2017 KBF Awards

Noninees for / Nominasies vir:


Business Leader of the Year / Sakeleier van die jaar

  1. JP Venter – Super Spar Jeffreys Bay and other businesses in Kouga.
  2. Wernich Cronje – Group W
  3. Fasie Malherbe – Cape St Francis Resort
  4. Trevor Elliott – Grasslands Agriculture
  5. Carl Trahms – Smhart Security


Business of the year / Besigheid van die jaar

  1. Fountains Mall – Jeanette du Toit
  2. The Balobi Group – William Gqeke
  3. St Francis Links – Jeff Clause
  4. Super Spar, Village Square, St Francis Bay – Richard Moolman
  5. Kouga Funerals – Dean Gilbert
  6. Jbay Computers – Ruan Mouton
  7. True Technologies – Tina Ekermans
  8. Dolphin Leisure – Joe Ferreira


Entrepreneur of the year / Entrepreneur van die jaar

  1. Jayne Davies – Infood
  2. Braam Badenhorst – A4 Automation
  3. Liesl Joubert – AIR-DRIED VEG & FRUIT SA (Pty) Ltd
  1. Dorp van Drome – Alan Wright
  2. SA Schools Project – Tom & Sapphire Campbell
  3. NSRI – Rieghard Janse van Rensburg
  4. Kouga Tourism – Esti Stewart
  5. Jeffreys Bay Bowling Club – Dennis Mauer
  6. Paradise Beach Neighbourhood Watch – John Wiehahn
  7. Jbay Recycling Project – Tanya Lategan
  8. Victory 4 All – Johan Vos
  9. SPCA – Louise Bakkes


Outstanding Service to the community / Merkwaardige diens aan die gemeenskap

Kouga Pioneer Acknowledgement

  1. Cheron Kraak – Country Feeling – Accepting on her behalf is Jayne DaviesCheron started making clothes for surfers on the main beach in Jeffreys Bay in the early 1970’s, started her own clothing brand, Country Feeling, and brought the Country Feeling Classic to Jeffreys Bay in 1984. This later became known as the Billabong Pro and is now part of the Winterfest as the J’bay Open. She was the face of the Billabong South Africa.
  2. SP Ferreira – Endulini – Sitrus Farming – Accepting on his behalf is his son Pietie.SP Ferreira started sitrus farming in 1953 with land he inherited from his dad. He subsequently bought more land, making Endulini one of the biggest farming units within the Gamtoos Valley. Today SP still manages the company with his two sons Pietie and Eppie Ferreira, while the third son Freddie manages the exporting of the sitrus.
  3. Christy Family – Squid Industry – Mark Christy to accept on behalf of the familyIn 1983 Don Christy and his son Mark landed a catch of chokka with the intention to sell it as bait. They met a fish exporter who knew that this fish was sold as a high-priced delicacy in European food markets. Don and a few others were soon exploring potential export markets for South African squid, and the multi-million rand industry as we know it today was born. The family is still involved in the catching, packing, processing and exporting of squid in St Francis Bay.
  4. Bunty Vlok – Moore Stephens – Accepting on behalf of the late Bunty Vlok is his son CJ VlokBunty opened the office for an Audit and Accounting firm from Port Elizabeth, known today as Moore Stephens, in Humansdorp, in 1978, together with his wife Annemarie. For many years he provided professional guidance and encouragement to his clients, serving local businesses and the then fledgling dairy industry in the area. He played a major role in the development of the dairy industry in the Kouga.
  5. Dries du Preez – Fountains DevelopmentIn 2002 when the property market had started booming, Oswald Buchner and Dries du Preez recognized the trend in Jeffreys Bay and decided to develop a ‘new business and shopping node’ for Jeffreys Bay and the whole Kouga region. Buchner and Du Preez planned and designed a modern mixed-use development, comprising retail, commercial, industrial, residential and retirement components. A transaction was concluded and construction of Fountains Mall commenced in August 2007. The rest, as they say, is history.
  6. Frans van Eeden – Eeden GlenFrans van Eeden started the development of the Eeden Glen Retirement Village in 1999. This popular project consists of 210 free hold houses, 90 sectional title units, 30 bachelor units and a frail care clinic. Frans continues to develop secure housing in line with his big vision.
  1. Lex Gutsche – Woodlands Dairy – Accepting on his behalf is Tinus Pretorius – General Manager Sales & Marketing at Woodland Dairy.Woodlands Dairy began in 1995 as a packaging plant for the milk produced on Woodlands Farm, owned by the Gutsche family. Under the leadership of Lex Gutsche, Woodlands Dairy in Humansdorp is now one of the largest manufacturers of UHT milk in South Africa and other dairy products, marketed under their own brand FIRST CHOICE®, as well as for leading retailers such as Spar and Woolworths. They are now one of the leading employers in the Kouga region.
  2. The Co-op – Henk Agenbach CEO on behalf of membersThe Humansdorp Cooperative was established in 1944. The farmers realised that they should stand together to be sustainable as farmers. With this in mind The Co-op has grown from a business with an annual turnover of R300 million to one of over R2 Billion. Their main objective is to serve the members’ needs and they operate as one big family.
  3. Johan Lottering – Value Added LifeJohan arrived in Jeffreys Bay in 1992 with his wife Susan and developed the super-antioxidant, Procydin, which at one stage was ranked third in South Africa for medicine units sold. Today, under the banner of the company, Value Added Life, they are ranked under the top ten complimentary medicine manufacturers in Southern Africa, and still growing.
  4. Blake Family – Langkloof Bricks – Nico BlakeLangkloof Bricks was founded by the late Mr George Blake and Mrs Una Blake in 1969 and is an established ClayBrick manufacturer, situated between Jeffrey’s Bay and Humansdorp. Under the leadership of son, Nico Blake the business has grown from manufacturing 30 000 bricks per month to a capacity of over 4 million bricks per month. In addition to pioneering the first energy efficient Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln in Africa, Langkloof Bricks has also recently set up the Brick Centre in Fountains Estate.
  5. Duncan Lethbridge – St Francis MarineIn 1988, Duncan Lethbridge, a successful real estate developer, builder & sailing champion, decided to take his family cruising. The launch of his first St Francis 43 Catamaran led to an unprecedented demand from friends and the local yachting fraternity. A small factory was built to meet these needs. This has grown to become a modern 4000m2 manufacturing facility situated in St Francis Bay. Through a program of continuous product development they have refined their Catamaran in which they have won the Cape to Rio Race, convincingly beating all other catamarans. Over the past 29 years the company has manufactured more than 72 boats.


Awards / Toekennings:

Outstanding Service to the community / Merkwaardige diens aan die gemeenskap




Entrepreneur of the year / Entrepreneur van die jaar




Business of the year / Besigheid van die jaar




Business Leader of the Year / Sakeleier van die jaar




Sakeleier Dinee

Die Kouga Besigheidsforum bied vanjaar weer met trots hul Sakeleier Dinee op 29 Maart 2017 by die St Francis Links aan


By die geleentheid sal sakeleiers in die Kouga paslik vereer word met sertifikate en trofees


Die geleentheid neem weer die vorm aan van ‘n buffet om voldoende tyd ook vir netwerk te bied


Die gasspreker sal Brand Pretorius wees wat spesiaal hiervoor van Johannesburg reis


Brand het diep spore in die motorbedryf getrap en is die Kouga bevoorreg om ‘n sakereus van sy kaliber in ons midde te he


Die onderwerp van sy praatjie sal handel oor die belangrikheid van etiese leierskap


Brand attained his M.Com degree in Business Economics at the University of the Free State in 1972, and started his career at Toyota South Africa in March 1973. Following a number of management positions in research, planning, sales and marketing, he was appointed managing director of Toyota SA Marketing in 1988. Under his leadership Toyota became the leader in both market share and customer satisfaction.


In March 1995 he joined McCarthy Motor Holdings as chairman and CEO and was promoted to chief executive officer of the holding company, McCarthy Retail Limited, in October 1999. It is widely acknowledged that Brand played a pivotal role in turning McCarthy around after it was declared technically insolvent in 2001, following massive bad debt write-offs in its Prefcor division. Thousands of jobs were saved. He retired as CEO of McCarthy and as an executive director of its controlling shareholder Bidvest, on 1 March 2011.


Brand has received numerous national marketing, motor industry and leadership awards. He continues as non-executive director on the boards of Agrinet, Tongaat Hulett, Reunert, Italtile and Tata Africa Holdings and is the non-executive chairman of Metair Investments. He is also a member of the advisory boards of the business incubator InvoTech and the international consultancy firm Alexander Proudfoot.

Tickets for the function is already available at R250 pp from Jannie at 061 5265796 or per email at : office@kougabusinessforum.com


Brand Pretorius

KBF view on proposed New Build Nuclear Station, Thyspunt

The Nuclear New Build has encountered resistance from numerous parties. The role of the Kouga Business forum is not to make a verdict on the appropriateness and affordability of the Nuclear New Build. The role of the KBF is to ensure the successful implementation of this project to the benefit of all the residents in Kouga, once the decision is made and the green light is given. With this in mind, the KBF has engaged with various role players last year and learnt that plans for the implementation of this Mega project at Thyspunt were lacking until 2016. There is currently not sufficient infrastructure and social support for the 12 000 workers with their families that have to relocate to Kouga for this project.

In the last 3 years, we have proactively audited the current infrastructure with the cooperation of the Kouga municipality. We have determined which infrastructures would need to be renovated, upgraded and newly constructed to cope with the influx of the workers and their households. In order to accommodate this project, an additional 3.3 billion rand is needed on top of the current budget.  KBF has participated as an interested party in the EIA process by adding our research and asked the Department of Environmental Affairs to include this need for infrastructure as a condition to the ROD.

We refuse to allow Eskom to transform Kouga into another Lephalale. The money should be allocated from successful vendors prior to the construction of the nuclear station for the infrastructure needed. Our other non-negotiable term is that the development ties in with the appropriate planning from the provincial government with regards to social support in the form of schools, hospitals, policing and municipal services. The KBF will also take the lead on this and convene a Civic Movement to engage role players and let the community’s voice be heard in these decisions.

The Kouga municipality is in a unique position as it is run by the DA on a local level, but the province is governed by the ANC. There is thus a sizeable conflict of policies at play. Unfortunately, the local, provincial and national governments will need to work hand-in-hand to ensure the success of this project. Eskom also has a key role in this project. They are engaging with local parties, but they cannot do anything until the ROD is implemented and it has weathered the inevitable court cases challenging it.

In summary, the KBF is preparing itself to ensure that Eskom, the allocated vendor and the government will supply the infrastructure and social services needed if the Nuclear New Build proceeds. This is necessary to ensure the project is a catapult for growth and prosperity for all in Kouga.

Funding for Business

A directory has been prepared to provide South African businesses and entrepreneurs with information on available business funding particularly for small and medium sized businesses.

The directory has been prepared by Ukwanda Growth Partners (Ukwanda) and is currently available in soft copy from the Kouga Business Forum.

For more information please contact the Manager of the KBF at office@kougabusinessforum.com

Ukwanda Growth Partners is a South African Service firm that provides services to support business growth and value maximisation for Small and Medium Sized Businesses.