Key KZN exporters under the spotlight

06 October 2017 | Web Article Number: ME20176775

Commerce & Trade
Import / Export
Key KZN exporters under the spotlight
Musa Makhunga (President of Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Michelle Phillips (General Manager: Transnet Port Terminals Commercial and National Planning), Gledwin Malishe – Vice President of Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

THE Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) hosted a breakfast on 04 October to announce the nominees of this year’s KZN Exporter of the Year Awards. 

This the 17th year of the awards which aim to encourage new entrants and help existing exporters grow their businesses and develop new markets.

“It is fitting that during Transport and Maritime Month that we recognize exporters who are key role players and drivers for what make a good economy work,” said TPT Chief Executive Nozipho Sithole.

 “Our partnership with these companies and individuals who are at the forefront of exporting is vital because we as a leading terminal operator play a critical role in ensuring that the wheels of this country’s economy are continuously turning. We are proud to be still be involved with an event of this magnitude.”  

KZN’s major export products include aluminum, vehicles, iron, steel, ore, machinery, paper, pulp, a variety of chemical products, mineral fuels, oils, mechanical appliances and electrical equipment. Exporting companies and individuals are encouraged to enter these awards as increased participation from businesses across KZN will only strengthen a global footprint in exports and make the province more competitive.

“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,” said Dumile Cele, CEO of the Durban Chamber.

According to the chamber, winners and nominees of the competition receive media exposure and are offered assistance and close support as well as access to incentives for which they qualify. This is through the strategic partners that support the awards which include; the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Economic Affairs, Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal, EThekwini Maritime Cluster, Small Enterprise Development Agency and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation.  

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

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This year’s nominees in seven categories are:

New Exporter:

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


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


  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


  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

Service Providers:

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


  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

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