Musa Makhunga, President Durban Chamber, Michelle Phillips General Manager Commercial & Planning TPT, Gladwin Malishe 1st Vice President, Durban Chamber.
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Musa Makhunga, President Durban Chamber, Michelle Phillips General Manager Commercial & Planning TPT, Gladwin Malishe 1st Vice President, Durban Chamber. Photo: Supplied.
Nominees, 2017 KZN Exporter of Year Awards.
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Nominees, 2017 KZN Exporter of Year Awards. Photo: Supplied
DURBAN - The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Partnership with Transnet Port terminals KwaZulu-Natal Exporter of the Year Awards. 

KZN is home to two of the busiest and largest ports in South Africa. The business of exports helps in the improvemnet of South Africa's balance of trade through earning foreign revenue, which also boosts manufacturing demand domestically, in turn, creating jobs and develops skills. 

The role of exports in the country's economic strategy has become critical in developing and maintaining economic growth. 2017 marks the 17th year of the awards which acknowledge the role players in the export industry. The aim of the awards is to encourage new entries, aid existing exporters in expand their businesses and develop new markets. 

KZN's main export products include vehicles, iron, aluminium, steel, machinery, ore, paper, various chemical products, mineral fuels, mechanical appliances, pulp and electrical equipment. 

People in attendance the KZN Exporter of the Year Nominees Event. Photo: Supplied.
Exporters and individuals are encouraged to to enter these awards because increased participation from businesses across KZN will strengthen a global footprint in exports and make KZN more competitive. 

The chamber is committed to economic growth and development of KZN, South Africa and Africa as continent. Their main objective is to advocate on behalf of the eThekwini business community and also facilitate and promote economic growth in the region .

Dumile Cele, CEO of the Durban Chamber of Commerce said that the significance of taking a business from humble beginnings into the international arena is proof of strategic business focus, sound business principals, high customer focus, and continuous research and development. One of the sectors we have supported over many years is the export industry. 

Winners and nominees of the competition will receive media exposure and are offered assistance and close support in prerequisites to successful exports. They will also receive incentives for which they qualify. 

The list of nominees: 

New Exporter: 
1. Give it Back CC  
2. Siyakha Imperial Printing Co.  
3. Scenicel (Pty) Ltd  

Medium:   
1. Bata South Africa 
2. Factocode (Pty) Ltd
3. Saddler Belts & Leathercrafts (Pty) Ltd
4. Zungu-Elgin Engineering (Pty)Ltd          

Large:  
1. SAPPI Southern Africa
2. SUMITOMO Rubber South Africa (PTY) Ltd
3. Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd 
4. PKF Electronics Holdings Pty Ltd
5. Ferro South Africa 
6. CMA CGM Shipping Agency
7. Inhep Electronics
8. BBF SAFETY GROUP                  

Africa: 
1. Protea Chemicals 
2. SUMITOMO Rubber South Africa (PTY) Ltd
3. Ferro South Africa 
4. Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd 
5. Bata South Africa 
6. Inhep Electronics
7. Zungu-Elgin Engineering  (Pty) Ltd
8. BBF SAFETY GROUP

Service Providers:
1. Mediterranean Shippng Company ( Pty) Ltd
2. Saltrans Logistics
3. Triple S Shipping
4. Kuehne+Nagel (Pty) Ltd

Manufacturers: 
1. SAPPI Southern Africa
2. SUMITOMO Rubber South Africa (PTY) Ltd
3. Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd 
4. Bata South Africa 
5. Factocode (Pty) Ltd T/A Microfinish
6. Ferro South Africa 
7. Zungu-Elgin Engineering  (Pty) Ltd
8. Inhep Electronics
9. Scenicel (Pty) Ltd

Creative Industries:
1. Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust t/a Woza Moya
2. Africa! Ignite

The winners will announced on the 19th of October at the Awards Gala Banquet at the Durban ICC.

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