Exporters Eastern Cape to celebrate milestone awards in August

The Exporter of the Year Awards mark 40 years of the NPO’s existence in PE

2019 Exporter of the Year Award winners.
2019 Exporter of the Year Award winners.
Image: Supplied/Exporters Eastern Cape

Resilience and success in business will once again be recognised by Exporters Eastern Cape with the organisation’s prestigious Exporter of the Year Awards 2020.

The 2020 awards mark 40 years of the Exporters Eastern Cape’s existence in Port Elizabeth. 

The non-profit organisation for members involved in exporting, either directly or indirectly, represents a broad spectrum of large and smaller export companies, freight forwarders, financial institutions and shipping lines in the Eastern Cape.

It will be the 25th year that the Exporter of the Year Awards is hosted to honour and acknowledge the achievements of Eastern Cape exporters and service providers to the province’s export industry, said Exporters Eastern Cape chair Quintin Levey.   

This year’s online event taking place on Friday, August 14, promises to offer a celebration of successes, superb entertainment, attendance prizes and a few surprises. 

“The Exporter of the Year Awards showcases the true success of our exports in the region and we will indeed have an Exporter of the Year Awards this year, despite the unprecedented times. We continue to have great success stories in the Eastern Cape, and we look forward to celebrating four decades of the existence of our organisation with our member companies,” says Levey.

Entries for the awards closed earlier this month, and winners will be announced in the following categories: 

  • SJM Flex Environmental Award
  • SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award
  • IDC Job Creation Award
  • Best Provider of Services to Exporters
  • Best Exporter: Small Business
  • Best Exporter: Medium Enterprises
  • Best Exporter: Corporate Category
  • Best Exporter: OEM

The Overall Exporter of the Year for 2020 will be chosen from these category winners.

Judging criteria include qualitative and quantitative data, and will assessed by an independent panel of judges: Dr Randall Jonas (Nelson Mandela University Business School), Justin Ries (FNB), Hoosain Mahomed (AIDC), Jane Stevenson (Magnetic Storm), Kingsley Dell-Robertson (IDC), Prince Matonsi (Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber), Sujit Bhagattjee (TNPA) and Quintin Levey (Exporters Eastern Cape).

Last year’s Overall Exporter of the Year Winner was Volkswagen Group SA, who also received a merit award for the SJM Flex Environmental Award, a third merit award for the IDC Job Creation Award as well as winning the category for the Best Exporter: OEM.

For more information about the awards, contact Exporters Eastern Cape branch co-ordinator, Suzanne Vermeulen at

This article was paid for by Exporters Eastern Cape.

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