BBQ Awards 2012

Celebrating prominent black businesses and business leaders

Susan Shabangu, Minister of Mineral Resources
Susan Shabangu, Minister of Mineral Resources

South Africa’s most prominent black businesses and black business leaders were celebrated at the 2012 Van Ryn's BBQ Awards, held at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg on Friday, 19 October 2012.

Opening the awards ceremony was Susan Shabangu, Minister of Mineral Resources who presented the keynote address.

“The theme for this year’s event aptly captures the essence of transformation in South Africa, namely ‘Creating a legacy and building a future’, which is consistent with the national plan of harnessing the development of entrepreneurs/and black industrialists to facilitate economic growth and subsequently reduce poverty.”

Now in its 11th year, the competition was launched in 2002 to promote sustainable black business in South Africa. According to Kekeletso Khena, Director of the 11th annual Van Ryn's BBQ Awards, the awards were born as a result of a need to recognise, honour and celebrate black business excellence at a time when black business was synonymous with informal township trading.

“The awards continue to offer a platform to celebrate and showcase those individuals and organisations who are at the forefront of advancing the transformation and empowerment of black business in South Africa,” says Khena. 

The 2012 Van Ryn's BBQ Awards included 14 categories, honouring individuals, black-owned and empowered companies, as well as organisations in South Africa. Out of the nine individual awards, seven were females – the most in the history of the awards.

“I am extremely delighted to see women take leading roles in business and being able to compete on equal footing in the male dominated business arena and in this case prove that given a chance, women are more than capable of running successful and profitable business,” says Khena. 

In keeping with the awards’ theme, ‘Creating a legacy and building a future’, three new award categories were introduced this year, namely the Iqhawe Mentorship Award, awarded to Tabisa Nomnganga of Bravo Promotions, Best Employer Award, awarded to Khayelitsha Cookies and the Transformation Champion of The Year, which was awarded to Nolwandle Mantashe of PPC Cement, for her role in comprising corporate transformation strategies, as well as implementing community and government stakeholder relations strategies.

Speaking on the quality of the winners this year was Vusi Tembekwayo, professional speaker and judge for this year’s awards. “The quality of entrants this year was exceptional, and having been a finalist a few years ago, I can first hand see how the caliber of entrants have grown in leaps and bounds. This year, we saw a wide variety of businesses that are run by very different types of people. It was also surprising to see the number of women entering and it is amazing that more and more woman are running sizeable companies.”

Also speaking at the awards was the CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Geoffery Qhena. “As we celebrate success tonight, let’s also pay tribute to self-made icons, legends of business who under difficult circumstances, persevered and succeeded and are now recognised and respected as true entrepreneurs.”

“South Africa needs more of these entrepreneurs who are prepared to roll up their sleeves for the better of our fellow South Africa,” says Qhena.


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