sector

Business activities concerned with transport via land, railway, water, pipelines, or air, and activities of travel agencies, post and telecommunications, courier activities, as well as storage and warehousing activities.

·         Grindrod Limited

·         Dynamic Shipping Services

·         Linza Kahle

·         AML Distributions


Franchising Sector

A business that provides products or services under the branding and rules stipulated by a parent company.

·         ActionCOACH Marlene Powell

·         Pedros Flame Grilled Chicken

·         RE/MAX Coast and Country


Family-Owned/Managed Businesses

Businesses where the majority ownership/management remains within a family and where more than one generation contributes to the success of the business.

·         Asha Law Attorneys and Conveyancers

·         Royal Tyres

·         Heads and Tails Exotics

·         Global Impex S.A

·         Miktek Scientific

·         Steelco

·         Dromex

·         Cafe Monroe

·         Gebodo Projects

·         Drakewoods Group

·         Felix Risk Training Consultants


Agricultural and Agro-Processing Sector

Businesses that are primarily engaged in farming activities, but also includes commercial hunting, game propagation, forestry, logging and fishing. The beneficiation of primary materials and intermediate goods from agricultural, fisheries and forestry-based sectors is included.

·         Heartland Foods

·         Dreamcelsius Group Africa

·         Agrikool

·         GreenHills Laboratory


Education, Business and Financial Services sector

This sector includes insurance and pension funding; legal; accounting; education and general business activities.  


·         The Busy Bookkeeper & Partners

·         Jacquie Bhana Consulting

·         Morar Incorporated

·         Arvind Magan and Associates Inc.

·         Inspired Financial Management Solutions

·         Bosse Events

·         Powerpoint Lifestyles

·         Dolphin Coast Solar Solutions

·         Fem Build


Community Upliftment and Improvement  

Businesses or social enterprises that have made a significant positive impact on the community and region they operate in. This could include charitable efforts or developing your local community to make KZN a better place to live and work.


·         Sibaya Community Trust

·         Innovate Durban

·         Grasshopper Soccer Durban

·         Phakamani Empowerment

·         SmartXchange

·         Phoenix Group

·         Do More Foundation

·         TAFTA

·         SA Home Loans

·         Use It Waste Beneficiation (RF) NPC

·         Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund


Renewable Efficiency – Green initiatives

This category includes renewable energy, low-carbon transport, energy-efficient buildings, clean technologies, improved waste management, improved freshwater provision, etc.

·         Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions

·         Circular Energy

·         LiteBruim Group

·         SAMAC Engineering Solutions


Employee Wellness

Businesses that go the extra mile to engage their staff members through in-house training, flexible working, personal development, workplace wellbeing activity and teambuilding.

·         Beekman Group

·         SRF Flexipak SA

·         Powerpoint Lifestyles


Partnership Award

The winning project will reflect the importance of teamwork and effective inter-agency collaboration.

·         Tidy Towns Shelly Beach to Margate

·         Do More Foundation

·         Phakamani Empowerment


Leader of the Year

The Standard Bank KZN Top Business Leader of the Year award is an honorary award given to a businessperson who has demonstrated exemplary business achievement, industry influence and is a true inspiration to others. The winner of this award will be announced at the gala dinner.


KZN Top Brand

Voting for the KZN Top Brand is still open and is awarded based only on the results of a SMS voting system. In order to vote for your favourite Standard Bank KZN Top Business Brand 2024, SMS the letters KZN and your chosen top brand’s name to 45633.

A cost of R1.50 per SMS will be incurred (Ts and Cs apply).

Furthermore, one lucky voter could win one a one-night stay for two people at the Radisson Blu Hotel Durban Umhlanga.

Voting for the Standard Bank KZN Top Brand award closes on 5 July at 10 pm.

All the winners will be announced at the gala dinner on the 17 July.


For more information

Contact Gayle Adlam

0836530465 or 0312671977



Media enquiries

Nkosinathi Msiza

083 577 7585

Hameed Noormahomed and Kuben Chetty, Standard Bank
Hameed Noormahomed and Kuben Chetty, Standard Bank

Media Partners



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