The KLCBT Annual Awards is a showcase of Excellence, rewarding outstanding business achievements, sound business practices and recognising businesses and individuals who truly make a difference within the Kruger Lowveld Community.
This 17th installment held on Friday the 13th only spelled good luck as everybody who are finalists in this competition are certainly winners.
The competition is extremely tough and every business announced as a finalist can certainly be proud of their business achievement. For this reason, a 30 second promotional video of each and every finalist was screened at the Black Tie event attended by 400 guests dressed to the nines.
With only 15 awards given every year, this event is highly prestigious and the only one of its kind in the region. Only 10 of the awards are contested, which businesses entered for, and after an extensive adjudication process, the finalists and winners are selected. The process includes telephonic surveys with clients and suppliers of the business, followed by an evaluation of their financial growth and corporate social investment. Surprisingly, the entry form is only two pages long and all the hard work is done by KLCBT, not the contestant.
The remaining awards given, are the five special awards. There are no finalists for these and the recipients did not know that they would receive an award. This year, awards were given for the Business Personality, Tourism Personality, Philanthropy Award, Leadership Award and finally die President’s Award.
The President’s Award was introduced only 3 years ago and goes to a recipient that has made an unrivalled contribution to the Kruger Lowveld economy over several generations. Another two awards presented for the first time this year, were the Innovation in Tourism Award and the “Webbie” Award.
Award winners for 2017:
- KLCBT / AON SA ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
(Businesses which have been established within the past two years)
- THE KLCBT / THE HALLS PROPERTIES ALAN BACHELOR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
(Activities which are developed, planned and managed in accordance with recognised best practice for the benefit of the sustainability of human society and the environment)
Mountainlands Nature Reserve and Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
- THE KLCBT / SAPPI LIMITED NELSPRUIT COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
(Focus on the well-being, community outreach and development of the community at large or a representative sector of the community)
- THE KLCBT / MLF PHILANTHROPY AWARD
(An individual who gives towards a better community and mainly work behind the scenes. This award will always remain a humble recognition saying “thank you”)
Mr Chris Christie
- THE KLCBT / KRUGER MPUMALANGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TOURISM SMME AWARD
(Tourism related businesses with a turnover of less than R10 Million per annum)
Aviation Adventures Flying Club
- THE KLCBT / CROSSING SUPERSPAR TOURISM LARGE ENTERPRISE AWARD
(Tourism related businesses with a turnover of more than R10 Million per annum)
Southern Sun Emnotweni
- THE KLCBT / HOTELS.COM TOURISM PERSONALITY AWARD
(A person who has demonstrated a good sense for tourism and is certainly a “personality”)
The legendary 90 year old…. “Old Joe”
Represented by the custodians of Old Joe, Ms Solange Soares representing TRAC N4 and Mr Wouter de Witt, also known as Ghost.
- THE KLCBT / PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE INNOVATION IN TOURISM AWARD
(Providing something out of the ordinary to the visitor, a new product that will enhance the suite of tourism offerings in the Kruger Lowveld)
Long Tom Toboggan
- THE KLCBT / ROAN SYSTEMS WEBBIE AWARD
(Like a food fundi is a foodie, a web and social media fundi is a webbie…)
- THE KLCBT / BIDVEST CAR RENTAL BUSINESS PERSONALITY AWARD
(A person who has demonstrated a good sense of business, human relations and community involvement within the larger business environment)
Mr Nico van Zyl
- THE KLCBT / NEDBANK RETAIL AND BUSINESS BANKING SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AWARD
(Any business with a turnover of less than R5 Million per annum)
- THE KLCBT / TRACKER CONNECT MEDIUM ENTERPRISE AWARD
(Any business with a turnover of more than R5 Million and less than R20 million per annum)
- THE KLCBT / SHUMBA INC. LARGE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AWARD
(Any business with a turnover of more than R20 million per annum)
Konica Minolta Mpumalanga
- THE KLCBT LEADERSHIP AWARD
(Outstanding leadership and service by an individual in the community – a source of inspiration to others of what is possible to be achieved)
Mr James Aling
- THE KLCBT / MMC PRESIDENT’S AWARD
(Their contribution to the community and economic growth of the region is above and beyond that of any other company. They are a well-known presence, deeply rooted into our society. Them not being in existence, is almost unimaginable.)
Kruger National Park
KLCBT congratulates all the Award finalists and the Award winners of 2017 and wishes to thank them for inspiring all of us and to do everything we do just that little bit better.