Four Southern African finalists have been announced for the Company of the Year category at the 2018 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™).
The regional finalists for the Award, which is sponsored by the Hollard Insurance Group, were announced at a special semi-finals function at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg. All four are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange:
- Sygnia Group, a large asset manager
- Growthpoint Properties, South Africa’s largest listed property investment holding company
- Super Group, a broad-based supply chain management business
- Standard Bank Group, South Africa’s biggest bank
These four finalists join the recently announced East African finalists, I&M Bank of Rwanda, Kenyan furniture manufacturer The Panesar Group, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenyan marketing and communications group WPP-Scangroup.
“Each one of the Southern African finalists is a business powerhouse in its own right,” says Mandla Shezi, CEO of Hollard International.
“Individually, they up the ante for the AABLA Company of the Year Award; together, they present the East and West African finalist groups with formidable competition.”
The West African finalists for the AABLA Company of the Year Award will be announced on 18 October. The overall African winners will be announced at a function in South Africa on 29 November.
Shezi continues, however, that none of the finalists can be sure of clinching the award.
“The standard of all of the finalists announced so far – and I expect the same of the soon-to-be-named West African group – is excellent. They are exceptionally well-run, profitable companies, and all are major players in their respective industries.
“The competition is very tight, and we are looking forward to seeing which company eventually triumphs,” Shezi says. “But all of the competitors are proud flagbearers for African business excellence and can be proud of their achievements already.”