FREE COPY SMME News @smme_news @smmenews SMME News SMME News MORE THAN 240 000 READERS, 30 000 copies distributed throughout EThekwini Metropolitan, ILembe District, UGU District Portshepstone & Pietermaritzburg Issue No 15 : February 2018 Tel: 031 307 1988 - Email: email@example.com, Website: www.smmenews.co.za SONA Page 3 FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES Page 4 THIS IS MY STORY Page 6 TAX EDUCATION SESSIONS Page 7 Premier South African businesses honoured THE faces of all the winners at the Premier South African Business Awards Marvellous Zondi THE Department of Trade and Industry in conjunction with various stakeholders hosted the 5th edition of the South African Premier Business Awards at Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018 under the theme ‘Rewarding Business Excellence.’ There were ten categories with thirty companies vying for top honours. The categories included among others the SMME Award which was won by Memeza Shout (Pty) Ltd. Memeza Shout is a Safety Programme that empowers homeowners in low income residential areas through a network of smart passive alarms linked to SAPS sector policing vehicles, police stations, community policing forums and trusted neighbours. On activation SMSes are sent to preselected cell numbers alerting the police station and the CPF. A siren mounted outside the home alerts the broader community and repels intruders. According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies these awards recognise business excellence and celebrate enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality. “The awards are an opportunity for government, and South Africa as a whole, to recognise exceptional businesses and the businesspeople who drive them, ranging from emerging start-ups to established business institutions. These awards bring together all single-sectored awards, including technology, manufacturing and women in business. The awards honour companies and enterprises that promote the spirt of success and innovation along with job creation, business ethics and quality,” Here are the winners in all categories; Black Industrialist Award – Thata Ubeke Manufacturing, Enterprise Development – Sumitomo Rubber SA, Exporter Award – Aerosud Aviation, Investor Award – Sumitomo Rubber SA, Manufacturer Award – Thata Ubeke Manufacturing, Play your part Award – Clover Mama Afrika Trust, Proudly South African Member Company Award – La Van Skin and Body Excellence System, SMME Award – Memeza Shout, Women-owned business award – BBD Steel Supplies and Young Entrepreneur Award- Grindbow Engineers and Technical Services.