The Sanlam Knysna Awards Winners 2013

The aim of the Sanlam Knysna Awards is to recognize businesses, business men and women, entrepreneurs, community leaders and individuals who are determined to spur change in our community.

The Inaugural Sanlam Knysna Awards 2013 was initiated in June this year where the general public were encouraged to nominate according to various categories, through an integrated and online voting system.

The votes were automatically tallied through the system and the Top 5 were announced. The Top 3 were revealed after a further round of voting, and a third round of voting concluded the winners.

The winners in each category were announced at the prestigious gala dinner, hosted by Simola Hotel, on the 17th October.

The categories winners are:

Best Tourism Establishment 3 & 4 Star

Winner: Afrovibe Lodge

Runner up: Leisure Island Lodge, Aestas B & B

Best Tourism Establishment 5 Star

Winner: The Turbine Hotel

Runner up: Pezula Hotel, Simola Hotel

Best Tourism Activity Award

Winner: Emzini Tours

Runner up: Mawande Kondlo – Wando @ Ekasi, Southern Cape Ocean experience.

Best Eatery Award:

Winner: East Head Cafe

Runner up: Café Mario, Isle de pain

Sanlam Business Man of the Year Award:

Winner: Jerome Simonis

Runner up: Dave Mcrae, Mawande Kondlo

Sanlam Business Women of the Year Award:

Winner: Charmaine Botha

Runner up: Michelle van Staden, Zoi Kazakos

Proudly Knysna Award:

Winner: Elle Photography

Runner up: Mitchells Brewery, KAA

Young Entrepreneur Award:

Winner: Lyle Katzen

Runner up: Michelle van Staden, Julisa Peterson

Social Media & Blog Award:

Winner: Knysna Travel

Runner up: Sharon Dreyer, Metlerkamps Knysna

Local Charity Award:

Winner: Knysna Sport School

Runner up: HERO, Ella Mahlulo

Sanlam Small Business Award:

Winner: Action Ads

Runner up: Timber village, Mawande Kondlo

Community Leader Award:

Winner: Christian Jacobs

Runner up: Richard Thorpe, Ian Flemming

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Mrs Margaret Parkes

“We strongly believe that enterprises, entrepreneurs and individuals – who advance our towns quest for innovation, quality and productivity – should be recognized”, event organiser, Pieter Cloete (Sozo Digital Agency) said. “Job creation efforts such as local manufacturing also needs to be acknowledged, rewarded and encouraged. This year’s event was an astounding success and we are looking forward to 2014.”

Sanlam also aims to organise forums and coaching events for small businesses and individuals in the new year. Topics such as business strategy and organisational processes, marketing and promotions, labour law and business contracts have been discussed, amongst others. These events intend to assist in the development and growth of businesses in the greater Knysna area.