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Western Cape Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards 2020 winners

The Western Cape Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (WCERA) took place as a hybrid virtual event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), during which twelve inspiring entrepreneurs were recognised for their hard-work and resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic, with Ntombi Nonxuba from Rise Uniforms winning the title of "Business of the Year".
Rise Uniforms is based in the Philippi area, employs 46 people from the surrounding area and is a manufacturer and supplier of locally produced uniforms, corporate wear and complementary garments. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Nonxuba pivoted her business to also provide Personal Protective Equipment and in so doing was able to keep her business going and her staff employed during a very challenging time.

Ntombi Nonxuba (centre) from Rise Uniforms won “Business of the Year”


CategoryCompany nameOwner
Youth-owned Business: WinnerGround CultureSebastian Daniels
Youth-owned Business: Runner-upVeldt BoerderyAnsell Langeveldt
Woman-owned Business: WinnerRise UniformsNtombi Nonxuba
Woman-owned Business: Runner-upThe Wren DesignWendren Setzer
Township Business: Winner4Roomed eKasi CultureAbigail Mbalo
Township Business: Runner-upNtlantsana Accountants and AuditorsSimphiwe Joseph
Social Enterprise: WinnerGenesis Community IT InitiativeLlewellyn Scholtz
Social Enterprise: RunnerClick Africa Digital PtyJade Wyngaardt
Most Innovative Business: WinnerHout Bay Air WaterRay de vries
Most Innovative Business: Runner-upRenegade WineJaap Pijl
Emerging Business: WinnerAizatronAnsu Sooful
Emerging Business: Runner-upContour Enviro GroupSabelo Lindani

Now in its eighth year, the Western Cape Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (WCERA) celebrates the hard work of entrepreneurs and their contribution to job creation and economic growth in the Western Cape. Importantly also, the winning businesses are awarded with prize money and business support services that will help them to sustain or expand their organisations.

Congratulating all the winners during the keynote address, Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, said: “Our entrepreneurs deserve to be celebrated because they play a critical role not only in creating jobs, but they also support skills development and provide opportunities for those who need it most. And they are role models for others, especially young people, who can learn from them and be inspired to start their own businesses. We support and encourage our entrepreneurs, now more than ever, because their entrepreneurial spirit is exactly what we need as we continue to fight both a health pandemic and an unemployment pandemic in the Western Cape.

“And so, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to our many initiatives to support businesses, we have also been working hard to support entrepreneurs in the Western Cape. I’m incredibly proud that we have been able to help our entrepreneurs, because it is their brave leap into the unknown that results in disruption, in competition, in better ways of working and in the new ideas that we need to bounce back in the Western Cape.”
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