Sanlam Knysna Awards – every one a winner!
The winners of the 2014 Sanlam Knysna Awards were announced at a spectacular awards evening at the Simola Hotel on evening of 6th November 2014. The capacity audience of 120, made up of nominees, their families and friends plus representatives from the event’s major sponsors, were treated to a Champagne and sushi reception, fabulous live entertainment and a three-course dinner.
Enthusiastically compéred by Eleanore Bouw-Spies and popular racing commentator and raconteur Francois Wolfaard, the evening was a fitting culmination of six months’ hard work by the organisers from local web design company Sozo Digital Agency & Sanlam. An improved and more streamlined public participation process resulted in three times the number of votes being cast than last year.
The winners in each category were:
Best Tourism Activity Award
Wild Oats Market
Best Tourism Establishment Award
Pine Lake Marina
Best Eatery Award
East Head Café – 2nd year running
Social Media & Online Marketing Award
Penny Foyn (Knysna Gossip Girls)
Local Charity Award
Knysna Education Trust
Best Community Leader Award
Business Woman of the Year Award
Business Man of the Year Award
Young Entrepreneur Award
Uné van Zyl
Service Excellence Award
Proudly Knysna Award
Stella Sohn of Knysna in Bloom
Small Business Award
The three finalists in each category were presented with a certificate, whilst the winner additionally receiving an engraved floating plaque.
Two further awards were presented by the sponsors in recognition of outstanding contributions by local personalities:
The Sanlam Lifetime Achievement Award went to Prof Brian Allanson for his unstinting work in ensuring the continued ecological health of the Knysna Lagoon.
The Sanlam Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to businessman Duran de Villiers of SteadiDrone. He and his young technical team have put Knysna firmly on the hi-tech map with his groundbreaking development and manufacture of ‘drones’ with cameras that are now being exported around the globe.
For further information on the awards, please contact Pieter Cloete: info (at) KnysnaAwards.co.za