Western Cape individuals who have played a key role in uplifiting their communities were honoured last night, and included a small IT entrepreneur who has made a difference in training and employing people within the IT industry.
“Each year we seek to honour and celebrate personalities who have demonstrated their commitment to contribute to the development of the Western Cape through their entrepreneurial excellence, outstanding company performance and social responsibility in our communities. Business leaders with the passion and drive to consistently improve our economic and social welfare through their hard work, sheer determination and proven desire to transform our nation … by starting first with themselves, their own businesses and their local communities” says Gary Pickering, MD of KPMG in Cape Town.
At the prestigious annual awards ceremony held last night at the Mount Nelson Hotel, KPMG and the Cape Times, in association with the Graduate School of Business, recognised outstanding business and community personalities for their achievements and contributions to the Western Cape. Three categories of awards are given every year to worthy recipients: the “Cape Times/KPMG Business Personality of the Year” Award; the Judges Award; and the Editors Award. A Special Award was also presented this year.
The Editors Award was presented by Tyrone August, Editor of the Cape Times, last night to Luvuyo Rani, MD of Silulo Ulutho Technologies. Luvuyo started his own business three years ago in Khayelitsha, selling new and refurbished computers to schools and educators in the area, and eventually established an Internet café, training centre and office in a new Khayelitsha mall.
Rani has created employment for eith staff at Silulo Ulutho and currently has 50 fulltime students on his computer training courses. He has featured recently in local news articles and radio stations, and is accredited by the City of Cape Town’s business voucher program to offer mentoring to smaller, emerging businesses.
“It means that the dedication, hard work, perseverance and tenacity to ‘go all out’ in making a difference in Khayelitsha Community are finally bearing fruit. It gives us confidence to do more and make a difference in our communities … and hopefully I’ll be able to inspire other young people to believe in their dreams” says Rani.
The winner of the main award was Riaan Stassen, chief executive of Capitec Bank, the JSE-listed company established in 2001 that seeks to bring accessible, affordable banking to South Africans at every level, through the use of innovative technology and a unique banking model.
Graham Power, founder and chief executive of the Power Group of Companies, received a Special Award for his achievement in establishing one of the largest civil engineering contracting companies in the Western Cape.
The Judges Award was handed to Andrew Boraine, chief executive of the Cape Town Partnership, for his involvement and efforts in spearheading various city -mprovement programmes and urban renewal initiatives.