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2014

2014 Winners

Overall Winner: Regal Quality Products

 

Based in Cape Town in the Western Cape, Regal Quality Products, produce a range of household cleaning products.

 

They manufacture beauty soaps and household detergents including dishwashing liquid, household cleaners, citrus dishwashers, washing powder, liquid hand soaps and toothpaste. They supply independent retailers in the Western Cape as well as Pep stores and Spars nationally.

 

Established in 2009 they initially worked on perfecting their products and now are focusing on getting their product on shelf. Owner Allie Parker believes in staff development and the team of five have grown with the business. The general labourer is now a production assistant and the receptionist has moved up to be the administrative assistant.

 

Agricultural Winner: Cape Trotters Trading

 

Cape Trotters Trading, based near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, specialise in tomato production.

Established in 2008 but only fully operational from 2013, this small farming business employs three permanent staff and three casual staff during busy periods.

The business was born when owner and founder, Mzomhle Maptwane, saw that 95% of the tomatoes in the area are imported from other parts of South Africa. He decided to plug the gap and today has four hydroponic tunnels that produce over 7 tons of tomatoes.
 

In the future the Cape Trotters Trading aims to expand into spinach production and hopes to use the innovative and cost-effective nutrient film technique that produces higher yields in shorter periods all while using less water.

First runner-up:Kroutz Family Co-operative
   

Second runner-up:Greenland Landscaping

Manufacturing Winner: Strato Couture

With Cape Town as its headquarters, Strato Couture manufactures and retails street fashion for men, and offers tailor-made corporate and evening wear for private clients.
 
When it was launched in 2010, Strato designed and produced evening wear for the seasonal but lucrative matric ball market. Owner Maloti Mothobi put the business on ice when she was offered a position at the Fashion Council which represents the Cape Town fashion industry.
While studying towards her B-Tech degree in fashion design Maloti learned how to leverage marketing and a corporate identity to maintain a profitable fashion brand. After graduating, she left Fashion Council and revived Strato with a small studio in Observatory.
 
Today, Strato has a store in the City Centre’s busy Long Street strip. Strato also recently secured a stall outlet at the V&A Waterfront to tap into the domestic and international tourist market.
 
First runner-up:>Nambitha Nutritional Products
 
Joint second runners-up:Maano-A-Basadi Co-operative and Nometha Trading Enterprise

Trade & Services Winner: Wash Tub Industrial Laundry Services

From its early beginnings with only three university students as clients, Wash Tub Industrial Laundry Services based in Beaconvale in the Western Cape, is now one of the province’s leading green laundry companies.
 
Soon after Wash Tub’s first big contract was signed with Parliament, owner Shameem Kamandan recognised the potential to not only grow her operation and team of employees, but also to expand her laundry service offering.
 
Wash Tub started selling environment-friendly cleaning detergents and equipment and exercised due diligence in equipping the business to deliver on specialised services for the healthcare sector.
 
Today the company enjoys ongoing business from a number of local hospitals and employs 72 people at this proudly energy-efficient operation.
 
First runner-up:Collins Sebola Incorporated
 
Second runner-up:Nyembe Waste Management