Acclaim for top KZN exporters

30 October 2017 | Web Article Number: ME20177184

Commerce & Trade
Import / Export

THE outstanding performance of KwaZulu-Natal companies exporting goods from the province was recognised at the 17th edition of the 2017 KZN Exporter of the Year awards held at the Durban ICC recently.

The awards are hosted by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), and are designed to honour and promote large and small businesses that have proved their excellence in tough international markets and to inspire other ambitious companies to export their goods and services. 

During her keynote speech, TPT Chief Executive Nozipho Sithole highlighted the vital role exports play in growing the region and country’s economy. “Exports play an important role in our economy by influencing the level of economic growth, employment and the balance of payments,” Sithole said.

“Traditionally export jobs have been in manufacturing industries – an important source of full-time employment, especially in industrial regions. However, in recent years, exports have become more diversified with a greater reliance on service sector based exports, which is why over the past two years we introduced new categories at these awards.”

Durban Chamber CEO Dumile Cele stressed the need for more companies to enter the export space, saying this was the only way to reverse the trade deficit and ensure stability and growth of the economy. 

KZN exports have increased and more than doubled to an estimated R122.8 billion in 2015 from an estimated R46.6 billion in 2005. This is a contribution of 18.9% as a proportion of GDP. This also constitutes 11.8% of South Africa’s exports which is second after Gauteng (64.3%). KZN has a comparative advantage as the province is home to the busiest ports, Durban and Richards Bay.
KZN’s manufacturing sector is the second largest in the country with almost 30% of South Africa’s manufactured exports produced in the province.
The Durban South Basin is a key manufacturing and industrial zone of the city, contributing a major part of Durban’s GDP and providing 10% of the country’s manufacturing jobs.
The top five manufacturing industries in the province, in terms of employment, are clothing, textiles and footwear, food and beverages, basic iron and steel and metal products, chemicals and plastic and paper and publishing. KZN is also a significant producer of vehicles and vehicle components. The winners in their categories were:


  1. Siyakha Imperial - winner
  2. Give IT Back - Finalist
  3. Scenicell (Avolands) - Finalist


  1. Factocode (Microfinish) - winner
  2. Bata South Africa – Finalist
  3. Zungu Elgin Engineering – Finalist       


  1. SAPPI – winner
  2. Inhep Electronic Holdings - Finalist
  3. SUMITOMO Rubber SA Finalist


  1. Bata – winner
  2. Inhep Electronic Holdings - Finalist
  3. SUMITOMO Rubber SA - Finalist

Service providers:

  1. Kuehne & Nagel – winner Saltrans Logistics – Finalist
  2. CMA CGM Shipping – Finalist
  3. Special award - Mediterranean Ship-ping Company – Consistency award


  1. SAPPI Southern Africa - Winner
  2. Inhep Electronic Holdings - Finalist
  3. SUMITOMO Rubber SA – Finalist

Agro Processing:

  1. Scenicell (Avolands)- Winner

Creative Industries:

  1. Africa! Ignite - Winner
  2. Hillcrest Aid Centre – Finalist


  1. Toyota South Africa - Winner
  2. PFK Electronics Finalist

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