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Best African Electricity Company 2017 Eskom is a leading South African electricity company supplying around 45% of the electricity for the whole of Africa. We profile the firm to find out more and explore the secrets behind its success.

Also in this issue... Best Education Management Company - Gauteng & Award for Excellence in Training & Development Services - Institute of People Development

AOS Consulting

Editor’s Note

, Welcome to the 2017 MEAM South Africa Awards. As an ever expanding and evolving country, South Africa now houses a multitude of exciting markets ranging from construction to textiles and clothing. With recent enhancements in technology and renewable energy the MEAM South Africa Awards are looking to reward those excelling within what is quickly becoming one of the world’s most competitive markets. Therefore, the 2017 MEAM South Africa Awards have been designed to shine a light on the firms and individuals who are achieving outstanding results within industries that are constantly evolving.

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, 4. Eskom:

Best African Electricity Company 2017

8. The Institute of People Development: Best Education Management Company –

Gauteng & Award for Excellence in Training & Development Services

10. The Print Palace:

Best Printing Company 2017 - Tembisa

11. AOS Consulting Engineers:

Best HVAC Design & Engineering Consultancy Johannesburg

12. BCD Travel: Best Corporate Travel Management Consultancy 2017

13. Emergence Growth:

Best HR Consultancy 2017

14. Green Worx Cleaning Solutions: Most

Sustainable Cleaning Product Manufacturer 2017

15. Kynoch Fertilizer: Best Fertilizer Company 2017 & Award for Innovation in Crop Nutrition

16. Metal Technology Engineering:

Best Heat Treatment Services Provider 2017

17. Super Group:

Best Supply Chain Management Business 2017

18. PinkDrive: Best Breast Cancer Education NPO

2017 & Excellence Award for Free Examinations & Screening

19. Intelligent Edge Consulting:

Best International Organizational Culture Consultancy & Best International Global Business Speaker 2017

20. Info Tools:

Best Data Management Specialists 2017




Best African Electricity Company 2017 Eskom is a leading South African electricity company supplying around 45% of the electricity for the whole of Africa. We profile the firm to find out more and explore the secrets behind its success. Established in 1923, Eskom generates approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 45% of the electricity used in Africa. As such, the firm is now the world’s eleventh-largest power utility in terms of generating capacity, ranking ninth in terms of sales, and boasting the world’s largest dry-cooling power station. In order to ensure that it continues to succeed and offer its clients the very highest standards of service, Eskom’s mandate is to provide electricity in an efficient and sustainable manner, including its generation, transmission, and distribution and sales. Eskom is a critical and strategic contributor to the South African government’s goal of security of electricity supply in the country as well as economic growth and prosperity. Sharing knowledge and understanding of the vital role that the firm plays in South Africa, in 2016 “The Eskom Journey”, a television documentary series on Soweto TV presented by veteran media personality Tim Modise. This 13-part, 24-minute documentary series uniquely showcases the role that Eskom plays in the lives of every South African and the region at large. This informative and educational series is designed to give viewers insights into the Eskom business that they might otherwise not be aware of. The series covers pertinent

subjects such as public safety, electricity theft, non-payment, cable theft, illegal connections, vandalism, power outages, split and smart metering system, illegal pre-paid vouchers, meter by-passing and tampering, Eskom Research, testing and development, innovation, free basic electricity , inclining block tariffs, Eskom foundation and other key issues through story telling interviews with Eskom staff and customers as well as expertly narrated content by presenter Tim Modise.

and skills development.

Due to the vital nature of its activities and the issues of greenhouse gases and oil consumption, Eskom has integrated sustainable development issues into decision-making for many years. Given that its sector is long term in nature and that many decisions have implications for decades, it is vital that the firm take robust and responsible decisions.

While the existing sustainability strategy created in 2004 is still valid, these principles have been revised to ensure alignment with our long-term strategic business priorities1 and support of our reframing principles, while addressing short-term priorities.

As such, sustainability at Eskom refers to providing affordable energy and related services through the integration and consideration of economic development, environmental quality and social equity into business practices in order to continually improve performance and underpin development. This allows the company to take a long-term view and ensure that the scope of its work covers all relevant elements, assesses the practicality of implementation and includes issues such as technology development and deployment, quality, risk, safety


To ensure the relevance of our sustainability strategy, workshops were held with the Exco sustainability and safety subcommittee and board sustainability committee during the first quarter of 2009. These were aimed at reviewing recent developments, both locally and internationally, initiating a review of sustainable development in Eskom, related strategies and addressing focus areas into the future.

Sustainability is a vital part of Eskom’s work, as is ethics, and therefore the firm is committed to the highest standard of ethical conduct in all its actions and decisions. Ethics in Eskom is about accomplishing preferred ethical behaviours by living the Eskom values through its Code of Ethics, complying with laws and regulations, and considering the interests of all stakeholders in its actions and decisions. Eskom’s processes and practices are based on good corporate governance practices, which are underpinned by the ethical values of responsibility, accountability, fairness and transparency. To ensure that its ethics are never compromised and it always

offers clients the most ethical options possible, the firm has established an ethics office within its Corporate Governance Department to maintain an ethics programme within the Eskom, which promotes ethical behaviour within the workplace through the development and implementation of ethical standards, rules and frameworks for the organisation, and by providing an ethics advisory service in the form of a helpline, as well as ethics training to employees and directors. The firm’s programme is also externally focussed, encouraging anyone acting on behalf of Eskom or conducting business with Eskom to commit to the highest standard of ethical conduct in all actions and decisions. As part of this drive towards ethical electricity supply, staying ahead of the latest industry developments and ensuring that it is constantly complaint with the latest regulations and legislation is crucial for Eskom. The Board is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership, ensuring good corporate governance and ethics, determining policy, agreeing on performance criteria and delegating the detailed planning and implementation of policy to the Executive Management Committee (EXCO). The Board meets quarterly and monitors management’s compliance with policy and its achievements against objectives. A structured approach is followed for delegation, reporting and accountability, which includes

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reliance on various Board committees. The chairman guides and monitors the input and contribution of the directors. The Board has approved a Board charter that provides guidance to the directors in discharging their duties and responsibilities. Compliance, not only with the letter but also with the spirit of relevant governance codes, remains a priority for the organization. As a state-owned enterprise, Eskom is guided by the principles of the Code of Corporate Practices and Conduct contained in the King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa 2002 (King II Report), as well as the Protocol on Corporate Governance in the Public Sector 2002. Furthermore, the statutory duties, responsibilities and liabilities imposed on the directors of Eskom by the Companies Act, 71 of 2008, as amended, are augmented by those contained in the Public Finance Management Act, 1 of 1999, as amended by Act 29 of 1999 (PFMA).

Currently, Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. Additional power stations and major power lines are being built to meet rising electricity demand in South Africa. Eskom will continue to focus on improving and strengthening its core business of electricity generation, transmission, trading and distribution. Overall, Eskom buys electricity from and sells electricity to the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The future involvement in African markets outside South Africa (that is the SADC countries connected to the South African grid and the rest of Africa) is limited to those projects that have a direct impact on ensuring security of supply for South Africa.

Without collaboration such staying at the cutting edge of the latest market changes would be impossible, therefore Eskom maintains membership of many organisations, including the Corporate Council on Africa, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the International Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the firm partners with a vast network of affiliates from across the corporate space, including the Energy Access Partnership, the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Consulting Engineers South Africa. Alongside the main business’ work in electricity provision, Eskom Holdings’ Enterprises Division designs, builds and refurbishes Eskom’s assets, and acts as a catalyst for project development for the group. Eskom Enterprises’ main focus is to support Eskom Holdings and be the custodian of non-regulated businesses and offer strategic and commercial lifecycle services to the line divisions.


g Best African Electricity Company 2017 Company: Eskom Contact: Ayanda Dyantyi Contact Email: ayanda.dyantyi@eskom.co.za Address: Megawatt Park, Maxwell Drive, Stunninghill Sandton, South Africa Phone: 0027 11 800 8111 Web Address: www.eskom.co.za




Best Education Management Company – Gauteng & Award for Excellence in Training & Development Services The Institute of People Development (IPD) is committed to an ongoing process of achieving and maintaining its status as a “centre for learning excellence”. We profile the firm to find out more and explore the secrets behind its success so far. Founded in 1999, IPD strives to equip, prepare and certify Leaders, Managers and L&D practitioners in order to serve South Africa’s skills development strategy as well as facilitating the transformation of education and training. Over the years, IPD has become the preferred people development partner to most state owned and private enterprises in Southern Africa. Building a culture of lifelong learning means creating a learning enterprise. It means thinking laterally, changing negative attitudes and encouraging employers and workers to accept skills development as a vital contributor to improving productivity and competitiveness. The need is for creative lateral thinking. IPD firmly believes in maintaining compliance with South Africa’s affirmative action and BroadBased Black Economic Empowerment requirements, and thus the company’s Employment Equity objective remains at 60% black. We are a Micro Exempt company with a level 4 BBBEE. Initially, IPD provided SDF Training but the company soon expanded its service offering to include all accredited Learning and Development

training courses, as well as full NQF level four and five qualifications. In 2005 IPD added a Higher Certificate, NQF level six qualification to its stable and instituted a policy of Recognition of Prior Learning of all qualifications. As the company continued to grow, it began offering consulting services in the Learning and Development in 2008. In 2015 IPD extended scope to include Management Qualifications and programmes to increase Leadership development. In line with this new offering, IPD began hosting breakfast seminars offering continuous professional development learning interventions. Directors Mark Orpen and Gizelle McIntyre currently drive the business, and have defined the core business of IPD as; accredited training, management training, specialist consulting and alumni support services. Additionally, IPD offers professional, customised and highly adaptable consulting services that deliver targeted sustainable skills development solutions and a measurable Return on Investment. True skills development solutions are tailor-made depending on clients’ needs, garnering an excited, skilled and productive workforce. IPD’s consulting services include various continuous professional


development learning interventions.

credibility and industry relevance as both useful and valuable.

IPD’s directors attribute its success to constant innovation in Skills Development, a long standing and reliable brand image, strong business architecture and professional service delivery. The company’s unique selling proposition is that it manages the outsourcing of specialist consulting and facilitation in excellence, while the IPD curriculum remains well conceptualised and ahead of evolving market needs and trends. IPD’s clients regard its long-range views, diverse philosophies, collaborative partnership approach, academic

Looking ahead, focus areas for growth within the business include the firm’s specialist consulting business, accredited training and its alumni support services business. Through this growth strategy, IPD aims to be well prepared for the opportunities that will arise when the expected shifts in the quality assurance regime are implemented in South Africa, which is estimated to occur in the year 2020. The company’s immediate goals include maintaining its current position as market leader.


Best Education Management Company – Gauteng & Award for Excellence in Training & Development Services

Company: The Institute of People Development (IPD) Contact: Gizelle Mc Intyre Contact Email: gizellem@peopledev.co.za Address: 43 Norfolk Road, Carlswald, Midrand Johannesburg, South Africa Phone: 0027 11 315 2913

Mark Orpen, CEO

Gizelle McIntyre, Director




Best Printing Company 2017 - Tembisa The Print Palace offers a complete range of printing, marketing and branding solutions ideal for both indoor and outdoor activities. We profile the firm to find out more.

Establish in 2006, to date the Print Palace have been providing Printing,branding, graphic design services to private and public clients. Operating collaboratively, the firm is dedicated to growing together with its clients by helping them to achieve their goals. This is achieved by offering more than just printing services; the Print Palace also provide dedicated support and advice to ensure that clients purchase exactly what they need to grow and prosper. Digital media has changed since the firm was founded over 11 years ago, with the advent of new technologies such as direct printing allowing the Print Palace to save time and money, thereby enabling its growth and ensuring its success. Within the developing space of South Africa’s growing corporate landscape the company has flourished.

Looking to the future, the Print Palace is being moving towards online store and building it IT department to help clients with web related issues. By diversifying and moving into the ever expanding web services space the firm hopes to build upon its current success and support an even wider range of clients.

Company: The Print Palace Contact: James Maepa Contact Email: james@theprintpalace.co.za Address: 505 rev namanedrive, Makhulong Section Tembisa, PO Box 3900, Kempton Park, 1620, South Africa Phone: +27 79 245 0134 Web Address: www.theprintpalace.co.za www.moila.co.za




Best HVAC Design & Engineering Consultancy - Johannesburg AOS Consulting Engineers is a specialist professional consultancy firm providing mechanical, electrical, project management and sustainability consultancy services. We invited Olu Soluade to tell us more about the firm and the services it offers. AOS is a consultancy practice known for excellence and effective delivery thanks to its commitment to the delivery of Absolutely Outstanding Service, which is where the firm derives its name. This focus shapes every aspect of the firm’s work, as Olu emphasises. “Here at AOS, our Mission is to ensure that customers and clients satisfaction is guaranteed through service delivery, professional excellence and personal attention. Our objective is to assist our client to achieve a development in accordance with best practice, international benchmarks and remain mindful of local conditions of the countries where we operate. “In order to achieve these aims, we continually improve and deliver professional service to our clients. We do not hold back in implementing new technologies that will result in lower lifecycle cost to our clients and the reduction of the carbon footprint. Our focus on client service enables the client to focus on their primary service and improve their productivity.” Looking to the future, Olu believes that the firm’s ongoing focus on excellence will help drive the firm to even further success. “Moving forward, AOS remains committed to providing both staff and clients with the very highest

standard of service and support. We are here to serve and aim to continue offering the very best solutions on the market.”

Company: AOS Consulting Engineers (PTY) LTD Name: Mr Olu Soluade, Pr Eng, Pr CPM, Green Star SA AP, LEED AP BD+C Email: olu@aosconsulting.co.za Web Address: www.aosconsulting.co Address: TFT House, 13 Challenger Avenue, International Business Gateway Park, Cnr New Road & 6th Road, Midrand, Johannesburg, 1685, South Africa Telephone: +27 11 805 5414




Best Corporate Travel Management Consultancy 2017 BCD Travel is a market leading travel management consultancy with offices across South Africa. We profile the firm to find out more and explore the secrets behind the phenomenal success it has achieved so far. With parent group BCD Group founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and the firm itself formed in 2008, since inception BCD Travel has been dedicated to helping companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travellers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, the firm are committed to supporting clients travel smart and achieve more. This ambitious aims is achieved in more than 110 countries by over 12.000 creative, committed and experienced people. This dedicated workforce and focus on client satisfaction is how BCD Travel have maintained an industry-leading client-retention rate of 97%, with 2015 sales of US$23.8 billion. The group consists of a number of subsidiaries including BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and joint ventures Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications) and AERTrade International (consolidating and fulfilment).

What unites these firms is their dedication to providing the very highest standard of support and service to their clients. Overall, BCD Travel is on a mission to help people and companies travel smart and achieve more. Moving forward, achieving this mission will be the firm’s ongoing focus.


Company: BCD Travel Contact: Dalitso Mwale Contact Email: Dalitso.Mwale@bcdtravel.co.za Address: 4 Church Square, Cnr Spoopin & Parliament Streets, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa Phone: 0027 21462 4103 Website: www.bcdtravel.com



Best HR Consultancy 2017 Emergence Growth is one of Africa’s premier human capital and reward consultancies, with offices in just under 10 African countries. Dr Pat Smythe, Executive Chairman, provides us with an overview of the firm and the range of services it offers. Emergence Growth works with organisations ranging in size from global multi-nationals with staff complements of over 300 000 to entrepreneurs that are starting out. This has required flexibility in consulting practices and pricing for their services. In doing this, the firm have had to pioneer divergent ways of supporting their clients. Having clients in rural areas in remote towns across the continent has necessitated the innovative use of technology. Their end-toend service offering enables them to service all their clients’ human capital needs, from recruitment and on-boarding to termination of service. In order to be the premier human capital consultancy in Africa, Emergence Growth needs to continue delivering a superior service, and ensuring the provision of innovative solutions that are tailored specifically to organisation’s needs. The firm is able to compete head-on with global consultancies as it is nimble enough to move quickly, and big enough through its partnerships with Gallup, SHRM and other specialised global players to be at the forefront of thought leadership. It can also provide a service that is unmatched on the African continent. In order to offer the very highest standard of service, the company has developed much of its own technology from job profiling technology to job evaluation

to real time performance management, employee engagement, reward systems, identification of skills needs to learner management systems. It is constantly in search of identifying new forms of technology to improve the efficiency of human capital departments across the continent. With the emergence of a younger workforce, the need to adapt leadership styles in the world of work is beginning to dawn on Africa’s HR and line leadership. These new demands are requiring a coaching style of leadership, specifically aligned to people’s talents, as well as a flexible and developmental work culture. Africa has always been strong on the softer issues such as wellness, time off for bereavement. The new hard-wired reality will require ongoing performance discussions and reward for improved performance. Alongside this dynamic and innovative workforce, Emergence Growth believes that one of the benefits of being South African based is its ability to reach most parts of the continent with a single flight, thus reducing excessive travel time to deliver services to their clients. Johannesburg is the central hub of the world’s major airlines. Being the economic capital of Africa, Johannesburg has an infrastructure that allows for the innovative use of technology and a ready supply of talent.

Overall, Emergence Growth is immensely proud to have won this award as it validates the hard work that all staff, from Directors to the housekeeper, have delivered in pursuit of excellence. Although the organisation does not always get it right, this success is largely due to an ongoing desire to put into practice in their own organisation the message they give to their clients, as Pat explains: “Apart from bottom line results, organisations need to develop their talent and ensure that staff achieve high levels of engagement in order to maximise their discretionary effort. Emergence Growth staff are often seen working on weekends and public holidays for their clients voluntarily.” Looking ahead, during 2017 Emergence Growth looks set to more than double its annual turnover, increase its staff complement by almost 50%, open offices in a further five locations across the continent, dramatically increase its technology footprint (including predictive analytics and artificial intelligence) and train an estimated 200 new coaches across the continent. Over the coming years, in South Africa and further afield on the rest of the continent, growing the coaching and leadership side of the business into Africa will continue to be one of the major goals. It is a continent that has a thirst for knowledge today, and a desire for help to make the changes yesterday. This desire for help has seen a significant

growth in interest for new style leadership programs and global HR development. Ultimately, Emergence Growth believes that Africa will eventually move out of archaic leadership practices, but when it does it will become the blueprint for the rest of the world.

Contact: Dr Pat Smythe, Executive Chairman Contact Email: info@emergencegrowth.com Address: 328 Main Avenue, Ferndale Randburg, 2194, South Africa Phone: 0027 11 026 3442




Most Sustainable Cleaning Product Manufacturer 2017 Green Worx Cleaning Solutions is South Africa’s leading developer and manufacturer of green cleaning products that are kind to people and the environment. We profile the firm to find out more about the creative cleaning solutions it offers and explore the secrets behind its success so far. Green Worx is a proudly South African, ISO 14001, Global GreenTag, SABS and Green Building Council of South Africa (GBSCA) certified company that formulates products to tackle everyday cleaning challenges that are experienced in homes, businesses and the environment as a whole. Many of these formulations and designs are a first in South Africa. Green Worx also works closely with some the world’s leading innovators of green cleaning technology. This means that they are able to deliver highly effective bio-enzyme technology products that are environmentally responsible, get the job done and are very cost effective compared to traditional chemicals. Following extensive research Green Worx teamed up with the world’s foremost technologically advanced bio enzyme and sustainable surfactant producers to offer reliable, affordable and effective green cleaning solutions. The range is based on proven, world class eco-friendly solutions that are capable of eliminating all forms of dirt and grime without using harmful chemicals or damaging our fragile eco-system. The range includes green cleaning solutions suitable for floors, carpets, surfaces, special purposes,

laundry and dishwashing cleaners and detergents, septic tanks, grease traps as well as hygiene and odour control products for restrooms. To ensure the highest possible standards, Green Worx acquires its biological and enzymatic active ingredients from the world’s leading bio-enzyme companies and blends these into the greenest eco-friendly and most advanced cleaning products on the market. The capabilities of its selected microbes are a specially selected blend of specialized, enzyme-producing microbes and formulation ingredients that are combined to optimize the degradation of animal and vegetable grease, fats and oils including the optimal degradation of organic waste/dirt without compromising the environment. As such, these unique products are ideal for homes, businesses, restaurants, hospitals, clinics, food manufacturers, cleaning contractors, sanitation and hygiene companies, facilities management companies, engineering plants, wastewater treatment operations, shopping malls and restrooms. These innovative solutions work with specially selected bacteria and natural enzymes to break down dirt and grease into organic nutrients which are then released safely back into the environment.


The key benefits are that harmful chemical compounds are not released into the atmosphere or into the water systems and also that clients’ workers are not exposed to toxic fumes and chemicals. This increases safety and productivity while reducing staff absenteeism. Also, the more regularly the Green Worx products are used, the more effective they become. Ultimately, Green Worx has access to global resources and we are committed to help you overcome every cleaning

challenge that clients may be facing, and are, therefore, the ideal partner for all their clients’ cleaning needs.

Company: Green Worx Cleaning Solutions Contact: John Coetzee Contact Email: John@green-worxcs.co.za Address: Quartz Drive, Unit 1, New Port Business Park, Kya Sands Business Park, Kya Sands, Johannesburg, 2163, South Africa Phone: 0027 11708 6626 Website: www.green-worxcs.co.za



Best Fertilizer Company 2017 & Award for Innovation in Crop Nutrition Kynoch Fertilizer is a leading importer, blender and retailer of a complete range of granular, liquid and speciality fertilizers in South- and Southern Africa. We caught up with Eugene Muller to tell us more about the firm and the innovative array of products it offers. Established in South Africa in 1888, and introducing Fertilizer into the local market in 1918, Kynoch has since grown into a leader in the South African fertilizer market, and operates warehouses as well as import and blending facilities in all the major ports in the Southern Africa Region and several inland locations. Owing to its vast experience in the market, Kynoch is the exclusive distributor of globally proven Agrotain® nitrogen stabilisers supplied by Koch Industries in South Africa and many other African countries. To offer the complete the full range of plant nutrition requirements, it also provides fertilizer raw materials, products and enhancers which are sourced both locally and internationally. Eugene outlines the firm’s overall focus and how it works to achieve this by offering a diverse range of products to support its clients. “Here at Kynoch, our vision is to be an innovative plant nutrition supplier that complements our clients’ businesses through Yield Enhancing TechnologiesTM, Yield Enhancing ServicesTM and innovation. This, as well as a comprehensive range of agronomic services, plant nutrient schedulingTM aligned to plant development and growth enhancers allows us and our clients to manage the

development of their crops optimally. “To help us achieve this, Kynoch has developed a complete range of nutrition products to cater for the crop-specific and growthstage specific needs of your crops. With Kynoch’s innovative and tailor-made products clients can apply fertilizer according to the needs and growth stages of their different crops. In this way, Kynoch ensures that your crops are given what they need, when they need it most. Furthermore, clients have peace of mind, because they know that with Kynoch on their farm from the outset, they get the most out of their crop and can be assured of improved efficiency in crop quality and yield potential.” Kynoch has been a leader in bringing innovative technologies to the local farmer when it introduced nitrogen stabilizers to the market. As exclusive distributor of patented Agrotain®technology supplied by Koch Industries, Kynoch introduced KynoPlusTM to the local market. Since 2010 the results seen when applying this technology that reduces nitrogen volatilisation has been astounding. KynoPlusTM was only the first product in a range of N-hanced-NTM nitrogen fertilizer blends that controls nitrogen volatilisation, nitrification and leaching. Eugene discusses the firm’s latest innovation and how this will support its clients even further.

“Recently Kynoch has also developed its own foliar range to address the specific needs of different crops and is referred to as our OEMFF®-range. This product range had been developed with the specific crop’s physiology in mind and as a result this offering does not follow a “one-size-fits-all” approach but is designed to be both crop specific and growth-stage specific. As and when better performing enhancers become available, this range is updated and generation three of this product range will be launched during 2017.” Looking to the future, Eugene is excited for the upcoming developments the firm has in store as it seeks to grow even further and continue to offer its clients the very highest standards of both product and service. “Producers are serviced by an extremely knowledgeable sales and agronomic technical support team. The entire Kynoch-team is excited about the future and is looking forward to service our customers and to make a difference on the farm. Clients are always welcome to speak to one of our regional managers, sales personnel or agriculturalists to find out more regarding the specific products that will address their specific needs.” “Overall, our ongoing focus will be continuing to make a difference to crop producers in Southern Africa. Soon we are due to

showcase Kynoch’s premium offering to producers throughout Africa, based on the existing ETG footprint in Africa, and we are excited to explore the reaction to this and take advantage of the additional opportunities it offers our firm.”

Contact: Eugene Muller Address: 1st floor ETG house, 62 Wierda Road East, Sandton, 2146, South Africa Phone: 0027 11317 2000 Web Address: www.kynoch.co.za




Best Heat Treatment Services Provider 2017 Metal Technology Engineering (MTE) has been offering heat treatment services to Gauteng and surrounding areas for over 27 years and continues to offer quality heat treatment to date. We profile the firm to find out more and examine the secrets behind its success. Cowies Heat Treatment (pty) Ltd trading as Metal Technology Engineering is a small family owned heat treatment business that has been operating from Alrode in Alberton for the past 27 years. The company was registered in 1990 by Mr Ken Cowie, hence the name Cowies Heat Treatment, and under his leadership, MTE established itself as a reliable company for heat treatment services. Due to the retirement of Ken Cowie in 2008, the business was sold to Brandon Eatwell and since then the company has grown from strength to strength. As a jobbing shop, we offer our clients great service with many clients getting a 24 hour turn around. We offer a wide range of conventional heat treatment options such as Carburizing, Hardening, Liquid Nitriding, Tufftriding, Stress Relieving, Annealing, Precipitation Hardening, Austempering of steel and ductile iron to name but a few. It is certainly an honour to have won the award for best heat treatment service provide for 2017. We firmly believe that customer service and quality are commitments that we aspire to and the fact that we were nominated is testament to the way our clients feel about us. Our mission is to provide professional heat treatment solutions to our clients to ensure the effective enhancement of the metallurgical properties of their components

through controller processing. This is made possible through the expertise of well trained staff, a strict adherence to quality controls and procedures and a willingness at all times to offer the very best in customer service while operating in a credible and ethical manner. We believe that our personal interaction with our clients and our willingness to go the extra mile and the fact that we see ourselves as an extension of our clients business sets us apart from our competitors and creates long term relationships based on mutual trust, value and integrity. We conduct all our heat treatment through molten salt baths and while this mode of heat treatment has been around for many years, the methods of controlling and monitoring have evolved to ensure high levels of quality control and reproducibility. We


make use of state of the art RKC and CAHO temperature controllers which are monitored via SPECVIEW SCADA software to ensure that all our furnaces and processes are logged, recorded and analysed 24 hours a day. We also have a fully functioning metallurgical laboratory where we carry out a wide variety of quality control checks to ensure that all components processed through our plant adhere to the specifications provided. Our largest clients are suppliers to the mining industry and the deep drilling industry, but we provide services to a wide range of engineering companies from the smallest one-man operation to large multinational companies. Unfortunately, we have noticed a decline in these industries over the last few years and our unstable political climate in South Africa has not helped the

economic situation or the steady decline in engineering in our country. However, it is not all doom and gloom and we are always keeping our options open with regards to new clients and more niche processes. Moving forward, we would like to achieve ISO9001 accreditation which will further cement our reputation as a leading Heat Treater in South Africa.

Company: Metal Technology Engineering Contact: Brandon Eatwell Contact Email: brandon@ metaltechnology.co.za Address: 144 (11) Chris Street, Alrode, Alberton, South Africa Phone: 0027 1186427 90 Website: metaltechnology.co.za



Best Supply Chain Management Business 2017 Super Group is a leading transport logistics and mobility group listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE). We caught up with CEO Peter Mountford to find out more about the firm and the services it offers. Founded in 1986, Super Group provides end-to-end supply chain solutions, fleet management and dealership services to a diversified global customer base. Super Group is an integrated “mobility” business comprising of three distinct divisions, namely Supply Chain, Fleet Solutions and Dealerships. Super Group’s supply chain division provides a platform for the group’s core expertise and offerings. This expertise is applied into vertically integrated divisions covering vehicle dealerships and fleet management. The businesses focus on offering a comprehensive range of services, utilising connective technologies and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Peter discusses the group’s service offering in more detail. “Super Group is essentially a supply chain mobility company revolving around the optimisation of supply chain processes and vehicle fleets with a strong IT focus and technology underpin. Our business encompasses the planning and management of all activities across the supply chain from the sourcing, procurement, transport, warehousing and distribution of goods and services. This is made possible through coordination and collaboration with our valued channel partners; being suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers or customers. In essence, Super Group integrates supply and demand management within and across companies.” The strategic vision for Super Group is to provide end-to-end

supply chain solutions, fleet management and dealership services to a diversified customer base in Africa, Australia, New Zealand the United Kingdom and Europe and to become a leading transport logistics and mobility group in the countries in which it operates. Super Group’s position as an innovative, integrated mobility solutions company is compelling and the Group is committed to the growth of its core businesses, both organically and through strategic and focused acquisition opportunities, locally and internationally. Much of this growth has been supported by Peter himself, as he has worked hard, alongside his team, to achieve excellence for the group since he became CEO seven years ago. He talks us through how the group has grown since he joined and the techniques he implemented in order to ensure that the Super Group supported its clients and achieved excellence for both them and itself. “When I was appointed CEO of Super Group in July 2009, the company was facing major challenges with significant borrowings and some seriously underperforming businesses. Despite this, I believed in the strength of the underlying businesses as well as the strong management team and entrepreneurial culture that existed within Super Group. We had a clear strategy to sell underperforming assets, optimise cost structures, focus on our core business whilst regenerating the supply chain business; and I really believed we had the right management in many of our

divisions, and we still do have those individuals today. “In the restructuring process and implementation of the turnaround strategy, I was ably supported by the executive management team of Super Group and the board of directors and this award would not have been possible without their support as well as the commitment of all who work at Super Group.” Alongside a focus on employing a strong team, Peter is also mindful of the need for technology which enables it to remain at the forefront of the latest market developments to better support its clients. “At Super Group, we believe that an investment in technology is more than just implementing the solution. We work with our clients to identify goals, measure results and continue to provide ongoing service to ensure that tangible value is realised. We provide custom solutions that are scalable to any industry and any supply chain environment with the key focus on delivering profits and enhancing competitive advantage.” Having made a mark on the South African market, moving forward the group’s focus is firmly on expanding geographically into exciting new regions, as Peter concludes. “Looking ahead, Super Group are expecting the countries in which we operate to show low levels of domestic growth due to political and economic uncertainties. A number of European countries are facing an election year and the

decision by the United Kingdom to exit from the European Union has also dampened the outlook, pending Brexit resolution. The Australian economy is also facing some challenges with weak commodity prices and modest Chinese growth projections. “Nevertheless, we are cautiously optimistic regarding growth prospects across the group’s businesses and believe that the group’s strategy of being an innovative, integrated mobility solutions company is resolute. We will continue to strive to be the service provider of choice in all of our various businesses, while at the same time identifying acquisition opportunities that are complementary to our core businesses.”

Contact: Peter Mountford Contact Email: peter.mountford@supergrp.com Address: 27 Impala Road, Chislehurston, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2146, South Africa Telephone: 0027 11 523 4000 Web Address: www.supergroup.co.za




Best Breast Cancer Education NPO 2017 & Excellence Award for Free Examinations & Screening PinkDrive, South Africa’s best-loved breast cancer community carer, is the indispensable, tangible breast cancer Non-Profit Company (NPC), powering South Africa’s only mobile women’s health mammography and gynaecology units. We caught up with Noelene Kotschan, CEO and Founder, to learn more about the vital services the company provides. All PinkDrive units travel to semi-urban and urban areas around South Africa with the aim of enabling all medically uninsured access to women’s health services. These services include free education on women’s health, free mammograms, free pap smears, free clinical examinations and how to do breast selfexaminations. Noelene outlines the organisations’ aims and how it works to achieve these. “Here at PinkDrive, we are on a mission to ensure PinkDrive’s Mobile units benefit the greater communities across South Africa, and ensure sustainability through publicprivate-partnerships. In addition, we seek to obtain long term sponsorships and partnerships to enhance sustainability of the project, with a focus on delivering comprehensive health, education and access to cancer screening services. We also seek to maximise our relations with relevant health professional organizations to offer inclusive services when out in communities, and, ultimately, offer a national roll-out of our programme with representation in all nine provinces of South Africa.

“To achieve these goals, we actively work to raise both funds and awareness through various campaigns. There are many challenges, but we learn from these and they drive us to achieve even more.” Drawing on its vast experience in the South African healthcare and not-for-profit sector gives PinkDrive a strong overview of this market, which Noelene is happy to share with us as she outlines the benefits she sees for her organisation in this dynamic region. “In my opinion, the perception of where funds are spent, is changing in South Africa. People, organisations and corporates are almost expecting to “see” where their funds are going. This is understandable in the current financial climate. I do believe that is one of our major advantages. We can provide all our financial records; we have the mobile units to show how we provide services and we have all our statistics that can be seen as a direct indication of the work we do on a daily basis. This is the expected ROI a funder wants to see. “In addition, as a developing country, South Africa has a lot of


“short comings” within e.g. the health sector. This gives PinkDrive the opportunity to excel in our field, be part of policy making and give input into issues concerning our field. Most importantly, we are able to bridge the gap between the private and public sector and afford citizens accessibility to the much-needed cancer services.” Looking to the future, Noelene’s dream is to offer one mobile unit in each of the nine provinces of South Africa. She concludes by discussing how PinkDrive’s latest fundraising campaign will help it to achieve this ambitious target. “Currently we are in the final phases of launching two new initiatives called PinkFly and PinkMobile. The PinkFly initiative

will target the aviation industry. The virtual mobile network, PinkMobile, will be the “breast” mobile network in South Africa. These initiatives will assist in raising funds and creating awareness for the cause. It will help us to reach more communities in a much shorter space of time and ultimately support more residents.”

Company: Pink Drive Contact: Noelene Kotschan Contact Email: noelene@pinkdrive.co.za Address: 21 Bond Street, Ferndale 2194 Randburg, Johannesburg, 2194, South Africa Phone: 0027 83460 6146 Web Address: www.pinkdrive.co.za



Best International Organizational Culture Consultancy & Best International Global Business Speaker 2017 Intelligent Edge Consulting is a boutique consulting firm based in Johannesburg. We invited CEO and Founder Billy Selekane to talk us through the firm and the range of services it offers. Drawing on the vast experience of CEO and Founder Billy, Intelligent Edge Consulting specialises in organizational culture design; leadership development; inspirational keynotes; coaching; strategy formulation and implementation; change management; as well as organizational design and effectiveness. Since inception the company has flourished to become the best in assisting organizations in building powerful, robust and values driven cultures. Billy outlines how far the firm has come since inception and how it works to ensure that its clients receive the very highest standard of service and support. “Here at Intelligent Edge Consulting, we operate globally, working in countries around the world including the USA, France, UAE, and the UK as well as a number of African countries. Working with such a diverse range of clients from different countries, backgrounds and cultures has provided us with a wealth of knowledge and understanding which we incorporate into every

project we undertake. The creation of success is our core aim, and to achieve this we create cutting edge and disruptive processes tailored to meet the needs of our clients.” Moving forward Billy has grand plans for the firm which revolve around growth and expansion, as he is proud to conclude. “Looking to the future, we are going to be a $1 Billion turnover with offices in major commercial centres of the world and being a global leader in organizational culture design and implementation. These plans offer many great opportunities for growth which everyone here at Intelligent Edge Consulting is excited to take advantage of.”

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Company: Intelligent Edge Consulting (PTY) Ltd Contact: Billy Selekane Contact Email: billy@billyselekane.com Address: 777 Commissioner street, Corner house building, 5th Floor, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa Phone: 0027 11 492 0006




Best Data Management Specialists 2017 Infotools SA is an innovative international software supplier based in South Africa. We invited Hilary Crowther to tell us more about the firm and the range of products and services it offers. Infosense acquired the Africa-wide distribution rights for Information Tools Limited products and services in 1995, commencing trading 1st March 1995 in South Africa. In November 2010 Infosense changed its name to Infotools South Africa to align with the global company. Today, the firm has offices in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Currently, Infotools South Africa focuses on Information Tools Limited products and services as well as Geospatial Mapping and online visualization tools. The firm’s core products are HARMONI Analysis Software and the Visulite Online Knowledge Bank Platform. These are supported with other services such as marketing consoles, dashboards and database engineering. Hilary outlines the firm’s client focused mission and the techniques it implements to achieve this. “Here at Infotools, we are on a mission to use a combination of our products and services to allow our clients to unlock the potential and added-value in their marketing and sales data for improved strategic insights. To achieve this, our team continuously innovates and stretches the boundaries of product performance to provide solutions for global dissemination of core consumer insights. “It is this innovative focus that sets us apart from our competitors. We

challenge convention because we do not believe in the traditional way of doing things, so you will not find any other company that does what we do. We strive to become partners with our clients, building strong and lasting relationships. Our team go the extra mile to immerse themselves in the data we deal with, which in turn gives our clients the confidence that their data quality and integrity is never compromised.” Based in South Africa, Hilary is keen to outline the benefits of operating in such a dynamic and growing corporate landscape. “Being based in South Africa provides us with a unique perspective on the African continent and the challenges that business faces. Simple elements such as energy to remain connected is a challenge and our off and online product solutions can cater for this. Access to the clients in other African countries is a few hours’ flight away, giving us the opportunity to still provide personal interaction and face-toface training for our users. “The corporate market In South Africa clearly understands the need for a consumer centric outlook and Infotools SA are developing avenues to assist in generating answers from innovative platforms. Traditional consumer research is changing rapidly and South African businesses are looking outside the traditional to incorporate innovation, especially in the social media arena.”


Looking ahead, expansion and growth are the Infotool’s core focuses, according to Hilary, who believes that the firm’s ongoing growth will help it to further build on its already phenomenal success. “Overall, our future is bright and promising. We are expanding rapidly into Africa and at the same time developing data skills with users wherever we go. This is an essential business skill and our involvement in the discovery that businesses are making regarding consumer insights is extremely exciting. Expanding our product

range to create a holistic view of the market, has assisted in disseminating insights far beyond just marketing divisions.”

Contact: Hilary Crowther Contact Email: hilary@infotools.co.za Phone: 0027 11 704 0130 Website: www.infotools.com

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