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Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards recognise success

Judging is well underway for the Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards 2022. The awards committee is delighted with the vast number of entries and the range of companies that have entered and the team is hard at work adjudicating the entries.

The Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards recognise and celebrate some of the exceptional businesses that operate in KwaZuluNatal. This recognition is especially relevant given the many challenges businesses in KwaZulu-Natal have experienced over the past two and half years. The following companies have been shortlisted (and in no particular order) in the various categories that are available in the 2022 awards. Finalists and winners will be drawn from these shortlists and announced at the hybrid awards ceremony.

The categories are as follows:

1. Business Innovation

This category is open to businesses that can demonstrate an innovative approach to products, concepts or processes, which have contributed to the success of the business. The large number of businesses that entered this category well indicates the emphasis on the need for continual change to succeed in today’s business environment.

Those shortlisted are:

  • Blue Security

  • The Holiday Club (Beekman Group)

  • Mi7 National Group

  • Hannah Grace

  • Inzalo Utility Systems

  • Visual Network SA

  • East Coast Radio

2. Entrepreneur Resilience

Entrepreneurial Resilience is an individual’s or firm’s ability to successfully navigate through crises, setbacks, or challenges. Entrants in this category have needed great quantities of this characteristic of late.

We salute the following:

  • Dr Fareed Amod – Crown Dental Studio

  • Portio Dlamini – Emakheni Group

  • Margaret Hirsch – Hirsch’s

  • Saskia Hill – MCS Debt Recovery & Connect BPS

  • Nondumiso Mthwa – Indwala Property Group

  • Isaac Mbatha – Sky Tents

  • Gabbey Malope – Toutele Agriculture College South Africa

  • Nerusha Maharaj-Sadapal – Visual Network SA

3. Digital/System Implementation The winner of this award will be implementing in the digital sector to provide results that have real impact. This award is for those businesses that employ digital thinking and technologies.

Shortlisted are:

  • SmartXchange

  • Beekman Group

  • Eita Radio

  • Mi7 National Group

  • Airshot

  • East Coast Radio

  • Netstream Integrated Solutions

4. Employee Wellbeing This award is for businesses that go the extra mile to engage their staff members and what difference this makes to the business. This may be through in-house training, flexible working, personal development, workplace wellbeing activity and teambuilding.

The shortlist comprises:

  • Beekman Group

  • uThandekile Foundation

  • KZN Oils

  • MCS Debt Recovery & Connect BPS

  • Cox Yeats Attorneys

5. Small Business Start-up This award recognises start-up businesses that have translated an idea into a successful business venture. The judges are looking for evidence of achievements to date, where the opportunities lie and how the entrants in this category have managed their challenges, especially given the circumstances of 2020 to 2022.

Shortlisted are:

  • Eita Radio

  • Infinity Growth Digital Marketing

  • Visual Network SA

  • Adah Investments

6. Community and Social Responsibility This award is open to businesses or social enterprises that have made a significant positive impact on the community and region they operate in. Great interest has been shown in this category which is going to make it very difficult for the judges who are astounded by the amazing initiatives that are underway in the province.

The shortlist is:

  • SmartXchange

  • East Coast Radio

  • SLG

  • Celebrate Life

  • Azibuyemasisweni Skills Development

  • Project Rhino

  • The Association for the Aged (TAFTA)

  • Innovate Durban

  • Marshall Security

  • Beekman Group

  • KZN Oils

7. Family Business This award is open to businesses where the majority ownership remains within a family (or multi-family) structure, and where more than one generation contributes to the success of the business. Judges will be evaluating why these entrants are a stand-out family business and how being a family business has helped them to succeed.

The 2022 family business are:

  • Beekman Group

  • LHL Engineering

  • Magnet Electrical Supplies

  • Indwala Property Group

  • Lichro Chemicals & Laboratory Supplies 8.

Business Personality of the Year The Standard Bank KZN Top Business personality 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.

9. KZN Top Brand The top homegrown brand in KwaZulu-Natal is awarded based only on the results of a public poll. In 2022 these results will be managed through a SMS voting system. All interested stakeholders – business owners, employees, clients, family and friends need to keep voting for their top brand as the rankings change daily.

The current top twenty:

  1. Blue Security

  2. Hollywoodbets

  3. Woodford Car Hire

  4. Beekman Group

  5. East Coast Radio

  6. SLG

  7. Tyson Properties

  8. LHL Engineering

  9. Magnet

  10. The Sharks

  11. Hirsch’s

  12. Supertech Group

  13. Cox Yeats Attorneys

  14. KZN Oils

  15. Imperial Armour

  16. DRG

  17. AmaZulu Football Club

  18. Icebolethu Group

  19. Plennegy

  20. Mediterranean Shipping Company

To vote SMS the letters KZN to 33808. A cost of R1.50 per SMS will be incurred. Furthermore, you could win one of these three super prizes:

■■ One of two one-night stays for two people at the new Radisson Blu Hotel Durban Umhlanga

■■ A two night stay for two people at the new Radisson Blu Hotel Durban Umhlanga VOTING CLOSES ON SUNDAY 24 JULY AT 10 PM The Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards ceremony will be held on the 27 July 2022 at the new Radisson Blu Hotel Durban Umhlanga. The event will be streamed online.

To participate in the online proceedings visit


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