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Eskom Development Foundation wins silver award from AMCHAM
Thursday, 23 November 2017:
The Eskom Development Foundation won a silver award at the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa (Amcham) Stars of Africa awards on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The award was for Eskom’s Business Investment Competition (BIC), which recognises small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are helping grow the South African economy.
Amcham hosts the competition bi-annually to allow members to showcase their corporate social investment (CSI) projects in various categories. The Eskom BIC came second in the Community Development and Welfare category and the award was received by the CEO of the Eskom Development Foundation, Cecil Ramonotsi.
The annual BIC, which was launched in 2008, gives an opportunity to registered black-owned SMEs that have been operating for a minimum of two years, a chance to win great prizes that can help them grow and create more job opportunities, thus boosting economic activity in their local communities. Entrants compete in four sectors, engineering and construction; trade and services, manufacturing as well as agriculture/agri-processing. Over the last five years 357 businesses entered the competition.
Ramonotsi says merely being considered for such competitions is an achievement on its own and walking away with a prize is amazing and something to be proud of. “We don’t do our work to get any praise but rather do it to make a meaningful and sustainable difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans. This award comes as recognition that we are on the right track as well as motivation to do more to try and reach even more people. Serving our communities brings us joy and it makes us immensely proud to be able to help our fellow countrymen in making their lives better and positively changing their circumstances.”
The Eskom Development Foundation is tasked with implementing Eskom’s CSI strategy in sectors including enterprise development, education, healthcare, social and community development.
For enquiries, contact;
Manana Maboe
Communication Manager
Eskom Development Foundation
Telephone: +27 11 800 4438