DURBAN - Two KwaZulu-Natal women beat 30 nominees to take top honours in an expanded 2019 Ithala Business Achievers Awards, marking a milestone in the more than 15-year history of the competition.
This year the Awards, held on March 28, were expanded to include Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s property division as well as the Inkunz’Isematholeni Youth in Business competition.
The awards recognise and celebrate small business’s entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity, excellence and their achievements in contributing to job creation and the growth in KZN.
Nonduduzo Khanyile (formerly Kheswa) was the overall winner taking the Entrepreneur of the Year Award while Bathabile Mpofu shared the winner’s platform as the overall Property Tenant Business of the Year. They each bagged R100 000 towards their business plus R10 000 for charity of their choice.
Khanyile is the co-owner of TKN Incorporated a 100 percent black owned, female led, law firm, based in Morningside. Mpofu is the owner of Nkazimulo Applied Science which manufactures and supplies portable science kits to previously disadvantaged schools.