The finalists of the Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, which recognise supplier development best practice in South Africa, have been announced.  Now in their second year, the awards acknowledge successful supplier development programmes that are making a lasting impact on the SA economy.

More than 400 entries were received this year from both private and public sector enterprises, representing a wide array of industries including healthcare, mining, manufacturing and the built environment. “These businesses are moving beyond the scorecard and realise they have a corporate and social responsibility to transform their supply chain, diversify procurement and actively engage in real Enterprise and Supplier Development initiatives,” says Catherine Wijnberg, CEO of Fetola. “The calibre of this year’s entries was notable, with some applicants displaying a clear step change in their initiatives since last year. This is a clear indicator Supplier Development is a way to build future strategic advantage and, when coupled with stronger industry networks and a long-term view on supporting the successful growth of small suppliers, this results in future competitive advantage and a better future for all.”

The 2019 Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards finalists who will be awarded across six categories are, in alphabetical order:

Bosch Holdings
Compass Group Southern Africa
EnviroServ Waste Management (Pty) Ltd
Exxaro Resources Ltd
Growthpoint Properties Limited
Hatch Africa (Pty)Ltd
Mr Price
Sappi Southern Africa
The South African Breweries
Entries were adjudicated by a panel of industry experts including: Von Stander (Group Supplier Development Executive, Massmart – who were the overall winner in 2018);  Mamosa Majope (MD, Wamobu Consulting); Nick Maweni (Chairman BRICS Fashion and Marketing Director, SAP Africa); Elmarie Goosen (Director of Operations, Collective Value Creation); Dr Rethabile Melamu (General Manager: Green Economy, Innovation Hub); Litha Kutta (Enterprise and Supplier Development Director, Tiger Brands); Jono Hanks (Director, Incite); Jon Foster-Pedley (Dean,  Henley Business School); and Catherine Wijnberg (CEO and Founder, Fetola).

Winners of the Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards will be recognised at an interactive breakfast on 22 May 2019, in Parktown, where the following awards will be made:

The Newcomer Award
The Nation-builder Award
Small Supplier and Local Manufacturing Award
The Collaboration Award
The Impact Award
The Overall Winner
The Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards are presented in partnership with Fetola, Cold Press Media, and Tiso Blackstar Group.

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