The Sanlam Knysna Awards Winners 2014

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 Ca – 2nd year running




Social Media & Online Marketing Award
Penny Foyn (Knysna Gossip Girls)


Local Charity Award
Knysna Education Trust


Best Community Leader Award
Richard Thorpe


Business Woman of the Year Award
Sharon Laughton


Business Man of the Year Award
Carl Ballan


Young Entrepreneur Award
Uné van Zyl


Service Excellence Award
Helpus Ndlebe


Proudly Knysna Award
Stella Sohn of Knysna in Bloom


Small Business Award
e4 Electrical



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.

Duran-de-VilliersThe 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)

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