The South African chapter of the World Entrepreneur Awards is calling for nominations for the categories of best entrepreneur and best emerging entrepreneur for 2009.
The awards, sponsored by Ernst & Young in partnership with First National Bank, aim to recognise the exceptional achievements of South African entrepreneurs and their efforts in creating jobs and contributing to the growth of the country's economy.
The awards have seen winners from across the spectrum of South African business recognised for their visionary leadership. These have included the late Bill Lynch from Imperial Holdings, Koos Bekker from Naspers and Ndaba Ntsele from Pamodzi.
Last year's winner was James Blakemore – Zest Electric Group who will represent South Africa in Monte Carlo at the Global Awards Ceremony in May this year.
"The World Entrepreneur Awards offer a platform for entrepreneurs to interact with business leaders in order to strengthen their business and personal skills. The media coverage received by finalists and winners highlights the valuable contribution these entrepreneurs have made to the South African economy, both socially and economically," says Zanele Xaba, country leader: World Entrepreneur Awards Programme at Ernst & Young.
Now in its twelfth year in South Africa, the awards form part of a global Ernst & Young programme, which recognises and rewards entrepreneurship over 50 countries.