Over 100 UK based South African business and thought leaders gathered at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington on 24 April 2015, as the winners of the 3rd annual South African Chamber of Commerce Business Awards were revealed at a spectacular ceremony.
Held in partnership with Brand South Africa, with charity beneficiary the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK, this year’s extravaganza attracted the crème of the ex pat community, including the South African High Commissioner HE Obed Mlaba, who was awarded the honorary presidency of the Chamber.
With the theme of the evening heavily focused on ‘giving back,’ the chairman of the SACCUK, Melissa Powys-Rodrigues announced the introduction of a new award, recognising those who have served their community.
A clear highlight of the evening, was the “Tastes of South Africa” buffet which was designed by the South African General Manager of the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and his South African Chef, as well as the South African red & White wine, beer and cider.
The winners were:
Business Leader of the Year Sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth: Paul Gardiner
Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by Maitland Group: Pily Mirazi
Woman in Business of the Year Sponsored by Standard Advisory London: Odile Ham
Rising Star of the Year Sponsored by Sable Group: Petrus Madutlela
New Business of the Year Sponsored by Nedbank Capital: Eugene Zietsman
The Giving Back SACC UK Chari Award: Jill Ritchie
Innovator of the Year sponsored by Sapro.co.uk: Avi Lasarow