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




Why Low Wages are Better than No Wages

Representatives of organised labour and their political allies often accuse advocates of a more flexible labour market regime of proposing nothing less than the return of slave labour.
This is emotionally powerful rhetoric. But it is factually wrong. It is also damaging to the prospects of tackling head-on our enormous unemployment problem.

Those who argue that only high-wage jobs can be legitimately created and that those who manage to find a job must be protected by rigid labour laws are calculating that 7.5million unemployed is an acceptable price to pay.

What they are ignoring is that a job – even a low-paid one – means entry into the modern economy, which includes, among other things, the possibilities of trade union membership and enjoyment of basic employment protection.

If low-wage employment is the equivalent of slavery, then the worst offenders in the country are those employers who seldom employ people for more than three months at a time, pay R79 a day – or about R1700 a month – and who are very proud of this achievement.

Who would do such a thing? The surprising answer is: the government. Welcome to the Expanded Public Works Programme.

The EPWP is the driver of the ANC’s promise to create six million “work opportunities”. This promise was a centrepiece of the ANC’s 2014 election manifesto, the basis of the party’s comfortable victory. Ever since, the government has been proud to celebrate the success of what is, in truth, a band aid for unemployment.

If this is “slave labour”, it is surprisingly popular.

The strongest reason to dismiss the arguments of the anti-reform ideologues is that whatever the pros and cons of a more flexible labour market, the fact is that unemployment is worse. This is so obvious it’s actually quite surprising that the argument needs to be made at all.

Unlike those in employment, the unemployed lack an organised voice. However, when given the option, the unemployed make themselves available for EPWP-style work in numbers that overwhelm the programme’s capacity to absorb them. This simply wouldn’t happen if workers didn’t prefer low wages to no wages.

For the unemployed, then, it seems clear that reforms aimed at permitting firms to employ people at wages below currently prescribed minimum levels would be welcome.

It is the size and desperation of what Karl Marx called the “reserve army of labour” that holds down wage growth in South Africa.

Indeed, there is really no need to protect work-seekers from the threat of low-wage jobs: if they don’t want those jobs, they needn’t apply for them.

Those who resist labour market reform also argue that change would hurt existing workers. Their argument is that by weakening labour market protection, reformists would be rolling back the gains made by workers over decades of struggle.

This appeal to the fears of employed workers is also emotionally resonant, but we should be clear on its consequences. What it really means is that the gains made by those who have jobs should be protected even at the expense of the unemployed, who are excluded from them, because worker rights are not enjoyed by the jobless.

In effect, proponents of this approach are saying that the rights enjoyed by those who have jobs are so important that other people should pay the price for them.

This fundamentally misunderstands the reason there are persistent downward pressures on the wages of existing workers. It is not because of any absence of worker protection, but because South Africa has so many would-be workers who are unemployed.

It is the size and desperation of what Karl Marx called the “reserve army of labour” that holds down wage growth in South Africa. The time has come for those who see themselves as friends of the working class to recognise this and to do everything in their power to make it economically feasible for more firms to offer more employment, especially to millions of unskilled workers.

That is the only route to a tighter labour market and long-term worker prosperity.

There is no prospect of South Africa going in one leap from 7.5million mainly unskilled unemployed to full employment on high-skill, high-wage, high-protection terms. Higher employment has no prospect of occurring until employers are confident the benefits of employing the unskilled outweigh the risks and costs.

Source: Sunday Times

• Sunday Times gives recognition to Ann Bernstein, who is the executive director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise and author of the award-winning book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies.

Entreperneur of the Year Competition

Beste AHi lede, neem asb. kennis van die geleentheid hieronder. Sommige AHi lede het baie goed gevaar in vorige jare van die kompetisie.

As daar een kompetisie is wat besigheidseienaars ‘n fantastiese geleentheid bied om die erkenning te kry wat hulle verdien, moet dit die uiters gewilde Entrepreneur van die Jaar-kompetisie wees wat deur Sanlam en Business Partners geborg word.

Dit is die 28ste jaar wat hierdie prestigeryke kompetisie ter erkenning van entrepreneurs in Suid-Afrika aangebied word, en dit word hoog aangeskryf deur die media sowel as alle belanghebbendes.

Volg asseblief hierdie skakel vir al die inligting oor hierdie kompetisie, die pryse wat gewen kan word en hoe om in te skryf:



Dear AHi members, kindly take note of the opportunity below. Some AHi members have done very well in previous years of the competition.

If there’s one competition that offers business owners a fantastic opportunity to get the recognition they deserve, it must be the highly popular Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) competition sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners.

Now in its 28th year, this is the foremost competition for entrepreneurial recognition in South Africa and is highly rated by the media and all stakeholders.

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